That’s a lot of gold: Goon Reviews OUaT “Snow Drifts/There’s no Place Like Home”

JENNIFER MORRISON, GINNIFER GOODWIN, JOSH DALLAS

 

To many time travel jokes, to little time.  So lets just skip those and get right down to it.

Also, I know I missed my reviews of the last few episodes, but I have a very good reason for it.   I was busy watching Clone  Wars on Netflix.  What can I say, Goon loves the lightsabers.

Brief recap, Zalena did evil stuff, and as we learned in flashbacks, was an idiot that can’t let go of the past.  She wanted to go back in time and rewrite history, stole Snow and David’s  new baby to do it.  The good guys stopped her, after a few roadblocks, such as Emma losing her magic to save Hook.  In the 11th hour, Regina dug deep and busted out the White Magic and laid a mojo smack down on Zalena.  Rumpel was freed from her control and killed her, resulting in her magic being released from the pendant that contained it and opening the portal to the past.  There we go, all caught up.

Snow and David are happily celebrating the birth, and safe return of their new born son.  They are planning a potluck coronation for him at Granny’s where they will announce his name.  At the same time Emma is planning on returning to New York with Henry now that the bad guy is taken care of, but has not yet told her parents.  The cat is let out of the bag by Hook, leading to some unpleasantness in the Charming Family.  Emma storms out of Granny’s with Hook giving chase, hoping to talk her into staying.  The festivities come to an abrupt halt when a pillar of light is spotted across town, this being Zelena’s portal to the past.  Emma and Hook spot it as well and go to investigate.  When they arrive the discover that the portal has some sort of vacuum effect and sucks them both into the past.  It doesn’t take long for Emma to screw with the past, in this case interrupting the first meeting of her parents.  Desperate to fix her mistake, and return to the present, Emma and Hook go to pay Rumpel a visit and are able to convince him of the truth and get his help to return home.  While Rumpel works on that, Emma and Hook go about rewriting the past in order to save her future.   We are treated to a fun adventure as Emma and Hook bumble their way through the past in an effort to right to fix her mistake.  Along the way they punch out past Hook, crash a royal ball, dance, Emma gets arrested by past Regina, her parents and Hook team up with Red to bust her out, save a woman that Regina was going to put to death, Emma watches her mother die only to discover that she used her Dark Fairy dust to escape being burned alive, and set things up for David and Snow to begin their truly epic love story.  In the end, she and Hook are trapped in Rumpel’s magic vault without a way to activate the wand that will send them home.  When Emma finally realized what she was missing, how badly she wanted to get home, her magic came back and she was able to open the portal, sending her, Hook, and the rescued prisoner back to the future! (who needs a Flux Capictor?)  We close out the episode with Emma telling her family she will be staying in Storybrooke, explaining what happened in the past, and discovering that the woman Emma rescued is none other than Marion, Robin Hood’s “dead” wife.  Yeah, that is gonna throw a wrench into the developing Robin/Regina pairing.  We also get a brief look at what I am assuming is our new villain, who I will talk about below, before cutting to black.

I’m not going to say to much more about the story, this was a two hour episode so there was a lot there and I don’t feel like going to deep into it.  You all saw it, you know what happened, so lets just talk about it.

This was an interesting way to close out the season.  Instead of a climatic showdown between the forces of good and evil, we got that last week.  Instead we had a mini adventure with Emma and Hook that revolved around the idea of Emma finding her home.  This was emphasized by the two, blessedly short, flashbacks we got this week.  The first showing a teenage Emma at a group home, heartbroken that she had never been adopted, never had a home.  The second being a scene with her and Neal, shortly after they met.  The two broke into a fair and talked about their pasts, Neal commenting that you know you have a home when you are sad to leave it.  This is a lesson that takes time for Emma to fully understand.  It wasn’t until she saw her mother “dying” and not being recognized by her and David that she realized what she had, and what she was ready to walk away from.  Honestly, this was a beautiful moment, there is no other way to describe it.  Emma realized the pain she was unwittingly putting her parents through, and decided that she couldn’t live with herself if she kept doing it.  From this point Emma works hard to get her parents to fall in love, not just to save her life, but because she wants her family back, she refuses to lose her home.  This episode was strong in character moments for Emma.  We finally, after far far to long, got to see her stop running and finally embrace what she has been wanting for so long.

