One of my wishes for the longest time has been to see more of Emma's life--what she was like as a kid. I sorta got my wish with the opening scene of adolescent Emma in the group home. Emma has always been my favorite female character. I find (sorry, found) her compelling and interesting, the lost girl who had such intense abandonment issues, unaware of her destiny, trying to be a mother and figure out what she wanted for herself. Emma was the woman who wore the red leather jacked and killed a dragon. But slowly, over the past season, she's turned into some sort of weak willed woman who can't think straight. She still plans to go back to New York City--which makes no sense for one reason: Henry. Legally, he's Regina's son. She's not actually allowed to pack him up and go back to NYC. If Emma doesn't want to be the Savior anymore, ok fine. But she cannot take that boy away from his mother who loved him (and can roast people with a fireball). Emma spends a lot of time deflecting the NYC question by trying to learn her brother's name, which apparently can only be revealed in a giant ceremony, held...in Granny's. The party seems nice, lots of drinking and lasagna and characters we haven't seen in a very long time--like Kathryn. HINT: she's important this episode! Even though they have totally forgotten Kathryn even existed for an entire two seasons. So why the big party? Yeah, it's not actually for the newborn prince. It's really because we need to give the audience a lot of exposition about events in the past because they matter now and chances are your audience members don't really remember the third episode of season one.
Oh and Elsa came to town. Because of course she did. Didn't I make some joke awhile back about how Elsa would be the season 4 big bad because she is what is new and popular right? Heh. Look at that.
I wonder how she is related to Henry.
--So much kissing this episode! What is this, a soap opera?
"You defeated Pan, you defeated Zelena, you broke Regina's curse!" Erm. No? Emma did one of those things, not all three. Speaking of which, what has Emma done lately to call herself the Savior? Nothing. She didn't take down Pan, Rumple did. She didn't take down Zelena, Regina did. What EXACTLY has she done all season, especially this back half?
--"What do I look like, Marty McFly?"
"Red leather jackets don't come into vogue here...ever"
"Behold the Rolly Joger!"
"The only one who saves me, is me"
--How did these two idiots not break the entire timeline!!! They interfered with EVERYTHING.
--Hook traded the Jolly Roger for a bean to get to NYC. Are you kidding me?! There were beans?! And still Snow and Charming had to go all "dark curse" and Neal had to open the vault?!
--Baby Prince Neal. NOPE NOPE NOPE. "Here Emma! We named your baby brother after the man you repeatedly had sex with!"
--Just glad this season is over. Honestly, I don't have a lot of positive things to say so I'm not going to do a season in review.
See everyone in September