OUAT Thoughts and Review: “Only You” & “An Untold Story”

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Season Five has officially come to an end.

From Camelot to the Underworld, our Fairy Tale heroes (and villains) have been many places. That certainly didn’t stop with the finale where the group was split between Land Without Magic and the Land of Untold Stories.

We met a new villain, reintroduced to another, and another villain stayed just about the same.

Check out some thoughts from the 2 hour season finale, “Only You” & “An Untold Story,” along with quotes, Most Valuable Resident, and a review of the episodes.


Highlights:

When Rumple uses the Olympian Crystal to cause more trouble to Storybrooke, Henry believes the best solution is to destroy magic with the help of Violet. So Henry ‘Authors’ the Crystal from Rumple and the two begin an adventure to NYC where they find a Holy Grail ‘twin’ they believe could be the end of magic. When Regina, Emma, and Rumple learn what Henry has done, they follow and learn that magic isn’t only in Storybrooke.

Rumple finds his grandson first and takes the Crystal to wake Belle up from the sleeping curse (she’s still trapped in Pandora’s Box.) Regina tries to get Crystal back, but before she can Pandora’s Box is sucked into a portal and Henry uses the grail to take away magic.

In Storybrooke, Snowing, Hook, and Zelena are left behind and use a portal door to help send Camelot residents back. After, the four accidentally get sucked into a different portal thanks to the powerful wand and land in a new land and meet strangers who capture them because they believe they are doing Rumple’s dirty work.

Caged up, they meet the creepy warden and try to explain Rumple’s Belle dilemma and how they need help to get home. A timid doctor comes in and offers to help fix the wand so they can go home. The doctor goes to fix the wand, but an orderly gives him a potion that changes him into the warden–Mr. Hyde.

Jekyll eventually is able to escape, frees Snowing, Zelena, and Hook and tries to create a potion that can split him and Hyde so he can escape with the Storybrooke folk. Jekyll succeeds, and Hyde immediately tries to kill Jekyll, but is stopped by Storybrooke people.

They make a run for it and need to figure out a way to get home from the Land of Untold Stories. With Henry destroying magic, there are very few ways to do it, so with a suggestion from the Dragon, Henry decides a wishing well is the way to fix it. Everyone in NYC heads to the fountain to make a wish, but isn’t strong enough, so Henry gives a speech to all of New York to believe in magic and throw pennies in the well.

The idea works and after a couple hundred pennies the fountain becomes a portal and Snowing, Zelena, and Hook appear and Rumple disappears. Rumple escapes and goes to Hyde, who stole Pandora’s Box, and makes a deal for her along with a way to wake her up.

In New York, Regina, still conflicted with her Regina and Evil Queen personalities, is convinced to use Jekyll’s potion to split her personas to destroy the Evil Queen once and for all. Snow and Emma by her side, Regina uses it and crushes the heart of the Evil Queen who disappears into dust.

Everyone returns to Storybrooke and Henry and Violet share their first kiss (awkwardly with both moms right there) and Violet reveals she’s sticking around because her father is not actually from Camelot. Of course, things can’t be happy in Storybrooke for long because Hyde arrives and shares the deal he made with Rumple—Hyde now owns Storybrooke and brought some friends from his land.

In New York, the dust that was once the Evil Queen materializes into the character and visits the Dragon, who gave the fountain idea to Henry, and rips out his heart to kill him and basically declares a light vs. dark war.


Thoughts:

  • I thought it was a little insensitive of Zelena to ask for her own sympathy for Hades at Robin’s funeral. Let’s not forget that the only reason Robin was dead was because of Hades. Oh, and Regina has been through enough she deserves the sympathy.
  • Speaking of sympathy, shouldn’t Hook feel a tad more guilty about him living and Robin dying?
  • Violet disappeared for a while, but her return adorable to see the puppy love bloom between her and Henry.
  • Rumple frustration continues: Knowing poor Belle hates his need for power I’m 99.9% sure that she would not be OK with using magic to wake her up.
  • Who else caught the Captain Charming bromance hug at Granny’s when Hook made his reappearance?
  • Based on past experiences, why would Emma trust Henry to return to his house when he was told to when there is obviously something more important for him with the adults?
  • Henry may have promised not to manipulate his powers as the Author, but the greater good is much more important than idly standing by why Rumple causes trouble.
  • Rumple really has no sense of family if it gets in the way of his power. I mean, Henry is his grandson of his late son, Neal, and Rumple was more than willing to harm Henry to get what he wanted.
  • I was surprised that Regina wasn’t going to take Roland in after Robin died, but seeing how the episode ended with Regina, there is plenty more understanding.
  • How did Emma not think of New York first as a place for Henry to go? That’s the last place he knows of outside of Storybrooke.
  • The question on everyone’s mind is: Who is paying the rent on Neal’s old apartment since he has been gone?
  • While I enjoyed the main point of Regina’s monologue to Emma about the Evil Queen, it went on for way longer than it should have. I would’ve appreciated it more if it got to the point.
  • The New York library, not coincidentally, looked very similar to the library in the Sorcerer’s house.
  • Rumple’s line: “I’m going to show you the world, Belle…” Did anyone finish that thought with, “Shining, shimmering, splendid.”
  • I was confused as to who the Gardener/Warden were for a while. I thought the Warden was supposed to be Dracula.
  • Henry’s speech at the wishing well at the library was a tad ridiculous. It was very hard to take any of it seriously…and yet, it worked?
  • Here’s hoping they don’t completely drop the Violet’s, ‘my dad is from Connecticut’ story. How does that even happen?
  • Regina vs. Regina should be a very interesting showdown next season. I see great Lana Parrilla scenes in our future.

Quotes:

“When you’re upset we follow you to hell. When I’m upset you put me in a timeout.”–Regina (oh, and point for her)

“You heroes ruin all the fun.”–Zelena

“I have [a plan]. I still have a fist. Gold still has a nose.”–Regina

“To be clear, I was fine with leaving.”–Zelena

“Well, perhaps, next time try an aggressive bunny rabbit.”–Hook


Most Valuable Resident: Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills) OK. So Henry had a few odd moments in the finale, but overall, this was another finale with Henry at the forefront and that wasn’t a bad way to go. He’s always been a voice of reason in some cases amongst a group of adults and when the youngest member of the cast can go head-to-head with the likes of Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, and Jennifer Morrison, he deserves to take charge of the story.


Review: 2.5/5 The Underworld was probably the strongest arc since season 3. Unfortunately, after Underbrooke officially ended last week, this finale started the new story and, frankly, it was not as enjoyable as the previous OUAT finales. It was too many different places and joining the stories together seemed more complicated than it should’ve been. Leading into the premiere it will be intriguing to see Hyde becomes the Big Bad and what that could mean for Storybrooke.


That’s it for season 5 of Once Upon A Time. 

If you want to check out any recaps from the season, click here.

What were your favorite moments from the finale? How does it compare to the finales of previous seasons?

Sound off here via Twitter.

The show will return again this fall, Sundays at 8p/7c. Same time. Same place. 

 

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