Once Upon a Time: Season 3, Episode 7

Dark Hollow (10 Nov. 2013)

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Gold and Regina send Ariel to Storybrooke to help Belle locate an artefact that could help take down Pan, while Emma, Neal and Hook attempt to find Dark Hollow in order to capture Pan's shadow.

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Ariel is sent to Storybrooke to help Belle locate an item that could help take down Pan, however, two men have broken into the town with the intent to stop them at all costs. Meanwhile, Emma, Neal and Hook attempt to find Dark Hollow, where Pan's shadow dwells. Written by ab1995

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Meanwhile, back in Storybrooke…
11 November 2013 | by (http://www.amari-sali.blogspot.com/) – See all my reviews

Thanks to Peter Pan, as can be said for most of the season, this episode bounces back from the disappointing "Ariel" episode, if only because The Little Mermaid stuff was so corny and they ruined a prime-time to show the great Ursula. I digress though for, as always, Peter Pan does what a villain should, and that is cause mischief. To begin, let's start with the love triangle which will surely cause more issues than what we have already.

What Lovers Do

Hook is very much not going to let a child get between him and Emma. Since his old flame, and Rumple's ex, has been gone, it seems that he hasn't truly loved anyone and considering how old he maybe, that could have been decades or centuries ago. So, despite Neil's return, it seems he isn't giving up and this leads to silly mind games and trying to show off who is more manly since, as Hook, Neil wants Emma. Unfortunately for those two though, Emma isn't really much for their drama, especially since Henry is still kidnapped. However, it seems when all is said and done, these two will want a decision to be made.

As for Snow and Charming, for once we see the two get into a fight, but of course it doesn't last long for they are the epitome of relationships. If Charming can't leave the island then Snow will fight off Lost Boys for the rest of her days. And really, sometimes I do wish Snow was instead Cinderella since then at least she would seem a bit more interesting. Don't get me wrong, Snow being some Disney adaption of Zena Warrior Princess was interesting at first, but outside of when she took part in taking out Cora, she has been so 2D and boring, and Charming has suffered due to this. After all, what is he but an accessory of her?

Perhaps the more interesting relationship though is Gold and Belle. As we've seen, they had trials and tribulations, real ones, which has you rooting for them. Not just because she sees the good in Gold, but because their relationship doesn't come off as some ideal, but the real thing. Which is what makes the whole scenario of Belle finding Pandora's Box, of all things, so cute. She is all down in the dumps thinking her love has died, and then Ariel pops up, they get Pandora's Box and then Pan's men show up.

I Need You To Believe

After 6 or so episodes, we finally understand why Pan needs Henry, much less what was in that second cage. To answer question 1, Pan needs Henry for he suffers the same ailment as Tinkerbell did in the cartoon movie: He needs to be fully believed in to survive. As for what was in the cage: it is Wendy Darling. You see, Pan kidnapped her in order to make her brothers work for him in the real world since, for reasons currently unknown, he doesn't seem to get out like he used to so perhaps recruiting on his own is impossible.

Still, Henry has been asking questions and seems to be losing faith in Pan by the minute so, since Pan has his family bickering to the point of slowing each other down, he uses Wendy to manipulate Henry into thinking Pan maybe better than he is. And naturally, Henry is a sucker and tries to be the hero as Wendy plays sick due to Pan. Though it does make you wonder, why does she work with him considering he has had her captured for a decade?

Overall

Everything seems set in motion once more since Neil has Peter Pan's shadow, Tinkerbell is to lead them to camp, and Rumple has Pandora's box. So, likely before the mid-season finale we should be on our way back to Storybrooke. However, there are some things which are left in the air. For one, how involved will Ariel be in the future, or is she just going to become a background player after this arc? Also, Rumple mentions Regina's jealousy about him having someone, and it makes you wonder if Regina may get anyone to love her since the Woodsman left. Lastly, what the hell happened to Mulan? They dropped a bomb on us and then no signs of her almost making it feel thrown out there purely for shock.


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