October 1st, 2012
04:00 PM ET
Magic is back on 'Once Upon a Time'
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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I am so loving this show. Got my 23 year old son loving it and his best friend as well. This show just keeps us riveted at the edge of our seat. Love how everything is progressing now that they have their memories and magic is back. Can't wait to see what happens to Emma and Snow after falling into the HAT and the alternate reality. Love this show!
Great show, is getting very interesting. I think the guy in the beginning of the show is Mr. Gold's Son
Nobody cares...its a dumb show
What happened to Pinocchio and Geppetto? Why weren't they included in the season opener?
By the way...good call on Balefire being Henry's dad. If you think about it, why else would the evil queen, Regina be so interested in having 'Henry' for a son? She knows that he is the piece of the puzzle that connects Rumpelstiltskin with Snow, Charming and Emma.
I believe that when their world was crumbling, Emma was the key. To bring their world back, Henry is the key!
Okay umm yeah seriously where the heck is August???
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I’m so glad this show is back. If they hadn’t broken the curse at the end of the first season, I don’t think I would have kept watching. I wasn’t actually expecting them to, so I’m glad they proved me wrong! I can’t wait to see where they take it this season. I work late nights at DISH, so I’m never home to watch this show live anymore. I’ve got my Hopper all set up to record it, though, so I’m always able to turn it on the second I get home. It’s really nice to not have to worry about being out of the loop. I agree with other commenters who are saying the mysterious man at the beginning is Baelfire, but I didn't even think about how he could be Henry's dad! I think that's my new favorite theory.
I think the mystery man is Balefire and Henry's dad. I think Dr.Whale is Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk. I also wonder how Jefferson got out of Wonderland and into storybrook. I think the Queen of Hearts is Cora or Regina's sister that would explain how Regina's father Henry was trapped there and why the Queen of Hearts and Regina both have a chamber to store hearts. Please bring on the land of Oz!
If Emma and Snow are bonding in fairy-tail land all season, this will be fantastic. We've seen mostly this world's interaction during last season, seeing primary action in the fairy-tale world will be amazing for Emma. I hope she will bond with her mother, Snow, and have all of the magic bestowed upon her for the remainder of this arc. 🙂 This show is so much fun. There was a minus... The premiere, when Regina was trying to spin the hat and kept trying time and time again, that was not very well acted, there are many points in the show that left me remembering it was a freshman-show and the actors still have work to do. Blending their portrayals in acting out scenes, seamlessly, is so important. By doing so, the audience is immersed into the "show." So much of the season 2 episode 1 needed to be reshot.
Great first episode. In addition to everything else people posted, it will be interesting to see if Belle has any influence on Gold and if Regina changes now that she doesn't have magic. And if Emma's magic (she made the hat work) is active.
lets roll it....
Love the show!! So happy it's back for a second season!
roaming free is so much fun.
I really like Jefferson and his family. Weezie, the wife, is so nice. Florence, the maid, is a character. She is too funny. I love that they are no longer in Fairy Tale land and can now roam free amongst us humans.
I liked the premier. I don't think the show completely jetisoned the premise – they're still fairy tale characters who were cursed and live in the 'real' world, they just remember it now. I'm curious to see if they're brave enough to tackle the problems caused by having two sets of distinct memories. Some people (ie Red, Granny, Dr. Hopper, Ella etc) have fairly simple transitions, their relationships remained consistent between the two worlds. Other characters have much more complicated issues – they may be married to different people like David & Katherine were, or their children are being raised by other people like Jefferson's daughter. Will the relationships that the curse created affect the relationships that they had in their real lives now that everyone knows?
I also love the idea that there is still an area of the fairy tale realm that exists. The way I understood it, they were frozen in time like Storybrooke and time began to move there around the time that Emma committed to staying in town (maybe the 'mine' collapse was caused by time resuming in the fairy tale realm?) so they've been awake for a few months. I'm curious about whether some of Aurora's people are also in Storybrooke or not. It will also be interesting to see if the people in Storybrooke realize that there are some major characters missing from town (ie Aurora, Phillip, Mulan etc). The royalty seemed to know each other in the fairy tale realm (Snow & James were at Ella's wedding, James' kingdom knew King Midas, etc) so I wonder if they knew Aurora & Phillip or if their kingdom was so far away that they didn't know each other and distance is why their kingdom wasn't completely destroyed. Also, if that area survived the curse, could there be others? We know that the Red Queen lived in another realm within the fairy tale world – was that realm affected by the curse as well?
The mysterious man in NYC is an interesting twist as well. Someone sent him that postcard and it seems like it would have to be someone who was aware of the truth while the town was still under the curse. This suggests Gold, Regina, Jefferson or August (if he was cured by the curse breaking) unless there were other people aware of the truth that we don't know about. He could be Rumplestiltskins' son, but that seems too easy...
In the beginning, I thought the opening character was to be Rumplestiltskin's son. He was not aware of the magic, so it seems, because he dropped his ipod and was mesmerized by the pigeon letter / postcard delivery. Princess Aurora stated she knew Queen Regina, as well as Mulan, when she explained the 28 year story. I wonder what realm they are located. Who is in the safe-haven? As previously written, I do hope more characters pop-up on Storybrooke and I hope the land within the other world is rebuilt. I'd like to know who the others are, and is August really gone ? I really like his character. He was the first in Storybrooke. The Wonderland characters are great, too. I'd like to see more of them. Are there any stories they haven't covered yet ? Is J.K. Rowling going to be part of this fairy-tail history, in the actual future's history... ? 😀
I just don't know about this show. It seems like it glamorizes witchcraft and devil thoughts. I'm glad it isn't shown here in Utah the Beautiful.
I like it myself.
Thats odd. I saw it Sunday night. I live in Utah. I loved it.
I saw it in Utah on Sunday night too. It's a terrific show that really gets the imagination going. You can find evil in anything if you look for it. I plan to just enjoy the 'fairy tale'.
Regina and Gold (the people who use witchcraft) are the bad guys, even though the woman who plays Regina is beautiful.
For those of you who watch the show...why did Regina ask Emma who was Johnnie (the Mad Hatter)?
I've been keeping up with it and have read all the books. Regina was confused from a potion and was just asking. Ibthink they will reveal more in the next episode.
It's jefferson, not Johnnie. And I think she was surprised that Emma knew Jefferson and covered up by faking confusion.
The man in New York, i believe is Henry's father. I also thing that it is Rumpelstiltskin's son. So if that is true, then henry's other grandfather is Rumpelstiltskin.
I agree with you – I immediately thought it was Rumple's son, but also Henry's dad? Good idea!
That's an idea. Rumplestiltskin's son and Emma's Baby Daddy? wow, she didn't choose very well – if that's the case. I think she would know a great man for babby-daddy material, as the first episode has her with an ex-boy and he's easier on the eyes. I vote Rumplestiltskin's son + it's too easy.
I enjoyed the premier immensely. I was especially surprised with the introduction of Mulan but I enjoyed seeing this new fairy tale character. I'm betting that the mysterious man though, may be Rumple's long lost son.
Not sure that the show jettisoned its premise, after the story paralleled the magic world and the real world, so now magic is in the real world and who knows yet what's in the real world. As long as they don't jump the shark to keep things going, I am in for the long haul.
It's not very good for a cartoon. It isn't drawn very well and too many cuss words.
It's not a cartoon?