A few more observations.....Regina's identity was foreshadowed in the first episodes of OUAT. Her name is Regina MILLER. IIRC, her father's headstone had the name Henry MILLER. Rumplestiltskin's tale is that he will help a miller's daughter (or wife) spin a roomful of straw into gold overnight in exchange for her firstborn child. (If she failed, she was going to be killed.) Rumple is OLD. Baelfire would be at least 10-15 years older than Regina since he was willing to join the Ogre Wars when his dad encountered the Dark One. My off-the-wall guess then is that Bael was a grown man long before Snow grew up, long before the Storybrooke spell, and that he is actually Captain Hook. The guy in Boston that gets the postcard is Peter Pan since he looked about 20-25 years old.
I don't know how much longer I'll be coming to read these reviews because I so thoroughly enjoy the ride I'm on with OUAT. I'll just say that that I LOVE the different look in Josh Dallas' eyes when he is Charming. Likewise, when Regina is with her mom, there's a real uncertainty there. You can just feel her personality curling up inside with fear or intimidation. The journey is a lot of fun. But, I think what it will all come down to is a showdown between Cora and Regina, and Regina may end up on the Good Side fighting for Henry's survival.
@ps in seattle - The soldier who beat up Danny starred in PAN AM last season as the co-pilot. I actually liked this episode because it showed Danny to be somewhat capable. So far, pretty good.
Enjoyed this strong second episode. But, there were some plot points that I found confusing. Didn't the first episode end with Kylie entering her apartment, then the Admiral entering after he knocked, presumably to compare notes about the conversation he had with his daughter before it was shut down? Whatever happened with that? Second, what happened with Kylie's DOD contact? Did he end up in the hospital because someone put him there, or was it self-inflicted? Third, why did the Seal mess with the equipment before the navy teams went to engage the Special Ops forces? And, how many Seals are left? My favorite part in this entire series is the relationship between the captain & his XO. Loved that closing scene between them.
It's still possible to scare people without being too gory. Remember, the return to horror began on FOX, with THE X-FILES over 25 years ago. They had a much smaller budget for effects than AHS. But, they could give viewers nightmares with the mental & emotional scares that were heaped on Mulder & Scully. It's all in the writing. You're right. It's early. I'll keep watching to see what happens. That said, it felt like a dark FANTASY ISLAND to me. Instead of visitors learning about themselves and getting their happy ending, all their fondest desires lead to Hades.
Our family has just one thing to say - WHAT DATE DOES THE NEW SEASON BEGIN? We eagerly anticipate the return of our favorite Warehouse agents!
Thank you for all the little Easter eggs in this episode. SJP singing the song from ANNIE was lovely because she starred in that musical on Broadway for a year. And, Becky's xylophone intro to Sue's morning announcement had me LOL. GREASE, anyone? What a nice homage to Eve Arden. I always appreciate seeing Sam's well-formed chest for a few seconds. But, is it possible that Rachel is getting MORE shallow and self-centered, even with the cutthroat competition? Wearing full makeup (w/false eyelashes!) with your hair down & styled like a Victoria's Secret model is a sure way to get laughed out of any serious dance class. My guess: Rachel is Brody's conquest of the semester. Didn't Cassie, the dance teacher, allude to that earlier?
This has pushed THE BIG BANG THEORY off my Must See List and taken its place. TBBT is now on replay status. Very exciting premiere episode! Look forward to watching how this plays out. However, it's seems clear to me where our loyalties are supposed to lie when you show Big Bad D.C. feds interrogating Cinderella! (Jessie Schram played Cinderella on ONCE UPON A TIME earlier this year.) BOO! Also, it was my impression that Chaplin's video was broadcast on news networks. We see it playing on the tv in Kylie Sinclair's home when she walks inside, and she even watches it for a moment before seeing the Admiral enter.
I must add that I really wish Disney would allow the Evil Queen's wardrobe to be adapted for Halloween costumes. They have Charlize Theron's Queen Ravenna from SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN available for women. IMO, they're missing a big opportunity. My daughter loves Mulan's armor from this episode and would gladly wear it for Halloween if it were available. Enough with the princess dresses!
@Sharon - Jefferson was indeed in Storybrooke in last season's finale. He was the one who released Belle from the mental institution & told her to find Mr. Gold. We haven't seen him since.
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