Once Upon a Time Review/Recap “Nasty Habits”

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First let me start by apologizing for the lack of a review last week. I started a new job and things are a lot busier than I thought it would be. Especially on Monday nights. I just really wish Once Upon a Time was on Thursdays or Fridays so I would have more time to focus on these reviews. But I have returned this week to share my thoughts on the episode “Nasty Habits”!

Once Upon a Time returned with another stunning episode last night. We see even more of the mysterious Neverland, discovering more and more of its nature every week. We learn a little bit more about Neal aka Baelfire’s past in Neverland as a Lost Boy and escaped Lost Boy.

Robert Carlyle gives another dynamite and multifacted performance as Rumpelstiltskin. Multifaceted is really the only word for this character. The consistently inconsistent Rumple is an addictive part of this episode and the of Once Upon a Time in general. This week, in flashbacks, we see newly Dark One Rumple desperately trying to hold on to his young son Baelfire.

Baelfire argues with Rumple about never being allowed out of their cabin. But when Baelfire disappears and the trail leads him to Hamlin, and their Pied Piper, revealed to be Peter Pan, who has a mysterious childhood connection to Rumpelstiltskin.

Robbie Kay once again gives a stand out performance as the dark and enigmatic Peter Pan. We get mysterious glimpses at what Peter Pan’s nature and past could be. While in a flashback, Peter Pan starts the Lost Boys from the children he steals from Hamlin. He does this because, as he reveals, he is lonely in Neverland, visited only by children in their dreams. No word yet how he connects up with or possibly creates the mysterious Shadow who steals children from their bed…

Peter also continues his efforts to make Henry a Lost Boy, with surprising success…

I for one am greatly looking forward to next week. More and more is learned about Peter and Neverland every week and I can’t wait to see more.

Gregory Hartmann