GENERAL: How is it that the writers can write something so compelling and thoughtful and fun as Tilly and Margot while also writing something so dull as Henry and Hook’s side adventure to “find Henry’s story.” Everything that is plot plot plot about this show just drains the life from it; but when there are characters that the writers obviously feel a connection to, it’s actually watchable.
Overall, this episode simply exists. Apart from some cutie Tilly and Margot, it’s just there.
–Tilly and Margot are gold. Like 100% shipable.
–“I definitely smell like pork. Let’s never do that again.”
–“I think you’re a lot like your namesake. He was my favorite character.” The writers have butchered the Henry/Rumple grandson/grandpa dynamic over the years but every now and then it shines through and you’re reminded that when Rumple looks at Henry, he must see Baelfire clinging to hope and belief that his papa could change.
–“Margot with a T” “Targo?”
–Henry lamenting that he doesn’t want to be just someone in another story is a cool idea but I also feel like it’s not fully fleshed out. Everyone is just someone in another’s story. This idea that your story has to be independent or more important than another person’s is a weird stance for Henry–the son of the Savior–to take. The problem is that Henry comes across a little whiny about this whole “needing to be someone special” issue.
–Also, it’s so awkward when Henry says stuff like “I’m out here to find my story.” People do not talk like this!
–“My grandparents are Snow White and Prince Charming.” Also…other people.
–I really don’t understand why characters like Cinderella and Rapunzel are wholly different from their counterparts in the EF 1.0 but characters like Smee and Blackbeard are played by the same actors and even act the same (apart from availability)
–“I’ve never seen a storm like this.” “No captain alive could steer us out of this.” The constant superlative talk on OUAT is annoying.
–“Do you know how to sail?” “The other you taught me!” Actually, Henry, Neal taught you first but okay.
–I honestly couldn’t care less about Henry and Jacinda/Ella.
–The boat in the storm scenes feel like a bad high school production of the Tempest.
–“How do you set a trap for Hansel? Look for breadcrumbs?” camera flashes to Jack’s burn scars