“Once Upon a Time” season two has arrived, and with it comes magic. But it’s unlike anything fans saw in season one, and Storybrooke is going to become a land much different than before. After all, the magic is “broken,” which is why that’s the name of the premiere episode on September 30.
The story of Sleeping Beauty and Prince Philip
Even though there’s magic in Storybrooke, there’s still a fairytale to be told. Prince Phillip (Julian Morris) has had some help in hunting down his lady love, Sleeping Beauty Aurora (Sarah Bolger), from the warrior Mulan (Jamie Chung), but the world Aurora wakes up to is very different than the world she left.
Their palace is destroyed, and a wraith attacks. The wraith marks Philip, which means the creature will come back for him to take his soul. He leaves to sacrifice himself and not put Aurora in harm’s way, but that’s not exactly how things go down.
A different kind of magic in Storybrooke
Everyone remembers who they really are now — and that includes Mary Margaret/Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David/Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) reuniting with their daughter Emma (Jennifer Morrison) — but little else has changed. When the people storm over to the home of the Evil Queen Regina (Lana Parrilla), she threatens them by saying, “You wanted to see your Queen, well here my dears, here she is.” But her magic doesn’t work. As the show makes clear, magic is different now.
But Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) still has a plan up his sleeves, even though he’s promised Belle (Emilie de Ravin) that he won’t kill Regina. He has the wraith’s talisman, the one that puts a mark on someone’s hand — which is exactly what he does to Regina after the town locks her up.
That night in Storybrooke on “Once Upon a Time” “Broken,” the wraith comes for Regina. But she has some unexpected help on her side. Prince Charming, Snow, and Emma come to her aid, but they only get the wraith away for a little while. Still, it’s enough time to form a plan.
Regina plots to trap the wraith in Jefferson/the Mad Hatter’s hat, so he is banished to a land that no longer exists, but she needs magic for that to work. David tries to help by lighting a fire, but that only buys a little bit of time. And just then Emma grabs onto Regina’s arm, giving her the magic she needs, and the hat starts spinning. The wraith is trapped, but it pulls Emma in with it. And Snow won’t leave her daughter again. She jumps in — but David doesn’t make it through the hat on time.
What is Emma and Snow White’ fate?
It’s surprisingly tied into the fate of Prince Philip. Mulan and Aurora bring the comatose prince back to the palace, where Aurora once slept. But first, Mulan tells Aurora the truth about how the world has changed. Regina cursed their world but somehow their corner of the world was largely untouched, except now it’s ravaged by fearsome dangers. Luckily, their kind have a small safe haven.
But before they can depart for that safe haven, a noise comes from the rubble. The things that brought the wraith to their world are in that rubble: Emma and Snow White.
Now, more than ever, the worlds of Storybrooke and fairytales are intertwined. And it’s up to Prince Charming, Henry, and, yes, even the Evil Queen — if she ever wants a relationship with Henry again — to find Snow and Emma again.
“Once Upon a Time” airs on ABC Sundays at 7 p.m. in Chicago.
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