Slaying a dragon, the Evil Queen taken down a peg, true love conquers all and Emma Swan finally believing in magic, the season finale has it all. Let me begin with telling you that I love this show, I know that it’s terribly cheesy most of the time and it’s kind of part of the charm. Once you accept the cheese and are ready to enter the world where true love conquers all, where subtlety goes out the window and the budget constraints are very apparent in the special effect, then you’re ready to sit down and really enjoy the little town of Storybrooke.
Once’s first season was uneven, hitting some bumps in the road as it careened through the back stories of a vast array of fairytale characters as it struggled to find a centre around the primary story, and perhaps even decide what that was going to do. In the premiere it seemed like the heart of the show was going to be Emma Swan, the savior of Storybrooke, and her immediate family; Henry her son and her parents Snow White/Mary Margaret and Prince Charming/David Nolan. Through the season the show veered off track it eventually found its centre again in the latter episodes, the finale tying together the key plot points of the season and wisely leaving out many of the less relevant tales. These stories weren’t wholly useless, just executed in a way that dragged the pacing of the season. The use of the Mad Hatter and Belle in the finale was excellent and wouldn’t have been possible if we didn’t already know where they were coming from.