Once Upon a Time: Season 3, Episode 8

Think Lovely Thoughts (17 Nov. 2013)

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Pan tries to convince Henry that he can save magic and Neverland. Back in fairy tale land, a young Rumplestiltskin receives a magical item that could give him a fresh start with his father.

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As Pan leads Henry to a cave where he plans on stealing his heart to gain immortality, Emma and the others race to save him. Meanwhile, back in fairy tale land, young Rumplestiltskin is given a magical item that could help him make a fresh start with his father. Written by ab1995

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When Emma, Neal, Regina and Gold are blocked by Pan's protection spell, Gold can walk through it because he "doesn't have a shadow." But in the entire episode (and even other episodes since he ripped off his shadow) his shadow is clearly visible. See more »

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Distrust between a father and son leave us on a cliffhanger.
18 November 2013 | by (http://www.amari-sali.blogspot.com/) – See all my reviews

The whole episode deals with the invaders of Neverland finally getting to Henry, while there is a reveal of who Peter Pan is. Which, may I add, is something slightly unexpected, but which makes sense. So, to begin, let's go into the rescue mission.

Operation: Rescue Henry

In something which I thought would have waited to the mid-season finale, all the things needed to face Pan have come together. However, due to a distrust in Rumple, things hit a slight snag. You see, Neil reveals that Rumple is supposed to die by Henry's hand, and with this comes mass distrust from everyone. So, Rumple is forced into multiple agreements, none of which are equal or in his favor, in order to win back the trust of his allies. The first deal is handing over Pandora's Box, the second being to not use his magic, and the last benefits Snow, Charming and Emma. Rumple, a long time ago, was poisoned with Dream shade and has since studied it to the point of making an elixir, and as part of him regaining trust, though this isn't as he wishes, he makes a deal to do it in order to win back everyone. It should be noted though, at least Snow thanks him after Rumple gives up so much.

However, the interesting part begins to arise as the crew finds Wendy who we discover ended up in Neverland to recuse Neil. Leading to an odd moment when a grown man is touched by the affections of a girl more than half his age. From there, things continue with them learning from Wendy Pan's whereabouts and us learning that Pan is to die soon and needs Henry's heart to live longer. Leading to the question whether Pan could have possibly taken any Lost Boy's heart to do the same, or if Henry had to be part of the specific sacrifice, as did Baelfire at one time. Thus leading to Peter Pan's back-story and something which has given me mixed feelings.

A Father & Son

One thing which needs to be mentioned off the bat is that Peter Pan and his shadow are two separate entities all together. The shadow is the one who truly runs Neverland, the former island of dreams. Meanwhile, Pan is an inhabit who has overstayed his welcome and now the rent is due. But, this doesn't explain who Pan is. To explain who Pan is, we have to look at Rumple. The doll in blue we have seen in Rumple's possession has a name, and it is Peter Pan.

Wonder why? Well, the same person the doll is named after is the one who gave to Rumple when he was a child. So, in case you haven't figured it out: Peter Pan is Rumple's dad in a younger form. You see, the cowardly father got rid of his son and had the shadow drag him off so he could forget his age and become young. However, to stay young it seems he had to sacrifice his descendants and by the time he needed his first helping his son was too old, and his grandson was just the right age. But, seemingly, something wasn't right, so Pan had to wait until his great grandson came about and then he became the one.

And when you think about it, consider the similarities between Pan and Rumple. Both only offer deals in which they benefit, and claim that they will hold true to; Both sought out a type of power which would make them unrivaled and would allow them to leave their old lives behind; and lastly, despite what they did to their sons, a part of them seemed to regret it. After all, that is why Peter Pan has his name. The doll he gave Rumple, Rumple named Peter Pan, and his regrets became that name.

However, I must say this twist does leave a slightly bad taste in my mouth for some reason. Though definitely not something easily foreseeable, when you watch the reveal and everything post us finding Pan is Rumple's dad, it changes Peter Pan as a character. What ruined many villains over the course of the show was them being humanized, and with Pan being a coward afraid to deal with the responsibilities of adulthood, while he fit Pan's profile, the show at the same time ruined their villain.

Overall though, I had hope Pan would be ended in an epic battle which allowed him to maintain his coolness, but it seems like they couldn't let a good thing go out gracefully. So, with Henry's heart taken and seemingly Pan at full-power, and immortal mind you, while his back-story is unfortunate, maybe that epic battle can happen. Question is though, with the shadow trapped and Pan eventually being defeated, what will happen to Neverland, the Lost Boys and, probably the biggest question of all, who will be the villain to follow Peter Pan who pretty much eclipsed every last villain on this show combined and multiplied?


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