Once Upon A Time Review: The Return

Once Upon A Time The Return

Once Upon A Time Review: The Return

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

With the mysterious return of Kathryn, Mary Margaret is happily welcomed back into the community. Meanwhile, August has been mysteriously snooping around Mr. Gold’s shop, making him wonder if he might not be someone from Rumpelstiltskin’s past.

Best Moment: When the portal closes on Rumpel and he realises that he’s lost his last chance to be with his son. I gotta say, Robert Carlyle really knocked it out of the park in that scene.

Verdict: Overall, another meh episode, which is surprising given how close we are to the end of the season. The episode is called The Return but it neither focuses much on Kathryn’s return, and the return of the other character isn’t actually a return at all.

As for that little “twist” I have to say, I wasn’t too impressed by it. Yes, the alternative was predictable, but it would have taken the episode and the characters in a direction. Instead, we’re left wondering, yet again, who August really is. Although, all signs do point to him being Pinocchio.

Honestly, I can’t bring myself to say much about this episode. The final scene in which Emma has her confrontation with Regina just made me feel “well, it’s about damn time.” I’m glad at least that Emma is freely pointing out that Regina is a sociopath, which was never made more clear than in the previous episode.

This season as a whole just hasn’t been particularly interesting or good. The one WTF moment happened with the killing of the old sheriff, and since then, well, nothing much at all has happened. I’m still left wondering why I should keep watching again next season.

The writers are drawing out these mysteries a la Lost, but there are two problems with that. First, these are based on fairytales, and we already kinda have an idea of what is going on, so these mysteries aren’t that mysterious. For another, these mysteries just aren’t as compelling as Lost. For example, the feud between Regina and Snow was hardly a shocker. In fact, it was fairly pedestrian. And if August really is Pinocchio, well, that’s not much of a surprise either.

So, you have three episodes left OUAT, surprise me! I have no idea if the series will be picked up for a second season (all signs point to “yes”) but the writers are really going to need to step up their game next season. Let’s see a throwing out of the gamebook a la Fringe season three instead of the painfully slow pace we currently have.