Once Upon a Time's Season 2 Premiere: (Literally) Falling Into Place

Once Upon a Time S02E01: "Broken"

Like many of you, I spent many sleepless summer nights worrying about what was going to be left of my beloved Snow and Charming when the purple smoke cleared. And, you know, all those other fairy-tale folk, I guess. Would magic restore the curse? Would they forget each other again? Would they be "contact high"?

When the smoke dissipated last night we were left with one of the best Season 2 premieres these bright eyes of mine have ever seen. This was a episode that felt like a finale and it just made so many great choices. OUaT did practically everything right last night, starting with casting this guy:

Michael Raymond-James of Terriers and True Blood is now a part of OUaT, someone pinch me. Although neither his human nor his faery identity has been revealed yet, let's take a nice long look at his environs for amateur sleuthing:

Lots of radio sets and microphones (for contacting his dad, since he's PROBABLY BAELFIRE?!!?). Whoever he is, someone else knows he's out there, knows that he's aware that Storybrooke is cursed, and knows that he would want to know the curse was broken (possible candidates: August, if he's not still SOLID WOOD and Jefferson, if he's not too busy packing up his daughter's things and moving her into his Hat Mansion).

How glad was I to see Charming and Snow hugging when the smoke cleared? And then Snow being embraced by all her little men, even Dopey the Hipster (420 y'all!)?

And of course, the whole big family reunion—like hats off to Ginnifer Goodwin for her facial acting in this scene. It was extraordinarily touching. The show gave us something it's been denying us a long time: a sense of emotional connection between out main characters. This long-separated royal fairy-tale family's reunion was SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT!

Of course, almost immediately they had to hasten to Great Grandma Regina's side, as the township of Storybrooke was breaking into anarchy in broad daylight. The "town gone wild" vibe that swept through the empty streets was eerie and exciting and one of the more inventive uses of a set I've seen on TV. Very well done.

They got to Regina in the knick of time, she had just attempted to launch a fireball at the angry mob gathered on her front lawn and then realized her magic wasn't working.

Good thing her entire extended family showed up and got her out of there (and into jail. "Kharma police just signed your warrant, bitch!" —Snow). Yes, we all knew they'd regret not immediately snuffing Regina, and that it would come back to haunt them (within the episode, even!). Their protective instinct toward her, besides being standard heroic "good guy" behavior, was grounded in one of the best things the premiere created: the new dynamic of Henry suddenly being protective of his adopted mom, and her grieving their estrangement. It's such a tragic and real and beautifully confusing connection and all of the complexity plays across Lana Parrilla's face whenever Regina's in a scene with Henry. Their dynamic going forward could end up being the best thing about this season.

Meanwhile, Prince Phillip and a certain mysterious young man were riding through Bakersfield, CA. Their trail ended at Sleeping Beauty stretched out on an Applebee's coffin-shaped banquette in what appeared to be an ancient Applebee's, and he woke her with one of OUaT's patented "PULSE OF POWER" kisses.

I laughed out loud when I saw that the show had scrapped Disney's traditional Aurora costume. Cinderella and Belle got real-life recreations of the animated gowns, but someone (someone smart) took one look at that pointy mess from 1959's "Sleeping Beauty" and said, "Not on my watch." Which hey, GREAT CALL—the OUaT version of the dress was sooo covetable. And frankly I doubt Disney has much loyalty to the spiky, stylized aesthetics of Sleeping Beauty considering that property was so unsuccessful it just about bankrupted the company's animation movie department, and forced them to discontinue their fairy-tale animated movies until 1989's The Little Mermaid. The More You Know.

Something else that was hilarious about Aurora was that from the moment she woke up, Prince Phillip was trying to get her to go back to sleep. "You must rest," "Someone needs a nap!" and "You look really tired, girl" are all things people should not say to me without taking a leap back to escape my flailing slap-hand, and Aurora seemed equally peeved. Then the handsome young stranger removed his delicate silver veil to reveal that he was actually the lovely Mulan, Disney's SECOND-lowest-performing fairy-tale princess!

Clearly Disney studio heads are giving these two characters a chance to redeem themselves/boost sales of their dolls at the Disney World Princess Store. Assuming they could survive the flying Rite-Aid Halloween tree decoration that zipped down from the sky: a soul-sucking WRAITH! Such a good adversary. Who doesn't love wraiths?

Unfortunately, the Prince picked up the medallion the wraith dropped (although he was a real stoic about not reacting to the medallion sizzling through his flesh) and then found out from Mulan that the wraith will take the soul of whoever it marks. That is just so senselessly awful and nightmarish, wraiths! Also, what do those souls do all day, just bop around inside the wraith's tiny body and howl? Is it is like being on a rollercoaster with black cheesecloth pulled over your eyes for years as the Wraith zooms around? That sounds pretty awful.

Rumpelstiltskin, meanwhile, was warming up to what would be the huge theme of his evening: trying to get away from Belle. Apparently he had realized in 28 years of bachelorhood that he was more of a lone wolf/fuss-budget old grandma type. After reluctantly promising not to kill Regina, he took Belle back to the pawn shop to fix her up with a more presentable dress?! Bro, you should be helping her OUT of those clothes, not picking out some Talbot's business petites from the back, bro! Of course, he was way too busy plotting how to sidestep his vow to Belle by marking Regina with the wraith medallion and summoning the soul-sucker, and frankly, that was annoying. These two got chemistry, and you'd think after 30 years of separation, at some point Belle would have come out of the backroom in an over-sized, rumpled men's shirt. But hey, maybe I'm just a big old ho.

Snow was feeling a little "pushed away" by her grizzled daughter, and they had a very fantastic conversation in the middle of the street on the way to Mr. Gold's about how their relationship had started off kind of weird (roomies!) and how Snow and Charming hadn't meant to abandon Emma, they were saving her. However, we know super-grizzled Emma was probably a handful as a roommate, and after all these months of leaving the bathroom messy, taking apart Mary Margaret's appliances, getting drunk and flashing the neighbors, and blaring her loud music and then mad-dogging Mary Margaret like "Ask me to turn it off, B," maybe she just felt sheepish. Clearly Snow felt sheepish about having discussed her one-night stands with her former-bounty-hunter daughter. David's face was pretty good at that reveal.

Don't be a hypocrite, dude, you were doing it with Kathryn non-stop after you got out of that coma, so please. Any way, when Snow explained they had just wanted to give Emma her best chance by getting her away from the curse, Emma sniffed, "We would have been together! Which curse was worse!?" That's not technically true, Ems, Charming and Snow were separated all those years you were away, not together. That's the point of the curse. It seemed like Emma was just looking for an excuse to hang on to her sense of rage and abandonment, considering it's fueled much of her life choices. Imaginary psychology! I'm good at it guys, I am like the Dr. Phil of fairy-tale families.

