Once Upon a Time Season Premiere Review: Heart of the Truest Believer

Welcome to Neverland, bitch!


Can you guys tell that I am still on a Breaking Bad high? Unfortunately I think that high is going to last a few days so my thoughts on every other Sunday night show are kind of jumbled.

That being said, I don’t really have a lot of say about the season three premiere of Once Upon a Time. It was a great premiere, don’t get me wrong, but something just felt off. Do I like that we’re in Neverland? Yes! Do I like that we have our heroes and villains working together to save Henry? Yes. But something is still not making me go wow and I think it has a lot to do with stuff we’re already aware of-the animosity between our heroes and villains.

When season 2 ended, Emma, Snow, Charming, Mr. Gold, Hook, and Regina had set off to go to Neverland to get Henry, who had been taken there by Tamara and Greg (why are they so important again?) and Neal was sent to the Enchanted kingdom after being shot by Tamara. Everyone else in Storybrooke was left behind.

Season 3 starts with our group of “legends,” as the ABC promos would like to tell us, setting sail to the dark world of Neverland. They’re not getting along, like we all assumed would happen. Emma is upset because she lost her son AND Neal. Snow and Charming are still angry with Regina, Hook just wants Emma to trust him, and Gold is doing what he does best, deceiving everyone. During their sails to Neverland they come across a major storm and some really mean mermaids. It turns out that the storm is being caused by the fighting between everyone on the ship and it takes Emma nearly drowning for them to finally get their act together and stop bickering with each other. It’s a little to contrived for my taste but I do understand the point of it and I get why the writers wanted to get that out of the way as soon as possible. But oh well, at least they made it to Neverland.

Now I would like to say that I do love the idea of Neverland being a dark and mysterious place because I believe that’s how J.M. Berrie always perceived the place to be. It is supposed to be dark and mysterious; it’s a place where your wildest imaginations can come true and a place where you never have to grow old. I really never saw anything pleasant about that, especially when it comes to young boys imaginations.

It’s in Neverland where we finally get to meet Peter Pan, who is as mysterious and dark as Gold and others have made him out to be. He’s a little older than Henry but still young enough to be a boy who has never grown up. He wants Henry because Henry has the heart of the truest believer. Well, duh. Of course that’s going to be Henry. But why Pan wants this is still a mystery and that’s where things will start to get interesting.

During the episode we also find out that Neal did make it out alive and is currently in the Enchanted Kingdom and being taken care of by Mulan, Aurora, and Philip (who is somehow alive and well? Um they are going to explain that one right?) Neal tells Mulan that he just wants to get back to his family and that he is Rumplestiltskin’s son. Mulan shows him the way to his castle where they run into Robin Hood. There Neal finds out that he too has magic inside him. With it he is able to discover that Emma is in Neverland, which isn’t good. I like that Neal is with these characters. I really liked meeting Aurora and Mulan last season so I’ll be happy to see more of them this season.

Overall it was a pretty entertaining episode. I am intrigued by what is going to happen with Pan and Henry and with Pan and Emma. Also, I hope they spend some more time with Emma and her parents and being in a land where parents aren’t allowed. I wonder if that’s going to affect their relationship any? Maybe it will bring them closer. I really do love them as a family. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

Other Thoughts:

~What was up with Rumple and that voodoo looking doll? Is it related to Neal? Or maybe someone else…

~What the crap is up with Regina?? Has her character ever been more useless? Though this line was pretty hilarious:

Snow: Bring back the mermaid.
Regina: And what, you’ll win her over with your rainbow kisses and unicorn stickers?

~The actor playing Pan is EXCELLENT? Whoever found  that dude, kudos. He’s awesome.

~ I don’t like the new Robin Hood. He’s boring.

~ “What’s a movie?”…“Yeah, I don’t know how to explain what a movie is.”

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