Once Upon a Time: Second Star to the Right

“Never underestimate the power of a guilty conscience.”

A common complaint about this show lately is the characters’ sudden bout of stupidity. It’s something that makes it hard to not only feel for them, but to believe in the story, particularly when the answer to their question is almost always right in front of them. This episode rectified that, at least in Emma’s case, but it still had a few flaws.

The biggest of these imperfections was the flashback, which consisted of four whiny kids, and a disturbing looking shadow floating around for 15 (?) minutes. I guess there was a lot that happened in those scenes, but it wasn’t until Hook popped up that I really gave a damn about any of it. Maybe the real fun starts in part 2?

While I’m on that topic, this episode did have enough to it so that it felt like a full episode, but it still had part 1-ish vibes to it. Though we got the inevitable confrontation with Tamara, which ended with Neil getting shot and being sent away, 'Second Star to the Right' was more about putting the big players in place for next week’s conclusion; pretty typical part 1 stuff, saving the majority of the revelations for the conclusion.

With the entire town at stake, there’s a lot to lose, and now that Regina is forcibly back on team Charming, I think there’s a good chance she might have to step up and finally bring her character retribution full circle. Sacrificing herself for the town seems like a fitting price to pay for destroying all of its residents’ lives, doesn’t it? There’s a slim chance of her actually biting the dust, but if she steps up and makes the decision to save everyone she once hurt, maybe we have a shot of seeing her back on the right side permanently.

I’m surprised that Owen’s father was simply killed right after he was caught. Either Regina’s lying, or they want to use it as bait for Owen’s revenge next week. Now that both he and Tamara are caught, I think they’ll do pretty much everything they can to fulfill their objective of removing magic from this world. It’s pretty cool that Emma was proven right, though. I really enjoyed seeing her take advantage of her talents, and have faith in them, which is something she hasn’t done in a while. She was the major reason why this episode felt devoid of a lot of the over-dramatic and dense actions of the past few weeks.

I’m not necessarily blown away by this one, but there was still enough material to make ‘Second Star to the Right’ worth it. I think this was more about getting us to the right place for the finale. Last year ended on such a high note, hopefully ‘And Straight on Till Morning’ will start an annual tradition.

3.5 out of 5 curse fail-safes


I wonder where Neil ended up. Neverland, Enchanted Forest, or elsewhere?

One scene that struck me hard was Emma after Neil disappeared.

Tamara and Owne keep referring back to the “Home Office”. I wonder who they are, and when we get to see them.

He Said, She Said

Tamara: “Magic does not belong in this world, it’s un-holy. We’re here to cleanse this land of it.”

Neil: “Emma, Henry needs you. He can’t lose both of us, don’t make grow up like we did.”

Previously posted at PandaTV.


Anonymous said...

I wish I cared about Owen and Tamara as villains..but they are just too dull. I truly hope they die in the finale. The Neverland stuff lacked sparkle until Hook like you said..
Poor Emma, as soon as she declares her love to someone he dies or disappears-here's hoping Neil makes it.
Lacey seems to like Gold's evil side-and brings out the worst in him. I hope Belle comes back.

ChrisB said...

I agree with Anna that Owen and Tamara are just dull. It might have been a better reveal if it weren't so obvious which side she was on, but at least now everyone is on the same page.

As Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories ever, I am interested to see where the writers are going to go with the Neverland story.

Anonymous said...

Always nice to see Young Bae again. I really like that kid. How did he grow up to be Neil? I cannot connect their characters at all, and Neil bores me, and looks nothing like young Bae. Completely different coloring, for one. I really liked Young Bae, going back to season 1; wish they could have done a better job on Neil. Bleah.

After all the trouble Rumple went through (centuries' worth!), he seemed to completely lose interest in his son after they got back to Storybrooke. You'd think he'd at least be angst'ing over the rejection the last few episodes.

I loved S1, but S2 has been a chore for me. Hope they do better in S3.