Once Upon a Time’s season finale takes on Robert Louis Stevenson [Spolier Alert]

The season finale of Once Upon a Time had a lot going on. The writers decided to move on from Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm brothers to Robert Louis Stevenson. Here’s my attempt at a brief recap.

Rumpelstiltskin tethers all of the magic in Storybrooke to the Olympian crystal in an attempt to harness enough magic to wake Belle. Henry sees magic as bad and decides he’s going to destroy the Olympian crystal to get rid of magic.

Before Henry destroys magic, Zelena sends everyone in Storybrooke back to the Enchanted Forest, but when she tries to close the portal, Hook, the Charmings, and Zelena are sucked in and end up in another realm. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde happen to live in that realm.

Henry tracks down the Holy Grail and uses it to destroy magic. Only then, he discovers that the Charmings and company are stuck in another realm. Belle is also in that realm because Mr. Hyde had opened a portal and took the box Belle is in.

Of course, to bring everyone back from the other realm, Henry has to restore magic. Rumpel takes Henry, Regina, and Emma to see someone who still has magic and he reminds them that they just have to believe. Henry convinces a crowd to make wishes and it opens a portal that brings the Charmings and company back, including Dr. Jekyll who used a serum to separate himself from Mr. Hyde.

Rumpel goes through the portal and strikes a deal with Mr. Hyde to get Belle back. Mr. Hyde gives Rumpel information on how to wake Belle in exchange for Storybrooke.

Meanwhile, Regina uses the serum Dr. Jekyll used to separate herself from the evil queen. Once separated, Regina kills the evil queen or so she thinks. Apparently, killing the evil queen isn’t easy because at the end of the finale she’s still alive. It appears the evil queen and Mr. Hyde are next season’s villains.

I still haven’t decided whether I’ll watch next season. I’m having a hard time with the evil queen being back and Mr. Hyde being in Storybrooke.

What did you think of the season finale? Will you watch next season?


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Sibling rivalry dominates Once Upon a Time

Once upon a Time returned to one of its old storylines. Last night, we were treated to an hour of sibling rivalry.

I’ll start with James and David. James locks David up at the sheriff’s office after telling David that he’s going to take his life by pretending to be David. James goes into the woods with Emma to bring supplies to Robin and that’s when the truth comes out. James planned with Cruella to take Robin and Zelena’s baby to Hades.

James and Cruella take Emma and Robin to the dock and Hook and David show up to save the day. David and James fight and James ends up in the water never to be heard from again and Cruella runs off.

Now, let’s discuss Zelena, Regina, and Cora. Regina wants to break up Zelena and Hades and turns to Cora for help. Regina and Cora try to give Zelena water that will make her forget Hades, but it backfires. Cora realizes her unfinished business is bringing Regina and Zelena back together.

We learn from flashbacks that Regina and Zelena knew each other when they were young, but Cora made them forget each other. Cora brings back those memories and Regina and Zelena are together again.

Cora says goodbye to both daughters and it appears at first that she’s going to Hell, but then a bright light appears and she goes to Heaven. Regina then tells Zelena to go to Hades because she believes Zelena might be able to change him.

Unfortunately, Rumpelstiltskin and Peter Pan have other plans and they kidnap Zelena before she can get to Hades.

To say Once Upon a Time has gotten ridiculous would be an understatement. I can’t believe I’m still watching, but I’ve invested so much into this season that I feel I should finish it.

What do you think about the latest on Once Upon a Time?

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Once Upon a Time goes to Hell

We knew it was coming and, last night, it finally happened — Once Upon a Time went to Hell, which strangely looks like Storybrooke.

Emma and company go to the underworld to get Hook and all of the villains with unfinished business are there, including the blind witch, Cruella, Peter Pan, and Cora.

Cora and Regina have a nice little family reunion in which Cora tells Regina that she has to think about herself and leave. When Regina refuses to leave her friends, Cora tells Regina if she doesn’t leave, her father will suffer.

Rumpelstiltskin visits his pawn shop to find a potion that will allow them to find Hook. Peter Pan owns the shop and he tries to make a deal with Rumpelstiltskin in which someone doesn’t make it back to Storybrooke, but Pan does. Rumpelstiltskin doesn’t accept.

Emma and company go to Hook’s grave to pour the potion over it and talk to him. Hook’s image appears beaten, but he can’t hear Emma. His image disappears without telling them where he is and Emma tells Regina to leave with Henry and Robin.

Regina pours the potion on her father’s grave and apologizes for killing him. Her father tells her to stay to help her friends, even though Cora plans to make him suffer. He believes in her and knows Regina is good.

