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.


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Mrs. M I like your theory about the people that stayed in Fairytale land because they didn't get their happy ending... didn't think about that. But still I would have thought Regina would have brought her mother if only to see her cursed and not remember like she did with Snow. This show is such a mystery! The best part is when all the mysteries are revealed, it always makes sense. That's good writing. That's proof Kitsis and Horowitz were the real geniuses of Lost's writing team.


So does Red still turn into a wolf?


@Mrs. M It would depend. The Enchanted Forest is made up of many kingdoms: Snow/Leopold's, Charming's, Midas', Maleficient's, Aurora's, etc. Mulan didn't recognize her so it just might be that not every kingdom is aware of their monarchs. Cora would definitely recognize Mary Margaret, and/or vice versa.


@Ace and Marisa 1983: The Queen of Hearts being Cora is a really neat idea. It would explain a lot, about how the Queen of Hearts knew that Regina loved his father. Also, my theory is that Cora is in the Enchanted land because she never got her "happly ever after". I think the Enchanted land is where people didn't have time to get their "happly ever after" because of the timing of Regina's curse. Question: In the Enchanted land, wouldn't someone recognise Mary Margaret as the queen?


I think August went to go find Gepetto as soon as he became de-wooded and they missed each other. I didn't think we'd see a reunion so soon.


There may yet still be a connection with Cora's presence in the Enchanted Forest. I don't think her presence there precludes the possibility that she is in fact the Queen of Hearts: the evidence just keeps stacking up. Her name, her symbols, her speech to Regina, the way she was absorbed into the looking glass [the same liquid effect when Jefferson traveled to Wonderland with Regina], Regina's attitude while she was in Wonderland evoking that all too personal connection with the QoH, the QoH's vault, and how out of everyone, the QoH stole Regina's father. I would be really shocked if Cora WASN'T the QoH!


I'm not that surprised either given that Cora can use magic without a medium. The only other person that can do that is Rumpel/aka the Dark One. So far the only other fairy tale creatures that can do magic require a medium of some sort, either a wand or fairydust - even Maleficient routes her magic through her staff. So given that only the Dark One has the ability to use magic in such a fashion, and that Cora is shown to do that as well, it seemed there had to be a connection even back in Season 1 whens she mentioned being a "miller's daughter". Magic like that doesn't come without some kind of price.... or deal for that matter.


I was wondering what happened to Pinocchio. We saw him at the beginning, and then he was gone when Gepetto came into his room...
Also, I was glad too that charming is back and that he addressed the fact that David was weak and confused.


Ace, I like your theory. I was also thinking she was the queen of hearts until I saw her in the enchanted forrest...


I wasn't surprised about Rumple and Regina. I remember last season they said Cora was a "miller's daughter". Just like the Rumplestiltskin story when he wanted her baby (Regina). As for Jefferson, I remember he said he wouldn't take her away for her Storybrooke family. Now that she remembers both lives, that is probably why he doesn't seem happier, because he feels he can't have her.

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