It was only fitting that Sunday’s “Once Upon a Time” episode was entitled “The New Neverland,” since it was clear by the end of the hour that this was the endgame for Peter Pan while stuck in Storybrooke. Rather than trying to get back to his old island, he would try to claim the entire town of Storybrooke as his own, using the curse spell to do exactly to the town what Regina did to the fairytale world so many years ago.
Pan’s plan while stuck in Henry’s body was really pretty brilliant and well-written. He knew that there was no way that he would be able to pull off being Henry for long, so he sprung into action not long after finding so much information in Henry’s book. He hatched the plan to convince Regina to be locked in the room with the curse, mostly because he knew that he was going to be able to take advantage of some of her own love for him.
Ultimately, everything that was put together here made perfect sense, even though we did question just how well Pan thought that he was going to be able to accomplish this given he only had a tiny amount of time as leeway. He is really going to have to act quickly now, since everyone is breathing down his back.
As for the rest of the episode, the Hook / Tinker Bell ship was somewhat random but fun, as was seeing some of the reunions at the start of the episode. Rumpelstiltskin trying to close the shop early to be with Belle? Genius. All of this made up for some relatively dull Snow / Charming flashbacks, but we’ve never found the two to be all that engaging. They are the two most “be good” characters on the show, and there’s just not so much fun with that. Grade: B+.
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