Feeling their pain from having lived through the same experience, Emma desperately tries to help two homeless children find their birth father before they’re separated and put into the foster care system. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen coerces Hansel and Gretel into stealing an important artifact from a blind witch. (summary from IMDB.com)
If there is one thing that this show does better than most, it’s the flashbacks. True North was no exception. The story of Hansel and Gretel was never one of my absolute favorites, but Once Upon a Time put a spin on it that I had thought really added to the story. The flashbacks between the fairy tale and Storybrooke helped to show you how much these kids really wanted to find their father, enough to go into the blind witch’s (guest star Emma Caulfield) house and steal something for the evil queen. The plot that kept me interested was primarily the dual reality of the kids trying to find their dad. It was nice to have a Storybrooke story end happily.
Karley Scott-Collins and Quinn Lord (Gretel and Hansel), Karley seemed to carry the scenes with the two of them in it. I really liked the the way that she meshed with Jared Gilmore’s Henry, and it was nice to see some kids in this town. I mean, really the only kid that is mentioned all the time is Henry, he can’t be the only child in Storybrooke.
Nicholas Lea (Woodcutter/Michael Tillman)- Nicholas played his characters fantastically in both realities. The Woodcutter was played with just enough mystery in the beginning that you almost believed the queen when she told the children that he had abandoned them. It was almost solidified when you meet Storybrooke’s Michael Tillman and he is adamant about not wanting these children. His demeanor completely changes when Michael sees the kids in the car and when the Woodcutter is brought up from the cells.
Emma Caulfield (The Blind Witch)- This was a surprise to me, when I first saw her on the screen I had to do a double take. Though she was only on the screen for a few minutes total, she made an awesome evil witch. Perfect combination of creepy and crazy.
Eion Bailey (Stranger)- I know that it’s a bit early, but this guy clearly is going to be a big deal. Considering that he’s the only other stranger to come into Storybrooke besides Emma. In the few seconds that he showed up, things seemed to change dramatically.
Emma: What’s your price?
Emma: What’s your price?
Emma: How about tolerance?
Gold: Well, that’s a start.
Emma and Mr. Gold’s relationship is kind of odd but extremely fascinating to me.
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