GENERAL: When it comes to the longer plot of this season, the absolute exhaustion is showing. This episode felt like all other villain centric episodes–the villains wants a life that society, family, culture ect tells them they can’t have (Rumple wants to start over where he isn’t a coward; Regina wants a simple life with Daniel; Cora doesn’t want to just be the Miller’s Daughter ect ect ect) and it turns them into a villain.
Gothel has been sidelined so hard this second half that it’s hard to see her as an actual threat when there’s been so much other story we’ve had to plod through. She was more threatening when she was locked up in Drizella’s tower.
Honestly, all I want is for this Gothel/coven story to be done so we can dig deeper into the characters we actually care about.
(Random note though: Seraphina is the name of my Dungeons and Dragons character and hearing that name shocked the heck outta me; glad to see this version of that name wasn’t a mean girl!)
–Jacinda and Henry trying to figure out if they’ve ever had sex was…ridiculous. But also rather funny.
–Lucy clearly follows in her father’s footsteps by making really bad choices when it comes to interacting with villains.
–The “friends” turned out to be mean and nasty. Predictable and trope-tastic. But, I guess, at least the writers wrote it clearly enough to be predictable.
–Gothel’s entire family dying is sad, yes, but how did the humans know where to go? How did they know nymphs were hiding behind the tree and how to even get into the secret garden? Also, the girls dumped mud on Gothel and then somehow managed to go and kill the entire nymph family, get back to the ball, and not ruin their dresses??
–Is the garden/grove a pocket dimension because outside the magic tree, the world looked normal but once inside, it was an Apocalyptic hellscape?
–It’s hard to feel sympathy for Gothel when she says stuff like this: “I never would have left you alone in that tower if I knew you have magic.” Gothel is a terrible mother!
–Thousands of years later? Thousands????
–I don’t understand. Did Gothel create a Land Without Magic? After she wiped out humankind? My sound went in and out a bit so I’m super confused. Can anyone explain?
–Gothel being a nymph and wanting to be part of the human world comes out of nowhere. It’s never been hinted at all.
–“I’ve done as you asked. I’ve woken them.” Okay but how? How does a random Desk Sergeant wake up witches in a land that supposedly only has tiny bits of magic?
–SMURFS! SMURFS EVERYWHERE! (with dollar store plastic butterflies in their hair!)
–“Mother of all magic in the world.” What does that even mean?? Is this a thing in the EF 1.0?
–“The world was cruel to me. And I became cruel too.” Lo and behold, shocking no one, Gothel’s backstory is because she wanted a different life than what was meant for her. This is literally the boiled down version of every single villain story in OUAT history. It just feels tired at this point.
–Henry built an entire crazy board–complete with pictures of people–in less than a day. Where’d you get the pictures, Henry??
–Did Lucy really pull out Cinderella’s glass slipper from a paper bag from Granny’s?? Why in all of sanity is it there?
–Giant stink plant that murders people is weird.