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‘Once Upon A Time’ finale leaves a bitter feeling

May 16, 2014
3 of 5 stars - Courtesy of ABC

3 of 5 stars – Courtesy of ABC

Cody Sexton
Entertainment Editor

It is beginning to appear as if the writers of “Once Upon A Time” are making up the storyline week-by-week as they shoot the show.

As the third season of the hit ABC show concluded Sunday evening with a surprise twist at the ending of the finale, it confirmed my belief that the show’s creators never really thought about how successful it would be and are now scraping the bottom of the barrell for ideas to meet the high demands of their fans.

For those unfamiliar with the show, it features all of the beloved fairy tale characters like Snow White, Prince Charming, Red Riding Hood and many others who have been cursed by the Evil Queen Regina to live in a land with no happy endings: our world.

The show’s main protagonist, Emma Swan, is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and grew up in the real world never knowing fairy tales were real or that she was the only one who could save them all.

Trust me when I say I know the premise of the show sounds campy and something only a toddler would enjoy, but it is one of the most popular shows on television.

The two-hour episode appropriately titled “There’s No Place Like Home” wrapped up the season’s “Wizard of Oz” theme after the residents of Storybrooke defeated the Wicked Witch of the West, Zelena, and foiled her plans to travel back in time.

However, while Zelena was defeated, her time-traveling spell was still enacted and Emma and Captain Hook were swept back to the time before Emma’s parents met in the fairy tale land, the Enchanted Forest.

The fact that the writers decided to do a time-traveling episode alone proves they are running out of ideas.

In predictable fashion, the primary rule to not change the past in any way is broken by Emma who interferes with the moment her parents first meet, compromising her very existence.

From then on Emma and Hook are on a quest to help restore order to the timeline by setting into motion a plan to get her parents together.

This involves enlisting the help of the all-powerful  “Dark One,” Rumpelstilskin and gate-crashing an elegant ball where Emma adopts the alias Princess Leia, a nod to Disney’s recent acquisition of Lucasfilm which technically makes Leia a Disney princess now.

As a fan of the show, the episode was not terrible enough to make me want to discontinue watching it. Like “Glee,” I have already invested too much time and energy in the show to let something like a weak plot  make me give up on it all together.

Viewers were able to get a brief glimpse of a happy Regina Mills, a.k.a. the Evil Queen who poisoned Snow White with the apple. For those who are not fans of the show, trust me when I say Regina’s character developement is the show’s biggest redeeming quality.

Her struggle to be one of the good guys despite her reputation as a villain has made her a fan favorite and a reason in itself to watch the show.

Truth be told, Regina is my main reason to keep watching. Her wardrobe as the Evil Queen alone makes her the show’s best character.

After three seasons viewers finally get to see a break in Emma’s tough-girl exterior and see a softer side as she tosses resentment for her parents giving her up as a baby to save her life and finally accepts them as her family.

The episode has something for everyone with different interests in the show and its characters as the two-hour episode adequately covers all the bases to tie up loose ends as fans plan to wait until the fall for next season.

However, like the characters of the show, my own happy ending was ruined in the last five minutes as Regina’s happiness (which is my own at this point) is spoiled thanks to a careless Emma.

To top that off, the writers of the show try to ensure viewers return next season with an ending so out of left field it must have been an act of magic that they kept it a secret.

While I will not give the ending away, I will say that I was so disappointed, I will have a hard time to “let it go.”

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