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Sheila / December 7th, 2015

Wouldn’t you think Once Upon A Time would have used this title before now? Regardless, “Swan Song” proved to be a fitting episode title, both in the mid-season finale sense, and the Emma Swan-centric sense. As Emma raced to save her family, things proved as trying and difficult as ever, but altogether it turned out to be an exciting hour of television.

This week, on the mid-season finale of Once Upon A Time: Hook’s plan comes to fruition, as the former Dark Ones will plan to take the places of our heroes on earth, and send Robin, Regina, Henry, Charming, Snow, and Rumplestiltskin to the underworld in their places. Emma races to destroy the darkness completely before she loses them. In flashbacks, Regina and Hook recall their first meeting, in which the former queen charged him with confronting and killing his father.

Just as I hoped, “Swan Song” built to an exciting climax. Emma and Hook’s conflict came to an exciting head, and lots of little things happened in-between. If I’m being honest, I thought last week’s hour was stronger, but in the “mid-season finale” age, you have to have some sort of resolution before you go on a three month hiatus. Still, this was a strong, emotional hour that had a lot of really good moments in it.

I don’t always care for the flashbacks, but Hook’s confrontation with his father was a strong one. Even though it happened in the past, I found myself wondering the entire time whether or not he’d actually go through with killing his father. We’ve spent the last few seasons seeing what a good guy he is deep down, but when you think about what hid that away, the smart money is on “he does it.” Luckily, I was right. I wasn’t cheering for him to do it, but it made for a strong, complex character twist, which doesn’t always translate well on this show. Everything with Hook’s character, though, has been pretty well developed. I’ve mentioned this before, but when they took him off the leathery one-liner filled bench and used him, both Hook and Colin O’Donoghue have risen to the occasion. The use of flashbacks in “Swan Song” was the perfect way to illustrate the character’s growth from the point we met him up until now.

There were lot of really strong, emotional moments in this episode. Every confrontation between Emma and Hook (particularly their “final” moment) packed an emotional wallop that Once hasn’t felt for several seasons. I’m not too surprised, because (lately, anyway) O’Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison have been doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Since the season called for it, those two in particular have risen to the occasion and did some of their (and the show’s) best work yet. All that to say, it’s not surprising that their scenes got me emotional. Powerful stuff.

If I have a quibble, it’s how they’re handling Rumplestiltskin. They couldn’t explore him as a hero for like, a day, before he turns back into a rat and goes crawling back to his dark magic? You shouldn’t misunderstand me here, because evil Rumple is one of the more fascinating characters on the show. His sense of loyalty and desire is always shifting, which makes for good TV. But, I think fleshing out his hero arc would’ve been the way to go, here. He’s been the Dark One, why can’t he be a good guy for a bit? And poor Belle!

While it could’ve been better (especially in terms of plot choices), I was extremely impressed by “Swan Song.” It solidified a creative rejuvenation of this show that I never thought possible. I have admitted several times before that I almost quit watching this show, but I am SO. GLAD. that I didn’t. If you’re among those who have given up, it might be time to go back.


Sheila / December 1st, 2015

Before we dive into this recap, it is important that you are very well aware that there will be major spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own risk.

I don’t know about you guys, ONCE UPON A TIME fans, but I did not see that coming.

First, they left us hanging two weeks ago with the fact that Emma had turned Killian into a Dark One in order to save his life. That was already a punch to the stomach, but she did it out of love, because she couldn’t bear the thought of living without him.

And then this week’s episode happened.

Now that was a mean one-two punch to the face. I am not even getting into the Captain Swan angst yet, but just the fact that the darkness took over Killian so completely that he not only played Emma, but he was the one who cast the curse in the first place were mind-boggling. As if that wasn’t enough, he was the one to summon every single Dark One that has ever existed in order to destroy all light magic. I mean… what the hell just happened?

