GENERAL: This was a decent episode; much better than the past two weeks. I was entertained and there were some decent character beats, but I still have 1000 questions and the clock is a’running out. I also think there was been zero set up for a lot of these stories (Facilier and Nick, for example)
–Those gingerbread men looked delicious; I don’t care how full you are, eat another!
–“I know who you are, Captain.” “It’s Detective.”
–The logo for the Rollin’ Bayou shirts is a lightening bug. Nice “Princess and the Frog” reference.
–“You can take the Dark One out of the pawn shop….”
–“I suppose no matter how far we come, there’s a nasty little piece we can’t lose.” “And we shouldn’t. Because it shows us how far we’ve come, and how much we have to lose.” That’s it. That should be the villain redemption thesis for all the villains. You can’t rid yourself of your darkness because it’s part of you, always; you have to reckon with it.
–Hansel and Gretel are from Oz? Zelena’s Oz? As in Oz of Universe 1.0? How…? Why…? What…?
–Minus 5 pts for Belle being used once again as a way to manipulate Rumple. I really would have preferred that Rumple helped Zelena because no one deserves to be murdered. However, their interaction was spot on given the history between the two.
–Jack talking to Henry about how Henry made him into a hero really gives Jack some much needed color but it’s also too late. They should have lain the groundwork for this much earlier on in the season. We never got any of these grand adventures between the men. Once again, SHOW don’t TELL.
–I’m sure Kelly and Chad are sweet but it’s really hard for me to care about them as a pair when we literally just met the guy. I feel like so many of the problems of this season would have been solved if they had never tried to go with Rapunzel/Tremaine as a villain or involved at all. So much narrative space would have been freed up if we didn’t have all of that.
–I really hate when flashbacks insert random characters we’ve never ever heard of and that play an important emotional beat in a main character’s backstory.
–Soooo is Zelena/Ivo pre-Hades, post-Hades? When in this messed up timeline are we??
–Facilier woke up both Nick and Drew in order to kill Gothel so he wouldn’t have to compete against her for the dagger. But when did Gothel ever mention that she wants the dagger? We need background, stat. They’ve got to stop waiting until the last second to reveal these things.
–I don’t care if you can be both, Zelena calling Regina “Roni” is strange and weird.
–The CGI of the fire wrapping around Hansel’s arms was terrible! His hands grew like 3x their normal size.