After Rumples marked Regina, Emma, Snow, and Charming got hip to the fact she was going to get her soul sucked and immediately went into defense mode with Snow straight-up sending a hairspray fireball at the wraith (definitely Emma keeps hairspray at the Sheriff station, obviously, I mean come on, look at those extensions). It was great to see that all semblance of mousy Mary Margaret was gone and Snow is just Snow now: confident, bloodthirsty, ready to burn a bitch.

Based on Snow's success with the DIY fireball in chasing away the wraith, the White-Charming-Swan family hatched a cunning plan to chase the wraith with fire into Jefferson's portal hat and into the fairy-tale world to protect Regina. Their determination to help Regina served to make Emma come off as an even more heroic and unconditionally loving mother, desperate to protect Henry's adopted mom. (Although Henry can be quite emotionally manipulative in who he calls "mom" and when, just sayin'!)

In the fairy-tale world, Prince Phillip protected Aurora and Mulan by sneaking off in the woods to get HIS soul sucked (it's a private thing guys, it's so embarrassing), but not before suggesting again that Aurora grab a cat nap. When Aurora and Mulan realized they were without Prince Phillip, they immediately broke things down in a bitchy "the boy is mine" catfight worthy of a reality TV show. Mulan was insisting she and Philip were just bros, Aurora was not buying it. After arguing over how best to save him/protect him/which of them understood the true nature of love they both made a beeline for Phillip, elbowing each other out of the way in their hot pursuit of his trail. Hilariously, when they finally reached him, they did absolutely nothing to save him from the wraith. Nothing, baby, not a thing.They didn't try to pull him away from the soul-sucking light beam, they didn't throw rocks at the wraith, they didn't try to bat it away with a fallen tree branch, they just stood there and shrieked, totally hopeless, making Prince Phillip's last moments just that much more annoying.

Mulan, this one was kind of on you after all that big talk about fighting battles. Looks like you fronted, Mulan.

In Storybrooke, despite being way prepared for the wraith, they failed even more spectacularly, sending the wraith down the portal and Emma after it. Snow, obviously taking that whole speech about "WE COULD HAVE BEEN TOGETHER MOM!" pretty seriously, jumped in right after her, presumably into oblivion. Charming belly-flopped onto the floor and it was pretty sad. Of course, the floor probably felt like a sweet featherbed in comparison to the wall, after newly empowered Regina magically bound him to the wallpaper and moved in for the kill. Since Emma had touched her arm her powers had seemingly returned, which YES.

Luckily Henry and Ruby walked in right at that moment because they were all supposed to meet and go to Roundtable Pizza, and they found Regina set to kill Henry's grandpa. The ensuing revelation that Emma and Snow had basically been swept to Hell made Henry lay down an ultimatum for Regina: Get them back or no more angry, pissed-off pre-teen son for you, lady. Of course this is going to create a valid motive for Regina to be engaged in getting Emma and Snow back, so brilliant. Until then, Henry is shackin' up with gramps, Playuh-Playuh David Charming, which is actually healthy for both of them: Charming has someone he can protect and Henry gets a father figure for the first time in his life, right in the middle of his difficult teenage years.

On the other side of town, across from the cold empty Roundtable Pizza, Rumple was sitting alone spinning thread with the quiet contentment of an aging Amish grandmother when Belle busted in the door.

She had left him earlier in the episode to make a point and kind of fake a break-up and after apparently 20 minutes of walking around a town she's never seen in a dimension she doesn't understand with no money or friends, she decided not to wait for Rumples to wise up and chase her into the night. She returned and told him she was willing to give things another try, and he looked almost annoyed. He just dropped all the façade and was like, "Ya gotta go, babes. Fall is coming and I have got some spinning to do." But Belle was like, "Nope it's cold out there and you took my coat. Let's snuggle."

No, no no, that's not how it went, I know. Belle came back to him because she loves him, she saw Chip sitting next to him and was overcome with emotion, he let her know, finally, that she meant more to him than anythin,g and they presumably freaked all the long night through. Just up and down, all around, freak-a-deak-deakin', freakin'-and-a-flyin' was what happened. Yes, his instinct is always to push her away, but luckily her confidence is EVEN LOWER than his, so she thinks that's charming, as charming as back in the day when she was his housekeeper and he used to scream at her for being nice to him and lock her in the cellar. If I ever got them on my fairy-tale Dr. Phil couch, whoooo! The things that would come out.

The huge reveal at the end of the episode was that for once the fairy-tale story wasn't a flashback, it had been happening concurrently with the real-world storyline, which was both surprising and fantastic, if logistically confusing (so there are two medallions or two wraiths or what?). But the salient point was that the fairy-tale land does still exist, and had also been frozen for 28 years until Emma broke the curse. Now of course it's a post-Apocalyptic wasteland full of presumably wraiths and Chihuahuas.

And then of course the extension of that logic: Emma and Snow were now there, in the fairy-tale world, buried in rubble mere steps away from Aurora and Mulan! This is looking like it's going to turn into a lady version of Lord of the Rings. How boss is that?! How infinitely exciting is that premise?! How much more excited are you for next week? Just a genius move all round.

This premiere just really set up so many strong dynamics—we have an Evil Queen with a weak spot of love for a child, a mother and daughter reuniting, and most importantly the removal of the curse, which makes everyone so. less. dumb. Season 1 may have been just one long backstory so we could get to this moment, where backstory falls away and it's all happening now, and that's so exciting. I am so deeply involved and cannot wait for next week's episode. But more importantly, what did YOU think about it?


QUESTIONS:

1. Who was the "mysterious man" in the beginning?

2. So Emma's touch is magic?

3. Will the magic Emma transferred to Regina wear off?

4. How many episodes do you think Emma and Snow will spend in the fairy-tale world?

5. Rumple: weirdly cold, or that's part of his charm?

6. What would be the weirdest part of finding out your roommate is your long-lost mom?

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I am totally loving Lily Sparks' recaps and photo captions, so I'm reading all the ones I've missed. From the perspective of five shows into Season 2, I agree that the best shows have character/relationship development and some MORAL underpinning, because that's what fairy tales do: show us what should happen if someone's brave or cowardly, bad or good, smart or stupid, envious or gracious. (Except in the gruesome fairytales where the blameless orphans freeze to death, the beautiful tree is burnt up, and the steadfast tin soldier melted.)



Source material that would be cool, esp in FTL: The dancing shoes that dance the bad girl to death. The mirror that splits into a million pieces, and each splinter that into a heart causes evil in the world. The seven league boots. The dog with eyes like saucers. The goose that lays the golden eggs and the magic harp that puts bad guys to sleep. The magic bag or cloak that grants wishes, like meals or money. (Mulan has one of these, right?)



