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Once Upon a Time Review: True Love's Kiss

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"A Land Without Magic" showed us the truth behind true love's kiss and it was nothing that I predicted. And it wasn't only the magic that was full of surprises in Storybrooke, as love also popped up where I least expected it.

There were so many dramatic components to the Once Upon a Time season finale that it's difficult to know where to start - but I'll begin with my favorite dynamic duo.

A Land Without Magic Scene

No, it isn't Snow and Charming, it's Emma and Regina. For as much as they loathed one another I loved watching as they were forced to work together. Two such powerful women, compelled to strive together to save their son made for some great TV, especially since they'd rather kill one another.

As was evident in this Once Upon a Time quote, even when Emma was suddenly thrust into a world where a true love potion existed, she never lost her straight to the point approach:

Mr. Gold: I saved some for a rainy day.
Emma: Well it's storming like a bitch. Where is it? | permalink

So, Rumplestiltskin not only used some of his true love potion as a curse fail safe, he hid the rest in the dragon. That was a twist I didn't see coming. It also led to an awesome elevator. Honestly, the steampunk looking contraption was more interesting to me than all of the dragon footage combined. 

Emma did two things that seemed downright silly:

  1. Putting down the sword. Did she really think a few measly bullets could take down a dragon? A grenade launcher maybe, but a handgun. I don't think so. Plus, that was her father's sword. There had to be some significance in using it but perhaps that symbolism alluded her at that moment.
  2. She threw the egg up to Rumplestiltskin. Hadn't she been in Storybrooke long enough to learn that the two least trust worthy people were Regina and Mr. Gold? I know shoving it inside her leather jacket and climbing out wouldn't have been easy but it seemed like the better choice.

But as we learned with her trust in Sidney, there are times Emma can be naive.

It was wonderful to see some long lost characters come back to visit. The Huntsman (aka Graham) was a sight for sore eyes. Having him and Charming share the screen was simply a lovely dose of fairy tale eye candy that didn't last nearly long enough.

Finally, Regina's treatment of Jefferson came back to haunt her. There are only so many times you can pull the rug out from under someone before they retaliate. Jefferson might not have been able to do the deed himself but he knew who could and he knew the trigger to pull to make it happen.

Which led us to Belle. Who knew it would be so easy to spring her from her hospital prison? I did wish there had been a little more build up to her meeting with Rumplestiltskin. I had hoped he'd be the one to go and find her instead of Belle being sprung on him at such an odd moment.

Admittedly, they had me worried that Henry might actually be killed off. There would have been a twist. But in the end, true love's kiss was the purest of all.  I always thought it would have to do with Snow and Charming but I was happy to be wrong. It was a mother's love for her son. When Emma kissed Henry the curse was broken... sort of.

Although everyone remembered their past, no one was transported back to it. 

Which did give us the joy of not only watching Charming save Snow in the fairy tale world but also getting to witness David and Mary Margaret realize the truth of their love. The latter happened in the nick of time as I wondered what would happen to David as he attempted to drive out of town. 

The saddest moment of the entire episode was when Regina told Henry the following:

No matter what you think, no matter what anyone tells you, I do love you. | permalink

I felt for Regina because, in her own way, I believe that's true. No matter what her motives or methods, she loves Henry.

So with the end of the season most of our heroes have found true love while Regina has lost hers and in perhaps the scariest turn of events, Rumplestiltskin has brought magic to Storybrooke. Unpredictable, powerful, magic. And Regina is smiling. This just can't be good.

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Geelightning

made me so mad that august turned into wood! he better be back next season!

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How come the fairies and Jemini were all transformed into humans when the curse hit, but somehow maleficient was still a dragon?

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so i'm guessing Rumplestinskin's magic means regina is a a witch with powers again. good save. I was worried! I didn't think they'd break the curse just yet. (the dragon scene was terrible!!)
btw. no. Rumplestinskin can't see into the future, thats stupid! the man knows it all it's because he was the one who planned everything.. it's all part of his extremely twisted plan to go to the real world and find his son. Although it doesn't look like he is much.. hmm :/ not sure...

Danielle50

I just finished this series and it is great. I like the idea that Emma have to die in order for them to return to fairytale land. I love Snow White/Mary Margaret but I cannot bring myself to like Charming/David and think Snow will be better off without him. I also love the crackship idea of Gold and Regina or Regina and Emma. My favorite characters are Gold, Regina, Emma, Snow, and Henry. I hope that we can see the fairytale characters of Rapunzel, Mother Goose, and etc next season.

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What a great series....I hope there is another season.

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I think that Emma allowed Gold to hold the Egg because she was desperate to save Henry. Things had to be done in a hurry. Not to mention, she had just battles a dragon. This, in addition to seeing her potential love interest turn to wood, could have mentally drained her. As for Regina, she killed her father...right? She loved him too...right? Henry, I would trust her kind of love!

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Regina is clearly set up to have a redemption arc. Especially after the whole frienemies interaction with Emma this episode and getting demoted to secondary villain. She is essentially Emma's FOIL, sure, but this episode proved that she is not beyond redemption. At this point in the development of the story, I'm still not sure what is "clear" and/or "proven." I like the idea that Regina is not beyond redemption, and actually I root for her (and for Gold too, for that matter). I just think she has been shown too often to make the wrong choice. If there is ultimately redemption for her, I would guess it will come through love for Henry ... and it will have to cost her something. Will she be willing and/or capable of making whatever sacrifice is required of her?

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One thing I do not understand is when did regina find out emma was the chosen one. Wasnt this a secret? No one but henry, gold, august and hatter knew. I am guessing the return to fairy land will be the series finale or it could be like lost where most people left the island only to return. Now that gold and regina have magic will they try to rule the earth like they did fairy land?

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Very nice Job with the season finale. I was always wondering if they could carry out the whole breaking the curse thing for a few seasons and I didn't think that was possible and I guess the writers didn't either. So great way to end season 1 breaking the curse and in true tv fasion one problem gone another created! Very good show I could see this being solid for a few years.

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Best season finale ever. I think Mr.Gold dropped the potion in the river so that he could get his son back,as he did say that the river returns to you what you have lost. We do know the reason he made the curse in the first place was for him to find his son, however magic returning does come with a price, and can't wait until next season to find out what it is. Loved that Snow and Charming found each other in both lands, and Rumple and Belle's scenes were wonderful, wonder what he will try to do to Regina now he knows what she did to Belle. So good we got to see some of the characters from previous shows. Emma and Regina were great in this episode, as was everyone.

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