It's unfortunate that there were a lot of bits I liked that would have made an interesting Seasonal plot - if only they hadn't been squeezed into the last couple of episodes. The idea of an anti-magical organisation is one full of potential (though admittedly, it didn't make for a great Season on Buffy, but the potential was there) but the whole "Oh yeah, we're a massive organisation!" is rather marred by the fact that we only see two people, neither of whom is particularly compelling. I did like the retelling of Peter Pan, because frankly, there is plenty creepy about it when you think about it. Although:
NettlestoneNell No, Darling family parents: Upperclass Victorian English DON'T invite guttersnipes into their home. And IF, on the off chance that they do one DOES NOT install 14-year-old boys in their nursery nearby their tween daughter, with whom he has a connection.
....I have to agree with that. Also:
WebosFritos What this episode made me think is that the Darlings must have something to do with this home office. And I liked the creepy shadow.
That would make it like Torchwood, with the Darlings replacing Queen Victoria (and presumably, less sex).
Oh and to chime in on Lacey - while I can see where people are coming from with her, it is a little jarring that people seem to be assuming that Belle should make all the decisions in their life and Lacey should make none. Why? OK, if you're portraying a character with (essentially) Multiple Personality Disorder you have to be very careful how you do it, but per "We are Both" all the other characters accepted that their Storybrooke and Fairy Tale identities are equally valid. Sure, Rumple is taking advantage (When doesn't he? He is the Evil One!) and we can safely assume that while Belle would never sleep with Rumple, Lacey would, which makes the whole thing decidedly squicky, but I don't agree that only Belle gets to decide what LaceyBelle does (we have no guarantee that Belle will ever come back, except the whole Narrative Causality thing ensures she will eventually - and good luck winning her back after that, Mr Gold).
Actionmage I'm not 100% convinced that was Owen's dad- Regina's a lying liar who lies.
Me neither (though it could go either way)
xquuenfrostine Plus, who else would be buried at their old campsite?
Given Regina’s bodycount, just about anyone!