Once Upon a Time Review: Dangers New and Old

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Evil comes in all shapes and sizes - and some of them are damn scary.

Indeed, Once Upon a Time Season 2 has upped the ante in this regard, as it tells its story on three different fronts.

Henry and Jefferson

In the fairy tale world of the past, the "Lady of the Lake" was gone, but that didn't mean the universe was without its dangers. King George was still chasing Charming with a vengeance. Unfortunately, the King didn't seem to care much for honor because he was more than willing to hurt Snow to get to Charming. 

Curses seemed to be the coward's way to get revenge in this place and breaking them the domain of the brave.

Charming's mother was definitely brave. I knew she hadn't drunk the magical water but too bad she didn't listen when her son told her to stay indoors. Maybe she could have avoided the poison arrow in the chest.

It was bittersweet that Snow and Charming's real wedding was also his mother's funeral.

In the present day Enchanted Forest there were even more dangers. One of which was that Emma was really off her game. 

Don't get me wrong. If I was thrown into a world with ogres I don't think I could think straight either, but Emma has limited ammunition. Why would she waste a bullet by firing into the air?

Of course even when she's off balance, Emma still gets all of the best lines, as in this Once Upon a Time quote

Mulan: Have you ever seen an ogre?
Emma: I'm pretty sure I've dated a few. | permalink

Snow White proved herself to be as bad ass as ever. I think she even scared the ogre. Hopefully the rest of the ogres hear that their friend was killed with one shot and steer clear of this group from here on out.

Snow's memories of the nursery were heartbreaking as was Emma's realization of all that her mother had gone through to keep her safe. It was something she hadn't understood until now. Emma's been angry and hurting most of her life. She needed this type of understanding to be able to move forward.

Even more dangerous than ogres was Cora. I loved that Snow was smart enough not to trust Cora from the moment she saw her in the pit and didn't even want to voice her plan if there was any chance Cora could overhear.

Unfortunately Cora's still damn powerful, she just can't get herself out of this world. I didn't blame Emma for burning the wardrobe. Better to destroy it than risk having both Cora and Regina in Storybrooke trying to claim her son. Charming may be able to fight off Regina but I doubt he could hold off both her and Cora.

Back in Storybrooke, Henry proved himself to be quite the little sneak. It was great fun watching him trick Regina and take off with her keys even though I knew his adventure wouldn't last long. 

The kid definitely inherited the bravery of his grandparents and a bit of the impulsiveness of his mother. How many kids his age would have kept going when they found a creepy vault with beating hearts underneath a coffin?

Thankfully, Charming realized that he has to let Henry feel a part of this rescue operation or he will find all sorts of trouble trying to help out on his own. The toy swords were simply adorable.

This week's episode left me with several thoughts:

  • I love that Snow is always up for a fight... no matter what universe she ends up in.
  • Cora obviously has access to magic. Will it be enough to rebuild the wardrobe from the ashes?
  • Is Lancelot really dead? I hope not. I already like him.
  • Aurora seems a bit of a brat but she may be redeeming herself.
  • I'm very happy that Jefferson finally manned up and found his daughter. Hopefully he'll now be willing to help Charming and Henry.

Now that daddy dearest has returned to Storybrooke, does he pose a danger to Charming and Henry? And would you prefer to see our favorite family reunited in Storybrooke or rebuilding the fairy tale world? Which would you choose?


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another awesome episode. love seeing more of cora. i knew she was lancelot when she came in at the end (they dont have cell phones and only mulan, aurora, emma, and snow where in the woods, how would he "hear" about the ogre attack?) but was surprised that she was being him the whole time. can't wait for the family reunion of regina and cora, i see an epic season finalely on the horizons. love all the family moments (emma and snow, charming and henry, hatter and his daughter). i hope we get to see more and more of hatter. i kind of feel bad for aurora. she's around all these strong women, she's going to have to up her game, maybe train with mulan? next week we go to neverland and meet hook and oh my does he look delicious. that is the hook i grew up with. forget the lost boys can i be a pirate in his crew?