Here's what else I want to see: Mulan kicking some butt in FTL and Aurora showing some smarts or queenliness. So far she's just eye candy. -- Regina learning that her SB magic is only reliable if she's using it to do good. (Not consistent with tree wallpaper wrapping David, I know.) Maybe she decides only to use it for good. This could change her relationships with Henry and the town, and make her SB's protector from Cora. Lana Parilla is a great actress and wasted as a pure psychopath. I want her and Henry in counseling together.-- Where's the real world stuff in SB? School has to start up again, so does the hospital and commerce (food, gas, electricity, water). People have to pay for stuff. Belle could advertise the library and learning how to run it as a business. Grannie's inn needs tourists. David needs recruits to really run a sheriff's office, so how about the other princes in town?-- People going back to their jobs but coming to terms with their memories: nuns questioning their vocation/celibacy (presumably good fairies like being nurses or running soup kitchens?). -- Sidney Glass should be released and start running the newspaper again (even tho Giancarlo Espisito has another show this season).

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1. Would be interesting if it's Baelfire

2. Well duh, her kiss caused Graham to remember and brought Henry back to life. Plus that's why Jefferson wanted her to make the Hat because she's magic.

3. Doubtful

4. 10

5. That's just who he is.

6. People guessing whether or not I look older than her.
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Soul sucking creature that looks like the Grim Reaper, naw that's not a Wraith that's a Dementor.
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"A lady version of Lord of the Rings." - Lily, you are hilarious. I love your recaps.

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Anyone has an answer, how the sleeping beauty story can happen _now_, as it was clearly past tense even at the beginning of the series? (remember the chitchat of Regina and Maleficent about the sleeping curse and breaking it with a kiss)
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Regina said that Sleeping Beauty got the best of Maleficent when Maleficent was the same age as Snow (when she got married) and Regina when she wanted to get married to Daniel, but for all we know Regina could've meant the first time Aurora got the best of Maleficent by surviving and living in the woods.



Also Regina went to Maleficent to get back The Curse because the sleeping curse didn't work on Snow and she informed Maleficent that it failed because of a kiss. If Phillip had already awoken Aurora Regina would've known that cure was a kiss and wouldn't have had to explain to Maleficent that Snow had awoken from a simple kiss. The way she said it made it seem like it was new information, not something that was expected.
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Still not gonna watch the show. Who needs it when you write these awesome recaps?
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Aurora to Mulan: "I won't slow you down! Wait!" Lovely.
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Speaking of your "Lord of the Rings" reference, I'm fully expecting the wraith to come back riding on a flying Loch Ness monster.
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1. My money is totally Baelfire, I have been between him and being Henry's father (or that they could be one in the same). But, I think totally Bae.



2. I am going to guess that Emma's touch releases obstacles, sort of like a healing ability. Its seems like one of those type of powers that a fairy tale princess would be cursed with, it can do great things like break curses, but it can also remove barriers that are supposed to be there for the common good.



3. Nope, but I am betting it the whole magic operates differently in Storybrooke thing does have a major impact. I am also wondering if with Emma disappearing from this realm means something.



4. Well, I am seeing about five, because it seems like they have to meet up with Lancelot, Captain Hook, and travel to this safe place. I am also suspecting (pure speculation) that there is someone in this safe place who makes Emma wonder if it wouldn't be better to stay, somehow get Henry here and just be happy there (my money is that you couldn't actually kill any of the fairy tale creatures in Storybrooke and while Regina just thought she was sending someone like Graham to oblivion, I am going to guess he ended up back in this safe zone of Fairy Land).



5. Well, he just hasn't changed much since the man who decided to embrace the power of the Dark One out of fear and basically cowardice. He has been obsessed with finding Bae, but I don't know if he can change even after finding him.



6. That is just super uncomfortable...



Hey! Did we all hear Snow refer to Charming as David several times in the premiere? I have watched it twice and I swear I did. I think it totally makes sense, Regina didn't know who would wake up from that coma, so, make sure Katherine knows his name, she is a familiar face to Charming and someone Charming trusts, so she calls him by a name he knows is his actual name (and not James) might keep Charming under control for a bit.
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*Still can't breathe because of awesomeness*
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Welcome back, Lily's recap of OUAT!!!!!

This show is really improved, they finally learned that it has to happen something in an episode to make the storyline interesting! The new cast addiction are really gorgeous, and I'm looking foward to this new season! I had really low hopes after the season finale....As for the questions....who knows? ^_^
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The new cast additions are gorgeous, and I am addicted to them too! Emma/Snow vs Aurora/Mulan battle next week for sure- I want to stare at the TV until it's Sunday again!

Unfortunately, laundry calls...
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I guess I'm the only one who thinks the "mysterious man" is the Wraith. In fairytale land Mulan said something about the Wraith not being able to be in the rain. At the beginning of the episode when mystery man dropped his phone out the window in the rain, he just kind of looked at it annoyed. I wish I hadn't deleted the episode so I could go back and see exactly what Mulan said, but I'm pretty sure the Wraith can't get wet. Also, Mulan told Aurora "these two are the ones who brought the Wraith." talking about Snow and Emma, so it's plausible that he was in the real world at the same time as the "mysterious man".
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LOL.

they were the ones that brought the wraith.. that wraith was then one that entered the hat with them. U think that they were two different wraiths? well they weren't. There was only one Wraith. The one that entered the hat at the end is the same that suffered at the beginning. Ema and Snow were the from the bigging of the show.
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1. Who was the "mysterious man" in the beginning?

Bae.. my sweethart is that u?

2. So Emma's touch is magic?

i guessing!

3. Will the magic Emma transferred to Regina wear off?

No....where's the xcitement in dat?

4. How many episodes do you think Emma and Snow will spend in the fairy-tale world?

1 exactamundo episode

5. Rumple: weirdly cold, or that's part of his charm?

Charm

6. What would be the weirdest part of finding out your roommate is your long-lost mom?

all those latenite boyfriend talks





Welcome bac Lily! I love reading these reviews!! u r so funny
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I missed the OUAT and Revenge recaps, I'm happy everything is slowly coming back! It's nice to have Lily and her awesome recaps back.

That being said, what a great start on the new season, I mean it felt stronger, tighter and an overall better show that it was in S1. In a way everything is bigger: the stakes are much higher, the special effects have improved a LOT and they managed to fix a lot of issues the first season had- the fact that at times it felt repetitive and predictable and that Storybrooke was never as interesting and fun as Fairy Land was - these have all been dealt with.

- The wraith creature was a great addition and it looked great. It did remind me of the dementors from Harry Potter though. I was almost expecting a Patronus Charm to do the trick.

- I'm pretty sure the guy from True Blood is Bae/Henry's dad...I really hope I'm wrong though.

- Lana Parilla was just great this episode and I cheered when she got her powers back.

- I was a bit disappointed that they didn't address what happened to August, but they will probably get to that.

