After viewing a promotional poster for the Once Upon a Time spring premiere that featured Rumpelstiltskin, I had the greatest of hopes that he would miraculously appear in the Enchanted Forest in the new episode. I looked forward to it with great anticipation…but no Dark One. Granted, it’s still early, so he could still return–here’s hoping Belle and Bae can make that detour to Rumpel’s old castle tout suite–but I had hoped for more concrete proof that he was still around.
As for everything else–why, oh, why couldn’t they have chosen a different villain; why did they have to include the Wicked Witch of the West? For that matter, why couldn’t they have stayed in the Enchanted Forest? Storybrooke overstayed its welcome–for me, anyway–and a change of scenery would be welcome so long as it didn’t turn into the dragged-out Neverland storyline last year.
Despite my complaints, I did enjoy the show’s return tonight. Finding out precisely how Storybrooke returned to Maine and how Captain Hook was able to locate Emma (and where he got the memory potion) should prove to be quite exciting.