“Once Upon a Time” season 2 premiered Sunday night on ABC 7 in Queens with “Broken,” and as it showed, not only is the curse broken in Storybrooke, but the series is going to breaking the curse of the sophomore slump. The premiere gave a look at Storybrooke and fairytale land, and by the end, it tied the two worlds together.
However, “Once Upon a Time” didn’t begin in either of those two places. Instead, it began in New York, where a man received a postcard (by pigeon) from Storybrooke that only read “Broken.” That proceeded to introduce the question of whether he’ll be making his way to Storybrooke this season and how he’ll fit in with the other characters. Who sent him the postcard? Who is he?
“She saved all of us.” –Mary about Emma
In case you forgot how season 1 ended, magic came to Storybrooke and the curse was broken. The season 2 premiere showed that some reunions were happier than others. However, they had more important matters at hand, with Dr. Whale leading the townspeople to Regina’s. Henry asked his family to stop them, and Emma and her parents intervened, proposing instead to lock her up.
“A fate worse than death.” –Mr. Gold about what’s coming for Regina
Once Gold found out what Regina did to Belle, she had to make him promise not to kill her, and while he did, he instead did something that put the rest of the episode’s events into motion. He called upon a wraith and marked Regina for the soul-sucker. It was only with Regina, Emma, Mary, and David working together that they were able to banish the wraith to fairytale land and save Regina like Henry had asked.
“I will always find them.” –David to Henry
However, the wraith took Emma with it, leading Mary to jump after her daughter. David couldn’t follow, which ended up being a good thing because Henry needed someone to watch over him. Regina once again lost Henry, who told her to leave him alone until she found Emma and Mary and said, “You really are the Evil Queen.” David promised Henry he’d find them, and now the search is on. The one good thing that came out of this is it’s going to allow the show to explore Henry’s relationship with his grandfather (his “Grandpa?” was classic).
“There are many, many things in this shop, but this, this is the only thing I truly cherish.” –Mr. Gold about Chip
When Belle found out how he skirted his promise, she left, but in the end, she returned—and found out he kept Chip. Though he told her to leave because he was still a monster, she explained that was why she had to stay. Will having Belle back in his life be able to tame the beast in Mr. Gold?
“We would’ve been together. Which curse is worse?” –Emma to her parents
One relationship that still needs mending is the one between Emma and her parents. The Charming family may have been reunited (with the added bonus of a “Grandpa?” from Henry), but all was not immediately well. Though Mary argued they did what they did to give her the best chance possible, Emma was still alone. Though she would have been cursed if they hadn’t sent her away, they would’ve been together. Will being together in fairytale land help fix the cracks in Emma and Mary’s relationship?
“Who are you, Whale?” –David, asking what everyone wants to know
That’s been a question since season 1, and it continued in season 2, with even David wanting to know the answer. There were a couple of clues dropped—Charming isn’t his prince, Regina saying they suffered enough listening to him—but as it is, his identity is still a mystery. How long will that remain the case?
“I love you.” –Prince Phillip’s last words
In fairytale land, Phillip kissed Aurora awake, but their happy reunion was short-lived as a wraith attacked. During the attack, Phillip was marked, and later, he left Aurora and Mulan to save them. They did catch up to him—with Aurora speculating about Mulan’s feelings for the prince—but it was too late, and with “I love you,” he let the wraith take him. In the end, Mulan revealed what they had been keeping from Aurora: they had been frozen for 28 years after Regina cast the curse. Their corner had been untouched while everyone else had been ripped away. The women found Emma and Mary under rubble, and Mulan blamed them for bringing the wraith there—and killing Phillip.
Overall, this was a very strong start for the show’s second season. Even with magic in Storybrooke and everyone remembering their identities, the series still found ways to keep the story interesting. “Once Upon a Time” is still magically addicting and an outstanding hour of television each week for the entire family. As long as the rest of the season is at least nearly as good as the premiere, it will remain a must-see.
“Once Upon a Time” season 2 continues Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC 7 in Queens. What did you think of the premiere?
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