The problem with Once Upon A Time is that it’s full of empty threats and promises. I’ve seriously lost count of how many times Regina or Emma have vowed to tear each other apart only only for those promises to fizzle out and result in an yet another anticlimax. What makes Emma’s promise to take back her son at the end any different? Is it because we’re nearing the season finale that I’m supposed to finally take her seriously? I’m sorry but there’s only so much faux-hype one can take.
I guess the Rumpelstiltskin stuff was proficiently handled in this episode, but I didn’t myself really intrigued by the hour’s proceedings. I did enjoy Gold & Regina openly talk about the curse for the first time but I feel like that moment should have been more momentous than it was.
This finally brings me to my biggest beef with the show; I have absolutely no emotional attachment to a single character. That’s a terrible flaw to have 19 episodes in. Look at show like Revenge which hooked me into its lead protagonist’s cause within the span of five minutes, and then watch how this show stumbles as it tries to pump me up for what should have been an epic season finale.
I have no doubt that Once Upon A Time has potential. Unlike Ringer for example which I only stuck with because it was a train-wreck, I’m sticking with this show because the premise is still fantastic, and the show has shown glimmers of that awesome potential every once in a while. I just wish it would fire on all cylinders and really blow my mind. Say what you will about Lost after it became a disaster, but that show’s premiere season was marvelous television, and this season was anything but a masterpiece.
However, there’s still hope. And I still have faith. Let’s see if they can surprise me…