When last we left our intrepid band of unlikely heroes they had landed on Neverland and were beginning the journey to save Henry. There, everyone caught up? Good, now that that’s out of the way let us dive into “Lost Girl.”
This episode, while sadly lacking Henry, was a solid follow up to last weeks premier. The overall theme of the episode, coming to terms with who you are, fit in well with the show. Emma has always shown she has trouble accepting who she is and her role in events, but we’ll get back to that in a moment.
We see the group traveling through the forest of Neverland, seeking a vantage point with which to try and find Pan’s hideout. All the character’s were great here, you can still solidly see the distrust, or downright hatred, between the group, Emma really being the only one to not show any open hostility to anyone. Hook was fantastic, he is the perfect example of the dashing scoundrel character, his quips and one liners did a fantastic job of adding some levity to the situation, and bring some laughs to the audience, while at the same time his obvious fear of the island and Peter show just how real the danger around them is. Pan himself is proving to be one of the more interesting characters of the show, he is such a drastic departure from the classic character we all know. His interactions with Emma were amazingly done, his immediately knowing what Emma is, a lost girl, was perfect and his calling out on Emma doing the same thing to her son that her parents did to her was an amazing blow Emma, showing a deviousness to Pan. His implications that Henry was going to become a Lost Boy was good set up for this story arc.
I do have to admit I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t see this as another step towards Emma accepting and embracing her role as the Savior, but we are only 2 episodes into the season plenty of time for that to happen. Another big part of the episode was the bits with Snow and Emma. Snow suggesting that Emma call her mom and Emma’s discomfort with the idea shows that while their relationship has taken some pretty big steps forward, they still have a long way to go. The determination in Snow’s face at the end when she states that its her job to show Emma that she’s not an orphan was perfect. I look forward to seeing her follow through with this claim. I am expecting some full on group hugging, don’t let me down ABC!
As much as I hate to say it, as I do really love these two characters, Charming and Regina didn’t really do much for me this episode, at least not in present day. Charming’s main strength here came from our flashbacks to the Enchanted Forest. His seeing everything Snow is and what she can be/do fit in well with the episodes theme. The use of Excalibur to inspire and motivate Snow was fantastically done. I must admit that I was fully prepared to throw up the B.S. flag for this when I saw the previews of Snow pulling out the sword, but the twist of Charming just using the legend of the sword to help Snow find the strength she needed to stand up to Regina was great. While it could be argued that this was a weak point for Snow, I have to take a different route. Snow has proven herself to be a strong and capable character, but no one can do everything alone and the greatness of the relationships in this series do an excellent job of showing just how much more strength you can draw upon when you have others around to support you. I do have to say though, Charming’s best part of this episode was his interactions with the Dwarves. They perfectly fall into the role of Snow’s older brothers and their distrust/like of Charming at this point was incredibly fun to see. And can’t not mention this, of course the arrow poisoned him, if you didn’t see that coming I am very disappointed in you. Can’t wait to see that swing back around bite the group in the ass in another episode or two.
And Regina was just Regina. Both in modern day and flashback. Not much outstanding about her character this episode.
As I have stated in the past (see last week’s review) I am not the biggest fan of the flashback scenes in this show, but I did enjoy the ones for this week’s episode, it did a great job of demonstrating Snow’s love of her people and her lack of confidence in herself while at the same time allowing Charming a chance to shine by helping her to realize just how powerful she really is and how important it is that she reclaim her kingdom.
Rumpelstiltskin’s part was just as interesting, if limited, as it was last week. We learned just what the doll meant to him, the last thing his father gave him, and got a bit more of his history. But best of all we got to see him and Belle together again. Flat out saying right now, I love Belle in this show, and Emilie De Ravin is absolutely amazing in the role. Her appearance to help Rumpelstiltskin work his way through his fear on the island and his issues with his father, an interesting mirror of his own problems with Baelfire/Neal, also was also an interesting counter to what Snow and Charming went through in the flashback, the characters’ true love helping to set them on their path, however its looking like Rumpel’s may not be as easy as Snow’s, what with his inability to get rid of the doll. It will be interesting to see how that will unfold in the episodes to come.
Overall, a great follow up to the premier, we had some good personnel revelations for characters and got see some of the depths of Pan’s villainy. I look forward to seeing more of this character.