3.3 "Quite a Common Fairy"
Tonight the band of misfits continues wandering through the wilds of Neverland watching Peter Pan move his camp from under their noses. Hook suggests finding Tinker Bell, Regina, of course, has ticked her off, and Pixie Dust is apparently the panacea of the magic world. Meanwhile Pan tries to convince Henry that it wasn't Emma, but instead her son who is the savior, and Neal uses Robin Hood's son as bait. In the flashbacks we find out why Tinker Bell hates Regina, but Snow and Emma patch everything up in about 2 seconds.
I was a little bit less enthusiastic about tonight's episode. I felt like each storyline was a little tired. Regina ticks people off. Again. Even though in this case all she really did was run away. She certainly didn't ask Tinker Bell to risk everything. Pan and Henry got barely enough screen time to remind us they're still out there and the plot to get Neal to Neverland felt stilted and ... well, boring. Except for Roland who was the sweetest. Mulan joining the Merry Men was pretty much the most exciting thing to happen in the entire episode. But the more I think about it, the more things I remember that I liked, so ...
When Tinker Bell said, "I'm a fairy. You might want to try believing in me," I just wanted to shout at Regina "CLAP CLAP!"
Was anyone else wondering if Regina managed to give Tinker Bell the means to hurt her really badly now?I'm rather scared for Henry.
Though we didn't get a lot of Henry, he did get the best line of the night when Pan offers him an apple:
"I don't like apples."
"Who doesn't like apples?"
"It's kind of a family thing."
And you've gotta give Henry props for trying to shoot Pan.
It does make sense to believe that Henry is the savior of magic, though. He's the one who has always believed in it no matter what. And Peter Pan is so well cast it almost hurts. I love the creepiness he exudes, but at the same time there are these tiny little hints that he's just trying to save everything. So I don't know. But I love the character!
I do like that Neal's speech pattern is so much more modern than the other characters. Emma and Neal are much more casual with more slang, conflated words, and contractions. There's a softness in their speech as opposed to all of the fairy tale characters who are very precise and crisp.
So there's my mixed bag thoughts on the episode. What did you think? What are you looking forward to? I can't wait for Neal to be reunited with his family! And it looks like we get back to Rumple next week as well.