ABC’s Once Upon a Time made a bold choice last season when it broke Regina’s curse on the residents of Storybrooke and Mr. Gold subsequently brought magic to this world in the Season 1 finale, ‘A Land Without Magic’. Now we’re finding out the cost of that magic and who will have to pay the price.
In OUAT’s Season 2 premiere, ‘Broken,’ all the fairytale characters’ memories have been restored, but are still trapped in our world. Naturally they want revenge on Regina including Mr. Gold for imprisoning his beloved, Belle, in an asylum for 28 years. Since Mr. Gold has some serious magic at his disposal, he unleashes a soul-sucking wraith on Regina. Needless to say this beastly behavior puts a damper on Mr. Gold’s and Belle’s relationship.
Emma takes the high road and tries to save Regina from the wraith. They plan to trap the wraith in a realm-jumping vortex through the Mad Hatter’s hat which Regina still possessed. Unfortunately, the wraith grabs Emma’s ankle as it’s being sucked into the hat and Snow jumps in after her daughter.
The vortex closes before Charming can jump in after his family. He then lashes out at Regina, promising to kill her, but she threatens him by making the vine wallpaper come alive and begin to strangle him. Henry sees Regina trying to kill Charming and the vines stop strangling him. Henry decides to leave Regina after believing she truly is the Evil Queen and goes to live with Charming instead.
Meanwhile in Fairytale Land, Mulan and and Prince Phillip are trying to find the Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). A new evil is unleashed upon them when a wraith marks Phillip because he bears a special talisman. The wraith ends up sucking the soul from Phillip and Aurora is devastated to lose her prince. The big reveal comes at the end of OUAT when Mulan throws aside the debris at the castle, showing Emma and Snow unconscious in the rubble. Mulan blames Emma and Snow for bringing the wraith with them.
OUAT has made some daring story choices that are refreshing and sets up the series for a new, fresh path this season. It’ll be interesting to see Emma and Snow on adventures and facing dangerous perils in Fairytale Land that’s far from magical and safe after Regina’s curse. What’s a mystery is why part of Fairytale Land was kept safe from the supposedly all-powerful Dark Curse and why everyone remained frozen for 28 years even in the saved part of Fairytale Land. More importantly, how will Emma and Snow ever get back to our world or will the characters in Storybrooke ever return home?
Past OUAT reviews:
A Land Without Magic
Heart of Darkness
What Happened to Frederick?