Not impressed. The rationale for Lancelot really being Cora was insufficient. How did s/he manage to be in the pit and out in the village at the same time?
So now we see the possibility that Regina becomes a good character again with Cora becoming the resident villain. I suppose that works. But I'm really getting tired of trying to figure out how the people in Storybrooke get their food and other things from the outside world if no once can leave once they've gone there. Or is that now changed because of the magic? And what about this new section of town with the docks?


The irony is all the princesses and females have been such badasses and the antithesis of princessy that Aurora being a helpless brat is annoying. I actually wanted her to go back to sleep. I LOVED Sir Lancelot. Sinqua Walls is all kinds of amazing and I was crushing on him hard during this. Fantastic job! I love how every decent person Snow comes into contact with loves and will do anything for her and that when it's the men it's in a non -sexual way. The fantastic familial moments throughout the episode caused my allergies to flair up a little as my eyes were watering a tad. I'm so happy Jefferson found his daughter. He's one of my favorite characters. Cora and the King returning a whole other generation to add to the mix and a whole new evil!


In a totally selfish observation...I am glad Lancelot will likely only be a recurring character when Charming and Snow take over his 'father's' kingdom because I would be totally upset if I turned on Teen Wolf next summer to find that Boyd was not only killed but killed off camera. I actually found myself welling up when Emma was talking to Snow at the end and Snow imagining what Emma's room used to look like before she left. We have kind of been focused on how Emma feels about the whole thing, but you forget that Snow missed out on her baby growing up. It was even sadder when the next scene was Charming hanging out with Henry, while he missed ten years of growing up, he is getting a chance. But that was a lot of watching from cars, first Henry is watching Jefferson and his daughter reunite sadly, then George is watching Charming and Henry with...I am not sure as I am not sure what Charming and Snow subjected him to in FTL.

Drea xoxo

i loved the episode but this whole pit me emma party act is getting tedious now. how can she not understand the dangers her parents had to go through and why she couldn't have stayed! it's soooo annoying now and overcooked. i agree with the mentioning of henry being their more for regina, it seems to me she just wants her son back but has accepted she can't have him permanently for obvious reasons. he needs to man up and do it in order to help emma n snow! n aurora was the only character who suspected lancelot to be evil so props there to the writers for that subtle yet big hint. other than that interested to where the show is now going to go with cora having the magic from the wardrobe in her vail.


Lol @ Christine Orlando... When I was watching the ep I also couldn't help thinking that Aurora is being a brat and a sort of anti-hero in a way.
This was a great ep. I think much of the season will be for either side trying to get to the other side. I feel that season 2 is better. Now that we know the gist of the stories of the main characters its easier to get invested and root for who you want to root for.
I would love to see a fight between Regina and Cora. Now that they both have power it should be interesting.


ft a secret, it just wasn't likely shown then and there. I seriously doubt she kept it from him forever.


"A little of his grandmother in him" - he's adopted, remember? :) I didn't like that he did that. The one thing I would REALLY like to see is a "good" Regina this season. Not permanently, of course. But I LOVE watching her as someone who is trying. She has such range and a vulnerability you can't help but root for. Every time she does the right thing you just cheer a little inside, like with calling Charming about Henry, even though you know it broke her heart. If Henry was smart, he'd realize that he could probably bring the good out in her. I did NOT see the Cora as Lancelot thing coming. I do hope the real Lancelot is not dead though. And I'm surprised you didn't mention him! I was getting suspicious of "his" behavior at the wardrobe, but didn't put the thing together about Henry like Snow did. I LOVE Protective Mama Tigress Snow, and I cried as she looked at the Nursery. SO glad Emma is beginning to understand. I suspect Snow didn't keep Charming's mother's gift a secret, it just wasn't shown then and there.


Final comment...Hook looks HOT! SO excited for next week!


Was anyone else fooled into thinking that "Leviathan" might be Dr. Whale? DARN! Guess we still have to wait 2 weeks. Enjoyed seeing Lancelot. But, his appearance felt like a throwaway cameo. Any guesses as to where the King's story may fit in fairytale lore? The only tale I recall having a king & queen unable to bear children was Sleeping Beauty's. They waited a long time for her which is why her birth was so celebrated. I don't see Charming's King and Aurora's father being the same person. But...who knows?

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