Regina stays and Cora tries to set Regina’s father on fire, but soon after Cora disappears, the fire goes out and a bright light appears. Because her father finished his business, which was to make sure Regina stood against her mother and didn’t turn dark, he went to Heaven. Twice the writers had the opportunity to call the better place Heaven and twice they didn’t so I’m saying it.

Cora goes to see the devil who isn’t happy about Regina’s father. Why? Because he left and went to Heaven. The devil tells Cora that Regina will pay and punishes Cora by putting her in her old peasant clothes.

The flashback showed the battle between Regina’s parents and, as in the present day, Regina prevailed over her mother.

What did you think of Once Upon a Time’s return?




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Once Upon a Time: We’re going to Hell

As I watched the winter finale of Once Upon a Time, I was stunned to see Hook die. I didn’t think the writers would go there and thought maybe Colin O’Donoghue wanted to leave.

When the twist unfolded and I discovered that the point of the first half of this season was to make Rumpelstiltskin the Dark One again, I liked the twist, but was disgusted that they killed Hook in the process. To make matters worse, it appears Hook ended up in the underworld, even though the darkness was taken from him and he was good when he died. If that’s not ridiculous enough, Emma decides she’s going to get Hook back.

Yes, folks, when Once Upon a Time returns on March 6, everyone is going to Hell to save Hook. While I think this storyline is absurd, I’m curious to see how all of this plays out. What will happen to Regina and Rumpel when people they sent to the underworld see them? Once they find Hook, how will they return to Storybrooke? When they return to Storybrooke, will other characters follow? I wouldn’t mind seeing Cora return, but I can’t take more of Peter Pan. I hope he stays in Hell.

What did you think of the winter finale? What characters are you looking forward to seeing again?


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Once Upon a Time: The bad boy is back [Spoiler Alert]

I loved when Hook was a bad boy and, apparently, the writers agreed because Hook is a Dark One.

Once Hook realizes he’s a Dark One he wipes out Emma’s memories and goes after Rumpel for revenge. He challenges Rumpel to a duel.

While Regina and company look for a way to stop Hook, Rumpel realizes that he can’t run from Hook. He swears that if he survives, he’ll be the man that Belle deserves.

Hook and Rumpel duel each other and Rumpel beats Hook. Even though he could easily kill Hook with Excalibur, he chooses not to and Hook disappears.

Hook visits Emma while she is being guarded by Merida and he tells Emma how much he wants to hurt her. He’s angry and he likes the darkness. Hook doesn’t care that Emma only turned him into a Dark One to save his life.

Emma isn’t willing to give up on Hook and plans with Henry to get her memories, as well as everyone’s memories, back. Once her memories are back, she knows what Hook is up to.

Hook summons Nimue and the other Dark Ones to snuff out the light. Will he succeed? We’ll have to wait for the next episode to find out.

The flashbacks didn’t add much to the episode. However, we found out that Hook killed Merlin so that he could unleash the curse and go back to Storybrooke to get his revenge.

Hook is so evil that any hope of Emma and Hook getting back together might be gone for good.

What do you think of Hook as a Dark One?


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The Most Anticipated Dates on TV

I’ve been waiting and waiting, like everyone else, for Olicity to happen on Arrow and for Emma and Hook to get together on Once Upon a Time. The good news is Hook and Emma are off to a good start. The bad news is Oliver and Felicity are already over. (Yeah, Oliver is a bit of a drag.)

I’m going to save the best for last and start with Arrow. Oliver decides to have a life outside of being Arrow. He asks Felicity on a date and she, of course, says yes. After all, like the rest of us, she’s been waiting a long time for Oliver to make a move.

They go to a nice restaurant and their date is cut short when a rocket is launched into the restaurant by someone trying to kill Oliver. Felicity is injured and he brings her back to his lair. He realizes then that he can’t be Oliver. He can only be Arrow, which means no personal life. Poor Felicity!

He talks to Felicity about what happened and Felicity knows that it’s over and she’s right. Oliver kisses her, but it’s more of a kiss goodbye than a passionate kiss.

Is it ridiculous that I’m still holding out hope for Olicity?

The second episode once again showed Oliver’s struggle to be just Arrow, Starling City’s protector, not a human being with emotions. I think eventually he’ll realize that he has to find a balance. He has to allow his human side to come out and that means Felicity might get another chance.

Now onto Emma and Hook and their epic date. For the date, Hook had Rumplestiltskin, restore his hand. That’s right, the hook was gone for a short time anyway.

