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My Favorite Finales 2014: Part 2

May 30, 2014

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Once Upon a Time

Le Sigh. This finale had everything I wanted until the very last moment. Well, almost everything. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) go back in time (cue Back to the Future references that Hook doesn’t get) and we quickly learn that Emma is TERRIBLE at time travel. She screws up her own parents’ first meeting, she tells Rumple (Robert Carlyle) all of the things about his future, and she saves a maiden and brings her back to the future, which of course is going to screw things up (more on that later). Along the way she even has to distract past Hook while present Hook does some sneakery. Soon, however, she’s in the Jolly Roger cabin making out with past Hook while present Hook looks on.  Hello! You could have done it with two Hooks at the same time. Emma is dumb. Obviously, she doesn’t. Oh. Right. Family show.

Back in the present world, Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) are getting their mack on, and she reveals that he’s her soulmate and she’s finally ready to open her heart up to love again after having it ripped away by Snow’s naiveté when they were younger. Meanwhile, Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and Rumple are getting married, spouting a lot of nonsense about trust while Rumple knows full well that he has the real Dark One dagger and Belle’s is a fake.

So, back to the past. Emma and Hook discover that she has her magic back and she takes them back to the present with the unconscious maiden in tow.  Naturally, she turns out to be Maid Marian, Robin’s true love and the mother of his child who was supposed to be dead. Good job, Emma. Now Regina’s heart is stolen away and you can see the rage, hurt and evil churning inside her as she berates Emma for her stupidity.  It’s almost exactly what I’ve been wanting. I’ve loved the journey Regina has taken to redeem herself, but I really wanted her to storm out and release some sort of magic blast that would set her up as the big bad again. I also really wanted Robin to have at least some conflicting reaction to seeing Marian, since he was just making out with Regina twenty minutes ago.

I got neither of those moments. Instead, we go back to the portal site, where we see an urn that Emma and Hook brought back with them. The urn opens and who pops out? Elsa, from Frozen.  I nearly lost my damn mind. And not in a good way. I hate this idea. I hate it even more than them bringing in Mulan.  Very few of the characters in this world are from Disney films that weren’t already fairy tales. Mulan was one. And now there’s Elsa. While Frozen is very loosely based on the Snow Queen tale, the character is so specific to the film that it really feels like they’re just capitalizing on the success of Frozen by bringing her in to the OUAT world.

So now, next season, we’re going to have ANOTHER bad guy that isn’t Regina, Rumple’s deception will eventually get revealed, Regina will again struggle with Emma, and Henry (Jared Gilmore) will continue to be annoying. Overall, while I love this show, the only that will get me excited about next season is if they announce that Idina Menzel will be playing Elsa.

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Revenge

While I was angered by the Once finale, the Revenge finale immediately following was spectacular. The producers had announced that the show was going to take a whole new form after this season, and they’ve certainly set it all up to do just that.

It seems that Emily (Emily VanCamp) has finally enacted her revenge. Conrad (Henry Czerny) went to jail and Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) is locked away in an asylum. She would be finally free to live out her happy days with Aiden (Barry Sloane), except Victoria killed him. And thank goodness. Because he was getting tiresome with his playing all sides against the middle. Besides, Emily needs to wind up with Jack (Nick Wechsler) eventually. However, that might be difficult considering that Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) figured out that Jack had a hand in her kidnapping and now Jack is off to jail.  Emily is going to have a lot of other things to deal with, though.

In a dramatic reveal that you could kind of see coming, but still made me jump off my couch in excitement, was the revelation that David Clarke is still alive and clearly is after some revenge himself, since he sprung Conrad from jail only to kill him.

So, two main characters dead, one in an asylum, one in jail, and the others scrambling after some new revenge plots. Season 4 is going to be awesome.

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