By Sherry Lipp
While Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) has never been my favorite character on Once Upon a Time, I found this week’s episode dealing with his back story to be pretty good. I wouldn’t have thought he had come from a noble background, but at one time he was an honorable member of some kind of Royal Navy. It was only an unfortunate encounter with Peter Pan (Robbie Kay) that turned him into the ruthless pirate we all know. Actually this episode pretty much revolved all around Hook, as he and Charming (Josh Dallas) took off on a quest to find a way off the island.
So Hook used to be good and now he is “bad,” just like Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and Regina (Lana Parrilla). Exploring what turns a good person down the wrong path seems to be a recurring theme on this show. It’s something they are also exploring with Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) right now, though I think they are going to abandon Henry’s darker side much too soon. While the theme might be becoming redundant I thought it worked pretty well for Hook, mostly because it ties in so well with the nasty Peter Pan character they have created.
On this show, Peter Pan epitomizes what would happen if things were ruled by a selfish child. It’s a bit like Lord of the Flies in Neverland, with Peter demanding what he wants until he gets it. It’s a pretty brave move to turn such a beloved children’s character into someone so uncompromisingly malicious and cruel. I kind of wish Henry had been led further down Peter’s dark path, but instead he was given hope after Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Regina, and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) were able to contact him.
In the meantime, Hook and Charming bonded in a way after Hook saved Charming’s life. They introduced a new wrinkle to things because Hook’s life-saving efforts mean that Charming can never leave the island. Maybe they will really leave him there, though I doubt that too. Still, at the very least they didn’t fix things as easily as I thought they were going to.
As for the other characters, Neal (Michael Raymond-James) is still a prisoner of the Lost Boys. This big question at the end of the episode is who is in the other box? Neal, who is trapped in a box, was suspended from some trees right next to another mysterious box. Is it his dad, Rumplestiltskin (who wasn’t in this episode)? I suppose we will find out next week.
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