What was the worst flashback(s)?
Which storyline do you pretend never happened?
Which twist melted your brain?
All three of these apply to the whole "Snow and Charming drop-kicked Maleficent's egg-baby into another dimension of their own free will and then it never came up, not even in the deep dark secrets cave in Neverland, until Season 4."
Or really any retroactive "See THIS character did a bad so they are just as bad as Regina/Rumple and so Regina and Rumple can't be held accountable for the bad shit they did."
Hook killing Charming's Dad is a close second but ultimately mattered exactly 0 so meh.
How would you fix your least favorite character arc or storyline?
Storyline: The three evil Queens.
1) The author brainwashed Snowing into the baby thing AND wiped their memories of it, which explains why it didn't come up in Neverland. They still feel awful about it and vow to help Mal find her kid however they can.
2) Ariel and Eric come back for several episodes and have relationships with this Ursula(I know this was likely related to actor availability but this is my fantasy). Goddess Ursula also shows up.
3) No heroes don't kill bullshit with Emma and Cruella when Emma thought her child was in mortal danger.
At what point did you completely give up trying to understand the timeline? Season 7 with Enchanted Forest 2.0
Character: Cindy 2.0. Recast but also write her to be less selfish and awful in the EF flashbacks as well as make it feel like she's more desperate in Hyperion Heights.
What bad writing made you want to punch through your screen?
Eggbaby nonsense, Hook killing Charming's Dad, Everything about Cindy 2.0 from Season 7, Mother Gothel's origin story.
Which character deserved better period.
Snowing but especially Snow. The show had no idea what to do with her once the baby was born.
Secondary or guest character they didn’t use enough? Ariel and Eric. All of the princes and princesses really.
Most unnecessary secondary or guest character? Poor Will Scarlett in Season 4.
Worst casting decision?
Cindy 2.0. It's great they went with an actress of color but she read as too old for the part and her line readings and reactions made her come off as entitled and bratty. I kind of wish they cast Tiana's actress as Cindy 2.0 because she was great and made you feel sympathy even when her character made bad decisions.
If you could recast someone who would it be and why? See above. Also Neal. MRJ is not a bad actor but he came across as too "modern" and sort of sleezy. He didn't feel connected to Bae.
Which Chekhov gun(s) do you wish had been fired (even just to put the storyline out of its misery)? I'm still bummed early Season 3 made a whole big thing about Ariel needing to tell Eric her secret and then WE NEVER SEE IT except for the fakeout in Season 6.
What character or plot arc should have been revisited? Regina never really reckoned with the harm she did to so many people, not just Snow, and never really seemed to feel much guilt about it, just upset that it meant she wasn't going to get her happy ending. Rumple eventually had to face up to his deeds in Season 7 but she never did.
Most problematic event on the show? All the men being raped via mind control and magic (Graham, Robin, Nook)
Worst acting? Cindy 2.0
Scene so bad it should be forgotten forever? Eggbaby.
Why did you keep watching? I loved the cast and the riffing on fairytales and Disney.
Who do you blame? Writers, Big Disney, bad schedule, fan service, etc? The writers. They had such a bad case of New Toy Syndrome and would set up all of these interesting ideas and developments and then just drop them for the next thing. They also had NO idea how to use guest stars in a meaningful way and it drove me crazy.