Due to some complications my reflections have been delayed a week, apologies for! This was such an excellent episode, I was so delighted to watch it and I’m happy to now be sharing my thoughts.
Of course I loved the Charming family interactions, particularly David’s including his discomfort with his (adult!) daughter dating. Positively charming, so use the obvious pun! Elsa and Snow were also wonderful, and very true to their characters. They all flowed so naturally, and that was all before the actual date began!
Speaking of said Captain Swan date, how truly romantic! The stuff of fairy tales to be sure! Jennifer Morrison and Colin O’Donoghue have such a wonderful chemistry and it made what I think might have been a rather awkward situation flow naturally.
But of course that magical date wouldn’t have been possible without the crafty help of one Dark One, and oh my goodness things are really getting tense between Hook and Rumpelstiltskin! I’m very excited to see how their rivalry progresses throughout the season.
Back in Fairy Tale Land the interaction between Anna and Rumpelstiltskin was brilliantly executed and did so much for the characters. It was heartbreaking to see Anna so, well, broken. But if Anna is anything she is truly resilient, and her ability to best the Dark One only proves that! She was magnificent in this episode and I can’t wait to see her and Elsa reunited!