Agree it was a bit of a letdown after the fast-paced season opener. As much as I like keeping the focus on these major characters, I'm not sure we really needed another
flashback to the Snow vs Regina standoff prior to the curse. I mean, we get it already-- they don't like each other.
I realize they were trying to create a thematic link with the present, but surely they could have found some slightly fresher territory to explore than that.
I also can't help but wonder why either Regina or Rumple don't just use their considerable power to wipe out Pan and his lost boys in one fell swoop (or at least use their Force-choke power on him until he gives in). Or teleport themselves around the island until they find Henry.
Unless Pan has some kind of "magic dampening field" set up, this search should really not take that long at all