The second season of the hit TV show “Once Upon a Time” premiered on Sunday, September 30th, with a new character walking the rainy streets of a busy city – obviously, not the sleepy town of Storybrooke. A post card on his windowsill from Storybrooke read “Broken,” cuing the opening credits and a Dementor-looking creature of Harry Potter fame in the familiar woods behind the show title.
The premiere story begins with two riders traveling through rugged terrain, towards an Arabian-style castle complete with yet another sleeping woman. “If this works, we don’t tell anyone right away,” the dashing young hero declares, and promptly awakens the unknown woman with a kiss. “I told you not to come after me,” she half-heartedly chastises him, before asking how long she’s been asleep. He promises to help restore her kingdom, and informs her they’re free of Maleficent, the evil queen of Sleeping Beauty fame. We saw Emma (Jennifer Morrison) vanquish Maleficent at the end of season 1.
Cut to Charming and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas), who stand in the middle of Storybrooke as the purple fog introduced at the end of season 1 falls away. In case you missed the finale for last season, the citizens of Storybrooke were freed from the curse – at least, the amnesia component of the spell – and now remember who they are, and what used to be. Snow is greeted by Red Riding Hood (Meghan Ory), the seven dwarves, and finally her daughter, Emma. The scene was heartfelt, though mostly due to Gennifer Goodwin’s ability to convey emotion, especially when mother and daughter embraced. Henry (Jared Gilmore) greeted Prince Charming as Grandpa, and the four enjoyed a brief moment of true reunion before questions about the events started to arise.
Belle (Emilie d Ravin) and Rumplestilzkin (Robert Carlyle) were still at the well within the woods, with Belle explaining to Rumple that Regina (Lana Parrilla) kept her hostage and locked away. “Is that why you wanted this, the magic, for revenge?” she asked, and forced Rumple to promise he wouldn’t give into his hatred and kill Regina, so that the two of them could be together. Amazingly, Rumple actually agreed to this, and embraced Belle with a kiss before peering off into the distance with a look that promised one thing: Trouble.
The story jumped back to Emma, her parents, and numerous members walking down Main Street. Snow inquired if she wanted to talk about “it,” as in Emma’s life and the discovery of her parentage among other things; in a nutshell, the entire events of season 1. “Could we do everything maybe later? Like with a glass of wine – several bottles?” Emma replied, quickly changing the subject. “I just need a little time.” And who can blame her, really? Fortunately, a mob on the way to attack and kill Regina pulled everyone’s attention away from Emma and Snow, with Henry reminding them that Regina is still his mom.