Once Upon a Time: Souls of the Departed
March 7, 2016 10:41 AM - Season 5, Episode 12 - Subscribe

Emma and company go to the Underworld to save Hook. Regina confronts Cora and tries to make peace with her father. In the flashbacks, Regina seeks Snow White's heart.

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posted by Bulgaroktonos (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This felt fairly meh as a half season opener goes. I'm still not sold on Hook and Emma and inserting Neil at the start just made that odder. I was hoping for something that felt like it was really going to set up the back half of this season, but this was missing the hook, no pun intended. I guess Hades as a villain will be fine, although I'm nervous that one of those rivers beneath him is going is a Chekhov's River Lethe of Another Damned Amnesia Storyline. I have zero faith in this show's ability to create interesting male characters, so Hercules is probably going to be a snooze, but I'd be happy to be proven wrong on that.

On the plus side, for the first time in a while, I felt like the flashbacks weren't totally inconsistent with the prior storyline? Not that they were super super consistent, but they weren't confusingly retrocony.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 1:02 PM on March 7, 2016

Happy 100th episode, gang. I can't believe ABC renewed for a 6th season already. And here I was thinking that the end was in sight. Thank goodness for the TV.com recapper.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:02 PM on March 7, 2016

I think it's interesting that, while Hook is explicitly the motivation for this trip, that means that because they're searching for him he's not really a part of the show right now, he's basically just a MacGuffin. I'm hoping this gives us a chance to get back to some of the show's core dynamics like Emma and Regina instead of just more of them trying to make Hook/Emma happen. That said, I didn't find this episode particularly compelling (I did like the Henrys meeting) and I hope it gets better fast.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:47 AM on March 8, 2016

This was a terrible episode. I couldn't follow it and then stopped paying attention. I guess I need to read a recap?

If you are correct about another amnesia plotline I will be annoyed. Two in ONE YEAR?
posted by jeather at 7:50 PM on March 16, 2016

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