Once Upon A Time season 3 episode 12 review: New York City Serenade

Review Kylie Peters 10 Mar 2014 - 08:12

Once Upon A Time hits the reset button and introduces a new villain. Here's Kylie's review...

This review contains spoilers.

3.12 New York City Serenade

Remember at the end of the midseason finale when Storybrooke got destroyed, and all the fairytale characters were sent back to the Enchanted Forest, and Emma and Henry ended up in New York City with all their memories of Storybrooke erased? Big deal, right?

By the end of this week’s mid-season premiere, all that has pretty much gone down the toilet. Emma easily regains her memories by drinking a potion from Hook. The fairy tale characters have mysteriously returned to Storybrooke, and can’t remember anything that happened during their year back in the Enchanted Forest. All of this has something to do with the Wicked Witch of the West.

So everybody’s stuck in Storybrooke and some crazy evil person is casting some world-jumping curses on them. Sound familiar to anyone?

There are a few repercussions, though, that will remain. One is that we now have an extra year’s worth of Enchanted Forest flashbacks to tap into, which hopefully will reveal how the fairy tale characters got back to Storybrooke. Another is that Henry still has not regained his memories. Serious Regina angst is sure to follow.

The episode jumps through both time and space, between Emma in New York City one year after Storybrooke was destroyed, and the fables in the Enchanted Forest mere hours after Storybooke was destroyed. Emma is living in a swanky apartment with Henry, who has grown ridiculously wise in a year. I guess that’s what happens when there’s no Snow around for the writers to feed lines like “Not every guy’s just going to leave you” and “You’re always looking for something to be wrong… Sometimes it’s okay to accept things are good.” Emma is dating a guy named Walsh, who freaks her out with an overly hasty engagement proposal.

Emma is also being stalked by Hook, who uses photos from Storybrooke, old plane tickets, and the suggestion that she break into Neal’s apartment to convince Emma that he might not be entirely crazy. Eventually Emma drinks his deus ex machina potion and remembers everything. She goes to break up with Walsh and it turns out he’s secretly a flying monkey. Well, that’s weird. And also a convenient way of getting Emma’s newest ball and chain out of the story. But seriously girl, you thought you loved him? You got played by a flying monkey? Respect points lost.

In the Enchanted Forest and one year in the past, the gang tries to regroup and heads for the Queen’s castle. Along the way they are joined by Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Looks like that old “Regina’s true love” plot point is going to return. I admit they might make an amusing couple, both being sassy and willing to do questionable things. But I prefer Regina as the strong, independent single woman.

They meet Aurora and Phillip, and afterward Aurora makes a foreboding comment about having to tell “her” about their arrival or “she” will take it out on their unborn child. Meanwhile, Neal hasn’t given up hope that Rumple might be alive. Which obviously he is, and he needs to come back. Like, now. Regina attempts to eradicate the pain of losing Henry by burying her heart in the forest. Good coping mechanism, Reggie. Luckily, Snow stops her.

When they reach the castle, the fairy tale folks discover that someone is inside, and is casting a spell to keep them out. They’ll have to figure out who it is and how to get around it.

Fast-forward again to the Emma timeline, one year after Storybrooke was destroyed. She, Henry, and Hook return and find the town intact, and all its citizens back from the Enchanted Forest, unable to remember the past year. But it definitely involved Snow getting preggers.

The episode ends on an appearance by the much-hyped Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West, who declares, “The Queen may be evil but I’m wicked and wicked always wins.” Umm, synonymous words are synonymous. She’s got a great costume but is this awful metallic shade of green. The flying monkeys actually don’t look too bad, for Once CGI.

The Wicked Witch will take next week’s episode by storm. Can she hold up next to Once’s outstanding villains Regina and Rumple? I’d be surprised and impressed if she could, but I’m ready to give her a try.

Read Kylie's review of the previous episode, Going Home, here.

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Once upon a time's greatest strength is the villains. Obviously Rumple and Regina are fan favourites but I've also enjoyed Robbie Kay as Peter Pan, Giancarlo Esposito as Sidney Glass and Rose McGowan/Barbara Hershey as Cora. If remains to be seen if Rebecca Mader's Wicked Witch will hit the same heights. I do agree that they seem to be recycling season 1's plot. I was kind of hoping that most of it would be set in the enchanted forest but perhaps they feel the need to use the set again as we hardly saw it during the Neverland story arc.
Hopefully Intelligence gets cancelled so we can see more of Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red Riding Hood.

damn I wanted to see the Enchanted Forest, Shocked they gone back to Storyville TBH

Storyville

You've obviously watched a lot of this show. 'Storyville'?

3rd times the charm. "Storyville" seriously?

Somebody please tell me why the people of FTL are able to remember Storybrooke if Regina said it will have never existed so there will be no memories of it? That's the whole reason Emma and Henry didn't remember it when they ended up in New York. Regina said they won't remember it so she gave them fake happy memories of their past.

Are you that bored?

Another bored person awww :)

Storyville

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