1. In this episode we meet Captain Nemo and learn of Hook's backstory with him. What were your reactions to Hook's relationship with Nemo, his half brother, Liam, and Henry?
Sam: I loved the look and feel of the Nautilus, its captain and crew. That being said, Hook stories are not usually my favorites. I do like that the story of Hook's half-brother, Liam 2.0 was addressed. I like the idea of Nemo finding "lost" people and making them part of a family. It was a nice parallel to how the Charmings have adopted so many loosely related people into their own family.
Joanne: I enjoyed watching Hook with Captain Nemo. Nemo is in a place that most of the characters need to get to. He is past seeking revenge and simple wants everyone to live together in peace. I was hoping that Hook would get to see Liam aII grown up and my wish was fulfilled. Hook had to face the fact that he destroyed his own family by killing his father. I was surprised by Henry's attitude towards Hook at the beginning of the episode. Henry had always seemed to accept Hook before he moved in. I didn't understand the change in Henry's attitude. It is good to see all the family relationships on their way to being resolved.
Mia: My reactions to Hook's relationship with Nemo actually left me surprised, I didn't expect Nemo to have a calmer side to him, as we saw he wasn't really a foe or villain to Hook, but rather as someone who was offering advice. I'm very glad that Hook was able to repair the relationship between Liam and Nemo, and make amends with Liam. Hook realized he made a mistake and fixed it. I'm very happy that there are no continuity errors when it comes to his character
I loved the interactions that Hook had with Henry. Henry is in an angsty, teenager stage and Hook is trying his best to relate to Henry and to feel like a part of the family, which he is. I hope to see more scenes between the two.
Mauri: I really enjoyed Nemo because I already love 20,000 Leagues, so anything that has to do with it I'll probably like. Yes, Nemo was OOC, but Disney always does that to him in the children's version. He's so nice he let Professor Aronnax and his assistant, and Ned Land go free at the end of the children's book. Aww. LOL. How Nemo got to the Land of Untold Stories really didn't make sense, but I didn't mind because it wasn't a depressing storyline like Rumbelle. I hope they keep Liam 2.0 and Nemo around!
I also absolutely loved Henry and Killian's development. Henry comes to terms with the new change and accepts that, yes, Hook is family. Just because Killian's living with his mom doesn't mean he's taking his father's place, and things will alright. Henry even gained a new relative in Liam 2.0.
Teresa: I liked Nemo and was all warm and fuzzy seeing the happy-ending reunion with Liam. It was also nice to see Henry able to express his feelings and explore them. And Hook! I just loved that all-too-brief scene with him in his Evil Glory Days barking orders at the crew of the Jolly Roger!
1. What did you think of Once's Jasmine and Aladdin?
Teresa: I adore Jasmine. Karen David really resonates with me in her role. Aladdin, less so. Though the scene he had alone with Emma does provide potential to something deeper in his character.
Mia: It's an interesting take on the classic story of Aladdin and Jasmine that we know from Disney. I still like that they kept in the details of Aladdin being a thief and Jasmine as a princess who is trying her best to do right by her kingdom. I enjoyed watching their relationship unfold, and I'm happy they reunited at the end of the episode.
Mauri: Together? No. I just like Jasmine. Aladdin wasn't too interesting and his accent was distracting..
Sam: While I love Karen David as Jasmine, I am not so sure about how Aladdin was portrayed. He looks the part of the Disney Aladdin, but the accent really threw me off. But I am still interested in finding out more about Jasmine and Aladdin's untold story and seeing what they will have to teach Emma about being a Savior.
2. Now that Emma's secret is out, how do you think Regina, Henry and her parents will move forward?
Mauri: I think they will do all they can to prevent Emma's death.
Mia: I think now that Emma's secret is out, her parents, Henry, Regina, and Killian are all going to help her do whatever it takes to make sure the vision doesn't come to pass. I think Snow and Charming are going to spend as much time as a "normal family" as they can with Emma, and they are going to act like every second counts, as they should.
Sam: I think the Charmings will do what they always do and that's protect their family. Getting her secret out is a good thing. Now, what about Hook? Given the choice, will he do what's best for Emma or what's best for Storybrooke?
Teresa: I agree with Sam. The Charmings will be there for her, as will her son. Regina has shown also that she is fierce in doing what needs to be done for Emma. It will be very interesting to see it all unfold.
1. How do you feel about the twisted ended to the Jekyll and Hyde story?
Sam: The storyline for Jekyll and Hyde turned out to be classic OUAT. It started with the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll, a scientist experimenting with a way to make himself better. Then Rumple showed up to make a deal and give a magical boost Jekyll's potion. Then Rumple continues to manipulate Hyde for reasons that 'are his own', but we find out in the end are Rumple's attempt to quell his growing love for Belle. In the end, the lesson everyone learns is that you are how you are and there is no magical fix to change that. It was refreshing to have Jekyll and Hyde move through Storybrooke in just a few episodes and still have their story be important to our main characters.
Joanne: I was really hoping that Mr. Hyde would be around longer, but I did like the twist that Jekyll was the bad boy and not Hyde. Seeing Mr. Hyde's vulnerable side was very sweet. I also liked the idea that passion and love are not weakness, but strengths. All the traits that Jekyll's cold clinical mind rejected were actually his true strengths. If Jekyll had just shown that side of his personality to Mary, she would have loved him.
Teresa: I absolutely adored it, not just because it was classic Once but it was also in many ways true to the original tale, with just enough of a twist to surprise me in its ending.
1. How did you react to the retelling of Cinderella's story?
Amy: I have always loved Cinderella. I was excited to see a new twist and to see Jesse Schram come back to the show. I'm always a sucker for a good royal ball scene as well. The only thing I was unhappy about was how directly the Clarinda/Jacob story seemed to mimic the Anastasia/Will story from Wonderland, now that we've been told that Anastasia is not Ella's stepsister. The majority of Once Upon a Time In Wonderland fans who I have spoken with all left with the same impression from OUATiW, that Ana was Ella's step sister and I was a little heart-crushed to see that go by the wayside.
Teresa: I enjoyed seeing her again, especially the ball when she meets Snow White and Prince Thomas. That was the scene I missed from her first backstory. Like Amy, I saw the parallels with Clarinda and Jacob's story and Will and Anastasia's. The latter was one of the most mature and satisfying romances Once has given us. I miss them.
Joanne: It was great revisiting Cinderella's story from Season One and seeing it from a different point of view. I was a little disappointed that Anastasia from Once Upon a Time Wonderland was not the stepsister that she had wronged. Clarinda's story was a pale imitation of Anastasia's adventures with Will. I did think that Lady Tremaine did a fantastic job as the stepmother.
Mia: I enjoyed the retelling of Cinderella's story. We've only seen Cinderella before the ball and then after once she and Thomas were married, so it was interesting to see how their first encounter went. I was glad to see that her happy ending worked out and that she could mend the bond that Cinderella had with her stepsister Clorinda.
Lori: I remember her episode so fondly from Season One with Emma's iconic quote (which I was glad to hear again in this episode). I thought this was a great re-telling, filled with the twists and turns that make classic OUAT.