Hook planned the date and took Emma to an Italian restaurant. It was very Lady and the Tramp.

All was going well until Will Scarlett spilled wine all over Emma and Hook reached out with his reattached hand, which Rumplestiltskin told him could cause him act to act differently because it was part of the Old Hook.

When he grabbed Will Scarlett, he sounded like the Old Hook when he told Will to apologize to Emma. Despite the hand, the date went well. Hook asked Emma out again and we got another kiss. Looks like we’re in for a lot more Hook and Emma.

Which TV date have you been waiting for?

Once Upon a Time: A Preview of the Upcoming Season

The trailer for Season 4 of Once Upon a Time  shows that Storybrooke may be frozen.Frozen

Elsa’s story will most likely be the focus of the first half of Season 4. Regina and Rumplestiltskin have had a bad history with just about everyone who has come to Storybrooke. I expect Elsa to be no different.

If Elsa is the focus of the first half of Season 4, who will be the focus of the second half? It could be Maleficent. She is expected to be a recurring guest star this season. How she will be worked in when she was slain by Emma in Season 1 should be interesting?

This season also promises some interesting secondary story lines. Will Regina become evil now that Emma brought Marian back, ending Regina’s relationship with Robin? I believe it’s a strong possibility and an evil Regina is fun.

During last season’s finale, Belle and Rumplestiltskin got married. How long will their wedded bliss last? Belle believes she has the dagger, but Rumplestiltskin is currently the master of the dagger. What will happen when Belle learns the truth?

The knave, Will Scarlet, will be coming to Storybrooke. Will and Robin don’t have a great history. Will Robin be happy to see him?

And of course, last but certainly not least, is Hook and Emma’s budding romance. After waiting all of last season for Emma and Hook to kiss, Emma finally kissed him during the finale. Will there be more swoon worthy kisses? Will they be able to commit to each other? I hope so.

For a recap of last season’s finale, see A Recap of My Favorite Finales.

What are you looking forward to on the upcoming season of Once Upon a Time?



A Recap of My Favorite Finales

It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to our favorite TV shows until the next season. I watch quite a few shows, but three finales stuck out to me – Once Upon a Time, Arrow, and Hart of Dixie.

Once Upon a Time

The Once Upon a Time finale took us back in time with Hook and Emma. They were sucked into the portal that opened when Zelena died.

We got to see Emma dressed as a princess and Hook dressed as a dashing prince as they tried to get Charming and Snow together after they inadvertently changed history. What followed was a sweet story in which Emma watched her parents fall in love and realized how much she wanted to be with them in Storybrooke.

When Emma and Hook finally returned to Storybrooke, Emma thanked Hook for coming after her in New York and standing by her. He then admitted that he had given up the Jolly Roger for her. I had wondered what it would take for Emma to see that Hook was worthy of her attention. The Jolly Roger did it and Emma finally kissed Hook, which I had been waiting for all season.

Of course, poor Regina couldn’t get her happy ending with Robin. Emma took someone back from the past. That someone was Marian. Robin saw Marian and quickly forgot about Regina.

At the end, we got a hint at what next season will be about and it looks like Elsa might freeze all of Storybrooke.


Arrow delivered the epic battle between Oliver and Slade. The big question of the night was whether Oliver would kill Slade or find a way to defeat him without killing him. Oliver didn’t kill him.

In a plot twist, Oliver admitted to Felicity that he loved her. I, like everyone else, was singing hallelujah. It was the moment I had been waiting for since Felicity first appeared on the show. Later, that moment was ruined when we learned that it was all part of Oliver’s elaborate plot to take out Slade.

In that touching moment between Felicity and Oliver, he secretly handed Felicity the cure to the Mirakuru. Oliver knew Slade would be watching and would kidnap Felicity once he found out that Oliver loved her. Slade was so distracted that he didn’t notice Felicity had the syringe. She stabbed him with it and evened the odds between Slade and Oliver.

The final battle was spectacular, which I’ve come to expect from Arrow, and Oliver won, putting an end to Slade for now. Because Slade didn’t die, there’s always the chance that he could return.

Other highlights from the Arrow finale include Thea leaving Starling City and going off with Malcolm Merlyn, which leaves the door open for Roy to don the red mask and become Arsenal. Sara went back to the League, but gave her black leather jacket to Laurel. Did Sara pass the torch to Laurel? Will Laurel become the Black Canary?

Also, it appears Oliver first met Amanda Waller after he left the island, following his first battle with Slade. What did Oliver do for ARGUS? I guess we’ll have to wait until next season to find out.

