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The Return
Elas kord... The Return (2011–2018)
TV Episode
  • Director:
    Paul A. Edwards
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  • Writer:
    Edward Kitsis,Adam Horowitz
  • Cast:
    Ginnifer Goodwin,Jennifer Morrison,Lana Parrilla
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Mr Gold attempts to find out the true identity of August, Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn's disappearance, and David tries to apologize and reconcile with Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to comply and do whatever it takes if his son can find a way for him to safely give up his powers and turn back into the loving man he used to be.
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin Ginnifer Goodwin - Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison Jennifer Morrison - Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla Lana Parrilla - Regina Mills
Josh Dallas Josh Dallas - David Nolan
Eion Bailey Eion Bailey - August W. Booth
Jared Gilmore Jared Gilmore - Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge Raphael Sbarge - Dr. Archie Hopper
Robert Carlyle Robert Carlyle - Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin
David Anders David Anders - Dr. Whale
Giancarlo Esposito Giancarlo Esposito - Sidney Glass
Anastasia Griffith Anastasia Griffith - Kathryn Nolan
Meghan Ory Meghan Ory - Ruby Lucas
Beverley Elliott Beverley Elliott - Granny Lucas
Dylan Schmid Dylan Schmid - Baelfire
Keegan Connor Tracy Keegan Connor Tracy - Mother Superior / Blue Fairy

Elas kord... The Return (2011–2018)

In this episode, Rumplestiltskin's son's name is Baelfire. At one point he speaks to his friend, a young woman in blue named "Morraine." These are possibly connections to Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series of novels. "Balefire" is a powerful magic weapon and one of the first users of the weapon is a young woman "Moiraine," who is known for wearing blue.

The object/animal/person in this episode is August Booth riding his motorcycle.

The ball Baelfire is playing with when he falls in front of the cart is the same ball Mr. Gold is putting on a shelf in his shop in the previous scene.

Dancing Lion
Dancing Lion
Rumpel has the snake-like skin of a reptile, with its green chilly creepiness. He can be the total badass, but caring for his son shows that somewhere he has a heart. Apparently, this is what makes him tick in fairyback and the real world. Rumpel cared for Belle, at least I think so. Keeping her a prisoner was just so selfish. He deserves some happiness, however. IRL, is Gold more powerful than Regina, or just the opposite? Did Regina plan this whole story of Bae coming to Storybrooke as August, just to fake Gold out and break his heart? Why does August have the old typewriter? I hope he is not dying. The show already got rid of that delicious sheriff (the guy offed by Regina), and hope they are not poofing August who seems to have some clues about the storybook and curse. August, so far, has seemed to be a genuinely nice person, and maybe even a future love interest for Emma.

But I want victims of Regina to get their revenge: Emma, Henry, Sidney, dead sheriff, and surely MM/Snow White and David/Prince Charming. There needs to be a final conflict between Rumpel/Gold and Evil Queen/Regina, with Rumpel actually being tamed and coming out the winner. The Queen's backstory was interesting, but whatever heart she had was totally obliterated. I hope Emma legally and literally takes Henry away from Regina.... If everyone in Storybrooke was a character in Fairy Tale, then is Henry really Regina's father?
The Return doesn't live up to the high standard set by the previous episode, but it's still interesting. My only nitpick is that the script does feel pretty weak this time around, but it's nothing terrible or anything. Everything else turned out fine.

The story's still well-written and does a fine job wrapping up the Mary Margaret trial subplot and reveals how Kathryn Nolan survived after everything that happened to her in the previous episodes. The pacing's fine, the directing is sharper, the editing is solid, Mark Isham's music score is still beautiful, and the performances are still good. So, overall, not nearly as perfect as The Stable Boy, but another great episode. :)
Gold's story develops further in this episode, but lacks the excitement and characteristic craziness that is Rumpelstiltskin, which takes away from his appeal. Gold is also tricked by the stranger, and this is quite annoying as well. Regina sets up Sidney as her patsy, but it bothers me, why doesn't she just kill Snow White? She holds all the cards, and if she simply crushes all the hearts she has, she could wipe out any opposition to her. I'm also struggling to see what her end goal is in this entire situation. Does she want Henry and her to have a good life? Does she want to ruin Snow? Why not just kill her and be done with it? Or kill David at least? Who cares if she comes out on top at all as long as she makes Snow suffer as much as she did?
When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

"The Return" is a very good, solid episode, if not quite one of the best of the first season. To me the Rumpelstiltskin/Baelfire story fared better than that for Mr Gold/August. The latter was a good opportunity to give more development to Mr Gold, a just as juicy if not quite as interesting character as Rumpelstiltskin, and it does do a very good job on that front. Gold seemed to have more chemistry with the other characters, namely Regina, than with August and the big revelation with August didn't have the emotional punch or shock power it should have done, to me it was too foreseeable too early.

On the other hand, the scenes with Rumpelstiltskin and Baelfire resonated far more. It had more warmth and heart, the chemistry between the two characters was stronger and one totally understands Baelfire's feelings while not passing a negative judgement on Rumpelstiltskin.

Meanwhile the other subplots are handled equally as well. The outcome of the Mary Margaret subplot was surprising and suspenseful, while the charms of Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas together and individually helped give weight and depth to their scenes. Seeing fairy tale business intersected in the real-life/present day Storybrooke scenes was a fascinating touch.

Visually "The Return" is a very handsomely mounted episode, settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. The effects are also above average, not exceptional but not bad. It is photographed beautifully and there is some make-up that suited the characters perfectly. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Regarding the writing, "The Return" shows that it really has come on a long way. There is far less corn and instead the humour, emotional and tense elements and the balance between them are getting stronger. The story is absorbing.

A large part of why the episode works as well as it does is the 24-carat gold performance of Robert Carlyle. He is always a high point of 'Once Upon a Time' but up to this early point in the show this episode in particular gives him a lot of juice to work with and it shows in his performance.

In summation, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox