Once Upon a Time Review: Season 2 Episode 1 “Broken”
Air date: Sunday, September 20, 2012
I was so thoroughly surprised with the first season of Once Upon a Time and could not wait for season two to start.
I was a little confused when the episode started, because we’re following a guy walking through New York City. A white bird shows up at his apartment window with a post card from Storybrooke that has nothing but “Broken” written on it. We can assume that this is referring to the curse, but who sent it?
Next we see two people in the fairy tale world, Philip and Mulan, racing on horseback to a sleeping woman. He kisses her on the lips and she suddenly wakes up. He calls her Aurora, and we learn that she is Sleeping Beauty. Philip tells Aurora that their kingdom is destroyed and must be rebuilt. Suddenly a wraith come out of the ground in front of Philip and Aurora and drops a chain with a talisman on it.
In Storybrooke, the mysterious purple cloud finally lifts, and everyone gets their memory back. They all know that the curse is broken. Snow White says that she has to find her daughter, and tells Emma, “You found us [her parents].” There is then a really cute scene between Henry and Charming where he calls him “Grandpa.”
Emma mentions that she’s dreamed of meeting her parents her entire life, but out of all the scenarios she imaged this was never it. Henry tells Emma that she saved everyone, but that doesn’t explain why everyone is still in Storybrooke. The Blue Fairy admits that magic is now in Storybrooke, but it’s changed. Everyone in town is heading for Regina’s house to kill her because they think she broke the curse; when in fact it was Mr Gold.
Everyone shows up at Regina’s house claiming she took everything from them. Regina tries to attack them by using her magic, but soon realizes that she’s powerless. Charming asks why if the spell was broken they are still in Storybrooke. Regina tells him that there’s nothing to go back to. Snow says that Regina must be locked up for the towns safety as well as her own. Emma takes pleasure in locking up Regina in a jail cell at the station.
Belle and Mr Gold are now back together. Belle explains that Regina abducted her and has been keeping her locked up for the last twenty years. Gold is furious that Belle has been in Storybrooke all along. Belle sees the anger in his eyes and makes him promise not to get revenge on Regina so they can be together.
Belle walks with Gold back to his shop and says he is going to get her something to wear. When he goes in the back of his shop, he pulls out a gold trinket box. Inside is the same chain and talisman as the one the wraith dropped in the fairy tale world.
Gold visits Regina in jail, and confronts her about keeping Belle prisoner. When Regina tries to respond, Gold grabs her arm and presses the talisman into her hand. He says that her fate is now worse than death.
Mulan tells Aurora and Philip that wraiths suck souls from their victims and damn them for eternity. Suddenly the talisman imprint appears on Philip’s hand in the exact spot Mr Gold pressed it to Regina’s.
Mulan, Philip and Aurora make camp away from the palace and hide in the woods. Philip does not tell Aurora about the talisman imprint appearing on his hand. He tells her that he’s going to make a fire and he’ll be back in five minutes. Philip jumps on a horse and takes off leaving Aurora and Mulan behind.
Gold takes his Rumpelstiltskin knife, raises it in the air, and says, “The dark one summons thee.” He brings the knife down onto the talisman and Regina feels her hand burning. A wraith appears in front of Gold and takes off towards Regina.
Snow wants to talk to Emma about being her mother because Snow thinks that Emma isn’t happy about finding her parents. For Emma’s entire life she’s felt alone knowing her parents sent her away. Emma still feels anger towards them, even though she knows the reasoning why.
Emma, Snow and Charming walk into Mr Gold’s shop when Emma accuses him of double crossing her. Gold asks Emma if Henry survived, if the curse was broken, and if she found her parents. Gold feels he deserves a thank you from Emma. She asks him what the purple smoke was, but he won’t tell.
The ground suddenly shakes and all the lights dim. When they ask what that was, Gold says that it’s a gift that will take care of Regina. Belle overhears this comment and becomes angry with Gold for lying to her about getting revenge on Regina.
Mulan and Aurora hear a loud animal noise then look around to make sure Philip is alright. It’s then they realize Philip is gone. Mulan tells Aurora that he was marked, and that she has to find him before he gets hurt. Aurora accuses Mulan of loving Philip, but she denies it.
Aurora and Mulan meet up with Philip and he admits to being marked. He tells them to go away because there is no need for all of them to die. Mulan offers to take the talisman and mark herself so Philip can live, but he won’t let her. The wraith takes Philip’s soul and he collapses to the ground.
The wraith in Storybrooke soon finds its way to Regina’s jail cell and begins to steal her soul. Charming hits the wraith with a chair, and Snow attacks it with fire causing the wraith to take off. Regina admits that the wraith won’t stop or go away until the marked persons soul is gone. Regina breaks out the Mad Hatters Hat to send the wraith somewhere where it can’t hurt anyone; the fairy tale world they believe to be destroyed.
Regina tries to activate the hat the next time the wraith comes by, but nothing happens. Charming tries to distract the wraith, but even with more time the hat doesn’t work. Emma grabs Regina’s arm and suddenly the magical portal opens. The wraith falls into the portal, knocking Emma through with it. Snow forbids to leave her daughter again, and jumps in after her. Charming tries to follow, but the portal closes before he can get in.
Charming rushes Regina and asks where Snow and Emma disappeared to. Regina pushes him against the wall and holds him there with tree branches; her magic seems to be returning. Regina tells Charming that she should have killed him when she had the chance. Henry runs in seeing Regina in action and asks her what she’s doing.
Henry takes a step back, realizing that she really is that evil queen. He yells at her that he never wants to see her again. Regina says that she loves him, and Henry asks her to prove it by getting Emma back.
Not wanting to stay with Regina, Henry leaves with Grandpa Charming. They go to Snow and Emma’s apartment, and Charming makes a promise to Henry that he will find them.
Mulan tells Aurora everything that happened while she was asleep. She explains how Regina cursed the land and ripped everyone away to another world. However, the part of the land they lived on was untouched and no one knows why. They hear a noise close by, and find Snow and Emma under a pile of rubble. Mulan thinks that they are the ones that brought the wraith.
A hell of a lot happened in this one episode, and there’s still twenty-one more to go! I can’t wait to see what happens between Mulan and Emma; they seem fairly matched and could definitely give each other a run for their money. Also, Snow White is now back home in fairy tale land. What does that mean for her? And also Emma being her heir? Will Regina try and get revenge on Gold for branding her for the wraith? How does Gold still have so much magic at his disposal? Where does this leave Henry now that Emma is gone? What will Aurora do now that Philip is asleep?
So many questions and I NEED answers!