- I seriously don't get all the Aurora and Mulan hate.... it's only been one episode. Give the characters sometime to grow and see what they can bring to the story. I'm I the only one that thought that Jamie Chung (Mulan) was so stiff in her acting, maybe it's just the character? Another thing that bugged me was the fact that Mulan isn't a fairytale character, she was real and from China. I know the show follows Disney's interpretation of fairy tales since ABC is owned by Disney, but what's next Winnie the pooh?

- Henry is still annoying. I did miss this whinny and inconsistent character ( seriously, so now he loves Regina? Since when?).

- I like Rumple and Belle as a couple, but they have no chemistry whatsoever.
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I was also frustrated by Henry's new protectiveness of Regina. I think he's like the dog who caught the car. He spent so long trying to convince Emma that she was evil, and now everyone knows she's evil and he doesn't know what to do. I understand her being his mom, but I wish they hadn't given him the line, "So you ARE the evil queen!" Yeah... she tried to kill your birth mother with an apple turnover. Remember? Like, this is later that day.
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Yes it is a little inconsistent, but to be fair the series has really short changed the love between adoptive families (not to mention Emma's hatred of the foster system) and if Henry didn't feel some tenderness for the woman who has been there "nursing every cold, changing every diaper" as she says in the premiere he'd be hard to like. And in real life even kids who have extremely abusive parents still love and idolize them well into adulthood. #FairytaleDrPhil
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I think Henry is caught in the difference between knowing and realizing- My 10-yr-old Knows certain things will have consequences, and he usually even knows what they're gonna be; but he doesn't always realize the doom is going to fall until it does.

The seesawing between moms reminds me of how kids behave after a divorce- the favorite parent is "good", the other is "evil". And it changes in a heartbeat.

I think Mulan has a historical basis, but a lot of folktales have grown up around her- King Arthur is the same way. (Notice no-one is protesting THAT isn't a fairy tale!) And I like the introduction of Oriental folklore- bring on the rakshashas!
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I re-watched the episode and "The two medallion thing" is like this: Rumple had the Wraith medallion, he marked Regina and took it to the forest where he commanded the Wraith, when this came out it took the medallion in its neck and went to find Regina. Then they opened the portal and the Wraith fell into the other land with the medallion on his neck. Then Phillip cut the medallion out of the Wraith neck with his sword and took it making himself. There.
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yes...thats why Mulan said "these two are the ones who brought the wraith"
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Omg, what an amazing start on the new season! Loved it! But it felt completely different from before.

Q:

1. I like to think it wasn't Bae, since every single comment below sais it was. And what's the deal with everyone thinking that Baelfire is Henry's dad? It has never been confirmed. People seem to think it's given, but do we even know if Bae is in this world? He went somewhere "without magic", yes. But it was a long time ago. Is he the right age?



2. I like to think that it wasn't so much Emma touching Regina that made the magic work, but that Regina felt less lonely.



3. Regina doesn't have any magic, but maybe Emma does?



4. A few episodes at least, maybe 4-5. I hope they explore the new land. And did Mulan talk of some place where there were people? I'm thinking like Storybrooke, but in fairytale land.



5. Rumple isn't cold, just obsessed with getting his revenge on Regina and finding his son. I'm not sure how he and Belle will work out (Oh, Lily, I didn't mean it like that ...)



6. Definitely their long talks of men and one night stands. Looved Davids reaction to it btw.



About the medallion: The events in Storybrooke took place before the ones in FTL, so the wraith was the same. If it was only one or two medallions, I don't know. Anyway, when Emma and Snow went through the hat to FTL, I assumed that they hade just gotten there. I know, it doesn't make sense, but it's a world with magic and a whole bunch of other things. We can't assume that time works the same way there as it does here, right? Think of Narnia: time stood still in the ordinary world when the kids went through the wardrobe.
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Theory: magic restored by "the power of love" (cue music!) can only be accessed by those who love; or are loved; or who are behaving in a loving fashion. For Regina, this might be difficult. I predict that she'd have trouble accessing magic if Henry isn't around to bring out her loving mindset. And the nastier she's being, the faster she'll lose power.

Emma must have some genetic link to the magic, given her parentage; but never having used magic, it wouldn't occur to her to try. I'd love to see what happens if Emma starts learning how!

Rumplestiltskin loves Belle (and Bae); you'd think it would be tough to mix the "True Love" magic and the Dark One's powers, but maybe not if he's using both to avenge his loved ones? I'm guessing that Rumplestiltskin, having requested the return of magic and having used his "True Love" potion to aid its return, will be ahead of the competition in figuring out how to use it according to the new rules- at least as far as he can figure it out.
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On the Emma's magical touch thing: Emma touched Regina before the scene with the hat. She touched her in the jail cell after the first wraith attack. I think Lily is on the right track with the touch producing magic but only for a short burst of time (otherwise the original touch would have been enough for Regina to make the hat work on her own). This gives Regina another incentive to get Emma back into Storybrooke. She will need her to "reboost" her magic intermittently. I wonder how she will manipulate Emma into touching her. And how long it will take dim Emma (can we call her Dimma?!) to realize what she's doing.
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First episode was awesome. probably the best of the series so far and indeed, CAN NOT WAIT!

This show is amazing.



Q's:



1. As you said, probably Baelfire, who woud it otherwise be...

2. Did not really get why or how? Hope it will be explained.

3. No, NO! Please let Regina have some magic, otherwise the Storybrooke storyline will get awfully annoying, I think!

4. A lot, at least I hope so, I like the magic world better actually, I hope everyone ends up there. I was kinda disappointed they weren't there after the curse ended, but yeah, everything to keep the show interesting and it probably made me even happier when Snow and Emma ended up there. MORE MAGIC WORLD!

5. I really like Belle (Emilie De Ravin is amazing) and Rumple, can't wait to see that story developing and I think it's kind of his charm but it was pretty cold too. Still torn about that.

6. Haha, not a clue. Discussing your one-night-stands will probably be on top of the list, indeed.
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I'm loving this show right now, and this might have been the best episode yet!



The ending was one of the best cliffhangers I've seen on TV in ages because it was totally unexpected and really clever and logical. It adds a tragic layer to the story as Rumple created/summoned the Wraith in the 'real world' and the actions by Snow and co led to the Wraith transporting to the faerie tale world, making them partially responsible for nu-Prince's death, so sad. It also meant that the faerie tale world stuff was happening SLIGHTLY ahead of the real world stuff, chronologically (if that applies in multi-dimensions) the episode would have been all the real world and then immediately all the faerie tale world. How original is THAT! That's even better than Lost's sideways flash thingos. I can't wait 'til next week!
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I just want to point out that Emma's argument about 'being together' if the hadn't sent her away was dumb. If they hadn't sent her, she would've been cursed too, meaning she wouldn't have aged at all, she'd always be a baby hence she never would've turned 28 and saved them all. So they 'would've' been together but she would never know.
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She has a point though. Snow and Charming clearly did the right thing sending her away, because they didn't know what kind of horrors would be facing the people affected by the curse. But now that we know the nature of the curse, we also know the true consequences of her parents' decision: Emma suffered alone and then became the towns savior. So her parents didn't save her from the curse. They (unknowingly) sacrificed her to save everyone else.

