This Sunday, last season’s best new show returns to the
ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ proved to be one of the rare
network shows that not only captured the imagination of the viewer – but also
delivered solid performances and storylines.
So, where did we leave off?
After Emma woke biological son Henry with true love’s kiss
(that’s still a nice twist, by the way), the denizens of Storybrooke were freed
from their curse. In short order, Snow White and Prince Charming were reunited,
the evil queen had to flee and Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold dropped a potion into
the town well that brought magic (in the form of a wall of smoke) to our world.
Whew. It was definitely a busy finale.
As the sophomore season kicks off – fans are starting to be
pretty vocal about what they want and – more importantly – what they want
So, here we go.
5. How will magic
affect Storybrooke? A lot of fans thought that the curse being broken meant
that everyone would return to their world. Not exactly. Instead, we’re left
with magical creatures being reintroduced to our world. I’ll be curious to see
how this goes. When the curse was working, bad things happened to those that
left Storybrooke. With the curse broken, I’m wondering how they’ll keep people
in Storybrooke. I’m guessing that if word got out about a magical town in Maine
the press would descend on it like a Kardashian wedding. I’m thinking there’s
going to be some other contrivance that keeps people in Storybrooke separate
from the general population – especially now that Red will probably be
transforming into the Big Bad Wolf again.
4. What is Regina’s next move? Poor Regina. She lost her
adopted son in the waning moments of season one and the entire town is now out
looking to exact some retribution on her for the curse. She deserves whatever
unhappiness they throw her way, don't get me wrong. Still, I do feel for Regina. She is a product
of her upbringing. She let bitterness over the actions of a child mold her
life. I don’t want Regina to find happiness. I don’t want her to always get the
short end of the stick, though, either.
3. Will Belle’s “resurrection” change Rumplestiltskin’s
plans? Robert Carlyle’s villain is the best new character of the entire
2011/2012 television season. Even though you never trusted him, you couldn’t
help but root for him when he was trying to protect Baelfire and going
toe-to-toe with Regina. Sure, he’s always got ulterior motives. Still,
Rumplestiltskin is pure magic to watch (pun intended). With Belle’s return,
though, and her admission of love for the almost universally reviled character –
Rumplestiltskin is probably going to have to adjust his plan of action.
Bringing magic back may benefit him – but he’s going to have a fine line to
walk if he wants to keep Belle placated.
2. What’s Emma’s new family dynamic going to be like?
only did she embrace (finally) being Henry’s mother, but she also gained a
father and mother that are roughly her age. I can’t wait for the reunion
between Snow, Charming, Emma and Henry. Snow and Charming have to be the
youngest grandparents on record. And Emma, who has long carried a grudge
against the people she thought abandoned her on the side of the road, is
probably not going to have the easiest transition. Sure, she now understands
that her parents tried to give her “the best shot” they could. Still, though,
there’s a lot to be discussed in this new little family. Not only were Snow and
Charming robbed of raising their child, but Emma’s dysfunction led to her
giving up Henry in the first place. Still, it should be emotionally rich -- and hilarious.
1. Who is Henry’s father? Supposedly we’re supposed to find
out who Emma’s rarely mentioned ex is. I think most fans believe it has to be
someone important to Storybrooke. My guess? Baelfire, Rumplestiltskin’s lost
son. When Baelfire disappeared into a realm without magic – leaving his father
lost and full of regret – fans didn’t think this was the last we would see of
the moralistic boy. For a second, it appeared as though August was Baelfire.
Since we now know he’s Pinocchio, though, it seems more likely that we’ll meet
Baelfire this season. Let’s just hope they cast a good actor.
What do you think? Will ‘Once Upon a Time’ live up to the
hype in season two?