So, talking mice get to be human? But nonverbal wolves and dalmatians and birds don't?
The hyper-rushed treatment of Gus (GUSGUS! NOOO!) made me so angry. What are the rules? So far, all of our humans in Storybrooke have been originally human, and straight-up animals (Pongo, Graham's wolf) have remained animals. What the hell. I just... I know nothing about Gus and now he is gone. Ugh.
those casting people need some awards. Annabeth Gish as Red's mom -- wow.
I don't know. I agree that the casting people are perfect at female casting (young Snow, Cora, Red's mom, etc), but they are so fixated on only one kind of attractive man (Quinn, Graham, August, Hook, even Charming a bit). The guys all look the same, with the same coloring and artful stubble. The makeup people don't help by forcing everyone to look even more the same. I'm bored. More Jefferson & Whale, please (but even that bothered me, since the makeup people seemed to assume that 'fangirls like guyliner' regardless of the fact that David Anders doesn't have the coloring to look good in it).
I really, really looked like David/Red were about to makeout.
It did! That scene was all kinds of confusing. The actors need to tone it down.
Overall, this was a terrible episode. The writing was pretty horrible, and I think the acting suffered as a result. It was hard to care about Red finding her long-lost mother when I didn't even know her having a mother was an issue. Oh, and now she's dead. Guess I never have to care about that again.
But even though it was overall terrible, I really liked Snow&Red, Red&Belle, Red&Gus (RIP). Mehan's acting in the flashbacks was kind of terrible, but her chemistry with everyone in Storybrooke (and with Snow in the flashbacks) helped a lot. And Granny is so awesome. I love everything she does.
Also, why did Mulan SUDDENLY, right now, have an idea about Cora and the ashes? I was so confused. Did I miss something? Or was that more really awkward writing?