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Once Upon a Time – 3.03 Review “Quite a Common Fairy”

Our crazy band of heroes and villains tramp through the Neverland jungle in search of a fairy that Hook thinks will be able to help them find Pan’s camp, which by the way conveniently keeps moving around.  It turns out that Regina and our ‘Green’ friend have a sordid history filled with regret, but will Tink help her and the others find Henry? And let’s not forget about Neal, who goes to astonishing lengths to get to his son and Emma in Neverland.

So a usual there is a huge WARNING that the following contains a ton of spoilers for ‘Quite a Common Fairy’ and a spewing of my feelings…so please proceed at your own risk.

The Good

  • “Roast Swan, that’s amusing, you’ll get that later.” Oh Robert Carlyle, even when you’re only in the show for the briefest of moments you manage to steal the scene and sparkle.  
  • I honestly flip all the time between loving and loving to hate Regina (Lana Parrilla), but I always love Parrilla and this was probably one of my favorite Reginacentic episodes just behind ‘The Stable Boy’. Present day Regina echoed shades of herself when she asked Tink (Rose McIver)  ‘How the hell did you get like this?” and then urges her to do the right thing and help them find Henry (Jared Gilmore) instead of choosing revenge on Regina and ending up like she has.
  • Seeing Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Regina bond over ‘Operation Henry’ was a long overdue moment between the two.
  • Rose McIver was a PERFECT Tinker Bell
  • Robin Hood’s (Sean Maguire) son Roland is four years old, which now means that timeline wise I have a better grasp on what happened when (minus the 28 years everyone was frozen). Thank goodness for little miracles.
  • Really surprised that Neal (Michael Raymond-James)  made it to Neverland so quickly, I really thought they’d drag that out a little longer…

The Bad

  • I don’t know how I feel about the fact that Neal was willing to put four year old Roland at risk to make it to Neverland. He’s already used magic and then he was okay endangering a toddler. Sometimes you spend your entire life running from something only to end up turning into the very thing you were running from all along. How far will a desperate soul go…..?
  • In the past Regina had the chance to find love again, Tinker Bell gave her pixie dust that would lead her to her soul mate and it does since pixie dust helps you find what you need (in Regina’s case love)… the dust takes her straight to a tavern where there is a man with a lion tattoo (if you know your legends like I do you then you knew right then who the mystery man was).  Had Regina gone into the tavern we might have lost a great ‘Evil Queen’ but she would have fallen in love with Robin Hood, before he met Marian and before she blackened her heart (which by the way is almost as black as coal).  I suppose that meant he wouldn’t have Roland and she wouldn’t have Henry but as Tinker Bell puts it to Regina “You didn’t just ruin your life, you ruined his.”
  • I have issues with The Blue Fairy (Keegan Connor Tracy), and I know I’m not the only one who thinks she’s shady as old heck. Striping Tinker Bell of her wings and being so negative about Tink trying to help Regina isn’t helping me like you Blue or convince me that you’re as good as you claim!
  • I LOVED that they made Mulan (Jamie Chung) in love with Aurora (Sarah Bolger), but it broke my heart that Aurora was pregnant with her first child and that Mulan’s love was unrequited. Hopefully she’ll find her own ‘True Love’.
  • Charming (Josh Dallas), you better tell your wife that you got hit with Dreamshade; Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) says you don’t have long!

The Ugly

  • The waiting until next Sunday! I think Once Upon a Time is ON FIRE this season and I hate the waiting but at least we’re getting eleven straight weeks with no breaks, if this AMAZINGNESS keeps up I won’t survive the break in the winter.

Final Thoughts / Looking Forward

  • Apparently Regina takes after her mother Cora when it comes to making comments about whatever is or isn’t going on between Hook and Emma.  Her sassy “…a good plan because your boyfriend came up with it?” Line to Emma about Hook and his plan was one of my favorite of the night; you can always count on Regina’s snark to lighten the mood.
  • Next week’s episode is a Rumplestiltskincentric (which I always love), and the promo showed Neal training with Rumple in Neverland. After seeing what Neal was willing to do to get to Neverland, and now knowing he’s going to ‘train’ with his father…well we all know what happens to people that Rumple trains, do the names Regina and Cora ring any bells?
  • Pan’s (Robbie Kay) line that in the promo about no one escaping Neverland to Neal made me think that he let Neal leave Neverland, perhaps he is also responsible for Emma and Neal meeting?

So that’s how I felt, as usual there will be a full recap of the episode to follow, until then what did you think of  ‘Quite a Common Fairy?

Our crazy band of heroes and villains tramp through the Neverland jungle in search of a fairy that Hook thinks will be able to help them find Pan’s camp, which by the way conveniently keeps moving around.  It turns out that Regina and our ‘Green’ friend have a sordid history filled with regret, but will …

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Summary : I think Once Upon a Time is ON FIRE this season and I hate the waiting, this episode continues to raise the bar on a stellar season that has me anxiously awaiting every Sunday.

User Rating: 4.86 ( 4 votes)
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2 comments

  1. I agree with everything you wrote. This episode was fantastic. Really looking forward to the remaining episodes and yes I dread the hiatus. Hopefully it will go by fast.

    • Thanks Griffin! The good thing about the hiatus is that we’ll have Christmas and New Year’s to break it up, since the holidays are always a busy time of year. I dread January and February though, I hope that 311 isn’t too big of a cliffhanger…I suspect it will be though and it will be PAINFUL waiting.

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