Rumbelle

And here we come to one of my absolute favorites and, as I had to realize, an episode that still touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes: The first Rumbelle episode.

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At first, the title sounds like a promise. The last episode left us with a cliffhanger, but I felt with not much more story to tell, so it was natural to assume that the Neverland story will come to an end. Going Home? Sounds good. Sounds positive.

Alas, this is, after all, Once Upon a Time. And there is still half a season left. One should have known better.

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Back into action. Yes, I think ONCE UPON A TIME is slowly finding back to its own dynamic, and I hope they manage to keep that now. That is not to say that I’m yet completely happy with the show (again), but it looks good for getting there.
One thing before I get started: The title card animation with the mermaid was gruesome. Sorry, but this looked more like taken from a horror movie than anything else.
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Before I start, I wanna share my impression of/opinion on OUAT’s latest episode beforehand. I’m a bit worried at the moment that Ed&Adam lose focus, or the understanding that there are people out there who don’t know the big picture yet, but can only speculate. They’ve done this in the past, but it seems to become worse. There are too many loose ends that float about and irritate. Continue reading

Lacey. Oh how have we been waiting for that episode. The Rumbelle ep. The one that would finally reunite Rumple and Belle… not quite. More like Lacey, Belle’s SB persona, and Rumple. Or Gold. Or…
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For me this episode didn’t get a good start at all. And I’m not talking about the ep’s beginning itself; I’m talking about what happened before it. As mentioned countless times, I like spoilers. I read, watch, whatever them. And even though I try to not get every spoiler of ONCE, there’s still a lot I know beforehand. Now, spoilers are fine because usually they are made clever enough to only tease, often make waiting worse, and especially still keep the tension.
ABC, however, doesn’t seem to be able to do that. Before 2×16, they spoilt and teased A LOT. Including giving away the big “secret” of who’s gonna die. And yes, I think that was a secret because it could have worked; it could have left people on edge. But even for those who don’t read spoilers or don’t look at the countless set pictures from upcoming episodes’ shootings there wasn’t much of a secret left when ABC posted a picture with Rumple and Cora that said “One will die”. This was beyond stupid. Everyone knows that Rumple isn’t going to die; not permanently though, because let’s face it, he’s the most important character of this show, besides Emma maybe. Without Rumple OUAT wouldn’t work, period.
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Manhattan is the episode everyone has been waiting for. Must be. Because it promised to finally reveal who Bae is in our world, and oh, how many speculations were out there about that? In the end, they proved to hold up; and yet was it exciting and surprising.
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