Okay, I like Rumpel and even I feel he became officially irredeemable tonight. You don't come back from ripping out your ex-wife's heart and killing her. You just don't. Also, throwing him into every Disney storyline ever is just too much at this point. I was fine with Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, but now it's just too much.
I loled at Belle's incredulous "After what you just did?" to Moe. Give him that "bitch please!" face, woman!
This is the right storyline for Rumbelle--breaking them up for a while--but it's been so contrived and clunkily done. They really needed to show them together in 2x02 and 2x03 to show the pressure building to make the breakup tonight matter that much. Otherwise, why even get them back together in 2x01? That said, I'm glad they're giving Belle a chance to spread her wings as a character for a bit. The Red/Belle friendship shows promise, though I want Belle and Charming to be friends too. And Belle and Grumpy--the hilarious potential there is enormous.
Could the end have telegraphed the Regina/Rumpel/Clan Charming team-up anymore? Hook isn't grabbing me as a villain, though. He's pretty, but strikes me as small-time. He isn't nearly as imposing as Regina, Rumpel, or Cora.
All in all, the first mediocre episode of the season, which is sad because I like Rumbelle and was looking forward to the ep. It was too much plot powering character and not vice versa--though we got about 40 min through before I realized we hadn't seen Snow and Emma yet, so it wasn't wholly awful or anything. 2x01 and 2x04 just felt so contrived, however.
More Charming in tank tops, please. mmmm.
ETA: Am I the only one who thought Rumpel and Belle DID break up in this episode? I don't think she took him back at the end at all.
Oh, and killing Milha was a waste of an interesting character/good actress.
Edited by stealinghome, Oct 21, 2012 @ 8:05 PM.