Feather’s Reviews: Evil Regals and Captain Swans

Hello Everyone!

It’s been a few weeks since my last Once Upon A Time review, and the series is now on its 6th episode, and it is aptly named “Dark Waters. This episode focuses on Hook and his extensive past (apparently).

What Happens?

Well, in the last few episodes, Emma finally reveals the visions she’s been having, and Aladdin has finally made an appearance.



This episode is all about the lack of trust between the family members of the show (and when I say “family” that includes Hook and Regina). While Regina confronts her “evil twin” (see what I did there?), Hook is confronted by Henry, thanks to Hook’s actions or lack thereof, in the last episode.

Review Time



Like always, there’s always some good, some bad and some…well, best left unaccounted for. So without further ado, let’s look at the pros and cons of the episode.

The Good

Alright, so this episode was mainly about the relationship between Henry and Hook, or Hook and his younger brother Liam. Basically it’s all about the father/son and brother/brother trust issues that are rather evident in this series. For one, I liked how it was different from the main issue, like how the Evil Queen (of course she doesn’t have a name) is running amuck in Storybrooke.



Speaking of the Evil Queen, I loved how she was so sassy when she visited Henry, as he took out the trash. The way she threw away the apple she’d been biting was rather badass I almost imagined her meeting the Goblin King (of course Labyrinth would make an appearance here) and they immediately have a sass off!



Another thing I enjoyed about this episode was the serious bonding time between Hook and Henry. Although it didn’t start off well, they did manage to settle their differences, and their relationship actually matured! It was also a change from Emma and Henry being together all the time.

The Bad

So, like all of the Once Upon A Time episodes there are always a few flaws, and this episode was no different. Taking words from Rumpelstiltskin, “They are always quick to forgive.” It is so true! I mean, despite being locked on a submarine with the pirate that promised to help his mom but didn’t, he was still quick to forgive Hook. If I were Henry, I would probably still be pissed especially since he pushed him into the water without letting him speak!



Another qualm I had was the fact that Hook had another backstory. I mean things are complicated as they are already, and to be honest, I think the writers are just milking the years that passed between Snow running away from the Evil Queen and her (Snow’s again) wedding to David. I don’t think all these stories took place in those years, I mean there’s just too much history in such a short amount of time! Shouldn’t they introduce new characters, and their backstories, maybe pass on the figurative torch? I’d love to see one of the other untold stories pan out. Perhaps bring out Labyrinth! (I know it’s probably just my obsession.)



One more thing I really didn’t like about this episode was the fact that the Evil Queen hits on Rumpelstiltskin. Damn it woman! Get your mits off Belle’s husband! I was especially cringing in the hopes that Belle wouldn’t see the exchange at all! The “romance” between the two characters isn’t believable. I mean, like mother like daughter! I don’t think I ever want to see the Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin kiss again!

The…Whatever It Is

Alright so being a film student, I found a few plot holes and editing pits that, well aren’t really noticeable, unless you look for them. For one, when the Evil Queen visits Henry, she’s chewing on an apple, then throws it away…Where did that apple go? You’d expect it to be on the ground behind Henry, when he turns to her, but it’s gone!



Another irritant for me, was the confrontation between Regina and the Evil Queen. I understand it was to free Archie, but was there really any point? I mean, if you’re going to help Archie escape, at least make him relevant to the plot! Speaking of relevance, I think they only wanted to bring Regina into the episode, just because they wanted to.

In Conclusion

Ok, so there were many flaws, maybe some not so noticeable as others, but I mean come on! They’ve been doing this for 6 seasons now, and I really think they’re running out of ideas, so perhaps the writers should think about calling it quits soon.



Having said that, if they did, I would miss the series, and I do love my fair share of the fantasy world. So perhaps, don’t end it just yet. I think the writers should consult the fans. I’m sure they might have some ideas that might just inspire them! Of course, I would love to have an arc containing a certain Goblin King, moody teen and her group of unlikely friends, but that’s just my opinion.

Anyway, so that’s it for now. Join me next time when I review a new movie that I can’t wait to see! I will be reviewing the new Marvel film Doctor Strange! That’s right! I can finally see Benedict Cumberbatch in action, on the big screen! Join me next week in…

Breaking Reality

So what do you think? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you all soon!

This is Feather, signing out!

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