Once Upon A Time Review: Things Change By “Knightfall”

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First, I want to apologize for missing my review last week. I’ve been on vacation, and frankly I didn’t have anything interesting to say. That feeling has largely continued into this week as well, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway. Once Upon A Time has been spinning its wheels for a few weeks now, but “Knightfall” finally provided an interesting development or two, or at least enough to keep me interested as the show wraps up its run for good.

The closer we get to the end, the more apparent why the show is ending. The writers are clearly out of ideas. Don’t get me wrong, either, because I’ve loved this show faithfully for some time, but it’s clearly time for things to end. The Hook, Rumple, and Tilly story made no sense and didn’t really accomplish anything. When they walked into that hospital room and Tilly was with a dead woman holding a scalpel, that was far more interesting than anything the guys had done. At least I’m much more interested in that story going into the next episode.

The rest of it wasn’t much better, but there were some highlights. For starters, the fallout from Henry and Jacinda’s almost kiss that was ruined by Lucy was a cliche snoozefest. But it led to one of the best moments of the episode (and maybe of the last few), which was Lucy finding out that Regina was awake. It was sweet, heartfelt, both actresses did a wonderful job, and it moved me. This is Once Upon A Time at its Season 7 best. It was wonderful.

The best part of the whole episode, and really of the Season 7 reboot as a whole, has been Adelaide Kane’s Ivy/Drizella. She brings a real depth to the role that makes the whole story feels more grounded. She’s an incredibly talented actress and she just works so well for the show. You can tell she’s following a redemption arc like Regina’s (or at least that’s what the show is hinting at) but it’s so much less convoluted than the rest of the show. Kane has been a welcome presence in a season that has largely been a mixed bag.

Here are a few other thoughts:

  • I still have no idea about Hook and Rumplestiltskin and what the heck is up with them, but I have a theory or two. One: Rumple hasn’t woken him up because he was shot with that poison musket ball, which means that Rumple actually semi-cares for this guy. Which is crazy. I’ll save my other theories for another review.
  • I’m still waffling because it looks like Drizella/Ivy is on a redemptive path, but she could also be the murderer that Hook and Rumple are looking for. It’s a complete toss up but I’m interested at least.
  • A lot of news broke today about old characters returning for the last couple of episodes. It’s a good list, and I’m hoping it will get better.

Overall, this episode still lay pretty well in the wheel-spinning camp, but it ended on a high note and I’m looking forward to what’s next as the show winds down.

What did you guys think? Did you enjoy the episode? Let us know!

Once Upon A Time airs Fridays at 8/7c on ABC

Once Upon A Time Season 7 Episode 13 Review; "Knightfall"
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Hook and Rumple explore their past further and look for answers in the present on this week’s mediocre Once Upon A Time.

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