This is of course not something that she should be mad about, but it's understandable that her initial reaction is negative.
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But at least she's in character! Emotions are really hard for Emma to deal with; so generally she doesn't. Statements like this point out why.
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I think you left one Question out

Who is the doctor ??? I mean which fariytale character is he ???
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I think they are retro-fitting this huge mystery about him. I vividly remember a scene where he was head of the Queen's guards, chasing Snow through the woods, I think their original intention was just to make him a general baddie, and now they're trying to style him as more of a mystery to spice up Storybrooke and distract from where is Henry's dad/Baelfire etc....I'll have to find a screengrab to back that up...
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I won't swear he was the captain of the guard, but the guy was blond. Maybe his heart is in the locker too? Explains the philandering a little better, doesn't it?
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Wow, can it be? Did Lily write a review and NOT bash anything about the show??



Will wonders never cease...
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She's a reviewer. I expect her to point out both the highlights and the lowlights, and when a show has more lowlights, that's not bashing, that's just a refusal to be a fangirl. Reviewers should be more objective than fans, and Lily and her peers do a fantastic job.
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Far as I can tell, Lily rarely bashes Once Upon a Time all that much.



Well...except for that one Grumpy-centric episode...
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Pointing out inconsistencies is a reviewer's job. Yelling at the TV because the characters are doing something annoying, or bashing the way something is dragging, is a fan thing. Lily does both, better than I could; without losing sight of the fact that we the fans want something to giggle about and something to mull over until the next episode.

IMO, anyone who didn't bash David last season was probably using their preposterous interchanges as fridge breaks!
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I LOVED the first episode! I also love the set up for badass adventures with badass ladies. And all the bits with the Charming family made me so happy. Also awesome word combo there White-Charming-Swan. ;p I definitely missed your reviews too.



I think the best bet is that the character at the beginning is Bae because of what we know already but who knows, right? I feel like his mouth is similar to Robert Carlyles and I could buy that Bae grew up into him when comparing pictures.
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OMG, how Ive your reviews, is the second best thing after OUaT episode xD

I was soooo looking forward for them all summer long!



Anyway, the chapter was AWESOME really entertaining, I couldnt not watch a single second, even I watched commercials, afraid I would miss anything LOL



I hated when Aurora and Mulan didnt do anything!!! Whats wrong with them! Hes their buddy/love of her life!



Regina is awesome!!! Lana transmitted everything with her beautiful face, believed evertything the evil queen was feeling! Thats acting!
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- Yes!! To all of this!! I wish I could physically hug OUAT. That means a lot because I'm not one to initiate hugs. It was quite fantastic! I had no idea how they'd pull off bringing in the magic and all the charactesr knowing who they are and fairytale world but they did! We still have the best of everything! David and Charming are now one so I don't have to detest David while adoring Charming anymore.

- I squealed when I seen him! Obvious guess is Rumple's son.

- She got the magic touch. I guess if her kiss awakened all of Stonybrook than her touch should bring back the magic. She's just magical, and most of it is stored in her hair.

- It would be sooo cool if it did wear off somehow. I kinda like a powerless Mr.Gold and Regina, where they have to rely on mind games to screw with people rather than snapping their fingers and making things happen.

- That.Was.So.AWESOME! I'm going to say half the season. I like what this gives us. Emma and her frizzy do having to rough it out in Fairy Land adjacent with all the other lost fairy tale characters who were somehow in another district or something. I volunteer as Tribute! How fudgin cool will that be?! Loving it!

- Both? I don't know. Let's talk about Belle...chronic Stockholm Syndrome or stereotypical woman who thinks that she can and should change her man? I loathe that. What I love about this show is how strong and dynamic all of their female characters are. No damsels in distress here, they manage to put a feministic spin on traditional fairytales, and it's so empowering that it makes me smile. Then there is Belle.

- Listening to her bring home company that isn't my long lost dad.



-Mulan is so pretty! I loved her! I mean yeah she totally did find herself crushing on Philip but she did that admirable, honorable thing that some of us saps feel compelled to do and she totally was helping him find the love of his life because she loved him enough to let him be happy. And yeah she did kinda drop the ball on saving him when his soul was being sucked. Would his face look all blurry like that chick in Poltergiest? No...the Exorcist? No...yes...no..whatever, I don't do horror movies, not even the classics. Sleeping Beauty had some toughness in her too. I liked it. Reluctant alliance.

- Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. All the Emmys!! Their reaction to "finding" Emma, the realization that she was their daughter, the love they have for each other, the passion over possible losing her again to the portal, and Charming's viciousness towards Regina...wonderfully done! So moving! There were single tears and red eyes and pulsating veins...it was beautiful. Also that transition from being their Stonybrook alters to their Stonybrook selves and Fairy Tale selves meshing together...it was so well done! Mary Margaret became badass Snow White. David became Charming. Loved all of that. Loved that determined look Snow got when she realized that Emma wasn't as happy as she wanted her to be. I soo look forward to this dynamic of interacting with your former roomate/bestie who is now you're ass kicking Mom and Dad who just happen to be the same age. The bonding that will happen in this alternative fairy land between Snow and Emma will be awesome, and finally little Henry has a dude to chill with, Gramps and the kid spending time together and working towards finding the women they love should be awesome.

-WHERE is Jefferson?!! Why did Regina act like she didn't know who he was?! Please tell me Sebastian Stan is coming back because I hearts him.
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Belle's gonna be one of those chicks who thinks she can change her man. I hate those. Rumple's a free bird, you gotta let him fly!
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Seriously, Aurora...a handsome prince and a hot Asian chick with sword can totally just be bros, hanging out and wandering the forest and fighting evil and stuff.
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"These two got chemistry, and you'd think after 30 years of separation, at some point Belle would have come out of the backroom in an over-sized, rumpled men's shirt. But hey, maybe I'm just a big old ho."



Nah. Although it might help if you recognize that not every romantic relationship has to be based on sex 24/7. Because, you know. There's more to life and all.



Of course they'll probably be at it (behind the scenes, of course, this is OUaT) soon enough. But still -- not every reunion between lovers is all about the Wang Chung.
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Okay... OUaT writers you have a continuity error. In Episode 2 of Season 1, Regina actually says to Maleficent that her spell didn't work on Sleeping Beauty.



Maleficent: If it were me I'd be simply tortured, watching that flake of snow so happy. Weren't you about the same age when you were to be married before she ruined it all? Yes you were.

