ABC is gearing fans up for the second season of ‘Once Upon A Time’ by enticing us with a few teasers revealing snippets of upcoming intense scenes and introducing new fairytale characters.
After airing a brief ‘Once Upon A Time’ marathon on Sunday, ABC rolled out a brand new trailer for season 2. Watch the video on the left and see what spoilers we can gather from it.
We’ve already come across photos of Prince Phillip with Aurora, a fierce Mulan, and a very stoic Lancelot. Now this promo shows the daring Prince searching for his true love, and gives us a glimpse of a cautious Mulan and fearful Aurora sensing an impending attack in the dark woods. The narration teases the season’s “new weapon” of magic as Regina overconfidently threatens angry townspeople her powers. Meanwhile, a caring Belle urges Rump not to give into his hate. The Rumpster didn’t pay attention to his son when he begged his father not to succumb to the manipulative allure of magic, so it will be very fascinating to see if Belle will succeed at keeping Rumpy from veering further into the dark side. The townspeople also huddle together and ponder what will happen now that the curse has broken and their memories have been restored. Recalling memories of their Fairytale past, while still holding onto the knowledge of their Storybrooke lives will make for a strange situation that they will all need to carefully sort through. Plus, there is a wolfed-out Red, Captain Hook’s infamous appendage, and signs of a violent storm brewing. Unfortunately, August/Pinocchio does not appear in the promo. If he did die the way the finale implied, then let’s hope magic can transform him back into a real man. That is, if magic can work in Storybrooke as it did in Fairytale Land.
‘Entertainment Weekly’ magazine addresses magic and more in a feature on ‘Once’ in their new “Fall TV Preview” issue on stands now. In the article, James Hibberd discloses some details from the upcoming season, including a couple of interesting twists that will make for an even more intricate show. Hibberd explains what we can expect in season 2:
The premiere picks up right where the finale left off, with Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) having broken the Queen’s curse over Storybrooke and freed the fairy-tale characters from their collective amnesia. Magic now exists in the modern-day Maine town, except the Queen quickly learns it doesn’t work quite the same as in fairy-tale land. Characters have their memories back, which leads to all sorts of raw feelings – such as Emma having mixed emotions about her newly discovered parents…
Sounds like Regina and Rumpy will be in for a surprise when they try using magic to gain more power. Now that magic is assumedly accessible to everyone (given the permeating purple cloud of magic,) will that level the playing field for all of those who can use magic (i.e. the Blue Fairy, etc.)? That is something to watch out for, along with the introduction of another post-Fairytale Land, pre-cursed Storybrooke time period.
Hibberd continues to describe another addition to this season:
The flashbacks to fairy-tale land will continue, plus there will be flashes of pre-curse Storybrooke – meaning many of the cast members (including Emilie de Ravin, who’s been promoted to series regular) will now play their characters during three different time periods. Says Horowitz, “This season everyone has a second chance to deal with both their fairy-tale and Storybrooke pasts.”
Well, that sounds intriguing! Double the flashbacks will certainly shake things up. Who would have thought that Storybrooke even existed before the curse? It also seems like some characters, like Rumpy, might have a chance at redemption. After all, we have seen the potential for good in him before, even when he was technically “The Dark One.” Do you think the Rump can be saved? What would you imagine Storybrooke to have been like before the curse? Was it still part of our “real” world in Maine or was it a town in Fairytale Land? Looks like we will just have to wait and see.
In other good news, ABC plans to air a one-hour special called “Once Upon A Time: Magic is Coming” before the season 2 premiere and now we have details on both episodes. In an attempt to lure in a new audience and refresh the memories of current fans, “Magic” will recap the first season of ‘Once Upon A Time,’ reveal character histories, and give a sneak peek at the second season. Ksitetv.com provides the following statement from ABC:
ABC invites new and devoted “Once Upon a Time” viewers to take another look at last season’s number one new drama and one of the most critically acclaimed shows. “Once Upon a Time: Magic is Coming,” narrated by Giancarlo Esposito (Sydney/Magic Mirror), will explore the series in a way that will bring new viewers up to date — but which current viewers will also find illuminating – in anticipation of the exciting second-season premiere. The special will take a look at Emma Swan’s journey into Storybrooke and her destiny to break the Evil Queen’s curse, which sent the fairytale characters into our world with no memory of who they once were. Backstories and secrets of Snow White, Prince Charming, Rumplestiltskin, Red Riding Hood and others will also be revealed. In addition, the special will give a glimpse into what’s upcoming for Season Two — magic! “Once Upon a Time: Magic is Coming” airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
And they lived happily ever after… or so everyone was led to believe. To ensure that no one in fairytale land – especially Snow White – had anymore “happily ever afters,” Evil Queen Regina cast a curse which trapped the fairytale characters, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Although still alive, they had no knowledge of their former selves and were sleepwalking through life – ageless — for 28 years, until their savior arrived in the form of Emma Swan. Unbeknownst to Emma, she was the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who had whisked her out of fairytale land and into our world as an infant to save her from the curse. Abandoned as a baby, Emma’s life was anything but magical. Her last job was as a bail bondsperson, but she mostly went from job to job without much of a life plan. When her 10-year-old son, Henry, whom she gave up for adoption years ago, appeared on her doorstep with a book of fairytales and told her a crazy story about how she’s the prodigy of fairytale characters who are all trapped in a town called Storybrooke, she thought he was nuts. But curiosity got the better of Emma, and she brought Henry back to the town and soon found out that Storybrooke was indeed more than it seemed. Regina, ever the control freak, had placed herself as Mayor of the town and was Henry’s adoptive mother. But over time, Emma began to see through the cracks of the curse. And the only way she could truly break the curse was to accept her destiny as liberator of Storybrooke’s characters and to fight for their freedom.
So remember to tune in on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. for “Magic is Coming” and get yourself fully prepared for the mind-blowing premiere, called “Broken,” at 8 p.m. Thanks to SpoilerTV.com, we also have ABC’s official description for the second season opener:
In the Season Two premiere episode, “Broken,” reality and myth begin to merge as the fairytale characters awaken from Evil Queen Regina’s broken curse and remember who they were. But to their dismay, they aren’t transported back to fairytale land. To make matters worse, Rumplestiltskin – aka Mr. Gold – in an effort to gain the upper hand in his power struggle with Regina, has introduced magic into the town. In fairytales magic has its place, but in our world it can have unfathomable consequences. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land, Prince Phillip awakens his sleeping beauty, Aurora (Sarah Bolger, “The Tudors”), but discovers that he and his traveling companion, Mulan (Jamie Chung, “Sucker Punch,” “The Hangover Part II”), will soon have to face a deadly foe, on the Season Premiere of “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. …
“Broken” was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Ralph Hemecker.
Sounds like we are all in for quite a ride! Are you excited for the second season? What do you make of the trailer? What do you hope to see in the premiere? Do you like the addition of pre-curse Storybrooke as a third time-period or is it starting to sound too complex?
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