We start “Broken Heart” right where “Birth” left off. Killian has just found out that he is a Dark One and he is extremely pissed off, especially when Zelena returns his memories. In retaliation, he wipes Emma’s memory and disappears, taking all the dreamcatchers with him. And because that isn’t enough, Zelena puts that magic binding bracelet on Emma, so now, not only she can’t remember what her plan was going forward, but she is completely powerless to do anything. It doesn’t help that pretty much everyone is very wary of her – with good reason, in their mind – so she is basically isolated from everything and everyone. The last nail on her proverbial coffin is when Henry refuses to trust her and leaves. Of course, Killian is the one to put a knife through her heart when he throws all her issues in her face, and, holy mother of God, the look in her eyes when he tells her he wants to hurt her as much as she hurt him was heartbreaking.

Dark!Hook is equal parts cruel, terrifying and sexy and I have to say that Colin O’Donoghue really surprised me. I knew he was talented, but he took a character that had been a lovesick puppy dog – as he said so himself – and turned him around, transforming him into a completely different character. He is not that Captain Hook we met all the way back in Season 2 and he is not the good man Killian had become. No, this version of Hook as the Dark One is something completely new and Colin did an amazing job. His mannerisms, the way he talks, the way he carries himself are all completely different. At the same time that my heart was breaking for Emma and Killian – for her because she loved him so much and only did this to him to save his life; and for him, because he became the one thing he completely loathed and had spent centuries trying to get rid of his own darkness – I was overjoyed to watch such a powerful performance from both Jennifer Morrison and Colin O’Donoghue. It was so good. So, so good. “Broken Heart” was probably the best episode of the season so far and I am so curious as to where they are taking this storyline.

Hook was immediately consumed by the darkness, both in Camelot and in Storybrooke and it was just so completely heartbreaking to see him killing Merlin and playing Emma in order to get what he wanted. His interaction with both the darkness in Rumple’s form and Rumplestiltskin in Storybrooke was hilarious and so refreshing. Robert Carlyle and Colin work so well together and I had missed seeing them really get into it. In other news, Henry ended up forgiving Emma and helped her get the dreamcatchers back, so everyone’s memories were restored just in time for them to figure out what Hook’s plan actually is, but not fast enough for them to stop him. Also, Regina and Robin let Zelena finally meet her daughter and it was actually a very, very touching moment. There may be hope yet for the Wicked Witch.

Everything about this season made so much sense in this episode and it all came full circle. Excalibur, Merlin’s absense in Storybrooke, Emma’s determination to leave everyone in the dark. I seriously can’t get over how all the pieces fell into all the right places and just how absolutely devastated I am for our Swan.


Sheila / December 1st, 2015

After nine episodes and a short, but still inconvenient hiatus, Once Upon A Time returned and finally gave us the full story as to what happened in Camelot. We saw the aftermath of Emma turning Hook into a Dark One and we learned whose heart ended up in the Dark Curse potion. We also got a glimpse of what Nimue and the other past Dark One’s deemed their endgame. Basically, “Broken Heart” proved to be much too tame of an episode title. Totally annihilated heart would have been much more fitting to go with the audience’s tears.

Let’s back up a little bit to pick up where we left off. Hook and Zelena teamed up to stop Emma from murdering Zelena (not cool, Emma), and to learn the real reason she took everyone’s memories. Zelena used the dreamcatcher to pop Hook’s memories back into place. It turned out, he died in Camelot after getting nicked with Excalibur (damn you for being the worst, Arthur), but Emma didn’t want to let him go so she stripped the darkness out of Merlin and put it into Hook. As Killian Jones lay dying in the field of flowers, he begged Emma not to make him the thing he hated most, but Emma loved him too much to let him go. That’s when she went completely dark and Killian was whisked off to be reborn as Dark One Hook.

