Once Upon a Time Season 2 Report Card: B

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With the long summer hiatus just beginning, TV Fanatic is going back and grading some of our favorite shows. Having already submitted our The Mentalist Season 5 Report Card, it's time now to review Once Upon a Time season 2.

What worked? What failed miserably? What grade would you give the season as a whole? Scroll down and sound off...

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Best Episode:  "Second Star to the Right" As much as I liked the season finale, it was the penultimate episode of the season that ranked #1. Neal admitted to Emma that a day hadn't gone by that he didn't regret leaving her. He not only confessed his love for Emma but also proved what a selfless parent he was by sacrificing himself so that Henry wouldn't end up an orphan. Add to that, Tamara's evil plans were finally exposed to all and Baelfire's back story from the Enchanted Forest to 19th Century England, to Neverland and I was hooked from beginning to end.

Worst Episode:  "In The Name of the Brother"  Perhaps it's because I've never considered Dr. Frankenstein's Monster to be a fairy tale but this story felt completely out of place in the fairy tale world. Couple that with the fact that I've always found Dr. Whale to be one of the show's least likable or interesting characters and this episode landed at the bottom of my list.

Second runner up was "Lacey" mostly because I really hated the character Lacey.

Most Improved Character:  Captain Hook.  Far from a caricature in a Disney cartoon, Hook has grown into an intriguing man I'd like to know better. His blood lust for revenge is rooted in his love for Mila. Hard to blame him for putting her on a pedestal since every other woman he's come across (Emma, Regina, Cora, Tamara…) has turned on him or used him at one point or another. But Hook never quits and has even shown glimpses of loyalty and heart when he's not being a devious pirate.  Not to mention he's hot as hell.  How could we not want to see more?

Most Disappointing Character:  August. I was never a big fan of this character or the Pinnochio tale but even I was disappointed when he was brought back  in "Selfless, Brave, and True" only to be transformed back to wood, somehow killed by a magical taser, and then turned back into a little boy. It all made me wonder why they decided to bring him back at all.

Best Introduction of a Fairy Tale character:  Peter Pan. I never expected Peter Pan to be a creepy shadow that threatened to snatch young children from their beds. Now that so many of our favorite characters may be headed to Neverland, I can't wait to see why Peter Pan is so fascinated with Henry.

Worst Introduction of a Fairy Tale character:  Robin Hood.  I had high hopes for Robin Hood's merry ride into the Enchanted Forest. I understand they can't give every new character a huge story arc but if you blinked you probably missed Robin's momentary visit. It made me wonder why they even bothered.

Worst Mystery:  It's a tie between the silly Home Office that was out to kill magic and the reveal that Greg/Owen's father was killed years ago and has been buried in the woods all of this time.  Both stories waffled between boring and silly instead of mysterious and intriguing.

Hopes for Season 3:

  • How many episodes do you think they'll make us wait until Emma and Henry finally find Neal?  1, 3, 10?  I don't mind a bit of anticipation, I only hope they don't torture us all season long.
  • I expected Emma to investigate her new found powers more this season.  I hope we see more of her exploring her magical side in season 3.
  • More Hook!  Everytime they brought him back I realized I only wanted to see more and I wouldn't complain if they gave him a real girlfriend in any realm.
  • Emma needs a serious love interest.  Neal's the safe bet. Hook's the dangerous choice and surprisingly I think I'd be OK with either one but this girl has been lonely far too long.

Your turn, Oncers. What grade would you give Once Upon a Time Season 2?

 

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Best episode: Queen of Hearts (all three storylines on the same level of awesomeness, great ensemble action), runners-up: The Miller's Daughter, Broken)
Worst episode: Tallahasse (sad to say it because it was the first Emma centric, but it was disappointing on so many levels), runners-up: August's episode and Lacey
Most Improved Character: Snow. Wasn't crazy about her anymore at the end of season 1, but she had great moments during her stay in present day FTL and the story about her darkening heart was good as well.
Most Disappointing Character: Tie between Hook and Neal. I find both utterly boring. Sad because I had high hopes for Hook especially.
Worst Introduction of a Fairy Tale Character:: Robin Hood. So much potential, all gone to waste because they only wanted him to play support for Rumple and Belle. Got an iconic character like that? At least give him one episode of being the actual center of attention.
Worst Mystery: Rumple's son = Henry's father. Unrealistic much and just yawn-worthy

Joyeful

Best - Second Star to the Right Worst - Selfless, Brave and True Most Improved - I loved Hook from the day he came on screen, so the fact that he's gotten even better is just awesome. And yes, dude is hot. Even with the guyliner. Best intro - I'm pretty sure Pan is not the Shadow, but the shadows are his minions. We didn't see Peter Pan. However, I LOVE the twist on his story. Most disappointing - Mulan. Ugh. Worst mystery - everything about Tamara. again, ugh.

Anna-maria

oh, and I really liked Cora's story and wanted to see more of it! I hate that they killed her! She and Gold made such a better couple than he and Belle, they are so wrong for each other, it's gross!

