When a series with such a complex mythology gets to a certain point you start to see when the characters’ history is being re-written to serve existing plots. Once has been guilty of that a lot in the past, but in almost every instance it hasn’t compromised continuity. ‘Unforgiven’ pushed the boundaries of these revisions but managed to pull it off pretty well.
That Snow and Charming were responsible for something so horrible would be hard to believe, especially if they swept it under the rug and lived with it for all these years, but we’ve known for a while that there’s a lot we don’t know about these characters’ pasts. Though others like Emma seem more likely to be hiding a seedy secret like this, I’m relishing the thought of the Charmings killing themselves over their part in Maleficent losing her child.
It seems like this arc is playing heavily with those morally grey areas, more so than it has in the past, which is great for a show where some characters have a tendency to be very one-note. If it's handled right it could push some characters’ arcs in some really interesting directions.
I’m glad that the producers decided to go another route with Maleficent that wasn’t a part of the recently released movie. This twist feels true to the show that Once is and the stories they’ve had in the past, and I’m really excited to see what happened and how it’s going to affect how Maleficent treats Mary Margaret and David in the present day.
As for Cruella and Ursula, they’ve been a total hoot so far. Ursula hasn’t done much for me yet, but Victoria Smurfit’s Cruella is so unabashedly ridiculous that I can’t help but love every scene she’s in, even if she’s chewing the scenery with reckless abandon. Though I’m more connected to Maleficent’s connection to Storybrooke for now, I’m looking forward to Cruella’s episode already.
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Will and Belle are now a thing. Don’t think getting on Rumple’s bad side is a good idea right now.
I wonder when we’ll get an answer about how Will ended up in Storybrooke sans Ana. Maybe it’s a season five thing?
So nice to see August's father helping Regina out and giving her a second chance. More of this Regina plot please, show.
Bringing in three villains at once might seem like overkill but so far its working in Once’s favour. I’m looking forward to more sneaky tentacle and vintage car action over the next ten episodes.
Originally posted at PandaTV.
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