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Once Upon a Time Review: A Heroic Quest

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Once Upon a Time is like a drug. It has the magic you just can't quit. Even though Emma and Snow, my two favorite characters, didn't have a scene until the very end, somehow I barely noticed. 

"We Are Both" still managed to keep me riveted. 

Young Regina

Grumpy and the dwarves were once again the Royal Guard and in their quest to protect their prince, they did the unthinkable: They sent one of their own over the Storybrooke border. Unfortunately, Snotty Sneezy, won't remember the results because all fairy tale memories are erased once on steps over the line.

Wasn't it great to see Charming finally be... Charming. I know David exists within Charming, but I'd be happier if that part of him remained hidden for the rest of the series. The man just looks so much better with a sword in his hands.

With Rumple's help, Charming managed to track down Jefferson. They don't call him the Mad Hatter for nothing. The man really isn't quite right. You'd think he might be happy now that he at least has a chance with his daughter, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Speaking of Rumple, why was he so angry about not being able to leave Storybrooke? I'm guessing that perhaps he had plans to leave and find his son. And Belle was notably absent this week, which is a shame since overall Rumple seemed like he was trying to be good.

I never would have guessed that Rumplestiltskin's relationship with the Queen went back that far. It's actually kind of heartbreaking to watch the transformation of Regina from an innocent young girl into the Evil Queen we know today.

When she shoved her mother through that looking glass, it was just one more step towards becoming her. The Regina we now know is so very sad that it's hard to hate her. I give Lana Parrilla a huge amount of credit for making me feel empathy towards such an evil character.

Does anyone believe that Regina can be redeemed? She obviously wasn't always evil but now magic is her drug. She couldn't burn that book. She simply set it aside for a while.

The entire town of Storybrooke was entertaining to watch while it struggled to come to grips with this new reality. Red has really taken charge as she pushes Charming to be the leader, even if he isn't always sure of himself. As he explained to Red in this Once Upon a Time quote

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Elsewhere, Grandma's got her crossbow and she's not afraid to use it. Archie's trying to counsel everyone and Grumpy and the dwarves are off to find some pixie dust for their fallen comrade.

All of that was enough to make me forget about Snow and Emma…almost. As if being dragged across a strange land and thrown into a pit weren't bad enough, now they have to deal with the Evil Queen's mommy. I think they're in trouble.

All of it just solidifies that season two of Once Upon a Time is more thrilling, compelling and enjoyable than ever.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Kitanishi h mcdonald

The whole episode is exactly that - exploration of from where Regina came and where she is going. In some ways of course it parallels Rumple's own journey of redemption, although Regina seems to try to put way more effort into it right now. What can I say, yet another great episode that put tears in my eyes and the show continues to be amongst the best that there can be.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

PERFECT episode. Oh, Regina, my heart breaks for you. Here we have a character, who was pushed around her entire life in desperation, having lost pretty much everything she cared about(which pretty much looked the same as what Snow was doing in "Heart of Darkness") and here she is trying to change, to be the old her for her son and, for the first time since long, she is actually opening up to all those emotions, not putting up those walls or "Evil Queen" persona as a psychological defenses. And after all theses years, she is finally trying to escape what her mother did to her.And its beautiful and makes her character thousand times more fascinating and relatable.

Danielle50

I love Regina and let the redemption begin. I can understand why David was so frustrated with those people because they act like chicken with their head cut off. I need more Rumple and Regina backstory now. I think that Regina had create that spell that no one can leave Storybrooke.

Saad702

Rumple is pissed that he can't leave storybrooke to find his son. He created the curse so he could go to the place that his son was and then he needed magic to find his son. But what he didn't expect is that he couldn't leave storybrooke either as a side effect of the curse lifting or a side effect of bringing magic back.

Saad702

Amazing episode!!! Cannot believe how great season 2 is!!! The twist that Cora is alive was not something I saw coming. I just hope that Adam and Edward don't write all these twists and then corner themselves with all these things that they can't explain or just make things unbelievable like lost...

Chandelure

Some speculations on why Belle was in the episode: Maybe she wanted to explore the forest but left Storybrooke while doing so and lost her memory of being Belle. And considering that her other identity was locked up for the last 28 years she doesn't know where or who she is, so she got lost trying to find a town. That would explain why Rumple wanted to leave and why he was so angry when he found out he would lose his memory when trying to leave Storybrooke. Just a theory, so don't take it too serious.

Chandelure

That was a really great episode and a big KUDOS to the show for creating a villain that isn't just plain evil. We finally witnessed the first time she used magic, the first encounter between her and Rumple, how she escaped from the tyranny of her mother, something I've been longing to know since Season 1.
I always expected Regina to be redeemed but didn't quite think it would happen so soon. I think Henry yelling "I don't wanna become like you" was the trigger that made her realize that history was repeating itself. Everything she said whe she let Henry go was believable and genuine because we know exactly where she was coming from. It's still a long way until she fully redeems herself and I'm really looking forward to it.

Joyeful

Three things: 1. Didn't see that ending coming. At all. 2. ALWAYS glad to see young Snow White. What a brilliant little actress - it always amazes me how well she nails Ginnifer Goodwin's mannerisms. She's one to look out for, Bailee Madison. 3. Lana Parrilla is sooo underrated. As the young, not-yet-jaded Regina - she presents an entirely different character than the evil queen, and her evolution from the heartbroken young woman to the jaded and hateful queen is fascinating to watch.

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I THINK REGINA SENDS HER MOM TO WONDERLAND. AND SHE BECOMES THE QUEEN OF HEARTS. THINK ABOUT IT, THE QUEEN OF WONDERLAND HATED REGINA, WAS A RED HEAD, WE NEVER SAW HER FACE, AND THAT MIRROR LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE ONE REGINA AND THE MAD HATER USED TO GET TO WONDERLAND, I THINK. JUST A THEORY, I LOVE HOW THEY CONECT EVERY FAIRY TALE.

Marisa1983

I don't know if Red still turns into a wolf. Maybe not, since things are different here. And we didn't see Pinocchio turn back into his human form, we only saw him move his eyes while wooded.

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