Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 22

A Land Without Magic

22
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 13, 2012 on ABC
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9.4
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  • Episode Summary

    Regina and Emma share common cause when they try to find a cure for Henry. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world James tries to escape the Queen's dungeon and save Snow... unaware that he's too late.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Great end to a GREAT season

      10
      Everything that we have been wondering about has come to a head in this episode. We know for sure what Mr. Gold is up to and why. We are clear about Rumple's EVERY action thus far. Belle is back and Gold will be out for blood. Regina has lost it all as we expected. And even though so much has been wrapped up, there are now a whole buttload of new questions and things to look forward to. Cannot WAIT for season 2 !!moreless
    • Great way to end a rather slow, average season...

      8.5
      I have to admit this was a pretty great season finale for once upon a time which really did change the game and make me really excited for season 2. The magic coming to storybrooke was a great idea and didnt arrive a moment to soon as most of the storybrooke stories this year have been boring so including magic will surly make season 2 more exciting. I also really how the curse was broken through emmas love of henry some would call it cliche but in a show about fairytales it really worked. Overall a good finale that set things up for a potentially epic season 2moreless
    • Sheer brilliance!

      10
      What an amazng episode! It had it all! I really didn't expect Emma to believe in the fairytales at least for another couple of seasons, and then I thought she wouldn't break the curse for another two or three seasons after that, but looks like we got two in one today.



      It ws full of twist after turn, and it was absolutely incredible! Demons from Regina's past coming out of hte shadows to create an interesting season, as well as a brilliantly worked final sequence. Magic is back to Storybrooke1! What will that mean?



      Can't wait for th e second season! I never expected to enjoy OUaT this much, but it has been a brilliant show and I am dying for more!moreless
    • Emma's Awakening

      10
      Felt like we'd been holding a collective breath for this moment all season ... Emma's sense of reality completely usurped by Henry's demise before SHE finally "woke up".

      You'd be hard-pressed to be unmoved by Regina's loss and devastation over Henry's death & re-awakening (great performance) ... though it seems the battle lines are shaping up for some interesting times ahead: Charming & Snow, Emma, Henry vs Regina/Evil Queen - and of course the ever-present Mr Gold/Rumpelstiltskin wheeling & dealing in the shadows.

      Looking forward to what Season 2 unfolds as the other colourful characters of Storybrooke take their place ... can't wait!moreless
    • Sets up nicely S2

      8.0
      Now that was a finale: exciting, fast paced, lots of questions were answered while new ones appeared and it managed to set up nicely S2. As good as it was it was sort of predictable at times, it still was the best episode of the season. Makes you wish every episode would be like this one.

      - They're back! Maleficient, Belle, Graham and Jefferson FTW!

      - I was kind of disappointed and sad that they killed Maleficient. We hardly knew her yet she had so much potential left.

      - The battle with the dragon was really cool and it sort of reminded me of Enchanted.

      - I seriously cheered out loud when Emma became a believer, I mean it's about time. It took her 22 episodes though....

      - Quote of the week: " Well, it's storming like a bitch..."

      - Some highlights of the episode: Emma's battle with Maleficient, Rumple and Belle reunite, August's death and the purple smoke covering the town.

      - So what happens when you die in Storybrooke? Does that mean that you're also dead in the fairytale world?

      - August's transformation was so great and the special effects have really improved so much. I really hope he comes back as I liked his character.

      - By breaking the curse the show managed to resolve of its main issues, the storybrooke plots will finally be as interesting as its fairytale flashbacks.

      - Too much, too soon? I've gotta say I'm really worried about the show's future. One of the main issues I had with this show was that they had problems moving the story forward, therefore dragging everything so much. I understand that they have to stretch out things as much as possible due to the longevity aspect of the premise. Now, it's the complete opposite... did they move way too much the story? Considering they want the show to go on for a long time, I think that breaking the curse was a bit premature.... Now will probably face the same problem of them dragging out things and having issues with the story and how it advances.moreless
    Ginnifer Goodwin

    Ginnifer Goodwin

    Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard

    Jennifer Morrison

    Jennifer Morrison

    Emma Swan

    Lana Parrilla

    Lana Parrilla

    Evil Queen/Regina Mills

    Josh Dallas

    Josh Dallas

    Prince Charming/David Nolan

    Eion Bailey

    Eion Bailey

    August Booth/Pinocchio

    Jared Gilmore

    Jared Gilmore

    Henry Mills

    Emilie de Ravin

    Emilie de Ravin

    Belle

    Guest Star

    Jamie Dornan

    Jamie Dornan

    The Huntsman

    Guest Star

    Kristin Bauer

    Kristin Bauer

    Maleficent

    Guest Star

    David Anders

    David Anders

    Dr. Whale

    Recurring Role

    Meghan Ory

    Meghan Ory

    Ruby/Red Riding Hood

    Recurring Role

    Sebastian Stan

    Sebastian Stan

    Jefferson

    Recurring Role

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