With his memories back in place, his first order of business in Storybrooke was to take Emma’s memories and let Zelena put the magic cuff on her. Then he left her behind to go deal with some Dark One business (which we’ll get to). Emma’s family found her magic-less and decided to leave her that way because they love her, but don’t trust her (fair enough). But hearing Henry let his mother have it hurt a lot and Emma didn’t understand why he could forgive Rumple and Regina, but not her. Henry expected better of her, but more than that, he knew she was still on the dark side because she wanted to do everything herself and not let anyone help her.

How much did that revelation hurt? Emma’s spent so much of her life alone that she always falls back on being the orphaned girl who no one cares about so she has to take care of herself. And obviously that’s not the case any longer since she has nothing but people who care about her, but of course Emma’s not going to see it that way when she’s got every Dark One ever whispering in her ear (and it didn’t help that her family and friends all rejected her plan to save Killian in Camelot). So I can’t blame Emma for thinking she needed to fix everything herself, but I also don’t blame Henry for calling her out on it because she was wrong. This is just one of the many moments this episode stomped on my heart.

We have to circle back to Camelot now and Hook’s initial reaction to becoming the Dark One. We saw the pain he suffered at the hands of Rumple and then Dark One Rumple popped up to greet him when he rose in his monk’s robes (two things: 1) Dark Ones are hilarious and 2) for someone who’s always despised magic, Killian definitely seemed to be a quick learner). Rumple told the newest Dark One he could finally have what he’s always wanted – to kill him – but they had to go back to Storybrooke first. Killian rejected the idea of the Dark Curse because he was not about to kill Emma, the person he loved most (my heart, you guys). But Rumple insisted there might be another way.

Emma sought out Killian and he let her have it for turning him into the Dark One. I can’t say that I’m mad over some of the things he said to Emma because he spoke the truth. He pointed out that he’s always there for her, always believes in her, always gives her a choice, even when her own mother didn’t, but she didn’t believe in him enough to trust him. While I do understand Emma’s issues (see above), I also think there are times where she’s been careless with Killian’s feelings (and her parents’ and other people’s too) so if it took the darkness to air the dirty laundry, so be it. But here’s the thing. Emma’s grown and matured (which has been wonderful to watch) so she accepted his feelings and assured him that she wanted the future with him and she said ‘I love you’ first for the first time and asked that he trust her to save both of them (That moment and the look on Killian’s face may go down as one of my favorite all time moments on this show).

They went looking for Merlin and that’s when he was creating the message the group watched a few episodes back – the one about finding Nimue. Hook went inside the diner to retrieve Merlin and that’s when everything went south. It turned out he’d been playing Emma and was still listening to the other Dark Ones. He snatched Merlin’s heart and Nimue explained since all the Dark Ones were part of him and she loved Merlin, it was a loophole that would allow the curse to work. That’s when Emma arrived and things turned ugly. The truth came out, but the savior was not about to lose without a fight. She took Killian’s memories and everyone else’s and held him in her arms as the curse overtook them (can we take a moment to swoon over the parallel to Snow and Charming and the curse that started it all? We see what you did there, show).

Anyway, back to Storybrooke. Hook sets out to find Rumple so they can meet on his ship for a duel. He wants to punish him for taking his hand, killing Milah, and setting the darkness loose on Emma (your true love is showing, Captain). Rumple agrees to fight him and Hook even takes away his limp to make it more of a fair fight. All Rumple has to do is disarm him, and then use Excalibur to vanquish him once and for all. Rumple manages to get the upper hand and the sword, but he’s a hero now so he’s not going to kill him. He’d much rather force Hook to live with the knowledge that Rumple beat him. Hook seems okay with that, which seems off, just like the fact that he allowed Rumple to win in the first place because come on. He’s a Dark One. He could have stopped him.

