Once Upon a Time got back to its magical roots and showed us a different side of Neverland in Season 3, Episode 2: “Lost Girl.” Did that make for a good episode? Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment’s full review, then rate it for yourself below!

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While OUAT is only in its third season, it still feels like Season 1 was long ago. Perhaps it is the change in tone this year or the lack of flashbacks last season, but “Lost Girl” didn’t feel “lost” at all — in many ways, it felt like coming home. Mostly because we were in Fairytale Land again.

Although we hold no ill will toward Mary Margaret and David now, watching them as Snow White and Prince Charming is always more exciting. As they fought against the Evil Queen, embraced their True Love (via Charming making a fake Excaliber sword because he believed in his fiancee), and prepared to take over the kingdom, we were rooting for them. Although yes, they have swords in Neverland, it isn’t the same. They may all be fighting for Henry, but most of their plot lines tend to circulate around making their daughter call them “mom” and “dad” than kicking ass and taking names. However, when Charming took a slice in the chest for his woman? That was great. Well, except for him being poisoned, which isn’t good.

Speaking of slicing, we saw Rumplestiltskin physically cut out his shadow and have his Dark One dagger carted away. This new version of Rumple — one who desperately tries to get rid of the doll his father gave him and is contemplating sacrificing Henry to save himself — is certainly darker, but we saw a glimpse of light when he conjured up Belle. Rumbelle was the heart of the episode, even though their interactions were brief, and we learned a bit more about his father. Hopefully he keeps calling for her (though it’s doubtful), or at least we see flashbacks with her in them. It’s great to see Rumple with a full-on sparkling gold face — especially when he’s stealing and talking about magic coming with a price to The Charmings — but we’d rather see him spinning Belle around than the heads of Enchanted Forest residents.

Last, but certainly not least, we saw the comeback of the Magic Mirror (hello, Giancarlo Esposito!) and the Evil Queen in all her glory. Most of that was done in flashback mode as she choked Grumpy and a random peasant, threatened Snow and Charming, and looked fabulous in corsets (even when Snow sliced her cheek, Dexter-with-a-sword style), but we saw a glimpse of the evil Regina in Neverland, too. Her dark magic led them to a battle with the Lost Boys, but because of that, Emma was able to embrace her true “Lost Girl” orphaned self (read: crying about her foster kid days and abandonment issues in an emotional scene with Mary Margaret) and set them on the path to find Henry. However, it won’t be easy — Pan has it out for Emma (even threatening to orphan her and make sure Henry doesn’t want to leave Neverland) and their looks and conversations are loaded. We’re ready for more intense scenes with them, reveals about Pan, and completely unrelated, more Hook and Emma time. They got flirty in this episode and tested the boundaries of their love-hate relationship, so it will be interesting to explore that.

And one last note about Hook? One line summed up many fan questions: “Remember what I did to Rufio?” he threatened Felix as they fought. So, does that mean Rufio is dead? Makes sense, but hopefully that’s not all the closure we get.

All in all, this was a great episode, and we give it four stars. Rate it for yourself below, then hit the comments with your thoughts on “Lost Girl”!

Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


Alyse Whitney is Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.