'Once Upon A Time' Recap: The Origin of The Curse Revealed!

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 19 of ABC's "Once Upon a Time," entitled "The Return."

I'll admit it up front: I was expecting to love tonight's "Once Upon a Time" a little more than I actually did. I can't really put my finger on why, except to say that it felt a little like it was missing its heart somehow. (How apt.)

Jane Espenson's previous Rumplestiltskin-centric episodes, "Desperate Souls" and "Skin Deep" were both poignant, heartfelt hours, ably brought to life by Robert Carlyle's impressive range. Carlyle was still in fine form in "The Return," but perhaps because of the revelation that August wasn't truly Rumple's son, the end result lacked the emotional impact of those episodes. Still, it was impossible to find fault with the Scot's performance, especially in the scene where he believed, if only for a few moments, that he'd been reunited with his long-lost son. It's heartbreaking to think that Mr. Gold was willing to forsake all of his wicked ways at the prospect of being with his child again, and how much damage August may have inadvertently done in making Rumple realize that he's as far away from Bae as ever. Read More...


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