After a couple of mediocre weeks, we’re finally getting to the good stuff. I’ve had my suspicions about Gold’s son and have even voiced those suspicions a couple of times in previous recaps. If you haven’t seen the episode yet and don’t want to be spoiled, then trust me, you don’t want to read any further until you watch it in full. We get some answers this week, and this recap will contain spoilers.
Now that that’s out of the way, I feel like it’s taken quite a bit of time for this season to really get started. There are still some things left hanging in the wind and I’m wondering if we’ll ever get back to them. Like Mulan and Aurora for instance. They’re still stuck in present day FTL looking for Phillip. To be honest I won’t be heartbroken if we don’t make it back there anytime soon but still. The other loose thread, and I’ve mentioned this before too, is August. I’m extremely curious to know where he hobbled off to. I know that we’ll see him again in a few weeks, but how will they explain that one? Is he August again, or is he stuck as Pinocchio?
I do like that we’re getting more evil Regina. She’s at her best when she’s wreaking havoc but I don’t think things with her mom are going to go smoothly. Just keep giving us a decent amount of Hook and his smarmy comments and I’ll be happy because he’s been a nice distraction this season. Back to the episode at hand, last week we left off with Gold being affected by having to remove the shawl when going through airport security and I figured they’d expand on that, but not this week. Also, Henry and Emma are along for the ride while Storybrooke welcomed its newest resident with the addition of Anton aka “Tiny”.
After a two-week break Once Upon a Time is back with a story that focuses on betrayal, misconceptions and Jorge Garcia’s giant. We first saw the giant who dwells at the top of the beanstalk earlier this season when Emma and Mary Margaret were searching for the compass. He was a bit cranky and doesn’t like humans very much, and this week’s episode showed us why he’s got such a bone to pick with them. I will say, his reasons are valid.
Once again the CGI ends up being this show’s Achilles heel and if you remember the last episode with the giant, then you’ll remember how atrocious the CGI was. It doesn’t get much better here unfortunately, but if you can manage to look past it, this ended up being a decent episode. I am happy that they went back and gave us the full story.
Last week’s episode saw quite a bit of action right at the end when Hook tried to enact his revenge against Mr. Gold. His plan was to take the thing that Gold loved most, which resulted in Belle taking a bullet, which forced her over the town line effectively erasing her memories as Belle. The car that came speeding into Storybrooke, hit Hook, then crashed but more important is the fact that an outsider has come to Storybrooke. What type of ramifications is this going to have? No one knows yet, but this latest episode focuses on how the locals want to deal with it.
This episode also focuses on Dr. Whale, or as we found out a while back, Dr. Frankenstein. Dr. Whale is a background character that we really haven’t seen much of this season, but this week he takes center stage as we find out what drives him.
Over the course of this series run, it’s been one back story after another, but we’ve not seen one concerning THE main character. Emma’s past has been under wraps, with nary a trail of breadcrumbs. That all changes this week however, and we finally get to see who Emma was prior to her bounty hunting days that kicked off the pilot episode.
Last week ended with Emma, Mary Margaret, Mulan, Aurora and Hook as they came upon the beanstalk. There’s been a lot of talk about how Jorge Garcia was cast as the Giant and in this week’s episode, we finally get to see him. I do like how the creators have brought back a couple of the Lost cast members and I had high hopes for this thread. The one sacrifice that was made in this episode is the fact that there is nothing more than a minute or so spent in Storybrooke. I’ll get to that at the end of the recap, along with my thoughts on this episode as a whole.
Ever since last season the question on who exactly Dr. Whale is has been nagging at me. I had my suspicions but didn’t think that they’d turn out to be true, mainly because my theory didn’t jive with the typical fairy tale worlds. I guess I need to stop thinking on linear terms and realize that the writers will find ways to work around such trivial roadblocks. This week we’re back to three timelines, which means we get to see a bit of Emma and Mary Margaret, but we also get an emotional Regina, and the scoop on Dr. Whale. On a sidenote…can I say how much I adore David Anders?
You ever have those characters in television shows, movies or even books that you just wanted to beat the crap out of? Then there are the characters that are vile and horrible human beings but you can’t help that you actually root for them. And then there are those who you know you should hate, but for whatever reason you just can’t. I threw together a list of my top seven, in no particular order, hates, loves and love to hates. Starting with…for me anyway, the one character that I had such a deep-rooted hatred for, it made me want to throw the book and not finish it. Yes it’s petty and immature, but hey, I couldn’t help it. Read on to find out who it is.