Once Upon a Time and All the Plot Holes
So, we’re going to discuss the plot holes and problems in Once Upon a Time. Now, don’t get me wrong – I loved the first season to pieces. I have enjoyed this season, but far less than the first. For one thing, some characters have fallen strangely flat. Some plotlines are so tangled that Vishnu couldn’t make sense of it. And there have been questionable moments. Not to mention entirely too many new characters – very few of which I care about at all.
I’m not going to recap. I’m going to assume you’re caught up. In short: spoilers, sweetie.
- Greg Mendell. In Welcome to Storybrooke, we learn his backstory. We know that he’s looking for his father. He appears to be in his late thirties. In the flashback, we saw that he led the cops right to the Welcome to Storybrooke sign as a kid. So, um, WHY did it take him so long to go back?
- Now, I have questions about the curse. Initially, Greg and his dad wander into Storybrooke without a problem. When he goes back with the police, the town is invisible. So, what changed? If, as the curse previously dictated, Storybrooke was devoid of magic – HOW did the whole town suddenly *poof* off the map?
- Then there’s the matter of Tamara, who seems to be fond of the psychotic meet-cute. We have no idea who she really is, except that she’s somehow involved with Greg Mendel. Somehow, she knows about magic (presumably, because of Greg). But what sent her to the Dragon? Was she simply tailing August? My major qualm is not with her love life. It’s her obsession with that damn taser. Are we REALLY supposed to believe that a simple TASER killed a DRAGON? And speaking of taser impossibilities…
- Guys, August is made of WOOD. Last time I checked, WOOD DOES NOT CODUCT ELECTRICITY.
- Oh, and August, I have questions. When the Blue Fairy (who popped out of nowhere, for no reason at all, except for plot convenience) used magic to make him real a second time, why the HELL did he turn into a CHILD? The magic was supposed to get rid of his wooden affliction, not regress him nearly back to infancy. When that option was offered to Neal (by Gold), we saw him recoil in horror. Because you shouldn’t just have who you are taken away, bad and good. So, why did August’s good deed lead to him having to start over, without his memory, as a CHILD? Who wants to relieve their childhood?!?
- Why is Belle still in the hospital? Gold healed her immediately. Sure, she doesn’t know who she is, but if Ruby can bring her a book and check on her, I’m pretty sure someone can take her to her apartment and say, “Hi, you live here.” Instead, she’s stuck eating back hospital food, wearing a wretched hospital gown, and being bored out of her mind for – how long?
- Hook. How, exactly, did he locate Mr. Gold? He just happened to stumble into Neal’s (the VERY FUCKING SECRET BAE) apartment complex? I’m pretty sure running around with poison on one’s hook is not wise. What happens if he scratched himself? Tripped and FELL? Accidentally grazed random people navigating the NYC streets? And last time we saw him, Emma left him knocked out and tied up in a storage closet. Because nothing says ‘smart move,’ like leaving your enemy where you cannot keep track of him. I mean, it’s not like he’s relentless or anything like that. Right? *blinks* We’ve learned that he’s escaped – perhaps with Tamara’s help – but are we REALLY supposed to believe that Emma would leave Hook in NYC, without valid ID, money, or his bloody ship?
- What the CRAP happened to Emma’s I Can Tell When You Lie power? Because I feel like that might’ve come in handy. Plus, something is obviously OFF about Tamara, aside from the fact that she has ONE facial expression. August mysteriously dies, but not before he manages to whisper, “She…” You’d think that the brilliant sheriff MIGHT put two and two together.
- Lastly, Snow. Her characterization has been all over the place. She decides to kill Cora – which is premeditated. She’s THOUGHT it over. It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment murder. It wasn’t an OOPS. It was a choice. Then, we’re supposed to believe that Snow immediately regrets her choice, falls apart, and sits in bed, catatonic? NO. A WORLD of NO. Yes, it was an impure thing, and Snow is all about goodness. But you cannot MAKE a decision like that and then act SURPRISED. But speaking of surprises…
- Snow’s heart is blackened by some kind of pulsated malignancy. One that, apparently, makes her do crazy things like SLAP people, independently. NO. Just no. First of all, if this whole Black Heart phenomenon were actually a previously established THING, we would’ve seen this before. Namely, when the crazy evil bitchy Cora’s heart makes an appearance. Cora, clearly, is not made of sugar and spice and everything nice – even from her snarky, Rumpelstiltskin-laden past. So, when Snow gazed upon Cora’s heart, candle in hand, it should’ve looked like a nice fat lump of glowing coal. BUT IT DIDN’T.