Monday, December 2, 2013

Once Upon A Time 3.09 Review: Everything For Henry

All those that have yet to watch last night’s episode of Once Upon A Time, titled ‘Save Henry’, now would be a good time to go and do that. For this is not a spoiler free blog. THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! You’ve been warned.
Well, I have to say that I am not at all happy with the direction that this series is going in. This series – aside from the Emma and Hook moments, and a few fleeting Emma and Neal moments – has gotten so terribly bad. Not only have these last nine episodes only expanded across a handful of days, but when it finally comes to a somewhat conclusion of the, not Pan story but, Neverland story it’s so beyond easy that it is ridiculous. Honestly, is that all it took to defeat Pan’s attempts at stealing Henry’s heart? Regina just takes it out of his chest? Did Pan really not see that coming?
They really appear to be trying to redeem Regina somewhat and make her a morally gray person. She’s not what appears to be the villain of the piece, and that’s really detracted from this series. I get trying to bring fairytale stories to the real world in a realistic way, but sometimes a villain is a villain, and giving them heart just because their actress is good doesn’t always work in the best interest of the overall piece. Maybe no one is wholly good, or wholly evil, but people do veer towards each end of the spectrum, and not everyone is redeemable.
This episode really could have been so good. Unfortunately, the writing just didn’t click, and the acting was half-assed at best. Even someone as strongly favouring of Emma as a character as myself thought that her “mothering” the lost boys, and that dreadfully written speech, just came across as near pathetic. It needed so much more passion behind it, and that’s just not something I felt. For a mother that was coming close to losing her son, she didn’t seem too embroiled about saving him. She certainly wasn’t anywhere near as impassioned as Regina was this week at trying to save Henry. Honestly, Regina was about the closest thing to being a strong point this week – for the most part.
Overall, I don’t think I’ll stop watching this series any time soon – because I really need to see where it’s going with Hook, Emma, and Neal – but I do feel like it’s lost its heart. It just doesn’t have that freshness it came to have during the first season, and even parts of the second season. The closest it’s had this year to greatness were fleeting moments that likely don’t even encompass one full episode. And don’t even get me started on this whole Henry centric season, or the fact that he is in no way capable of encompassing how bad ass Pan has been this season – up until last week’s reveal that he is Rumplestiltskin’s father. Anyways, until next week with this series. Please let it be good.
My rating: 5.5 out of 10.

There were no favourable lines this week.

Okay, by this coming out, I hope you get the hint that I will not be posting a review for Dracula this week. Unfortunately, it just has not caught my attention in four episodes, and I will likely be falling behind now until I feel the need to catch up. Which could very well not happen for a great deal of time, so no more reviews likely of this series in its future – however short that may be. Anyways, check back in tomorrow for reviews of How I Met Your Mother, Almost Human, and The Blacklist.

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