Emma wasn’t alone in this journey though, throughout her trip to the past Hook, who had been trying to convince her to stay in Storybrooke because that is where her family is, was right there to provide support and some genuinely fun moments.  Hook definitely took on more of a supportive role in this episode, but it worked amazingly well.  This episode was primarily about Emma finding out where her home was, but she couldn’t do it on her own, she more or less needed a guide, someone to help her to that realization, and that is Hook provided.  He helped to keep Emma on track, and did his best to minimize the damage to the past.  His best moments coming from his little jabs at Emma during the ball, and his discussing how he was in love with her with David.  He added some levity and humor to a fairly drama heavy episode.   Hook’s presence in the episode also served as moving his and Emma’s relationship forward.  They smooch, a lot.

Relationships were another significant part of the episode.  We not only were treated to a new take on the beginning of Snow and David’s love story and the beginning of Hook and Emma’s, we got some pretty major ones with other characters as well.   Rumpelstiltskin and Belle tied the knot!  How great is that?  While this was a small part of the episode, it was great to see their relationship finally take a major step forward. They really love each other, and have a lot thrown at them to keep them apart, granted I am sure this is gonna fall apart when Belle finally discovers that Rumpel didn’t actually give her his dark, but rather a fake one and hid the real one away, but for now, lets just enjoy the fact that these two got themselves hitched.  We also saw more of the new relationship between Regina and Robin.  This is something they have spent a good part of the season hinting at and building up to, they finally got together a couple episodes back, and it was great.  Regina has finally let go of the past, she has made peace with Emma and her family, basically she has become part of her their family, and has a new love in her love.  One of the greatest parts of the episode was the scene where Regina, Robin, and Roland were holding hands and walking towards Granny’s.  It was sweet because it was just some normal, and happy.  This is the happiest we have seen Regina’s character since the start of the show, it was heartbreaking at the end when Robin was reunited with his wife.  Regina’s heartbreak, sorrow, and rage were perfectly set, and her directing that hatred at Emma, I shuddered, there was shudders.  To be honest, I am rather annoyed with this new twist, not only is this going to introduce an ever so despised love triangle, I was so glad to see Regina get some well deserved, and real happiness for once.  Not only did I love this pairing, it was so nice to see things going well for Regina.  I hate that she is getting the short end of the stick just to introduce some pointless drama that we don’t need.  I only hope that this won’t last too long and Robin and Regina will end up together.

And finally, the closing moments of the episode.  When the time portal to send Emma and Hook home opened up, it also sucked in an urn that Rumpel had locked away.  We see it burst open and some blue goop pour out of it and finally form into a woman in a very familiar looking dress.  She shoots out a blast of ice and walks away into the night.  That’s right folks, its looking like our new villain is none other than Elsa, the cryomancer from Disney’s Frozen.  Admittedly, it is possible that this character is in fact the Snow Queen, the title character from the story that Frozen is based off, but given that look of the character and the outfit, and the popularity of the movie, I am willing to bet that we are indeed going to be looking at Elsa for the baddie next season.  This is an incredibly interesting development for the show, especially when you consider the fact that Elsa wasn’t a villain, she was more of a victim.  I am honestly intrigued to see how they will spin her as a villain, looking at her story in the movie, there is a lot there that could lead to the birth of a villain.  Whatever happens, this little teaser served its purpose, to wet our appetites for the next season and get us talking about.  Personally, I can’t wait for the fall to see what will happen with these new developments in Storybrooke.

Overall, it was a great season finale, I think the best one we have had so far.  Instead of being the climax of the season’s events, it was instead basically a stand alone story devised to help Emma settle with her past and embrace her future.  There was some great moments for the characters, an interesting new twist on the story of Snow and David, solid relationship moments for Regina and Rumpel, and best of all, great set up for season four.

The season overall was a fantastic story that took us from Neverland, to New York, back to the Enchanted Forest, and finally home to Storybrooke.  Villains became heroes, old grudges were laid to rest, family secrets were revealed, and in true fairy tale fashion, good once again triumphed over evil.  There were several ups and downs, the Wicked Witch definitely being one of the downs, but it was a great season, and I can’t wait for the next one.

But, until we return home Storybrooke,

Goon out.

 

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