There's a line between simple and simplistic, and there are times when "Once" errs on the wrong side of it. But when it gets its own peculiar mixture of romance, earnestness and hope right, it is pretty magical.
From the gripping opening to the ominous final moments, the finale was exactly what Once Upon a Time was always meant to be: a fairytale come true. We had a courageous heroine, valiant quests, and true love's kiss.
While Geppetto had no way of knowing what his selfishness would cost at the time, he inadvertently made so many lives so much worse ... Recent episodes of "Once" have that loving parents should never be separated from their children.