So far this season, our heroes and villains have been to Camelot and back. Emma remains the Dark One, while her friends and family try desperately to regain their memories and help her turn away from the path of Darkness. In a twist of fate, Regina and Rumple are the heroes they never thought they would be, while the former savior and the famed King of Camelot have both fallen to evil and conniving thoughts. Merida is kicking ass and taking names, while the fate of the town may yet rest again on Henry’s young shoulders.
As much as I’ve been enjoying this season of Once Upon a Time—the medieval intrigue, the repetitious content—both myself and other viewers have been anxious to get to a meatier, more engaging episode. Ladies and gents, welcome to “Dreamcatcher.”
The burn may be slow, but we are finally getting a feel for the overarching themes and underlying motivations for season 5 of Once Upon a Time. The fourth episode spent the majority of its screen time in Camelot, providing the much-awaited backstories we need in order to continue.