Hi, I love your title "story broke logic" and I completely agree. THERE IS NO LOGIC IN THIS SHOW ANYMORE! (sorry for yelling, I am pissed off at ouat)
(Never be sorry for yelling on Tumblr. Not to me. Tumblr was created for yelling—without the fear of breaking china in the throwing.)
Logic was always and ever in short supply on OUAT, from day one—or at least very shortly thereafter, I would argue.
Hence the blog title: Storybrooke Logic being gaps and fails in internal and universal logic that I was willing to accept b/c the rest of the story pleased me well enough. (Example: No one can leave or enter town save EMMA, and yet somehow, mysteriously, her bags are delivered to Storybrooke from Boston when she decides to move in with MM in S1 - clear case of Storybrooke Logic, a version of willing suspension of disbelief)
And then, S2 two-part finale, Story officially broke logic. The show no longer made sense internally, much less to an on-looker (and certainly not to someone looking for an over-arching STORY to follow/make sense of/come to a satisfying and inevitable conclusion).
As far as I’m concerned, Once Upon a Time is best remembered as follows: We all just go back to being stories.
And the stories that I will remember involve Baelfire, the Boy Who Couldn’t Catch a Break. And therefore, for OUAT, Manhattan will be the best episode*, on par with the Pilot and Snow Falls and Hat Trick* (and a precious few others).
[When I say that, I include all the Manhattan-ish bits that can be found immediately preceding and following that actual episode—just as I count Hat Trick along with any moments of Jefferson’s story that occured elsewhere in episodes, such as his appearance in the S1 finale, and various flashbacks]
Very often fans that love a show when it debuts will no longer be in love with it by the time it’s over. Once Upon a Time has tried on so many personalities and broken with so much logic along the way from Point A to Point Now I fail to see how someone who loved the Pilot’s set-up and (expected) future payout—such as Emma’s eventual reconciliation with her parents, Snow and Charming finding one another again—would still be on-board for what came about in S3.