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A Curious Thing 

Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook doesn't kiss Emma and take her magic away, as flashbacks show when the curse to send everyone back to Storybrooke was cast during the missing year.

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Emma Swan
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Belle
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Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
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Neal Cassidy
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Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
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Princess Aurora
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Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook--whose lips have been cursed by the Wicked Witch--doesn't proceed with kissing Emma, which will drain all of her magical powers away, and things begin to heat up between Regina and Robin Hood. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was during the past year, Snow and Charming go in search of Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, to see if she can help them defeat Zelena, and the curse that will ultimately send the Fairy Tale characters back to Storybrooke is cast--but from an unlikely source. Written by Anonymous

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27 April 2014 (USA)  »

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At 18:10 Regina says "I don't care if they're dancing daffodils." This is a reference to Alice in Wonderland and the singing/dancing flowers. See more »

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During a flashback from the missing year, when Prince Charming, Snow White, and Regina are in the forest looking for something that could lead them to Glinda the Good Witch (eventually finding a door), Charming picks up a flower for Snow that happened to be related to her name's origin. Snow takes it and in a following conversation with Regina, calls the plants "snowbells". In actuality, snowdrops are among the few plants that can survive the harshest winter (how Snow got her name); the flowers are called snowdrops, not snowbells. See more »

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Robin Hood: Where I come from, a simple "thank you" would suffice.
Evil Queen: Where you come from, people bathe in the river and use pine cones for money.
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Curiouser, curiouser and curiouser
21 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

Season 3 for me has been a very solid one. "A Curious Thing" is another one of the best. Would also consider it one of the best episodes of 'Once Upon a Time' up to this point and ever. Like the previous episodes after the mid-season finale "Going Home" (that episode being one of the show's most special) it has been great that the second half of Season 3 has not been affected at all by the hiatus after the mid-season finale. There is a slight inconsistency regarding the production and recreation of the Dark Curse, or so it seemed, with the recreation taking much shorter. That is nowhere near a big flaw to mar the episode or to consider it an issue.

"A Curious Thing" forwards momentum, progresses story lines and advances character development better than any episode of Season 3 and is one of the more successful episodes to achieve all of the show up to this point. It also has new intriguing ideas with enormous potential, has a lot of surprises and the introductory appearance of Glinda/The Good Witch is as far away from a wasted opportunity. It actually feels like she's been present for longer, so well she seems to have settled.

Am continuing to love the character of Zelena, who made a very big impression when she was first introduced, she is a very interesting and well written character. Peter Pan left very big shoes to fill as the villain of the first half of the season, Zelena fills them pretty brilliantly. The flashbacks are illuminating and compelling to watch, with nothing being padded out or confused, really advancing the characters. The character relationships are never less than intriguing.

Can't fault any of the acting, there is a lot of meat for everyone to sink their teeth into which all do with aplomb. Lana Parrilla and Rebecca Mader especially.

Furthermore, "A Curious Thing" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue.

Summing up, brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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