October 1st, 2012
04:00 PM ET
When we last left Storybrooke, Rumpelstiltskin had unleashed magic on the town. And with that, many residents realized they were once fairytale characters. Regina's spell was broken.
Sunday night's "Once Upon a Time" was everything you could want in a season premiere. The episode opened in New York, where a Mysterious Man received a simple postcard from the town with the words "Broken" written on the back. Hmm...
Then, we had the heartwarming reunion between Snow White, Prince Charming, and their daughter and grandson. But they didn't exactly live happily ever after. A mob, led by Dr. Whale, was set to get revenge on Regina, and when she tried to attack them using her magic, it didn't work. As Rumpel a.k.a. Mr. Gold explained to Belle, magic just doesn't work the same as it did.
As all this was happening, we saw what appeared to be a flashback involving Princess Aurora, her Prince Phillip and Mulan (yes, you read that right) fighting off a wraith – a wraith which Rumpel sicced on Regina while she was in prison.
Snow, Charming and Emma fought off the wraith, and eventually, Regina planned to capture it inside of a hat which would teleport it to another realm.
Emma and Snow ended up following it there – ending up with Aurora and Mulan, just after mourning the loss of Phillip. It wasn't a flashback after all! A "Lost"-style twist.
Well, this certainly changes things for this season, especially with Henry making Regina promise that she would rescue his mother and grandmother. I'm also interested to see where things go with Belle and Mr. Gold. The premiere was action-packed throughout, and I have to admire the show's boldness in almost entirely jettisoning its original premise.
Are you down for more "Once" this season? (Based on the ratings, a lot of you are back for a second bite of the apple, so to speak.) Who do you think is the Mysterious Man? Share your view on video or comment below.
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