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Once Upon a Time Review: The Curse of Consequences

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Once Upon a Time Season 2 kicked off tonight, and although the curse may be "Broken" that doesn't mean everything is suddenly sunshine and pixie dust in Storybrooke.

As a matter of fact, our fairy tale favorites may have just taken a sharp turn toward the dark side.

Although everyone now remembers his/her fairy tale origins, living under the curse for 28 years has its consequences. According to Regina, they can't go back to the fairy tale world, which means that their old and new lives will now merge into one. In other words, things have gotten even more complicated in Storybrooke.

Fairy Tales in Storybrooke

Take Rumplestiltskin, who finally found his one true love but couldn't seem to overcome his innate need for power and vengeance to keep her. When he  promised Belle he wouldn't kill Regina, I never believed a word of it - but in Rumple's mind, he spoke the truth.

Rumple wouldn't actually do the killing. He just unleashed a soul sucker to track her down. The funny part was that he really thought that loophole would save him when Belle found out. Yet was it the way he toyed with words that kept Belle from leaving? Or was it his honesty and Belle's need to save him?

It was touching when Rumple told Belle their chipped cup was the only possession he truly cherished, but perhaps it meant even more when he admitted that he believed he's still a monster. Belle believes her love can save him, that she can find the good inside. I say she's in for a world full of hurt.

Across town, Regina found some unlikely allies. Charming and Snow came to her rescue because they believed killing her was simply the wrong thing to do.  Emma was there because her son begged her to save his mother. But now that Regina has her magic back and Emma and Snow have been banished to a very different fairy tale world, will Regina be swayed by her son to help save them?

Much like Rumple, Regina is driven by a need for power and control. As Belle is the one person who can reach Rumple's heart, Henry is that person for Regina. 

Regina loves her son but how far will she go for him? Will she work to return Emma and Snow to Storybrooke or will she see this new twist in the curse as a blessing.

And I loved her confrontation with Charming. Everyone was playing nice while she was magic-less and being hunted by a wraith but once the threat was gone and her powers returned, she was quick to have her wallpaper strangle him. That wall paper has always had a seriously creepy vibe. Let's just say it's not a room I'd want to spend a lot of time in late at night.

Reactions to the broken curse were well played. Charming, Snow, Ruby and the dwarves all celebrated. Most of the town wanted Regina dead and who could blame them? Emma was the one left out in the cold.

How do you handle finding out that your long lost parents are actually fairy tale characters who sent you away through a magic portal as a baby? And that they are your age? The happiness of finding out the truth didn't wipe away 28 years of living alone with no answers. 

I couldn't help but feel for Emma as Snow pushed for a big reconciliation. Emma was struggling to deal with this new reality when she told her newfound mom in this Once Upon a Time quote

Emma: Can we do everything later, like with a glass of wine? Several bottles. | permalink

The season premiere left us with a lot more questions than answers. Will Mulan and Sleeping Beauty be allies or enemies to Snow and Emma? Will Belle really stick by Rumplestiltskin? Will Regina save Emma for Henry? Who was the guy who got the mysterious post card and who sent it?

There are lots of reasons to tune in for more Once Upon a Time this season. Next week can't come soon enough.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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N,ow I have to wait every week which is kind of a pain when you watch the first season marathon! I kinda do understand Henry's fickleness as Regina still did take care of him. If anything, this might show Regina is still capable of love despite her believing she's got no heart anymore since Daniel. This episode makes me wonder whether they will go back to a land where they belong in the end and then what happens to Emma? Does she live her life in present 28yr.old self in there or would it be like a time travel thing where she would end up experiencing her childhood with her parents as should have been? Seriously it is kinda weird to look at your parents and realize you are older than them! And who is Dr. Whale? For some reason I didn't think he would be important here. I think Emma needs to touch everybody who use to have magic like Rumple and Blue fairy. Like Rumple said, it might come in handy! I thought that guy in the beginning might be Rumple's son, but now I don't think so. If it's Peter Pan that would be fun! It's weird though, where did the invite came from? I remember the Blue fairy said, the magic bean was the last one, it's possible there use to be a lot of them so there might have been a lot of FTL people who came to our world through it. I'm excited about Mulan! I wonder what happened to Shang? I'm not liking the idea that she's in love with Phillip. And did anybody else notice when Phillip said I love you, he said it without the name? I felt like he said that to both of Aurora and Mulan!

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I enjoyed both episodes, eventhough I watched all of last season. I could not wait for tonight's episode. It was very well done. It went so fast, now can't wait until the next episode. I really liked Mulan in the storyline. What a great costume. I hope Emma and Mary Margaret come back soon and glad that Charming has Henry now.

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I love-love this series. I am confused somewhat about the introduction of new character and how they will be weaved into the story. I wonder how did Regina end up with Emma's son in the first place. I don't remember of that being brought to light.

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Its kind of obvious mulan and phillip had feelings for each other they agreed to tell sleeping beauty everything implying more than just having had feelings and she was helping him with his misson

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I was trying to see if there were any clues as to the mysterious guy in the beginning in his room. There was a poster/sign that said "(something) Hatters." HATTERS. Gotta be from Wonderland! Maybe Cheshire? That would be AWESOME.

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

what was up with the dementors?even the soul sucking part looked the same as harry potter!
Dementors are based upon the same type of mythological ghost creature from european folklore as the guys in this episode. The general look is same through the majority of stories that have them. the similarities also highlight that its a multiversal creature existing in many lands, that goes by many names in others universes.

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I must add that I really wish Disney would allow the Evil Queen's wardrobe to be adapted for Halloween costumes. They have Charlize Theron's Queen Ravenna from SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN available for women. IMO, they're missing a big opportunity. My daughter loves Mulan's armor from this episode and would gladly wear it for Halloween if it were available. Enough with the princess dresses!

Mahta7a

absolutely loved everything about the premiere!especially the fact that sleeping beauty wasn't only a flashback and it integrated with the storyline!but what was up with the dementors?even the soul sucking part looked the same as harry potter!

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@Sharon - Jefferson was indeed in Storybrooke in last season's finale. He was the one who released Belle from the mental institution & told her to find Mr. Gold. We haven't seen him since.

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

I would have wanted regina dead too, and I agree with the reviewer, henry is reginas achilles heel and I think he will be the one to bring her down in the end.
I thoroughly disagree, because I do not think Regina will be "brought down" she will be redeemed adn yes Henry IS the path to redemption for her, just like Belle is for Gold.