The Evil Queen: Yes it was about the same age you were when that Sleeping Beauty got the best of you, my dear Maleficent.

Maleficent: I soldiered on, and you will too. Hopefully...



Meaning that at that point Aurora should've been woken up by Philip and living Happily Ever After when the curse hit. So how comes Aurora is being woken up by Prince Philip now? That kinda made no sense to me. After all, if Aurora was still sleeping then Maleficent wouldn't have needed her little Unicorn pony as a pet and Regina couldn't have used it against her to get the curse back, and the whole thing wouldn't have happened in the first place now.



Apart from that,



1. Who was the "mysterious man" in the beginning?



I keep thinking Baelfire. But plenty of people have pointed out that that would be too obvious. But what with his clumsiness I'm still inclined to think it's Baelfire. If you took note of when he appeared as a child in other episodes you'll notice he was clumsy. I also happen to think that Jefferson was the one sending him information. I mean think about it, Jefferson could go wherever he wanted before the curse struck, so he could easily have visited Baelfire on several occasions and would know where he lived in that case. So the post card could have easily come from him. At any rate, I don't think it was August because August thought he was all alone trying to get Emma to believe, so if he were in contact with Baelfire he'd have asked him for help right? Too many theories running through my head.



I'm actually more concerned about who Dr Whale is. I mean that moment at the beginning I was like "WTF?" I thought I'd clicked on the wrong link to watch OUaT for a minute until I saw Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas and Jared S Gilmore along the bottom of my screen. LOL! But Dr Whale is a mystery and a half. Gotta love the fact he inspired a lynch mob. I'd totally be out for mob violence if it was me. LOL!



2. So Emma's touch is magic?



Well technically Emma IS magic right? Her DNA is like Rumpel's Hair Porn with Snow and Charming's hair. So she's literally made out of the magic of true love right. So her touch could very well be magic. it may be that Regina can find redemption because Emma and Henry are being so cool about the whole curse thing. LOL!



3. Will the magic Emma transferred to Regina wear off?



I don't think the magic will wear off, because I don't think Emma transferred magic to Regina. I think Emma's touch just woke up her magic, like pulling it out of a coma, and maybe magic is like an unused muscle. Regina hasn't used it for 28 years, so it's a little rusty right? I think she'll be back to her magic shooting self soon enough.



4. How many episodes do you think Emma and Snow will spend in the fairy-tale world?



I think they'll spend most of the season there. Maybe they'll come back at the very end having figured out a way to defeat the wraiths and save Prince Philip's soul. Why else would we have the character thrown at us if not to see him saved? But OUaT do like to make us wait for things, so I think we'll be seeing Snow and Emma's road trip throughout the whole season until the finale.



5. Rumple: weirdly cold, or that's part of his charm?



I think he's being cold so he doesn't hurt Belle. I mean I get he'd hurt her by being cold, but think about it. If she knows he's cold she can't be hurt by it for too long. I think Belle is a bit of a Masochist. She was locked up by Regina, got a case of Stockholm's and begged Rumpel not to kill her, just like she ended up falling in love with Rumpel when he took her away. Classic Stockholm syndrome. LOL! But I love how calculating Rumpel/Mr Gold actually is. he's got pretty much everything planned out. So his coldness is part of his charm.



6. What would be the weirdest part of finding out your roommate is your long-lost mom?



Well...... if my mother were the same age as me I'd be more weirded out by that then talk of sexual matters. After all, aren't mothers there to help you out in times of man trouble? LOL!



Loved the review Lily, you make me laugh as always.

"Now of course it's a post-Apocalyptic wasteland full of presumably wraiths and Chihuahuas."

I loved this line. That cracked me up. I own a Chihuahua I know how evil they are. LOL!



So yeah, Charming looking after Henry, what a winning combination.

CHARMING: So Henry, first thing's first. Always lose your temper in a situation. Snow and Emma keep cool in a crisis but we need to get angry.

HENRY: Why?

CHARMING: Because we're guys.

HENRY: COOL!



I can just imagine it.
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I'm not convinced- if the sleeping spell didn't work, then why would Regina want one?



One early version of "Sleeping Beauty" has the sleeper found by a king who keeps her in a cottage, hidden from his wife. In this version, she's awakened by the nursing of her twin children (born while she was out, which makes her "sleep" sound like a coma, BTW)



Another version has the princess waking up, marrying her Prince, and then going home to live with her mother-in-law the Ogress (treaty-wife of previous king) who decides she wants to snack on her own grandchildren! (Lest you think I'm kidding, it's in one of the Fairy series by Andrew Lang- Yellow Fairy Book, Rose Fairy Book, Blue Fairy Book, etc. I read my way through these at an early age, and I'm betting at least some of the show's writers have done the same!)
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Exactly! As sagaNylund points out, Regina was the one that used the sleeping potion and that's why Maleficient got the curse.

Still if it hadnt been that way. Mulan asked Aurora why was she there and Aurora said "You're not the only one who knows about sacrifices". according to the original story Aurora didnt make any sacrifices she just went to sleep after she touched that thing with her finger. Plus the thing she said about 'her mother' makes me think she this was way after the original story telling.
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Also I thought it was interesting that Aurora said of Malificent "After what she did to my mother and me..." and also talked about falling under teh curse as a form of sacrifice, which is also interesting. It made me laugh how prominently the spindle was displayed despite the fact the banquette/enclosure looked like it had been built as a monument. What I guess I'm saying is maybe Aurora swapped places with her mom, the original sleepign beauty? Maybe overthinking it?
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We know it was some form of sacrifice, because they've made the sleeping curse from both stories (Sleeping Beauty and Snow White) into the same curse. Regina specifically explained that the victim needed to take the apple (or whatever starts the curse) of their own free will.
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I thought the Evil Queen spoke of when she used it on Snow. Remember that they switched spells; Regina got the Sleeping spell and Mal got the curse. Later on, Regina stole back the curse from Mal and said something about the sleeping spell not working because a true love's kiss broke it, and of couse meant Snow.
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That's true, but Maleficent also mentioned that she failed in her quest for revenge. That's the point I was making. I mean if Maleficent failed in her quest for revenge then why was Aurora still asleep when the curse struck? That's all I was saying. It just seems like a little bit of an error on the part of the writers. Although maybe Lily is right and Aurora swapped places with her mother. I mean this is OUaT so they do things differently. Also I do know the original versions of Sleeping Beauty. The Coma Rape one and the Ogress one are the same version if you go right back to the original version. But if you read the original versions of most fairytales you'll find that they've been watered down for modern day children. I mean Little Lred Riding Hood did not originally have a grandmother. It just involved Lil' Red being tricked by the wolf into straying from the path to pick flowers and then he ate her. That was it. No happy ending for Red. Charles Perrault wrote some twisted tales.
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I figured that this Aurora was the daughter and namesake of the "Sleeping Beauty" Maleficient first cursed- maybe they found the original wheel in an attic somewhere and the daughter played with it? Or possibly they didn't know how Mom had been cursed the first time?

