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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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    Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

    The postcard message is the key to who was the man in the opening sequence. Who would consider Storybrooke to be "broken" as opposed to "fixed?"
    I think the "broken" parts means that Curse has been broken and the character supposedly could enter storybrooke now. 3) Fairyland scenes are no longer flashbacks. They are concurrent in time w/Storybrooke, which is a nice change.
    Actually no they are not. In this episode, Storybrooke part of the story was a giant flashback that happens before the wake-up of Aurora. In the upcoming episodes we will have THREE kinds of scenes - Storybrooke present, FTL flashback and FTL present.

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    once again the amazing storylines continue...this season is going to be a great ride as was last season....... I'm of the thought that the the man who received the 'broken' postcard is Peter Pan....Peter had the ability to fly in and out of FTL............. could Dr. Whale be Captian Hook? If so that would be a reason for Peter not coming to Storybrooke knowing Hook was there........ the Broken message could a warning that Hook has his memmory back....as for who sent the message I see coming from Pinoccio

    Beverly-brooks

    Tonight was a little confusing for me. I don't understand Mulan what is her part in this whole story line?

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    Am I missing something...Is Jefferson not stuck in fairy tale land...he went back with Regina to help rescue her Father so that he would be able to see his daughter and she tricked him and he was trapped there......he never returned to Storybrook.......

    Serenityq2

    My second favorite fall premiere after Dexter. I was almost moved to tears when Snow, Emma and Charming had their family reunion. I was screaming at the tv "Hug your parents girl!". the fun of last season is still here with the great dialogue, action and questions galore (cause its not a true Upon a Time episode unless you are confused). I usually like the fairy tale setting better but this episode it was definitely the weak point for me. jamie chung is a talented actress but she seems stiff and amatuerish here for some reason and Philip and Aurora were just eh for me. i know the working of magic in the "real' world has something to do with Emma as Regina didnt get her powers back until after Emma touched her and Rumple brought magic back using the potion he made from Snow and Charming's love, but how exactly does it work? i hope we get to see more of wonderland this season and as Hook is coming when get to his flash backs of peter and neverland i will be like a kid in a candy store. hope this season has even better ratings (special effects needs it) and i look forward to this new journey

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    Best line of the episode...Henry (to David): "GRANDPA!!!!!"

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    .....sleeping beauty, I think once they see snow and things are explained they will be allies.

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    I believe the guy at the beginning is rumples son, hes the only other possible person that wasn't transported with the rest of them, or as we found out, a corner or fairy tale land as well, right into storeybrooken and couldn't leave. There's a small part of me, always has been since the beginning of the show, that has always had a soft spot for rumple and I want him to change his ways and I believe belle is the one to do that. Love emile re ravin...so glad she joined the show! I started crying at the beginning when they were all reuniting.......lol 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. Lol. As for emma and snow and princes reunion? I see where both parties are coming from, they both have legitimate pointsand reasons for why what happened happened, its just going to take time, unfortunately time they apparently don't have. And finally, as for mulan and sleeping beauty, I think thatbonce they

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    The postcard message is the key to who was the man in the opening sequence. Who would consider Storybrooke to be "broken" as opposed to "fixed?" And, who on the outside would even care? Baelfire hated what magic did to his father. I think he would prefer to stay away from Rumple for as long as he continued to use magic. I thought a few things were interesting. 1) Charming did not recognize Dr. Whale. No one did. 2) Pinocchio & Gepetto are no where to be found. 3) Fairyland scenes are no longer flashbacks. They are concurrent in time w/Storybrooke, which is a nice change. Looking forward to watching Mulan in her first swordfight!

    Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

    Lol, I didn't know Harry Potter was a fairytale.
    It is not.
    Wraiths are real parts of european folklore.