This week’s Once Upon a Time episode, “Good Form,” delves into Hook’s (Colin O’Donoghue) origin story and the time when Killian Jones (Hook’s real persona) and his brother Captain Liam went off to locate a magical plant that can heal anything.
The back story fuels this week’s Neverland journey as David (Josh Dallas) is on his last legs with the fatally poisonous Dreamshade coursing through his body. Hook and David go in search of a special sextant that may be the key to a map — and the key to curing David. But it isn’t a sextant that saves Charming’s life, but special waters, which cured Killian’s brother Liam when he’d been poisoned by Dreamshade long ago.
There’s only one catch: the special curative waters only work on Neverland; away from the island, the waters have no effect, and the poison continues its work. It’s what kills Liam, and will kill Charming should he ever leave Neverland.
Hook seems now to be rehabilitated into the man of honor he was before he’d become a pirate, and his selfless act earns a kiss from Emma that starts out innocent enough. But both are seemingly affected by the increasingly passionate kiss, and, perhaps, by a mutual attraction. But Emma believes Baelfire/Neal (Michael Raymond James) is dead, so the kiss speaks volumes of possibility.
However, Pan knows that Baelfire is still living, and when he tells Hook the news, he gives him the chance to destroy his rival. But will Hook slip back into his own nasty habits, or is his redemption complete enough that he’s immune to the temptation.
I really liked the backstory the Once Upon a Time creators have given Killian Jones, making him, like several of the Once characters (and certainly all the villains) a good person changed by circumstance and bad choices. Regina, Rumple, Emma and Neal have all been at similar crossroads and have each picked a wrong path to follow at one time or another.
What I am less certain about is the rapid transformation of the good and noble Killian Jones — appalled that his king would use unfair and immoral weaponry to kill off his enemies — to lawless and ruthless pirate, ready shirk all laws and live only for the moment. It seems abrupt. Too abrupt for me.
When Rumple transformed, it was equally rapid, but he was under a curse. Regina’s transformation (and Cora’s for that matter) seemed more natural to me.
As much as this part of the story didn’t work for me, I really loved the story between Charming and Hook. We do see Hook in a different light as he tricks Charming into accompanying him to that lonely promontory to get at the healing waters. Well played, Captain!
I also loved the fact that Regina finally got to do her thing; I agree with Emma! There are times when you have to tap into a darker path, and this is certainly one of them. Taking the boy’s heart and making him Regina’s messenger gave Henry hope. Interestingly, Regina got few props for her actions, even when she took all the darkness of the act upon herself so as not to sully the “good guys.” Hook got kudos and credit for his actions; Regina got nothing but criticism. Very telling that she walked away, dejected.
Robbie Kay continues to impress as Pan. He is just chilling: a brat’s brat, but one with a huge amount of power and menace at his disposal (and a healthy dollop of just plain cruelty to boot).
So now Henry has a little hope to hang onto as our heroes continue their quest to find him. But now Pan has both Henry and Neal captive. Who will be next?
Next week looks quite intriguing as we finally meet the Little Mermaid and who’s that I see as Ursula? What do you think about that, gang? And it appears that the Scooby gang finally reconnects with Rumple as well.
Big announcement: November 4, Dylan Schmid will be my guest on BlogTalk Radio’s Let’s Talk TV Live. Dylan plays the younger version of Baelfire. There will be an opportunity for fans to call in and speak with him about the show, his role and what’s coming up for both his character and for Dylan.