At the library, Emma pleaded with Henry to trust her and help her track down the dreamcatchers. She knew Hook took her memories for a reason and she needed to know why so they could stop him. Henry borrowed a locator spell from Gold’s shop and they found them in the clock tower, but they were protected by magic. Henry used the rest of the squid ink to free Emma because he believed she wanted to change since she came to him for help instead of going it alone (aw). In turn, Emma and Henry met up with the others and Emma returned everyone’s memories, including her own. That meant she knew what Hook’s ultimate plan was…which turned out to be bringing hell to Storybrooke.

Remember that fight he “lost” with Rumple? He needed his blood in order to open the door to the underworld (because Rumple had died, gone to hell, and come back). Once he placed it in the water, a ship came around the bend carrying Nimue and all of the other Dark Ones. They all want to join forces and stomp out the light once and for all. We need to talk more about this, but first, there are two other plot points to mention from the episode:

Robin and Regina agreed to let Zelena have supervised visits with her daughter. Regina believed there might be hope for her sister since loving Henry saved Regina. Did anyone else expect Zelena to poof away as soon as they placed that nameless baby girl in her arms? I’m shocked she didn’t because even as a Zelena fan, I can’t imagine she’s going to be redeemed. But I guess trust is the first step or whatever (still seems a little too risky though). Also, show, would it kill you to let Regina and Robin have important conversations onscreen? I hope these two get more to do in 5B.

As for Rumple and Belle, she showed up to meet him at the well where they got married after he survived his fight with Dark Hook. But Belle did not want to sweep everything under the rug and try again. She’s totally cool with Rumple being on Team Hero now and she’s proud of him, but she has to protect her heart. She’s believed his lies one too many times. I applauded her decision. I’m not against true love winning in the end, this is Once Upon A Time, but I think it’s too soon to just pretend like all the bad things didn’t happen. Yes, Rumple is pure now and magic free, but I can’t blame Belle for needing time. She’s earned that.

Now, back to Dark Hook and some of the terrible things he said to Emma (and about Milah). While I may have been okay with him calling her out on a few things in Camelot, it broke my heart into tiny pieces when he threw the orphan thing in her face along with all of her other deep fears and personal demons. No one can hurt us more than the people who love us most. The darkness knew all the proper buttons to push and after three seasons of watching Killian Jones rise to becoming one of the driving forces of Team Hero, these scenes were painful to watch (but also incredible because Colin O’Donoghue, people. This is how you talent). We have to remember it was the darkness speaking because the show made a point of stressing hero Killian died.

But here’s the thing. I don’t quite believe what the episode is telling us to believe. Hook gave himself over to the darkness a little too fast. Call me a delusional if you want, but I’ve been watching this show for almost 100 episodes now and we’ve never seen a character backslide this fast. Killian Jones is a survivor. He doesn’t just die and let the darkness take over. Throw in the fact that next week is the midseason finale and combine it with the way Emma’s behaved as a Dark One. She did bad things, but for good reasons. Yes, she’s the savior, but if there’s one thing this show loves, it’s parallels. Emma pushed everyone away to make her plan succeed. Maybe Hook’s doing the same thing. Maybe he’s gathering the Dark Ones in one place to allow Emma to get rid of them once and for all. And in doing so, she’d right the wrong and let Killian die for the greater good (just typing that hurts me).


Sheila / November 30th, 2015

I have to admit that there are times when I’ve planned on giving up Once Upon A Time. I have genuinely loved the show for a long time, but sometimes it feels like there is too much good TV on. Today, however, was not one of those days. Season 5 has injected new creative juices into the show, and it has become so much more compelling to watch than the few previous seasons. After a long weekend filled with turkey and travelling, the last thing I wanted to do was sit down with this episode, but “Broken Heart” proved absolutely worth my while, and was probably the best episode of the season.

This week on Once Upon A Time: Hook, now with his memories in tact, traps Emma and frees Zelena. Then, he sets out to get his revenge on Emma, Rumplestiltskin, and everyone in Storybrooke. The flashbacks provide further information on Hook’s dark adventures in Camelot, and reveal why Emma stole everyone’s memories. Robin and Regina try to fight Zelena with good instead of evil. Rumple and Hook battle.

