I actually wasn't sure if I wanted to watch or just end on last week. I peeked at the first post here and decided it was safe to proceed. And it was mostly okay, but it could have been so much better. I didn't care about Rumpel or Gideon at all, and I think Emma in the hospital went on for too long. But Hook interacting with his new in-laws was entertaining.
Same. I get that they wanted to echo back to past seasons. Getting Emma to believe again (again), revisiting the beanstalk, those were all great. But there was a great chance to revisit the start of season 3B by sending Hook to Boston. Curio's OUAT in Offscreenville scene is a perfect way to incorporate that (and also count me among the many who expected Hook to use the bean when he fell off the beanstalk). And as many others have said, why couldn't the final TLK finally been Hook and Emma? We didn't have to make this a repeat of season 1. I mean, dammit show, it's been three seasons since the glorious season 3 Back to the Future finale (still my favorite), and we still couldn't get a TLK. As Hook said, maybe they weren't predestined, but that's no reason for the relationship not to be true love.
There was an awful lot of effort for that bean to be useless. I don't see why Emma's belief couldn't have stopped the destruction giving them time to open a portal. And I still don't understand how every realm other than the land without magic now suffers from Tinkerbell disease.
Absolutely! They seemed to be too tied to repeating the past rather than showing how things have changed over six years (even if it's been only two or three for them--but maybe they shouldn't have reminded me just how young Henry was at the start).
At least they gave the impression of a happy conclusion for most of the main characters, but I found some of those unsatisfying. I was momentarily worried that Emma was really going to die when she sacrificed herself. I've been burned by a few other series that have done something similar, so I guess it could have been worse.
I'm counting on fanfic writers to come up with an alternate version of this episode. Until then, I'll be over in a corner rewatching 3x21 and 22 along with the beanstalk episode from season 2.