Once Upon a Time Review: What Did You Think of Season 3, Episode 14: “The Tower”?
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Once Upon a Time Review: What Did You Think of Season 3, Episode 14: “The Tower”?

With the back half of Once Upon a Time Season 3 well underway, it’s time for us to be introduced to a new princess. This time? Rapunzel, of course!

We knew that Alexandra Metz had been cast in the hairy role — and we’ve even seen a glimpse of her in action — but we’re ready to see what her arrival will bring to the show (it can’t be all sunshine and rainbows).

Season 3, Episode 14 (“The Tower”) is introduced the new (and extremely weak) character, who, with help from Charming (Josh Dallas), faced her fears in the titular tower. Tonight’s episode was all about conquering fear, but fell short when it came to moving the plot forward.

Did all of the drama make for a good episode? Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment's review of the episode, and then rate it yourself below!

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What started off as a moment that was too good to be true — with Charming and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) sharing a lovely father-daughter moment — quickly turned into a moment of fright for the expectant father. In case you haven’t heard, Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) is preggers again.

Flash-forward to Storybrooke. It only took 3 episodes into the back half of Season 3 for us to finally ask the all-important question: Where is Neal (Michael Raymond-James)?

How awkward was that shave Rumple (Robert Carlyle) received from Zelena (Rebecca Mader)? It was perhaps one of the most twisted moments in a relatively mundane hour. One of the big theories going around was that Rumple may possibly be the Wicked Witch’s father, but that may have been debunked when Zelena was saying how horrible her daddy was.

The highlight of the episode was when Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Henry (Jared Gilmore) were out in the park. Given the history that these two have and how heartbroken Regina has been lately, it was nice to see them connect a bit more. When she told Henry that one day he’d have more family than he knows what to do with, we couldn’t help but smile.

Cue to Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Emma’s steamy moment in the woods. When Hook told Emma that he was glad her heart was broken because it meant it was working, it looked like he got dangerously close to kissing her (and we wouldn’t have been mad at it).

Let’s discuss the Rapunzel storyline — the real point of tonight’s episode. When Charming first discovered the tower on his adventure to conquer his fears, we thought that he would just swoop in and save the damsel who was clearly in distress, but she proved to be quite the challenge. When we found out that the hooded figure was just fear personified, Charming was able to talk her into facing her fears, though we were overall disappointed with how weak and boring the character and storyline were.

The only event that progressed the plot of the season was when Regina, Hook, Emma, and Charming discovered the cage where the Wicked Witch was holding Rumple. Now they know he’s alive and that Zelena has had him caged up for some time.

We give this episode two and a half stars, how about you?

Once Upon a Time airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

03.23.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Carson Blackwelder
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