Honestly, this episode had me enthralled. As I’ve talked about in my previous reviews, I really appreciated the new direction that Emma has gone this season. That being said, doing the same thing with Hook was even better. As much as I appreciate the leather-clad smoldering and quick, witty comments that Hook usually provides to Once, “Broken Heart” returned him to his villainous ways. Motivated by a ‘broken heart’, revenge, and everything in between, Colin O’Donoghue has turned Hook into the show’s most compelling character overnight.

I also appreciated that Emma was motivated by her love for those involved over everything. Even though we got to see the cool, dark side to Emma this season, she’s a hero at her core and she needed to stay that way. Jennifer Morrison has been ridiculously fun to watch over these past 10, but it’s about time she returns to heroism to try and pull Hook back from the brink.

“Broken Hearts” had perhaps the best use of flashbacks that Once has done in recent memory. They’re really successful when they take things we already know, like Hook becoming a “Dark One,” and still using it to twist and turn the plot. Like (SPOILERS) Hook killing Merlin? Brutal, but an excellent, compelling twist.

More than anything, I appreciate that Season 5B (or so it would seem) will be directly tied to 5A in some way. Given what has already been revealed about a journey to the underworld, Season 5A and 5B appear to be directly related. Not to dog the way the last few seasons have played out, but Once is at its absolute best when all 22 (ish) episodes tell a pretty closely related story. With next week as the fall finale, they could not possibly resolve every extraneous plot thread by next week, and I’m so excited to see where that goes.

Okay. I’m revoking one star for the RumBelle “twist.” Not necessary. They’ve been through enough.

Any good theories on how next week sends characters to the underworld? I’m assuming that they will attempt to rescue a character from the dead, whether it be Hook, Emma, or someone already dead like Merlin. Of course I’m just spitballing based on what I already know. Would love to hear your theories!

I still think “Broken Heart” was the best episode of the season so far. I’m hoping the fall finale will top it.


Sheila / November 30th, 2015

By Amy Ratcliffe Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

“Birth” answered several questions about Emma’s motivations but not all of them. “Broken Heart” filled in the gaps and showed Emma didn’t embrace darkness. Not really. She stumbled into it because of her decision to protect Hook. Love and fear pushed her into a corner, and she made a snap decision. It’s hard to blame her. If anything was going to push her over the edge, the loss of a loved one would be it (points to Snow for understanding Emma’s choice). On the other hand, Hook being the reason behind the curse and death of Merlin undermines Emma. She hasn’t been the Dark One to her core, just superficially, and it feels like a waste.

Hook’s fall has me conflicted, too. It’s a delight to see Colin O’Donoghue as an even more evil version of his former self. The way he plays the villain is right up there with Rebecca Mader’s Zelena — man, those two characters need to team up more. However, his actions happened too quickly and too drastically. Emma grounded him, but then the second he found out she lied about Excalibur, he lost it. What? Sure, his background is different than Emma’s; he’s been a villain before and is probably more susceptible to the Darkness’s influence. It was still rushed.

It’s not like Hook committed some small crime. He killed Merlin and crushed the oldest heart of them all. We needed at least another episode of him struggling before getting to such a high level of badness. It was too much too fast. His desire for revenge is strong, and his love for Emma was the only reason it was under control — I get it. No matter how I try to rationalize it, I can’t make it add up.

Hook’s rash actions did lead to the most interesting cliffhanger of the season. All the Dark Ones have arrived to Storybrooke. The herd of Dark Ones (a group of Dark Ones probably has a cooler label than “herd’) is arguably one of the most serious threats our characters have faced. No pressure, but the battle and resolution have a lot to live up to.

