Once Upon a Time Review: Dangers New and Old

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Evil comes in all shapes and sizes - and some of them are damn scary.

Indeed, Once Upon a Time Season 2 has upped the ante in this regard, as it tells its story on three different fronts.

Henry and Jefferson

In the fairy tale world of the past, the "Lady of the Lake" was gone, but that didn't mean the universe was without its dangers. King George was still chasing Charming with a vengeance. Unfortunately, the King didn't seem to care much for honor because he was more than willing to hurt Snow to get to Charming. 

Curses seemed to be the coward's way to get revenge in this place and breaking them the domain of the brave.

Charming's mother was definitely brave. I knew she hadn't drunk the magical water but too bad she didn't listen when her son told her to stay indoors. Maybe she could have avoided the poison arrow in the chest.

It was bittersweet that Snow and Charming's real wedding was also his mother's funeral.

In the present day Enchanted Forest there were even more dangers. One of which was that Emma was really off her game. 

Don't get me wrong. If I was thrown into a world with ogres I don't think I could think straight either, but Emma has limited ammunition. Why would she waste a bullet by firing into the air?

Of course even when she's off balance, Emma still gets all of the best lines, as in this Once Upon a Time quote

Mulan: Have you ever seen an ogre?
Emma: I'm pretty sure I've dated a few. | permalink

Snow White proved herself to be as bad ass as ever. I think she even scared the ogre. Hopefully the rest of the ogres hear that their friend was killed with one shot and steer clear of this group from here on out.

Snow's memories of the nursery were heartbreaking as was Emma's realization of all that her mother had gone through to keep her safe. It was something she hadn't understood until now. Emma's been angry and hurting most of her life. She needed this type of understanding to be able to move forward.

Even more dangerous than ogres was Cora. I loved that Snow was smart enough not to trust Cora from the moment she saw her in the pit and didn't even want to voice her plan if there was any chance Cora could overhear.

Unfortunately Cora's still damn powerful, she just can't get herself out of this world. I didn't blame Emma for burning the wardrobe. Better to destroy it than risk having both Cora and Regina in Storybrooke trying to claim her son. Charming may be able to fight off Regina but I doubt he could hold off both her and Cora.

Back in Storybrooke, Henry proved himself to be quite the little sneak. It was great fun watching him trick Regina and take off with her keys even though I knew his adventure wouldn't last long. 

The kid definitely inherited the bravery of his grandparents and a bit of the impulsiveness of his mother. How many kids his age would have kept going when they found a creepy vault with beating hearts underneath a coffin?

Thankfully, Charming realized that he has to let Henry feel a part of this rescue operation or he will find all sorts of trouble trying to help out on his own. The toy swords were simply adorable.

This week's episode left me with several thoughts:

  • I love that Snow is always up for a fight... no matter what universe she ends up in.
  • Cora obviously has access to magic. Will it be enough to rebuild the wardrobe from the ashes?
  • Is Lancelot really dead? I hope not. I already like him.
  • Aurora seems a bit of a brat but she may be redeeming herself.
  • I'm very happy that Jefferson finally manned up and found his daughter. Hopefully he'll now be willing to help Charming and Henry.

Now that daddy dearest has returned to Storybrooke, does he pose a danger to Charming and Henry? And would you prefer to see our favorite family reunited in Storybrooke or rebuilding the fairy tale world? Which would you choose?

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