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TV Review: Once Upon a Time S2E1 “Broken”

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 1, 2012

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!

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Once Upon a Time -vs- Grimm

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 6, 2012

Once Upon a Time -vs- Grimm

I am proud to say that I am a huge fan of both of these shows. Both shows are based on Grimm fairy tales, however they both have a very different take on them.

Grimm reminds me of a paranormal Law & Order. The main character Nick Burkhardt (played by David Diuntoli) is a police detective usually solving ‘unusual’ crimes. Each episode is a different case dealing with different creatures. There is a running story line of Nick trying to come to turns with just learning that he is a Grimm and is supposed to be killing these creatures.

Only a few months ago, Nick found out from his dying aunt that he was in fact a Grimm. He had no idea what that meant, or what went along with it. Nick visited his aunt’s trailer, which was left to him, and found all kinds of texts and scrolls explaining the role of a Grimm. There were also pretty crazy weapons and potions too.

Nick has to hide the fact that he is a Grimm from his detective partner, Hank Griffin (played by Russell Hornsby). This is extremely hard when they come across a case where the criminal is from the creature world and realizes what Nick is.

Juliette (played by Bitsie Tulloch), Nick’s girlfriend, also does not know that he is a Grimm. He’ll come home from ‘work’ sometimes with scratches all over him and has to lie about how he got them.

Nick becomes friends with Monroe (played by Silas Weir Mitchell), who Nick is supposed to kill. Monroe is a blutbad, which is pretty much a wolf shifter. Nick doesn’t kill Monroe, and it’s the first time there is a mutual friendship with a Grimm and a member of the creature world.

While Grimm is more story based, Once Upon a Time is character driven. Emma Swan (played by Jennifer Morrison) gets an unexpected visit from her son that she gave up for adoption ten years earlier. She drives him back to his home in a small town in Maine, called Storybrooke.

Emma’s son Henry (played by Jared Gilmore) wants to live with Emma. He doesn’t like his stepmother Regina (played by Lana Parrilla), and sneaks out to spend time with Emma. After some time, Emma sees Regina’s true colors and doesn’t like her either. Emma decides she wants custody of Henry.

While Emma is in Storybrooke, strange things start to happen. Emma is the only one that has ever ventured into Storybrooke, and is the only one that can leave. The clock tower which hasn’t worked in years starts ticking. People begin acting strange, and some even disappear for extended periods of time.

Once Upon a Time is lighter and more upbeat than Grimm. I prefer the darker more mysterious side of Grimm; it’s just more my taste. However, the story to Once Upon a Time is different from anything I’ve ever seen.

All of the characters, except for Henry, are also Grimm storybook characters. Emma is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Regina is the Evil Queen from Snow White, and is often seen with red apples. The way the characters act in Storybrooke relate directly to how we see them act in the fairy tale world.

Comparing the cast of both shows, I would have to say that I prefer the cast of Once Upon a Time. The actors seem much more genuine, and not as stiff. I love to hate Lana Parrilla (Regina) and Robert Carlyle (Mr Gold). They just play the parts of evil characters so perfectly.

The touch chick attitude from Jennifer Morrison (Emma) is played perfectly and really makes you root for her. Jared Gillmore (Henry) also plays a great part for an actor his age (12).

Unfortunately, I think that my most favorite characters from Once Upon a Time are definitely underutilized: Eion Bailey (August W Booth) and Meghan Ory (Ruby). Eion’s character is so mysterious and seductive that you want more of him on screen. And Meghan Ory is such a fabulous Red Riding Hood that I always enjoy when she’s in an episode.

The actors on Grimm do not have as much of a personality. I actually prefer the supporting cast to some of the main characters. Sgt. Wu (played by Reggie Lee) is a uniformed officer with a great scence of humor. I really enjoyed Nick’s aunt in the first few episodes, but then she was killed off! They could have kept her around a lot longer, and I don’t think it really would have messed with the story line.

I will admit that Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) is my absolute character from both shows. He is so quirky and loveable I just want to give him a big hug : P I also loved him while he was on Prison Break, so I might be a bit biased.

In my opinion, both of these of great in their own way, and I will definitely be watching both this season!

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New York Comic Con (NYCC) Once Upon a Time & Terra Nova Panels

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 22, 2011

While at New York Comic Con (NYCC), I sat on a number of panels; two of which were for TV.

The first panel of the weekend that I sat on was ‘Once Upon a Time:’
Calling all “Lost” fans – join creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost” and “Tron: Legacy”) as they introduce you to the magical story of two parallel worlds: one in a distant fairytale land, the other in a present-day reality. Following the exclusive screening of the pilot, Eddy and Adam will participate in a Q&A panel moderated by Matt Mitovich, Editor-at-Large for, about this modern fairytale turned on its head. Arrive early for exclusive magic mirrors!

We were able to watch the pilot a week before it premiers! It was great, and I cannot wait to see the rest of the season. It is extremely well cast, and has a great story line already.  The only thing I would change is Jennifer Goodwin’s short hair.  She looks so much better with the wavy long wig!

The premise of the pilot was Snow White and Prince Charming must protect their newborn baby, Emma, from being taken by the evil queen. To save her, Emma is placed inside an enchanted chest made from a special tree and sent to Earth. Both of the actors were displayed in both the ‘storybook world’ and on Earth (like the sideways world on Lost).

The creators and executive producers of the show released a few Easter Eggs that they hid in the pilot for all those Lost fans. Keep an eye out for this when you watch the pilot:
1) Emma Swan is named after the Swan Station
2) Henry is named after Henry Gale
3) The house address is 108, which was the countdown for the clock in the hatch
4) There is a clock frozen at 8:15, which is the Oceanic flight number

The next morning I sat in on the ‘Terra Nova’ panel:
Join Executive Producer Brannon Braga (Star Trek: Enterprise, 24) and stars Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) of FOX’s hit sci-fi adventure series for a sneak peek screening of the upcoming episode “The Runaway” followed by a fan Q&A and moderated discussion with TV Guide Magazine’s Rich Sands. 85 million years in the making, this new event drama from the brilliant minds of Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Pacific) and Peter Chernin, follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race.

We were able to watch the next episode of Terra Nova before it aired with Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang, and Brannon Braga. They said we laughed in all the appropriate places : )  I must say that both actors look much better in person than on TV!

Upcoming this season, there will be more tension growing between Jim and Taylor. Taylor’s history will remain a mystery for a while longer, but he does have a pure heart. The only thing we don’t know is if he’s being true, or manipulating everyone. Around episode 13, Taylor’s true side will be revealed.

When the actors read the scripts before filming, they are always surprised by how unpredictable the show is becoming. They are excited to go to work every day.

O’Mara was describing what it was like working with CGI dinosaurs, and it was hilarious. He literally ran around the stage with a water bottle in his hand showing what people on set who are pretending to be dinosaurs look like. And then the actors have to pretend to be afraid of that. The entire audience was laughing!

When asked what it’s like being type cast (cop that travels back in time, and military agent on another planet), both actors seemed to enjoy it. O’Mara is a huge sci fi fan, and really enjoys doing shows in a genre that he personally enjoys. Lang doesn’t mind being type cast as a silver haired, charismatic fox. He said he’ll take whatever he can get.

Lang did speak about the difference between shooting Terra Nova and Avatar. He mentioned how on the set of Avatar, they had weeks to shoot certain scenes, and on Terra Nova it’s days.  Lang also mentioned that both characters could have been in the service together due to the time periods.  A very interesting thought!

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