It looked like the wheel disappeared before they laid out Prince Phillip- did they get smart and burn it for firewood?

"Original" is hard to pin down- the stories may have been told for centuries before they were written down and published. But every author or publisher could add his own spin with each new edition, which makes it interesting to match up published versions with their eras!
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"Expecto Patronum!" Done. Wraith sorted.
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Exactly!
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LOL that was the same thing I thought when it was on screen.
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THIS FTW! I am glad to know I wasn't the only one thinking they looking suspiciously like Dementors.
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Best part of OuaT - WATCHING OuaT on Sunday

Close-Second Best part of OuaT - The review and screengrabs on TV.com shortly afterwards.



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I agree with every comment that has been given above. Greatly written! This episode was so exciting, i cannot wait till the next episode...The only thing i wonder is, the hat wasn't working, till Emma touched Regina...so that must mean something. Does Emma can use magic??? Sooo cool!! can't wait!!
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Great episode ! I hope Mulan and Aurora won't start taking vengeance for Prince Philipe against Snow and Emma. And whenever I was seeing the Wraith I kept secretly hoping that someone will take a wand and shout "EXPECTO PATRONUM" !
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Questions I still can't figure out (from my ridiculously lengthy earlier post which I know nobody has the patience to read):

- Is Regina wearing Daniel's ring in the jail cell? Didn't she sacrifice it into the hat to get the apple? I remember her hesitance to use the ring because it was her last bit of magic and she didn't seem to think she'd be getting it back. Hmmmm?



- And the, "Who's Jefferson?" line after Emma recognizes the hat. Was that an act or does Regina really have some memory loss? I couldn't tell how we were supposed to interpret that. Maybe the wraith sucked out some of her brain cells.

- Was it weird to anyone else that when Mulan uncovered MM and Emma, Aurora said, "What is that?" instead of "Who are they?" I mean, leather jackets and pixie haircuts aside, they were still clearly humans. Mulan depersonified them in her response as well.
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Not sure about the ring part but as for the other two, heres my piece.

The Jefferson thing was an act, I don't think Regina likes the idea of Emma getting anything straight or even starting to ask things. Plus he's gone right so no way for her to follow up.

The "What is that?" phrasing was, in my opinion, just to set up the reveal so that the camera could show they were there rather than spoil it with "who's that?" and the audience realizing a few seconds early. Pretty trivial but I'm pretty sure that's why they did it.
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there's only one medallion and wraith! upon finding emma and snow, mulan said, they are what brought the wraith here. in a storytellin-genius move, the writers made us believe the fairytale story arc happened before or concurrently with the storybrooke side. when in fact, the fairytale arc happened after and because regina opened the portal and sent the wraith to fairytale land. mulan and aurora just ddnt find emma and snow immediately because they were hidden under the rubble :)
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You beat me to it rayza. I was going to say exactly the same thing. Rumple had the medallion and marked Regina with it then, when they sent the wraith through the hat (expecto patronum and all), it went into fairytale land where it marked Philip for soul sucking fun. Philip and Mulan said Aurora had been asleep for 28 years, and they had all only just woken up from the curse, hence when Emma broke the curse in Storybrooke it broke at the same time in fairytale land..
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In fact, as a friend of mine pointed out, the flashback now seems to be real life, while fairyland is current time. Phillipe is attacked by the Wraith earlier in the episode, but Emma & Friends only realease the creature into Fairyland at the very end. For some reason, the Wraith arrives at the Fairyland way before them, though.
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Not necessarily, Mulan and Useless-Princess didn't really take the time to dig through the rubble until after the prince died. They might have just been down there unconscious for a day.

Or, just a time-delay while they cross universes seconds after the Wraith.
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I kinda think the wraith was sucked back into its medallion right after the first attack by the Dark One's summons- when Rumple first siccs the Qui Shen on Regina. So then it (or its sibling, there are 2 or 3 medallions, so there could be more than 1) goes back for Phillip as hors-d'ouevres before returning to Storybrooke.



But that's just me; there may be other means of accounting for the time gaps. I can't help thinking the creature would be harder to drive away from Regina if it hadn't just eaten.
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Beautiful premiere. I like, above all, that they decided "to renew" the narrative scheme, and not to be only jammed to Storybrooke. Magic returns to Storybrooke, but it is not the magic that Regina attended, considering that, initially, she is found without her powers and entirely unarmed in front of the cruelty of the powerful and sublime Mr. Gold, the real threat for all the inhabitants of Storybrooke. Regina, nevertheless, can't stay weak forever and, in the end and with the reactivated powers, she shows again as the other face of the fabulous coin that could again upset the life of all the characters, kept under the upper handsof these two strong personalities: it will count a lot to see where their rivalry will arrive. They just can't live without pissing each other off.

Interesting the fact that the history in the world of the fables was not a flashback but a flash-sideways: pleasant the addition of a character as Mulan, while the presence of Emma and Mary Margaret in the world of the fables could represent a complication for the ones which have remained trapped in the earth, struck by the curse.

If Charming wants to save them, he will also have to open a new connection among the two worlds and, in that case, who knows what strengths could run free to Storybrooke or in the world of the fables: good idea, therefore. This can add the right pepper to the story and, in this way, they got rid of their previous schemes and situations.

Can't wait to know about Dr. Whale, can't wait to meet the stranger of the opening (Lost's style) and to see Mulan and Aurora without the boring Phillip. Best scene ever: Charming's personal adaptation of "I Believe I Can Fly". Priceless. Couldn't stop laughing.
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I think Dr. Whale is Monstro (Dr. WHALE, MONSTRO see)
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i think the real question is, if emma's touch makes people magic again, then is red going to turn into a sometimes wolf when they hug? because AWESOME
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Props on the recap, I laughed out loud quite a few times, especially when you were discussing Sleeping Beauty being encouraged to take a nap hours after waking from a coma.

The guy in the beginning has to be Baelfire, right? I know that seems too obvious but it only makes sense.

As for Rumpel... I can go the rest of my life without seeing him and Belle kiss again. Really. The actor who plays him isn't unattractive but you can't spend a whole season depicting someone as a glittery goblin with horrible dental hygiene and then try to couple him off. Ick.

Lastly, I thought it was slightly strange that the characters were referring to each other by their cursed names. But I loved all of their reactions to the various revelations, not the least of which was Snow seeing Emma. Outstanding.
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Emma and SnowMM will beat the ever loving crap outta Sleeping Beauty and Mulan if SB/M start up with the "You're BBFs with Wraith" business - unless SB/M tie up Emma/SnowMM while they're unconscious. Cuz for all her bravado, Mulan just screamed while doing squat, just like Sleeping Beauty, whereas Emma and SnowMM have butt-kicking experience (now that SnowMM got her memory back).
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I know that it sucks that they have been cursed and what not, but I wonder if their eternal youth will stick around now that the curse has been lifted.



