Once Upon a Time Round Table: "Broken"

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The curse may have been lifted, but consequences were felt by all on the Once Upon a Time Season 2 premiere.

Where will things go from here? Our TV Fanatic Round Table team of Jim Garner, Nick McHatton and Christine Orlando is on the case! Join them now as they weigh in on "Broken," Q&A style!


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Jim: When Emma explained that being cursed without parents may have been worse than them all being cursed together by Regina. It had to be hard for Snow and James to hear Emma second guess a choice they felt was absolutely the right choice.

Nick: This is a hard question because it was such an awesome premiere, but I think my favorite scene is the end when Snow and Emma are sent back to present Fairy Tale land. It's such a great concept that a piece of fairytale land still exists, and it gives Emma and her newly found mother a chance to really find a new relationship that works between them. I also loved all the Disney references.

Christine: I felt Emma's reaction was really honest. How do you react to finding out that your parents were fairy tale characters who abandoned you because of a curse. She was overwhelmed and not ready for the lovefest/reunion that Mary Margaret was hoping for.

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Who was the guy who received the postcard and who do you think sent it?
Jim: I'm guessing Balefire. As he is one of the few people from storybook land who is not directly tied to the curse, he would be able to come and go.

Nick: I'm with Jim on this one, I think it's Rump's son Baelfire. There were a lot of clues in his apartment, and I'm guessing he couldn't enter Storybrooke until the curse was broken because he wasn't technically a part of fairy tale land when the curse was cast. If I had to wager a second guess, I'd go with Henry's father.

Christine: I'm all confused. If it's Baelfire, which is possible, then who would know where he is and send him that post card? It's all a big mystery and I'm very intrigued.

How long will Belle stick by Rumplestiltskin?
Jim: She's set on saving him and helping him become a good man. I have to say if anything can turn someone from evil to good it would be the love of a good woman. Here's hoping she's right.

Nick: I think true love will cause her to stay with him for a while, but he continually shows that while he does love her he always finds loopholes in her love that will allow him to stay addicted to his power. For me the question becomes how long she's willing to put up with that.

Christine: I give her half a season before her heart is broken enough for her to leave. I love a great love story and I'm a big fan of Rumplestiltskin's but I'm not convinced he can change enough to have a long term relationship with Belle.

Do you think Mulan was in love with Prince Phillip?
Jim: Given the culture she comes from, I would bet on honor and duty bound to him first, but she did shy away when Phillip woke Aurora with a kiss, so maybe there were some feelings. 

Nick: Absolutely, I think it's hard not to develop feelings for someone when they value the things you value, and you spend all of your waking moments with them. Is it a true love thing like Snow and Charming have? Maybe, but I do think she has feelings for him.

Christine: Yes, to some degree. They've obviously gone through a lot together and it's normal for feelings to emerge under such circumstances. Unfortunately for her, it looks like he's in love with Aurora so I hope that Mulan can move on.

What new story book character are you hoping to see (or can't wait to see) this season?
Jim: I'm excited for all of them really, but if I have to pick one, I can't wait to see what they do with Captain Hook. Maybe I'm just a pirate fan at heart, but I think they can have a lot of fun with him.

Nick: Well, Mulan has been one of my favorite Disney princesses since I was a kid, so I'm really happy that she's already making an appearance. Aside from also having Captain Hook coming to Storybrooke the only other character I really want to see if Peter Pan.

Christine: After my interview with Sinqua Walls I'm looking forward to seeing Sir Lancelot. He's a hired sword who has had his heart broken. That means he's capable of almost anything. Perhaps he can help heal Mulan's broken heart?

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Of course it's Henry's dad who Emma never told. This will be really rich when he comes to Storybrooke.


I loved how Emma, Snow, and Charming were working together with Regina. Much nicer than having everyone fight all the time.


Someone please post the quote from when Rumple tells Belle that he's not going to be the good man she deserves and she tells him that's exactly why she needs to stay with him.. from Broken when she comes back from her walk. Love that part!


1) Belle coming back. She still believes that her love can save him and that is just too beautiful for words.
2)I do not think he is Bael. In my mind Bael is also Henry's dad so i'm hoping he will sb hot enough to be Emma's love interest. Plus, it would be too easy. I will agree that it might be the White Rabbit and i also think he's somehow connected with both August and Baelfire.
3)I expect their relationship to be full of back and forth but i'm certain that it will last. Especially after Rumple finds his son again.
4)I don't love the triangle but i do think Philip and Mulan love each other. For 28 years they fought side by side, so it's only normal.
5) Peter Pan!


hmmm... it was an ok premiere for me but compared to other premieres, it did not reach my expectations


1. Favorite scene is Henry calling Charming, "Grandpa!". Charming may be the hottest grandpa ever.
2. I think it's White Rabbit, since he dropped his phone, like White Rabbit dropped something in the story? Or not? But I refuse to believe it's Baelfire.
3. I'm sorry, I tune out everytime Rumbelle come to my screen. It's really hard to find the chemistry between them and it's just so creepy to think Rumple is capable of love and to think Belle will stick by him just makes me sick.
4. I thought they're pushing to Mulan-Aurora romance since they're addressing GLBT audience (I read somewhere). Hmm! I could ship them LOL.
5. Captain HOOT! I mean Captain Hook and also Rapunzel needs to show up fast!


1. Emma reactions to her parents.
2. I don't think it is Baelfire but there is the possibility of white rabbit.
3. I don't care for them as a couple but I don't think they will last. She came back in the premiere because she have nowhere else to go and she think she can save him.
4. I don't even want to talk about it. It was disgusting.
5. Captain Hook and Baelfire


1. I agree with Christine. Her reaction was genuine and authentic. The fact that they are reunited doesn't make it any easier for her because her parents are freaking fairytale characters. 2. I think him being Rumple's son would be too obvious. It definitely is an option but I think it's someone other. Maybe a new villain? 3. To be honest, I didn't think that she would leave him in the premiere. And what I expected even less is that she came back. There's is gonna be A LOT of back and forth with Belle but ultimately Belle will leave because the pain and disappoinments Rumple causes her outweigths her love for him. 4. What Jim said. 5. I wasn't very keen on having Mulan & Captain Hook on the show but I really love the show's version of her. And Captain Hook? Holy. Lord. Have you seen him? I'm so glad he became a series regular.


jude this show is on ABC a Disney company affiliate so you're going to see a ton of Disney classic characters. I love all the new references to old characters! even though these characters have all been portrayed in differentvways before but i really love that they all
clash in this show, it's so unique!


I hate Disney, so the more Disney-only characters they introduce, the more disgusted I feel. I like some of the actors, some of the characters, and some of the plots, but overall, I don't like the series. I'll probably watch it awhile longer just to see if it gets better.

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