Once Upon a Time Review: The Price of Power

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Where does one get curses these days? Well, apparently they come with a pretty hefty price tag. The cost? Simple, it's "The Thing You Love the Most."

Once Upon a Time gave us a great second outing here, as we looked back at what it took to make The Evil Queen's curse come to life. 

Regina vs. Emma

The curse. First off, it looked like curses were bought, sold and traded amongst our fairy tale friends. The Evil Queen paid Maleficent a visit to procure the one she needed.

I'm not sure what was more distracting: Maleficent's hair or the special effects during their fight scene. I could have lived without both and I thought the appearance of Maleficent could have been put to better use. The one high point was when the Queen called Maleficent her only friend. You could hear the loneliness in her voice as she said it. It almost made me feel for her.

Of course, any good will that vulnerable moment provided was quickly dashed when she cut out her father's heart... literally. Power trumped love but did she realize she was naming her adopted son after the parent she murdered? It's still hard to tell how much Regina remembers from her fairy tale days.

Just when i thought Rumpelstiltskin couldn't get any creepier, he did. I'm not sure what made my skin crawl more, his eyes, that skin, or the crazy voice. The entire package screams run while you can.

Emma and the Regina throw down. Back in Storybrooke, the gloves came off and neither woman was backing down. The Mayor continued to set Emma up. She had her flogged in the press, then had her set up for theft and arrested. Finally she tried to make her look bad in Henry's eyes.

But all of that had the opposite effect on Emma. She's not the type to turn tail and run when threatened.

I love these two women. They're both strong and smart. Talk about a well-matched fight between good and evil. Neither one's willing to back down and that's what makes this so much fun.

Who loves Storybrooke? Who are the set designer on this show? I could spend all day deciphering the backgrounds of each scene. Did anyone else notice the forest wallpaper in the Mayor's office? Just watching them sit in the room gave me the disturbing feeling of being lost in the woods. It was subtle but ominous at the same time.

Favorite scene: I couldn't help but cheer when Emma took a chainsaw to the Regina's beloved apple tree, then looked her in the eye and told the Mayor she had no idea what she was capable of. Your move, indeed.

And once again Once Upon a Time left us with plenty of questions. Is Emma still playing along with Henry or is she starting to believe? How did Rumpelstiltskin procure Henry? How much does he recall and how will he factor into the future of the curse? And more importantly, what will The Evil Queen's next move be?


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trying to watch this show... its getting there


It's not that good but I'll give it a chance.
@Anne, yeah a witch would love her self more than anyone else.


Just got around to watching this show and I have just one question: WHO WROTE THE FUCKING BOOK? And why doesn't anyone ask this question? Mindboggling!


does anyone know who plays the evil witch? iv'e looked on imdb and other sites but cant seem to find it. :(

Beverly brooks

I don't think she does remember. If she did why would she be reading the book!


There were times that I just felt bad about the Evil Witch/the Mayor. She wants her happily ever after, too... until she cut her own father's heart. Yikes! But even then, who really thinks that she's truly the main villain in Storybrooke and not Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin?? Like many before me, I think he's just way too creepy, and can't help but feel that he has some hidden agenda. Seriously, if he does remember his previous life, he has all the control and power over the Evil Witch, which will make her the minion in this story.


So glad the show is not a hokey, fairytale stereotype as I feared it would be. I admit to not noticing the decor and backgrounds. I'll have to keep that in mind for next week's ep. Thanks for the heads-up. Must agree that Rumplestiltskin is wonderfully portrayed. Still, I can't help but think how perfect that role would have been for Robert Knepper. LOL at the garden gnome scene. I'm curious as to why Mr. Gold aquired Henry. I trust we'll be enlightened in future eps. And is there any symbolic importance to the fact that Henry was born in Phoenix (rebirth, rising from the ashes, etc)?
@FARSIA Perhaps the purpose of the curse was not so much about making her enemies suffer as it was to deny them their happiness and/or happy endings. As far as I can tell there is an air of melancholy throughout the whole town. No one is overtly suffering as it were but, I have yet to see a genuine smile on the face of any of Storybrooke's residents.


Another great epsiode, good job! i am really happy with this new show...


I think it's going to take a total left turn at one point and we will see Emma lying in a coma in hospital possibly dreaming the whole thing ala (*spoiler alert*) Ashes to Ashes.


Liz, my money's on "The Woodsman" the guy who comes in and saves the day in a bunch of tales. Second guess. One of the Jacks, perhaps the beanstalk one.

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Since when were apples a threat?


The fact that you have now threatened me twice in the past twelve hours makes me want to stay more.