Anna-maria

it was pretty boring! I only watched it for Hook S2 and Emma's story with Bae

Geelightning

best ep: second star to the right.
worst ep: selfless, brave, and true.
most improved char: Hook, of course and I feel like everything we've seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg
most disappointing: poor august :(
best intro: cora and peter pan
worst intro: dragon I really don't want Emma to end up with Neal. It'll always be true that he never looked for her and he found home with someone else (even if Tamara's evil) I'm very interested to see how things go bet her and Hook they have always had the best scenes.

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Best Introduction of a Fairy Tale character: Cora. Her return and how she development brought back TRUE Disney Villainy! Crazy woman with crazy goals who looks good while doing it with probably the most interesting backstory of all! Jesus, did I NOT say how well Rose McGowan NAILED Young Cora? She was phenomenal and made my tv sweat! Worst Introduction of a Fairy Tale character: Dr. Whale/Frankenstein. He is indeed very unlikable and even after being revealed as Frankenstein he was STILL unlikable. His speech with Ruby was truly touching however in THE CHILD OF THE MOON. But, that is the ONLY redeeming quality about him.
(I would say Robin Hood as well but it's obvious we will see his story and see why he is all mysterious and what not. So I see it as a window to another story rather than an ender to his character). Worst Mystery: Neal being Henry's father. (WE ALL SAW IT COMING...but that's what made it also the best). The whole Greg/Owen's father being dead was a lie by Regina. I didn't see anything happen. All I saw was a body. Not a story. I am pretty sure Owen's father is the writer of the book and gave it to Snow White/Mary Margaret who then gave it to Henry...who brings Emma to Storybrooke.(TAKE THAT FACT YOU SIDE KICK GREG AND YOUR WESTBORO CHURCH MEMBER LEADER TAMARA).

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Best Episode: QUEEN OF HEARTS. (Runners-Up: THE MILLER'S DAUGHTER and THE QUEEN IS DEAD - Rose McGowan (Young Cora) and Bailee Madison (Young Snow White) NAILED their roles! Rose made Cora sexy and Bailee made Snow INTENSE!) Worst Episode: SELFLESS, BRAVE, AND TRUE. Worst. EPISODE. EVER. No comments. Most Improved Character: Captain Hook. Not only is he incredibly good looking but with the help of SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT, Hook's douche-backstory went to the better by actually giving him GOOD qualities. Him having paternal feelings regarding Baelfire was indeed a perfect way to throw a curve ball to his goals in killing the Croc. Most Disappointing Character: August. Seriously. ALL POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT TO HIS CHARACTER HAS BEEN CREEPILY REVERTED TO A CHILD FOR THE SAKE OF PROTECTING A REALLY LAME PLOT TWIST! Best Introduction of a Fairy Tale character: Cora. Her return and how she development brought back TRUE Disney Villainy! Crazy woman with crazy goals who looks good while doing it with probably the most interesting backstory of all! Jesus, did I NOT say how well Rose McGowan NAILED Young Cora? She was phenomenal and made my tv sweat! Worst Introduction of a Fairy Tale character: Dr. Whale/Frankenstein. He is indeed very unlikable and even after being revealed as Frankenstein he was STILL unlikable. His speech with Ruby was truly touching however in THE CHILD OF THE MOON. But, that is the ONLY redeeming quality about him.
(I would say Robin Hood as well but it's obvious we will see his story and see why he is all mysterious and what not. So I see it as a window to another story rather than an ender to his character). Worst Mystery: Neal being Henry's father. (WE ALL SAW IT COMING...but that's what made it also the best). The whole Greg/Owen's father being dead was a lie by Regina. I didn't see anything happen. All I saw was a body. Not a story. I am pretty sure Owen's father is the writer of the book and gave it to Snow White/Mary Margaret who then gave it to Henry...who brings Emma to Storybrooke.(TAKE THAT FACT YOU SIDE KICK GREG AND YOUR WESTBORO CHURCH MEMBER LEADER TAMARA).

Saad702

1. Best episode. : "Queen of Hearts"
I liked this episode because Emma and Snow are so kick ass and they work well together, plus it also confirmed my suspicions that Emma might have magic in her and that it can give them an advantage over Regina et al.
2. Worst Episode. "In the name of the brother"
Terrible, hardly anything of real wort happened and it also introduced Greg the most painfully irritating villain (if you can call him that)
3. Most Improved Character
Not many have improved for me. Emma has changed a lot. She's realized that she has to be open and she shouldn't play things so close to her chest anymore. She has to let people in. She's let Neal back in and it will be amazing to see what happens with Neal/Emma in season 3.

Saad702

1. Best episode.
I liked this episode because Emma and Snow are so kick ass and they work well together, plus it also confirmed my suspicions that Emma might have magic in her and that it can give them an advantage over Regina et al.
2. Worst Episode. "In the name of the brother"
Terrible, hardly anything of real wort happened and it also introduced Greg the most painfully irritating villain (if you can call him that)
3. Most Improved Character
Not many have improved for me. Emma has changed a lot. She's realized that she has to be open and she shouldn't play things so close to her chest anymore. She has to let people in. She's let Neal back in and it will be amazing to see what happens with Neal/Emma in season 3.

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Worst Mystery
The identity of Rumple's son. Seriously, everyone was able to foresee that!

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