@Roseanne - Once characters receive their Happy Ending, they are shelved for storytelling purposes. Witness Hansel & Gretel (found dad), Cinderella (married her prince), Jefferson/Mad Hatter (reunited with his daughter), Pinocchio & Geppetto, etc. In Storybrooke, Kathryn's last scene was meeting the gym teacher/Frederick in the school hallway while looking for Mary Margaret. I took that to mean that they were on their way to their Happy Ending. Hook was much better incorporated into the series that Aurora & Mulan, IMO. Those two are still wandering around the Enchanted Forest looking for Philip. Their actions don't impact Storybrooke at all. Once Snow & Emma left that place, we didn't really care about what happened to them. I hope it's a lesson to the writers that you just can't throw anyone into the series because the fans want them. There needs to a good reason & motivation for every character to be present. The whole Owen/Tamara/Neal mystery better be worth it.
Just because Pinocchio is back to being a boy doesn't mean August is gone from our screens. There is major backstory about how August even knew where to find Bae/Neal after all of Bae's years spent somewhere else. We know that August was instrumental in getting Neal to abandon Emma about 11 years ago (before Henry's birth). But, does anyone think it's pure coincidence that the son of the Dark One and the daughter of Snow & Charming just happened to meet & make a baby? Uh, no...and August probably knows the answer to how that went down more than anyone. Plus, there's that ever present question about the book. WHO WROTE THE DARN BOOK OF FAIRY TALES in the first place? August knows, and it needs to be shown. So, we'll see him again.
"I think Tamara may be Pocahontas if she were to be a fairytale character..." Nope, because Pocahontas has never been a fairytale character. She was a real person, along with John Smith and John Rolfe, and is actually buried in England. The creators have been quite adamant that only fictional characters need apply, and Poca is too "real" to bring her into OUAT. I think Tamara could be either Tiana ("The Princess and the Frog"), Tiger Lily (from Neverland), or Tinker Bell. The theory that she's related to the Cinderella's murdered fairy godmother is interesting. But, how would a human have connections to the Enchanted Forest? Then again, the whole "magic is not in this world" thing seems to be falling apart with each new episode.
PART II (from below)...But, it's the adults around him who are responsible for making him feel safe. It's not his job to understand nuance. It's their job to teach him, and they are all quite ill-equipped to do so. Rumple, Snow, Emma, and Regina are all so emotionally stunted, they are not much more than children themselves in that area. Charming, Neal and August may be more mature and could help Henry in this area. But, unfortunately, it's the moms/grandmothers who are facing off and wallowing in the drama instead of making Henry feel safe.
Many of the comments about Henry seem to lack a certain, shall we say, parental understanding. If all of them are from people who don't have kids, that's understandable. I have children. Henry is acting like a typical 10-year-old/5th grade kid. So, you people have quite a road ahead if you don't have children yet. Children younger than Henry are very savvy, smart and challenge authority because that's what they are SUPPOSED TO DO. It's called getting ready to leave the nest. Of course, what is never pointed out on OUAT (and should be), and in reviews, is what LOUSY PARENTS most of the adult characters are because they didn't have good role models themselves. They grew up in a world where blended families really didn't exist. So, it's an either/or proposition about who Henry will live with. It could be both. But, not for them because that's their only experience. Henry is frustrated. But, it's the adults around him who are responsible for making him feel safe. It's not his job to understand nuance. It's their job to teach him, and they are all ill-equipped to do so.
Oh, for goodness' sake! Why does Alicia need to commit to anyone? Why can't she be like Diane, and be single when the election is done? I think the series title, "The Good Wife", subconsciously makes people pigeonhole Alicia into someone who *has* to make a choice between two men. The lady is an adult. If she doesn't want a committed relationship, and enjoys sex without strings, there is nothing wrong with that. Men do it all the time. Diane does it and no one debates about whether it's right or wrong, if she's "committed" or "in love", or describes her as a horny teenager.
Boy, a lot of discussion about Cora, Snow, goodness and the like. Another twist to ponder though...consider that while Cora does all her evil deeds minus her heart (because she doesn't want her emotions to influence her judgement), Regina & Rumple manipulate, scheme, curse, and kill *with* their hearts fully involved. If Regina was indeed her mother's daughter, I doubt making Cora feel love would result in happy endings all around town. Regina feels love for Henry. But, that hasn't influenced her enough to spread joy & sunshine around Storybrooke. Similarly, Mr. Gold & Belle. All you need is love...not. At least that's how it plays in OUAT. Maybe what they all need is love and forgiveness, received and extended.
Not being a reader of the comics, I'm wondering why the reviewer didn't note the parallel between Malcolm's Dark Archer character and Oliver's Vigilante. They both were spurred to reinvent themselves after the death of a loved one, and "clean up" Starling City upon their return. In Malcolm's case, it was a self-imposed sabbatical of several years that left him estranged from Tommy. In Oliver's case, it was an accident, completely unintentional, and the only way he learned to survive. Yet, now they find themselves on opposite sides. I don't remember the name of the place where Malcolm went. Was it someplace in the Himalayan mountains? But, it's interesting that in Malcolm, we may be looking at Oliver's future - someone who started with good intentions, then went astray for some reason. Will they ever join forces?
The one thing that bothered me about this episode was where the heck did Cora get her gorgeous red gown to go to that ball? That was out of left field. Rumple? Fairy godmother?
@Amanda - Belle & Gold kissed several times this season when she HAD her memories. She was even shown to be living with him at his home before they became estranged, again, and she took over the library.
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