Props to Mulan for knowing exactly how long they had been frozen - considering they had been frozen and all.
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"Props to Mulan for knowing exactly how long they had been frozen - considering they had been frozen and all."

Lol
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Maybe she's an astronomer? That's the only way I can think of that you'd know how long you'd been "stuck in time". Is some specific mystical conjunction of the planets required for Storybrooke to return to FTL?
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I wish they'd tell us who Dr. Whale is. I'm nearly obsessed with learning his identity! lol
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Me too! David even asked: "Who are you?" And nobody seems to know him, except maybe the Queen. He knows her at least, since he led the angry mob.
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Maybe he was a prisoner of hers, like Graham once was. I just wish they'd say it already. I hope they don't wait too long to reveal who he is.
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Charming wasn't born Royal- so he wouldn't have had the intensive drilling in notables from other kingdoms that his twin had. I'm surprised Snow didn't know, or maybe she just didn't say- she had to have at least heard of every noble from 5 to 75 when her father was considering matches for her.

2 leading guesses- King Arthur (since Lancelot is mentioned for next Ep) or Baron Victor von Frankenstein.
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I liked the premiere and I'm not surprised that Emma is basically being a "brat". When she gets over herself, she'll see that her parents did what was best for her. No one was actually together after the curse was in place ( maybe just Granny & Red?)



I never did like Belle and Rumple together. It was just weird and icky to me. I wonder if she'll just put up with anything he will do. And, by the way, I LOVE Mr. Gold. I'm glad that he will not sacrifice what he wants - for anyone.
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I was grossed out when they kissed!
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Yes, so was I. I'm even grossed out when they hug.
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Me too. I mean he was a glittery goblin and now we see him swapping spit with Belle? Blagh!
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Even as a non-glittery goblin, the guy is still ugly, or at best, if you are a huuuge fan/blind or just incredibly generous, ordinary-looking.

I bet all the fangirls wouldn't even give him a second look if he passed them in the street, if he were not on TV.
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OuAt: Like I said, if he weren't on tv, you probably wouldn't give him a second look on the street.

It's pretty clear from your post that it's the character you find attractive and not the guy himself.

PS: There are many ugly people out there.
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Gotta agree with you, OuAT- Robert Carlyle is gorgeous to watch in whatever he's in. (Nonbelievers are encouraged to watch "The Full Monty" as a comparison- if that doesn't change your viewpoint nothing will!)

In anyone else's hands, Mr Gold would be a one-dimensional villain and Rumplestiltskin would come off as an ass. It takes consummate acting skill to pull off the situations these writers are putting him in without looking "Queer as Folk"
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I've seen him in other things with no sparks (other than the ones for his incredible acting). But for some reason Robert as these two characters is SO HOT! He has instant chemistry with whichever other actor is in the scene with him. Something about the confidence and total abandon with which he plays these characters (nobody else could pull of FTL Rumple like he does - it takes serious balls to take risks like that) is just sexy with a cherry on top. I totally swooned when they kissed. I rewatched it like 6 times. And when her nose brushes against his bottom lip as she puts her head on his shoulder - AAAHHHH! Lable me a fangirl! P.S. Nobody is ugly.
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I suspected that the Aurora/Mulan story was happening at the same time as the Storybrooke events because we didn't see them at all in Storybrooke. Usually when we get a flashback of a character, we see their Storybrooke counterpart as well.
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tv.com, there are now so many good shows on Sundays that this fact alone is a reason to redesign the front page a bit, so that you have no problems finding a space for links to all of the shows that are worth talking about. For me they are Dexter, Homeland, Once upon a time, Revenge, Hell on Wheels (soon to be replaced by The Walking Dead, which is better), and maybe Boardwalk Empire and The Mentalist. I've been told that The good wife is good too. The link to the review page for Dexter 7x01 is already gone from the main page.

I am also requesting a "my comments" feature. What I mean by that is that you should give us a way to quickly bring up a (clickable) list of pages where we have made comments, sorted by the date of our latest comment on the page.

I think you should also make it easier to find old reviews. If I want to find the review of 1x02 of Revolution, I don't know an easier way than to do a google search for "revolution site:tv.com". Why can't I just click "shows", then "Revolution", and then click a link to the review page next to the episode number? Or just type "revolution" into the search box on the main page??
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tnetennba- doncha think this post would be best addressed to TV.com management? Little relevance to the specific show, dearie. Could be you've never watched it?
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If you know a better way to do that, I'm all ears.

Why the attitude?
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Cuz this is a show forum, and you spent your who;e post talking about everything but! Maybe I was grumpy. Still, I don't think your comments invalid, merely misplaced. If you contact the folks who run the website directly, which can be done from the TV.com homepage, they might actually MAKE these changes. None of us here are empowered to do so.
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Seconded. Just like an archive or at least older posts. Otherwise great review. Fun episode. I almost forgot how stunningly beautiful Emily de Ravin is.
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Seriously, that's how a TV show should always return: give you exactly what you want, yet still manage to make you want so much more. Kudos, OUaP.

1. Probably Henry's father... and Rumple's son... oh, please make it happen - it would make this family so much more fucked-up!

2. Emma has always been magical - that's the whole point of Emma! Which is why...

3. ... No, it's not going anywhere... for Emma. Regina? Not so sure. Thing is, it must - if not, she just gonna start killing people left and right.

4. I hope this is going to be a quest, truly a la LotR. So they must be stuck in there for at least 5 to 10 episodes - it would be fun to watch, but also would make those two bond in a way we never see them do last season.

6. Part of his charm... but I'm wondering how many chances Belle truly is willing to give him.

7. Seriously, that whole reunion scene was one of the most endearing, yet weirdest TV moment I've ever witness throughout my whole life. "Hey mom! Hey dad! Hey, look at you - you are both the same age then I am! Oh, and yeah, you're grandparents too! Say hello to your grandpa, Henry!" Endearing... yet, super-weird.

In conclusion... is it Sunday yet?
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Funniest recap ever! I was rolling at the wraith/Rite Aid bit. The whole thing was just a laugh riot. Awesome.
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Uhm. Mulan explained to Aurora that Regina sent the curse and everyone was gone except that part of the kingdom for some reason, and that they had been frozen for 28 years until the cursed was lifted. But what you say sounds really interesting.
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When Emma started saying "...but of all the scenarios I've concocted, my parents being..." my brain finished the sentence "...my parents being better looking than me wasn't one of them".
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Or younger-looking. And probably younger period.

I wonder who the genius was who cast this woman as a 28-year-old.

I have nothing against her, but seriously!! 28?
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