Hart of Dixie

While I enjoyed both Once Upon a Time and Arrow, the Hart of Dixie finale had the most jaw-dropping moments. This was the episode of the hiccups because Zoe, Annabeth, and Crickett all had something important to say, but they couldn’t say it.

The backdrop for this episode was three weddings – Lily Anne and Meatball, Sylvia and Brando, and Crickett and Stanley. Lily Anne and Meatball chose to get married at the Rammer Jammer after Fancie’s burned down. They seemed happy until Lily Anne started listing every guy she’d ever been with in a crazy song she wrote for the wedding. They broke up, but the fun didn’t end there. Zoe took to the stage and told Wade that she loved him in front of everyone. I was ecstatic until Wade walked away without saying a word.

Crickett and Stanley were supposed to renew their wedding vows, but something was bothering Crickett. She stopped the wedding and told everyone that she’s gay. This was the biggest jaw-dropping moment of the episode. I didn’t see this one coming.

Soon after that, Annabeth told Davis that she couldn’t marry him because she was in love with someone else. I assumed she meant Lavon and I thought Lavon felt the same way until the road trip with Don Todd, George and Lavon’s idol. Don Todd went to tell his ex-wife that he still had feelings for her only to discover that she had moved on. George and Lavon realized they had to go after the women they loved before it was too late.

George went after Lemon who was boarding the Belles and Bachelors cruise. He got there too late. I thought it would then flash to Annabeth and Lavon. Instead, the crowd at the terminal parted and there was Lavon. That’s right. Lavon is still in love with Lemon.

Wade later showed up at Brando and Sylvia’s wedding. He gave up on the Rammer Jammer franchise. He told Zoe not to read too much into his staying, but Zoe told him she wasn’t giving up and neither am I.

What was your favorite season finale?


Once Upon a Time Is Finally Back

I finally have my Sunday night TV back. Once Upon a Time returned last night and didn’t disappoint.

When the mid-season finale ended, everyone, except Henry and Emma, had gone back to the Enchanted Forest. Henry and Emma ended up in New York with no memory of Storybrooke. No one was supposed to be able to return from the Enchanted Forest. Yet, Hook appeared at Emma’s door at the end of that episode, leaving us wondering how he was able to escape the Enchanted Forest.

Last night’s episode flashed back and forth between present day New York and one year ago in the Enchanted Forest. The show opened with Phillip and Aurora about to have a picnic when Regina and company returned. After a brief update from Aurora and Phillip, Snow and Charming decide to return to their kingdom united with Regina. On the way to their castle, Snow convinces Regina to find a way to be happy without Henry. Snow and Regina are then attacked by a flying monkey and are saved by Robin Hood. As they near the castle, Regina discovers that a protective spell has been cast and someone has taken over the castle. Regina isn’t happy and I’m sure will make whoever it is (the Wicked Witch) pay.

In present day New York, Emma is dating some guy who isn’t Hook. Thankfully, Hook interrupts her dinner with said guy to tell her once again that her family is in danger and to give her Neal’s address, knowing she’d check it out. Emma being Emma goes and investigates and finds a camera with Henry’s name on it.  When Emma seeks Hook out in the park, instead of listening to what he has to say, she has him arrested for assault. I have to admit if I were in Emma’s shoes and some strange guy offered me some potion to drink and told me it would give me my memories back, I’d be freaked out too. Luckily, Hook isn’t in jail long and Emma finally agrees to drink the potion and gets all of her memories back before she can accept the other guy’s wedding proposal.

Hook explains to Emma that he got word that there was another curse and that everyone was going to return to Storybrooke. Heartbroken that what she thought was real wasn’t, Emma tells the other guy that she can’t marry him and lucky for her that she made that decision because apparently for eight months she was dating a flying monkey. Ewww! I was completely grossed out.

After getting rid of the monkey, Emma returns to Storybrooke with Hook and Henry and finds her parents. Snow and Charming don’t know what happened. All they know is that the last year has been wiped out and, by the way, Snow is pregnant.

At the end, the Wicked Witch makes her appearance. Who is she? That answer will have to wait for another episode.

We also have to wait to see if Regina and Robin Hood will have their happy ending. Did Robin Hood make it to Storybrooke this time?

Poor Henry doesn’t remember Storybrooke at all. Will he get his memory back?

What secret did Aurora and Phillip keep from Regina and company?

We were left with a lot of questions, but it was an exciting episode.

Note to ABC: Two and half months without Once Upon a Time is too long.

What did you think of Once Upon a Time’s return?