‘Wish You Were Here’
After a season of mostly stalling, things finally begin to happen in this week’s episode of Once Upon A Time. Shame it all takes place in the last five minutes of the episode, with the rest once again filler; the Evil Queen makes a move and steals Aladdin’s lamp, now featuring Aladdin as the genie, using a wish to send Emma to a fake reality where she was never the saviour.
The fake reality is pretty cheesy, featuring an overly happy Snow and David with old age makeup and Henry close to knighthood. Regina eventually arrives in an attempt to save Emma and is believed to be the Evil Queen by the locals. Due to it being a fake reality it is hard to really care much about the stakes, especially as we know Emma will snap out of it. None of this is really helped by Jennifer Morrison’s poor acting, which shows the most when she is crying over her fake parents’ death. She works best in her usual robot like state.
Meanwhile Rumpelstiltskin is on the hunt for his son, discovering that he has totally disappeared. It all ends up being tied into the Black Fairy, who was sloppily introduced last week after it was revealed she was Rumpels’ mother. The final moments of the show gives a revelation about the person beneath the hood who has been seen in Emma’s visions all season, with it in my opinion being far too predictable.
The midseason break sees Emma and Regina trapped in the fake reality, if it is even fake at all – something which might have been worth exploring before Regina started killing people. The next half of the season will seemingly explore this world a little more, whilst exploring the new villain who is introduced back in Storybrooke. For now I only hope that it also brings a quicker pace, with watching each week feeling more worthwhile.