What’s going on in Neverland is like every uncomfortable family road trip I went on as a kid. Everyone is fighting, the group is lost, and there’s a blond girl crying.
Snow White is overcompensating for being under a curse during her daughter’s entire life. So, she went from “friend” to “MOST TRYINGEST MOM EVAR!!!” in 30 seconds flat. Ginnifer Goodwin is really good at being motherly toward a woman her own age. But, somehow, I don’t think Emma is ever going to call her Mom.
Unless that’s how this season is going to end: Emma saving the multi-verse by acknowledging her parents.
Meanwhile, Charming easily fell into the “Headstrong Dad Who Refuses to Ask for Directions” role. He’s also doing pretty well at the “Be A Jerk to the Handsome Stranger Who’s Making Time with My Daughter” role.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a family road trip without a bitchy stepmom who expects to be in charge.
Other Once Upon A Time Thoughts:
- The relationships in the Rumpy family tree are getting a bit weird. Emma and Hook are heading for a hook-up (see what I did, there? SEE?), which means that Emma will be getting together with her son’s grandmother’s lover. Or something.
- Hook’s effectiveness as a scoundrel snuck up on me in this episode. He’s so consistently been a turncoat and sneaky bastard that I don’t trust his new affections toward Emma. There’s got to be something else in play with him.
- Peter Pan is a dick. He’s got ominous plans for Henry and he’s screwing with everyone’s mental states. The entire team’s basic characteristics seem amplified in Neverland. Snow is more caring, Regina is more domineering, Emma is more frantic.
- Surprisingly, I didn’t laugh when Camelot and the Sword in the Stone came up. I should have, but I’ve gotten used to Show doing that.