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Originally posted 12-9-2013 by myself on WordPress

OUAT’s ‘New Neverland’ was directed by Ron Underwood. Writer was Andrew Chambliss.

In pre-curse FTL, Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming (Josh Dallas) go on a quest. Instead of their honeymoon. She thinks taking Medusa’s head is the best way to stop The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla). He’s going along to provide backup. Nothing goes as planned.

In Storybrooke, Belle (Emilie De Ravin) takes Ariel (Joanna García Swisher) to see Eric (Gil McKinney). He’s working at the dock as a fisherman. It’s hugs and kisses for the long lost couple. Belle sees the Jolly Roger fly into their airspace. They’re back but is Rumple (Robert Carlyle) on board? They have a reunion of their own together and with Bae (Michael Raymond-James).

The whole town shows up with open arms. Pan in Henry’s body (Jared S. Gilmore) pretends to be a nice boy. While Henry in Pan’s body (Robbie Kay) remains trapped in The Hellraiser Pandora’s box. Felix (Parker Croft) is the only one who knows the truth. He hangs back waiting for details on the latest plan to be revealed. Pan uses Henry’s book to gather Intel.

Bae shares group hug with Michael (James Immekus), John (Matt Kane) and Wendy (Freya Tingley) Darling. They decide to return to London rather than stay. Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) says he’ll give Emma (Jennifer Morrison) time. Because he’s certain she won’t take Bae back. Until then he tries to spend time with Tink (Rose McIver). Only to discover she won’t be his rebound girl.

The good: Will Emma become The Lost Boy’s new momma? Let Sassy Granny and Team 7 take on Felix. He won’t be able to get away with anything. Stop the presses!!! Nothing interrupted RumBelle reunion! Eric and Ariel reunite. The town’s welcoming party at the dock! Emma noticed Panry strange behavior.

What?!? Snowing actually acknowledged Regina’s role in Operation: Save Henry? Will the Summer Palace become Emma and Henry’s place in FTL? Charming knew Bandit Snow would keep him on his toes. It is weird seeing a happy and smiling Pan along with an evil and scheming Henry. Enjoyed the switch more than I thought I would.

Hats off to Jared S. Gilmore and Robbie Kay. They nailed each other’s character. Will Bae and Hook become Emma’s new deputies? What happens to The Lost Boys?

The bad: No-one noticed Henry having friendly conversations with Felix? Why wasn’t Wendy given new clothes? Missed Ruby, August and Geppetto. Where did Archie go? Rumple went back to his suits. Needed more RumBelle. Will Moe and King George team up with Pan? Didn’t like the rents throwing SwanFire together. Emma already said she wasn’t ready. Didn’t like the Medusa bit as much.

The ugly: Keep Peter Pan away from SB kids. He might try to hijack or recruit them. Had an awful thought. What if Tink is actually working for Pan? And they were lovers back in Neverland.