Fantastic. I had really written off Once Upon A Time but after watching the season’s final three episodes I couldn’t more pleased. The stage is firmly set for an exciting second season that will undoubtedly be quite different than anything the show gave us this year.
There was a lot to love about this one. First off, Emma was extremely proactive which is always a plus. She had a brilliant moment as she held Henry’s book and got a series of flashes from fairytale land followed by her attacking Regina in the closet. Although I was hoping for more of a face-off between the two, I was still satisfied by just how badass Emma was in this one. Her wielding the sword was also awesome as I loved the dual dragon battles with Charming implanting the egg and Emma subsequently retrieving it. Speaking of action, we also got a beautifully choreographed fight scene between Charming and Rumpelstiltskin. This is the dark, exciting show I wanted all along so these various set pieces were particularly gratifying.
The finale’s last ten minutes were also particularly gripping. Emma saving Henry was stunningly done, as we’re so used to having “true love’s kiss” being more of a romantic gesture than a familial one. What followed was even cooler as the curse was finally broken and we got Charming & Snow finally finding each other. Of course this reunion was short-lived as Rumpelstiltskin returned magic to the land in superb fashion (loved the purple cloud) and the pieces are now in place for an epic second season.
Ultimately, the show is finally firing on all cylinders and I have a feeling season two will continue to unlock Once Upon A Time‘s amazing potential. I’m immensely excited. All in all, a brilliant finale.