I am eventually going to get back to the title of this review, but let’s begin like this: we cannot work with three timelines in one episode. It’s too much. I failed to feel any emotional investment in any of the threads, even though Lana Parrilla is an outstanding, emotive actress and I wanted to break for her when she had to
kill Daniel, I couldn’t. I didn’t have time to get involved enough to feel her pain, to be reminded of how tragic their story had been.
Likewise, while the flashback Fairytale Land scene held my interest and the twists certainly surprised me (Dr. Whale? Anyone who guessed who he was based on that moniker, I applaud you. I had to Google it), in by the time the show was over I had trouble recalling the specifics of any of the stories. And again, this was a thread that should have left me heartbroken for Regina (Lana Parrilla), and it just…didn’t accomplish anything close to emotion.
The culprit, I believe, isn’t the story or the characters, or even the acting. There is simply too much story being crammed into 40+ minutes of television.
I’m not even going to bother recapping what happened in the concurrent Fairytale Land storyline. Here’s the down and dirty: Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) wander back to the island refuge, where they discover Killian Jones a.k.a. Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) in the rubble. He gives them some story about surviving that Emma sees through, then he admits Cora (Barbara Hershey) asked him to befriend the two of them and report back about portals to Storybrooke.
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