Last night we got our first taste of Neverland on Once Upon A Time and as we saw at the end of season 2, Neverland is vastly darker than the fairy tale land that we all know from our childldhood. Henry has found himself stranded and trapped in Neverland on the run from the gang-like Lost Boys while his mother Emma, step-mother Regina, Grandparents Snow White, Prince Charming and Rumplestiltskin are on their way to the rescue! Oh yeah, there’s also the wonderfully rogue pilot of the Jolly Roger Captain Hook coming to the rescue as well, more on him later though. Meanwhile, Henry’s father Neil (Baelfire, son of Rumplestiltskin) is now back in the Enchanted Forrest with a gun shot wound and the help of Mulan, Sleeping Beauty and her own Prince.
So the stage is set for the new season as our core group of characters are set to do battle with an evil Peter Pan and find their way back to their loved ones in Storybrooke. The premiere was pretty enjoyable as most Once Upon a Time episodes are, but I did find the show a tad predictable at times. The show still manages to surprise you at times but once the premiere started rolling I was able to predict things as they were happening up until the ending. My Dad and I watched the premiere together and we both were predicting that once we met Peter Pan, it would be a character we’ve already met or seen before. Hell, I was even sort of expecting Pan to be just the Shadow we’ve seen abducting kids lately. But I will say the Pan reveal was pretty entertaining and I didn’t call it until right as it was happening.
Once thing I have to share is that Captain Hook is quickly becoming my favorite character on the show. My brother asked about him and compared him to Han Solo, the rogue who isn’t necessarily bad but not the typical good guy either. His portrayal by actor Colin Donoghue along with the writing for the character has taken him from a potentially minor character to a member of the main core of characters for the show. Since his appearance in season 2 he really has becoming the most enjoyable part of the show to me.
Now I may be getting a bit ahead of myself by saying it’s predictable and yada yada yada, but I will say the show is just as enjoyable as it has always been and it does a great job of setting the stage for the reason to come. The show creators have said that the first half of season 3 most of our time will be spent in Neverland and the Enchanted Forrest with only one or two looks back at what’s going on in Storybrooke. Where will Once Upon a Time take us in the battle against the Boy Who Doesn’t Grow Up? Keep tuning in to Once Upon A Time on ABC Sunday nights at 8/7c!