It’s been a long wait, Dearies, but the season opener of Once Upon A Time was well worth it. Sexy pirates, gorgeous mermaids, and a forest full of men were a welcome invitation back to Neverland. An early scene with Henry and Tamara had me laughing. When Tamara asked Henry about the communicator and he replied, “It’s a good thing you two don’t ask questions,” I thought it was great. Henry, you’re quickly becoming one of my favorite characters.

While the deaths of Tamara and Greg were highly anticipated, I was hoping they wouldn’t be killed off so soon. Not to mention their deaths were both brutal.  Don’t get me wrong I disliked them as much as the next person, but now I’m not sure where the evil Peter Pan plotline is going. As far as the home office being Peter Pan as well, I’m not sure I like that plot twist either. Why does Pan want Henry, how did Pan know where Henry would be, and how did Pan know to select Tamara and Greg as his pawns?

I will say I was disappointed by Emma’s reactions towards Snow and Charming last night. I know she’s been through a lot and anyone in that situation would be a grumpalumpagus but at the same time, it’s unfair for Emma to blame Snow and Charming for all her own faults. Emma has always seemed like a pessimist, so it’s no surprise optimism got on her nerves. I did appreciate Rumpel putting Emma in her place and I’m in agreement with him. After everything Emma has witnessed and done while in StoryBrooke, you’d think she’d give up on any doubt. I know she’s stubborn but dang Emma, get with the program.

I knew from the beginning the boy Henry ran into in the forest was Peter Pan. If the pixie dust the boy had around his neck was useless, why was he keeping it? Also, if you take into consideration everything we know about this twisted Pan, it’s easy to see what a manipulative little twerp he is. The way the episode ended though, man am I scared for Henry. Why is Pan so focused on Henry?

It’s apparent Rumpel and Pan have a history between them. I don’t expect Rumpel to lose the battle but it does have me concerned for him. I’m not quite sure I understood the relevance of the doll the lost boy gave to Rumpel but maybe I wasn’t supposed to. I have a feeling it might have something to do with Neal but I’ve been wrong before. Rumpel has quickly become one of my favorite characters, not just on the show, but also in general. It’d be a great loss to the show and the story if Rumpel were killed off.

Neal’s return was a positive to an episode filled with many negatives. I liked how confused Mulan, Phillip, and Aurora were when they asked Neal questions about “the other side.” I laughed at Mulan’s face when Neal said she had her own movie. When I read a few months back the actor for Robin Hood had been replaced, I was disappointed. However, I think the new actor did well in the role and the former Robin Hood played such a minor role in the previous season it’s possible not many people noticed the switch. I am still curious whether or not Robin Hood can be trusted and what his true intentions are. I don’t know about anyone else but I was excited to see Neal embrace his magical roots and use magic. Something about that made me happy, like he was finally returning home and fulfilling his destiny.

Perhaps one of the best moments of the night was Regina’s interaction with the mermaid, “Filet the bitch.” Priceless piece of dialogue, that was. The fact she turned the mermaid into a carving was also clever. Too bad it didn’t work. The introduction of mermaids is a gateway to bringing in Ariel. I know she’s been cast and filming is still underway for the season, so we’ll be seeing the beautiful, redheaded woman soon enough.

Watching Snow White finally break down and punch Regina was awesome, to say the least. It was unexpected but highly anticipated and after three seasons they delivered! The whole scene where everyone was fighting felt a bit like a comedy routine and I’m not sure I liked it. However, it did give Emma a chance to take a literal leap of faith and it paid off.

Before I go, I would like to mention one more thing. I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times but I don’t care: Hook is a sexy beast. My goodness I think he’s one of the only few men I could stand wearing eyeliner because he does it so well! Not to mention he made me laugh aloud last night with his cute one-liner, “Actually I quite fancy you when you’re not yelling at me and bossing me around.” Everyone in this show has my respect and that’s one of the lessons viewers can take away from the show. Until we understand everything a person has endured in their life, we cannot judge them on how they have turned out. Villain or not, everyone deserves a happy ending, because let’s face it, that’s all anyone is ever trying to achieve. We all have the same goal, just different ways of going about meeting it. Until next time, Dearies, take care.