Episode Date: 3.16.14
Episode Title: Witch Hunt
Rating: I LOVE!
Recap and Review
*Warning Contains Spoilers*
Wicked Always Wins.
So far, yes, wicked is winning. Emma returns to Storybrooke and has yet to gain an answer. Our fairytale characters have lost a year, with no idea where they’ve been or what has happened in that year. Luckily, Captain Hook confirms they were in the Enchanted Forrest. As far as everything else, no one has any clue. To make matters worse, people are disappearing in Storybrooke.
The back and forth storylines work better for me this episode because I expected them this time around and they’re better balanced. The structure of the show is changing, too. The first season is about Henry trying to make Emma remember her true self. Season two is about saving Henry and returning to the Enchanted Forest. Both of those seasons focus on Henry, but this one is more focused on the town, the fairytale characters and the relationship between the Evil Queen/Regina and the Wicked Witch.
Regina’s heart is broken. In the Enchanted Forrest, she shows her pain over losing Henry. In Storybrooke, she’s forced to be the Evil Queen while suffering because Henry is right in front of her, yet she still can’t be his mother. I’m happy to see that while in the Enchanted Forrest, she is finally having some face time with the Robin Hood from last season. He’s the man with the Lion tattoo Tinker Bell says she is supposed to marry. It’s nice seeing her have a love interest. Maybe the Evil Queen can have a happy ending, too.
Emma working with Regina is awesome, too. The trap they set and con they run is wonderful. I know they don’t get the answers they want, since the Wicked Witch puffed out in smoke, but it’s good to see these two women continue to work together when everything is set against them.
Several bombs are dropped in the last few minutes. First, Cora and Mr. Gold/ Rumpelstiltskin create the monster that is the Wicked Witch/Zelena. They are the reason she’s going after Regina, because, drum roll please… They’re sisters! Talk about a surprise! This is sibling rivalry at its best. Cora and Rumplestiltskin moved on from Zelena to Regina in both motherhood and training, creating jealousy and motive for revenge.
The biggest bomb of the episode is Rumplestiltskin is alive. He is now a crazed prisoner of Zelena. I have no idea what is going to come of that, but it’s nice to know that while he is willing to pay his price, somehow, someway he’s back. I don’t think he’s the madman we knew, but a new type of madman.
Most TV shows that start with one direction (Emma saving the Enchanted Forrest residents from Regina’s curse) have a hard time changing directions as seasons progress. I’m happy this isn’t the case with “Once Upon A Time.” This season is only two episodes in and I’m hooked. The family dynamics, the comedy and the acting are perfect. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and wonder how it will play out.
I’m watching. Are you?