The season finale of Once Upon a Time is near, but it doesn’t look like everyone will get their happily ever after. In last night’s episode, “An Apple Red as Blood,” Regina’s plot to get Emma out of Storybrooke came to ahead and the Fairytale Land flashbacks revealed just how and why Snow bit into that red apple.

Check out our review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Milan Cheylov
  • Writer: Jane Espenson & David H. Goodman
  • Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Eion Bailey, Jared S. Gilmore, Robert Carlyle

Episode Title: “An Apple Red as Blood”

In Storybrooke, Emma loses most of her Reunited Birth Mother of the Year cred when she abducts Henry in order to save him from Regina. Henry’s pretty much the voice of reason (as usual) and grabs the wheel to convince her it’s a bad idea. She comes to her senses and takes him back, eventually making a deal with Regina. She’ll leave town, but only if she can have visitation with Henry. Back in Fairy Land, the story of how Snow White fell into her apple coma plays out (it’s very self sacrificing and heroic, because our Snow is no damsel in distress).

The Good:

  • Emma Finally Takes Action: It might not be the best way (more on that in The Bad), but it’s satisfying to see Emma finally do something. Especially, when that something involves taking a stand against Regina.
  • Mr. Gold Says No: Mr. Gold (AKA Rumpelstiltskin) has played both sides all season, but he’s at his best when he appears “neutral.” He sternly shoots down Regina/Evil Queen’s request for help in favor of a mysterious trip.
  • Evil Queen’s Reveal: Back in Fairytale Land, during a parlay, the Evil Queen revealed to Snow that Daniel was dead she was responsible. It’s about time Snow found out why her stepmother hates her so much.
  • Regina’s Apple Turnover: Say what you will about Regina, but she has mad baking skills to accompany her black magic. Since she can’t kill Emma (that would break the curse), she uses the same trick she pulled on Momma Snow: Poison apple-induced coma. When Emma comes by to bargain for visitation rights with Henry, Regina offers her a tasty dessert in goodwill. Thanks to a time/space traveling portal opened with the help of Jefferson (yeah, apparently he’s still around. Who knew?), it’s actually the same apple Snow bit into back in Fairytale Land. Kind of weird-but-cool.
  • Henry’s Big Bite: When Emma refuses to believe in magic for the umpteenth time, Henry takes matters into his own hands. He eats the poisoned turnover, taking the magic coma bullet for his biological mom and (hopefully) convincing her that the curse is real.

The Bad:

  • Emma’s Kidnapping: Come on, Emma. Really? The refusal to believe in the curse is one thing, but the law is a different story (pun intended). Please don’t try to abduct Henry and hand Regina a victory on a silver platter.
  • Charming’s Continued Worthlessness: Snow as the savior in the relationship is great. We’re all for turning fairytale conventions on their head, but it would be nice if Charming did something besides get bullied and locked up. Where’s the witty conversation? Where the dual strength that made us fall for the Snow/Charming relationship in the beginning?

Overall:

This episode did a great job of tying together a lot of the threads that have been revealed throughout the season. The characters’ stories come together when they (Snow, the Dwarves, Red and Granny) form a team to rescue Charming. Back in Storybrooke, Henry finally seems to have found a way (albeit a rather dramatic one) to convince Emma that Regina is more than just your run of the mill mayor.

Rating: 7/10

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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