Okay, can we dish about that last episode of Once Upon a Time? I guess since it’s my blog, I can write about pretty much whatever I want, right?
We have officially left the 24 hour spoiler-free zone, so all bets are off. Leave now if you haven’t watched “Think Lovely Thoughts” and don’t want to get spoiled.
First of all, kudos to the writers for catching me completely flat-footed with the big reveal that Peter Pan is really Rumpelstiltskin’s dad. I have a solid track record for seeing plot twists like that coming a mile away. That was not the case this time. I didn’t catch on until
the Smoke Monster Pan’s shadow showed up in the tree when Malcolm “Worse than Widmore” Stiltskin was trying to score some heroin-stuffed Virgin Mary statues pixie dust.
Having had a couple days to reflect on this big reveal, post “OMGWTF?!”phase, this really is kind of a genius storytelling move. They took the modern cliche of a guy having a “Peter Pan syndrome” midlife crisis and abandoning his kid(s) to recapture his lost youth, and made it breathtakingly literal. Go back and look at Malcolm’s hanging out in the pubs and gambling. I think that puts a much darker interpretation on his obsession with acquiring the pixie dust and flying, once they get to
the Island Neverland. Literally, Rumpel’s dad was an irresponsible, immature addict who abandoned him in favor of getting high.
Again, a cliched modern metaphor made jaw-droppingly literal. It was so obvious, I never saw it coming.
Suddenly, all the pieces clicked into place. Rumpel’s “Pan ruined my father’s life” explanation to Neal/Baelfire became the sort of “What I told you was true, from a certain point of view” statement we should probably all expect from cagey magical mentors whose actors originate in the British Isles.
So well played, ONCE. Well played.
Some other things to ponder:
Smoke Monstershadow pre-existing Pan’s presence on the IslandNeverland is an interesting twist as well. Does it bode well or ill for the possible redemption of Pan/Malcolm? Or is it just another tantalizing thread that’ll get forgotten?
- It would be a lot easier to #SaveHenry if the kid didn’t have the survival instincts of a suicidal lemming. Are we sure he’s related to Rumpel, Emma and Neal?
- On the “What are you thinking, Henry?” note, wasn’t this the same kid who spent most of last season begging Regina to give up magic, convinced it was a bad thing? But now, magic is not only good, it’s worth ripping your own heart out and handing it over to a guy all three of your parents tell you not to trust?
- There was not nearly enough Hook in this episode for my liking.
- My guess is there’s going to be a “do we or don’t we free Rumpel from the box” vote, which is going to be skewed a bit by the fact that right before he got boxed, he revealed he had a cure for the incurable poison keeping Charming on
What do you guys think? Let’s discuss.