Once Upon a Time (season 3)

{4.5/5} “A lifetime of craven self interest is a nasty habit that you’ve never been able to break.”

Emma, Snow, Charming, Regina, and Hook are in Neverland looking for Henry. Rumpelstiltskin is also there but he’s gone off on his own — he’s not much of a team player. Everyone wants Henry, including Peter Pan — who has an army of Lost Boys to help him. Meanwhile Neil is in the Enchanted Forest with Mulan and Robin Hood — he’s looking for something magical in his father Rumpelstiltskin’s castle to help him return to Emma and the others.

Once Upon a Time season 3 just finished.

The scenes set in the past in the Enchanted Forest continue to be enthralling. The scenes in the present are a bit less so.

We find out more about Rumpelstiltskin’s past, including his relationship with his father. We also find out the origin of Peter Pan. The Pan story had its moments but it wasn’t my favourite arc.

Other new characters who show up are Ariel the mermaid and Medusa the gorgon.

A fairly surprising turn of events happens mid-way through the season.*

The episodes after the hiatus were a remarkable return to form — I felt like we were back in the first season. We’re introduced to a fun new enemy — the Wicked Witch of the West.

The retelling of Dorothy’s visit to Oz was terrific — her throwing water on the Witch made much more sense here than in the movie.

In the last seconds of the season finale, I was happy to see who will be joining the fun next season.**

Rebecca Mader (the TV show Lost) plays Zelena / the Wicked Witch.

Michael Raymond-James (Jack Reacher) plays Baelfire / Neal and Keegan Connor Tracy (the TV show Bates Motel) plays the Blue Fairy / Mother Superior. Beverley Elliott (the TV show Kingdom Hospital) plays Granny.

Robbie Kay (Fugitive Pieces) plays Peter Pan and Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones) plays Tinkerbell. Joanna GarcĂ­a-Swisher (the TV show Reba) plays Ariel and Freya Tingley (the TV show Hemlock Grove) plays Wendy Darling.

I previously reviewed season 2. There was a spinoff this year as well — Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

Spoiler alert

*A main character dies, two characters are separated from the rest, and a whole year passes in an instant (the only other show that I know of that did something like the last was Battlestar Galactica).

**Elsa, from Frozen.

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