The return of vengeful Hook also brought a fight between him and Rumplestiltskin. After saving Belle from Merida, Rumple’s mettle was tested here and he surprised me. He stayed true to his now heroic nature and opted to duel without magic to make it fair. He took only himself to face Hook, and it was a brave move. It was hilarious and fitting that the only way Rumple won was because another version of himself distracted Hook; his victory wouldn’t have made sense without some sort of outside help.

His triumph led to the most satisfying scene of the episode. Rumple is finally a man who deserves Belle’s love, but she said no. Belle has been lied to by this man repeatedly to the point where it was emotionally abusive. Not anymore though. She stood up for herself and her heart, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. It’s a position all too many of us can relate to, and it had to be a hard decision to make. She took such a forward leap.

Regina inched forward, too. She’s still cautious with her sister, but she saw another path and she’s being the bigger person. Let’s hope motherhood isn’t all that changes the Wicked Witch. Zelena wins for best quote of the episode with “Once you go green, you’ll never go queen.”

The Verdict

This week’s Once won the day in the small moments. Years of fleshing out characters and their relationships paid off in scenes like the one with Henry and Emma reconciling and Regina bringing Zelena over for a visit with her daughter. We got to see Belle stand up for herself, and we saw the biggest threat of them all introduced. But as far as Emma and Hook are concerned, the story fell short. Hook’s fall was too rushed and sort of undermined Emma’s turn to the dark side.


Sheila / November 16th, 2015

There’s nothing like two hours of Once Upon A Time to end your weekend the right way. I mean, this show literally has everything. There’s magic, swordplay, warriors, werewolves, pretty much every Disney character, and even more than that. Once really has it all, and there was a lot of it on display in this week’s double serving. Good thing there’s something for everyone, right?

This week on Once Upon A Time: Emma’s plan starts to take shape. Hook finds out everything that happened in Camelot. Emma’s spell expedites the growth of Zelena’s baby, causing it to be born. In Camelot, Emma works to save her loved ones from Zelena and Arthur. Merida, along with her allies Ruby and Mulan, seek the helmet her father wore in his final battle.

For starters, I’m very glad that Captain Hook had plenty to do this week. For the last few seasons, he’s provided a lot of witty comments and smoldering looks, but the story has been focused elsewhere. To have him and Emma reconcile their dark pasts and just get together would be WAY too easy, so I’m really glad that they have to earn it. Hook’s “dark side” hasn’t come out for a few seasons now, so I’m hoping it will get to stay for awhile. Colin O’Donoghue does a great job with the role, and I’m excited to see it expand.

Did Dark Emma seem a little different to anyone else this week? She seemed a little more affected and intentional in her dialogue. Perhaps it’s just something I haven’t noticed previously. But “Dark Emma” from Storybrooke and “Emma” from Camelot really seemed like two different people in this episode. Just an observation. Might’ve been a subtle nod at the shift in perspective that came with the reveal about Hook, but I’m still not entirely sure I didn’t imagine it.

Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoyed seeing Ruby and Mulan (and Dr. Whale in his iZombie hair) back again, but I’m not sure that their reintroduction was totally organic. It felt pretty forced. However, I’m willing to extend my suspension of disbelief if it means we get to see more of these incredibly talented actresses. Ruby, Mulan, and Merida are all rich characters with lots of story possibilities. Perhaps we will get to see a female band of Merry Men-like characters? That would be a fun way to continue using them. I thought the story reached a little bit to include them, but as they say on the internet, I ain’t even mad.

Overall, I’m really liking the story and where it’s going. Dark Emma and now Dark Hook battling against Zelena and heroic Rumpelstiltskin and King Arthur. It SOUNDS overcrowded, but it doesn’t feel that way at all. It’s actually quite exciting and feels fresh, but still true to the show. If you have been following the news about Once Upon A Time, it sounds like they are casting for Hercules characters including Hades. Now, here’s my insane fan theory: Hook (or Emma) dies, and Season 5B is about saving him/her from the underworld. Thoughts?

