The amount of time-jumping on Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 14 nearly gave me whiplash but one thing was certain:
Fear was everywhere.
I knew where Charming's dream was headed the moment I saw Emma in that gown... but expecting what was about to come didn't make it any less disturbing. He's guilty and terrified.
Charming hates that he had to abandon Emma and, on some level, he's scared that although this child is a second chance, it's also another opportunity for failure.
With so much evil lurking about, it's hard to blame him.
I wasn't all that impressed with Rapunzel's story. I appreciated the correlation to David's fear, but it still fell flat for me. Far more interesting was David fighting his own fully formed fear. The moments when his fear stalked him through the forest in its faceless hooded form was terrifying.
Meanwhile, Snow was back in Storybrooke getting chummy with her new mid-wife. I honestly don't know whether to applaud Snow or chastise her for always seeing the good in people. It's both refreshingly optimistic and utterly stupid given all they've been through.
Regina's talk with Henry was touching.
He may not remember her, but he certainly felt quite comfortable sharing personal information about his family with her. That must say something. And I found it amusing when Regina told him in this Once Upon a Time quote…
I think one day you'll have more family than you'll know what to do with.Regina
If he only had a clue. Some Thanksgiving in the future he might just long for those two place settings once again.
But my favorite moments were between Emma and Hook. I like that she can make fun of his hook and he never takes it too seriously. This time she was pushing for answers about what he'd been up to over that missing year but Hook wasn't sharing. What is he hiding from her?
Hook was certainly fixated on the flying monkeys. Perhaps that's because he equates them to his rivals. Walsh was one and he suspects Neal may be one as well.
The best moment was when Emma shared that she'd gotten her heart broken once again with Walsh and Hook explained why that gave him hope.
If it can be broken, that means it still works.Hook
The Captain certainly isn't giving up on Ms. Swan.
The farmhouse was reminiscent enough of Dorothy's without being overwhelmingly cheesy. The bike with the basket and the storm cellar were both nice touches.
As they saw the golden straw all over the cage floor, Regina's smirk even made me smile. Rumpelstiltskin is alive and on the run, although possibly driven more than a little mad.
As usual we are left with more questions. Who will find Rumpel first? Will Charming become the cowardly lion without his courage? And now that the Wicked Witch has Rumpel's dagger and Charming's sword, what will she target next?
Now it's your turn, TV Fanatics, what did you think of Rapunzel's story?
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