The holiday season is upon us, but true magic will be missing from Sunday nights until Once Upon a Time returns with "The Cricket Game" on January 6.
Best Episode: "Queen of Hearts." Emma's magic trumps Cora's heart fetish. Snow and Charming have their romantic reunion and share true love's kiss. Emma's reunited with Henry. Regina's heart gets broken even after she does the right thing…and all the while Cora and Hook are about to descend onto Storybrooke.
The winter finale tied up loose ends, gave viewers a satisfying conclusion and set us up for a dark and wild second half of the season.
Worst Episode: "The Doctor." The whole Dr. Frankenstein's monster story line didn't work for me. I'll gladly give them creative license, but Frankenstein strikes me as more classic horror than fairy tale. I also hated watching Rumple, Whale, and Jefferson gang up on a young Regina to turn her to the dark side.
Most Improved Character: Ruby/Red. In Once Upon a Time Season 1, Ruby was lost. She had no past and no direction. Knowing that she's part wolf has given her strength, spunk, and made her a lot more fun.
Most Disappointing Character: It's a tie for Mulan and Aurora. They started to gain more traction and a bit of depth in the final episodes but overall these two ladies swung between being boring and annoying.
Most Confusing: What do we call everyone?Is Rumplestitlskin still called Mr. Gold when he's in Storybrooke even though he knows he's really Rumplestiltkin? Does Emma call her mother Mary Margaret, Snow, or Mom? If I'm confused I can only imagine how the characters feel.
Fairy Tale Character We Still Hope To See: As I really enjoyed Disney's movie Tangled a few years back I would love to see what this show could do with Rupunzel.
Going to the dark side, wouldn't it be interesting if the Pied PIper came to town in order to steal Henry?
Biggest Shocker: Emma's superpowered heart. It looks like the power of true love keeps her heart safe from Cora's evil. That will definitely come in handy now that Cora has hit the shores of Storybrooke.
Mystery We Most Want Solved: Who is Rumplestiltskin's son? Hopefully he makes his ways to Storybrooke soon. It can only make things more interesting, especially with Hook looking to take his revenge against Rumple.
Hopes for 2013:
- I'm hoping Emma, Snow, Regina, and Rumplestiltskin are forced to work together to prevent Henry from Cora.
- Neal finds Storybrooke, Emma, and his son Henry. If Neal ends up being Baelfire it's a definite double bonus.
- More romance for Snow and Charming, Rumple and Belle and Emma's certainly earned herself a little bit of love.
The first half of the season was filled with magical fun. I have no doubt the rest of the season of Once Upon a Time will be a wild, mystical ride.
Overall Grade: A
Your turn, Oncers. What grade would you give Once Upon a Time Season 2 so far?
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