“Birth” and “The Bear King” were a solid couple of episodes that brought the excitement to a season-high level. I’m so pumped to see where the series goes from here.


Sheila / November 16th, 2015

By Amy Ratcliffe Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Tonight’s Once Upon a Time was a two-hour special, but since the episodes are only connected by a thread, we’re reviewing them separately [You can find our review of the second half, “The Bear King” by clicking here]. The first hour, “Birth,” took place in Storybrooke and Camelot and tackled the all-important subject of why Emma became Dark Swan. After all this time waiting without any hints, so much happened so quickly that it felt rushed. Still, they took what could have been a mundane motivation and made it more impactful.

The unsurprising part of the equation is Hook was involved. After we saw what happened with Merlin and Nimue, it was the obvious guess a threat to Hook would somehow be involved in making Emma decide to embrace darkness. And he was part of her transformation. They decided to closely parallel the Nimue plot by turning Hook into another Dark One, and since we didn’t know that was technically possible, it was a shock. It’s cruel to turn Hook into the thing he has fought against for decades, first with Rumplestiltskin and then with Emma. This brings all sorts of potential to the table for Hook’s development and if they stick with it, gives Colin O’Donoghue the opportunity to stretch his legs as a different kind of villain.

O’Donoghue gave a strong display of some of his acting chops tonight. He was compelling and sort of scary as angry Hook and also incredibly adorable in scenes with Emma (pre-Dark Swan Emma, obviously). Their relationship is believable, and given how Emma has affected his path, it’s easy to see why Hook would want things to work out between them and want to help her. After he went on about his own past at length and promised forgiveness for anything Emma had done, he not only turned his back on Emma but made a move to team up with Zelena against her. Huh?

Sure, Emma turned Hook into something he hates. How did he not know he was a Dark One? Erasing his memory shouldn’t have erased the darkness inside him. Weren’t other Dark Ones trying to talk to Hook in the same way they were talking to Emma? Hopefully we’ll learn more about those details in the future. Logistics aside, Hook overreacted to what Emma did. Yes, her decision to save him by making him the Dark One wasn’t ideal, but how can he not recognize he’d do the same if he were in her shoes? It didn’t ring true.

Regina, however, acted in character in regards to her response to Emma. She took a tough love approach that fits right in with what we know about her and continued on her heroic path by saving Zelena despite the fact she probably didn’t truly want to. Bonus: Regina got to crack the best joke by asking Dr. Whale about his dye job.

Emma’s needs with Zelena were a switch, too. She happily didn’t want the baby, and it was a nice balance for her to use dark magic to save an innocent life. As far as what she wanted to do with Zelena, you have to admit it was at least well thought out. How awful would her plan be, really? Zelena does nothing but try to cause pain and harm others, and while it’s not Emma’s job to be judge and jury, you can certainly see where she’s coming from — which is an interesting angle to explore.

The Verdict

The first installment of tonight’s two-part yet separate Once Upon a Time episodes addressed nearly all the questions about the whys and hows of Emma’s decision. Hook was an obvious choice, but the part about him also becoming a Dark One was an unexpected move and a smart way to twist the story. It was weird to follow the big reveal with a barely related adventure starring Merida though.


Naomi / May 29th, 2014

Here’s the part where Colin’s amazing acting skills are mentioned.

That said, the Neverland arc dragged on far too long. Watching the Storybrooke heroes tramp around the jungle got boring. However, the time spent hunting Peter Pan gave them a chance to develop and to grow together. We learned that Hook’s interactions with Emma were more than innocent flirtations, and we saw him continue to change. He assisted Charming with no real ulterior motives and was honest with Emma about Neal. Colin O’Donoghue got more to do this season, and he delivered across the board.


Who Is Colin?

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Colin O’Donoghue is an Irish actor/musician. He was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland on January 26th, 1981. He is best known for his role as Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time and his role as Michael Kovak in the Rite.

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