“Snow Drifts” / “There’s No Place Like Home” initial reactions – ONCE150


The residents of Storybrooke celebrates the arrival of Charming and Snow’s new son, as well as the defeat of the Wicked Witch, but the celebration has been cut short when Zelena’s time portal was opened, leaving them with a catastrophic repercussions that may change not just their future, but more importantly the past.


While Mary Margaret and David celebrate the naming of their son at a coronation in Granny’s Diner, Emma and Hook are pulled into Zelena’s time portal and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. But in their quest to discover a way back, they must be careful not to change ANYTHING or risk altering the lives of their friends and family—as well as their very own existence.

These are just our first thoughts about this Once Upon a Time episode. We’ll share more about “Snow Drifts” / “There’s No Place Like Home” in our upcoming full discussion live on Wednesday May 14, at 8:00 p.m. (EDT/GMT-4).

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Initial Reactions

What an interesting season three finale! We’re glad that they combined these two episodes together because it makes total sense! We also liked that it gave them more time to tell the story, and we didn’t have to wait for another week to see what will happen next. Nice to see them just let the story flow as it is.

Just to clarify, the new villain could either be Queen Elsa from Frozen or the White Witch—think Chronicles of Narnia. But the way the scene was framed, it was as if it was made for the viewers to think it will be Elsa. It was interesting to see them a Disney character that we just recently saw, instead of the ones from the 1990s. But is it really Elsa?

While the season finale was interesting, it didn’t quite feel like a season finale. What with all the timelines that suffered because of the past being change; it was fun to see how the story has been told back from season one, only from a different perspective. Great to see familiar stuff brought together. They made time travel very shaky; some of the scenes that has us hooked up didn’t quite happen as it should be, but it’s still cool to see familiar scenes from the past.

The time travel fixed Emma, but did it fix everything else?

Maid Marian came through with Emma and Hook back to the present. Does that mean that Regina will go back to being the Evil Queen yet again?

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    It was really cool to see some of our favorite characters again; Red, Blue Fairy, Princess Abigail/Kathryn, Aurora, who sounds like she also just had her baby.

    Did anyone noticed the hidden mickey? It was so hidden it was hard to notice.

    We love how they gave flashbacks like the ones with Emma in the adoption agency; specific things to tie stories together. It was also cool to see unconventional ways of storytelling (that we are used of seeing). It seems that the very point of having a two-hour season finale is to get Emma home, and get home she did.

    One of the things that got us is that perhaps Zelena’s story arc really is over. But if Emma and Hook didn’t get over it, perhaps the past will never be changed.

    A few relationships were made quite serious—Rumple and Belle having a private wedding in the woods with Archie officiating. We also got to see Regina and Robin having a nice, romantic time at Granny’s Diner just before they found out that Maid Marian is back. Does this mean that Regina’s back at being the Evil Queen? Emma finally let her walls down to let Hook in. Lastly, it was great finding out that the new Charming baby was named after Neal.

    What do you think about tonight’s season finale? Share us your thoughts by sending us an email or by joining us over the forum. Join us this coming Wednesday for our full discussion of the season three finale, “Snow Drifts” and “There’s No Place Like Home.”

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    • Stillintears

      My reactions were no, I wanted Robina (my nickname for Regina and Robina) : * – ( followed by tears of joy at the wedding and the thought whaat? when I saw the closing scene.

      • Stillintears

        Whoops, I meant Regina and Robin.

      • Lucifer

        Regina is so genuine… I think she should just rip her heart out. HEHE

    • True Believer

      Loved this episode! i was upset obviously that the Snow Falls meeting was changed, but they did stay true to some parts of it (such as Snow giving Charming the ring etc.) Overall though, I was extremely happy because CAPTAIN SWAN and also SNOWING.
      Except don’t even get me started on them naming the baby Neal. NO, NOT OKAY.

      • Shandelle

        I am completely disappointed in them naming the baby, Neal. If anything, name him Baelfire, because Neal was a totally made up name that Bae assumed. Plus “Prince Neal” just sounds weird to me.. and Henry’s father and uncle having the same name, plus Emma’s brother and baby daddy having the same name.. it’s just too awkward for me. I get that they wanted to honor Neal but I hate that they named the baby that, not sorry. I wish he would have been given a totally unique name which stands on its own.

      • Shandelle

        I saw a kind of interesting observation on tumblr a little bit ago and who knows if it’s actually true, but Adam & Eddy are self proclaimed Star Wars nerds so I thought it was clever to say the least. So Emma’s brother is named Neal, Emma is “Leia” and Hook/Killian is obviously a very good representation of Han Solo… I see what you did there A&E. 😉

    • Lucifer

      Im not sure if the time line is right for Red to manage her wolf tendency..

    • Lucifer

      Can someone give me a link of Rumbelles wedding…Its a very nice quotes they shared. LOL Oh and the finale is beyond my mind can imagine. Love it.

      • http://danceempress.blogspot.com Jhack

        No link. I can only transcribe it for you (I hope I got everything right):

        “Rumpelstiltskin, this thing we have has never been easy. I’ve lost you so many times. I’ve lost you to darkness, to weakness, and finally to death. But now I realized, I realized that I have not spent my life losing you, I’ve spent my life finding you.”

        “Belle, when we met I wasn’t just unloved and unloving, I was an enemy of love. Love that only brought me pain. My walls are up, but you brought me down. You brought me home. You brought light into my life. You chased away all the darkness and I vow to you, I will never forget the distance between what I was and what I am. I owe more to you than I can ever say. How you can see the man behind the monster, I will never know.”

        “But that monster is gone. The man beneath him maybe flawed, but we all are. And I love you for it. Sometimes the best book has the dustiest jacket and sometimes, the best teacup is chipped.”

        • Lucifer

          indeed it is… I really like how they deliver it. and the script is genius… But what about the costume? it deducts the awesomeness of the scene.

    • Lucifer

      Was it just me or Marian really looked like Anna? Hehehe, I even thought she is the new villain. Hehehe

    • David Williams

      First of all, I loved the ‘finale’. Although, I do feel this was more a bonus episode; it could have easily been a special feature of the DVD release or something. I feel the previous episode, Kansas, had more finality to it with regards to this season, or the second half of it at least, which I think is what Jeremy said in the initial reactions. I loved the fact that it was basically Once meets Back To The Future! It could have easily been a FanFiction episode, created by the fandom of Oncers.

      My initial reaction to the final scene was “I guess I’m going to have to watch Frozen”. I suppose I have a few months to do that before the new episodes come in the autumn! The countdown begins!

    • Lucifer

      Here is the link for the Rumbelles super cheesy wedding, cheesy tears falling

      Only if Belle wear her signature gown, it would be perfect.

      They forgot to add

      “And sometimes, the best lover is a ugly” joke.


    • Lucifer

      Disappointed with their baby named NEAL, they should just name it BAE, or BAELFIRE because it was his name in Enchanted Forest.

      • Faith

        Totally agree!

    • Lucifer

      I will just chip all our tea cups, because sometimes the best tea cup is chipped. Hmmmp..

    • Faith

      I was so happy for Regina that she found love. I was actually upset when I found out the woman was Maid Marian! I feel confused, I should be happy that the family is reunited.