‘Once’ recap: the curse may be broken but there are no happy endings in Storybrooke
When the curse was broken and all the fairytale characters remembered their true identities on the Season 1 finale of “Once Upon a Time,” all seemed right in Storybrooke.
David and Mary Margaret realized they were really Prince Charming and Snow White and that their daughter was Emma Swan. Even Mr. Gold found happiness by being reunited with his true love, Belle, who had been locked away by Regina for the past 28 years.
But in the premiere episode of Season 2, any happy endings were again shattered when Emma and Mary Margaret found themselves trapped in fairytale land, leaving David, Henry and Regina at a loss as to how to get them back.
In the Season 1 finale, Emma broke the curse when she kissed the forehead of her son Henry, who had just died in the hospital after eating a poisonous apple. This act of love brought Henry back to life and restored the identities of all the fairytale characters (and as this happened, a mysterious purple haze filled the land).
“She did it,” Henry says to David and Mary Margaret. “She saved you.”
“She saved all of us,” says David.
“Then why are we still here?” asks Leroy, one of the Dwarves.
Uh, good question.
“Magic,” says the Blue Fairy, now absent of her wand and fairy dust.
This “magic” is, in fact, the doing of Mr. Gold (a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin), who summons a wraith to take Regina’s soul (he’s trying to punish her for locking up his true love). But before it can complete the job, she is saved by Emma, David and Mary Margaret.
To try and banish this demon ghost figure to what they think is a fairytale land that no longer exists, the three collect the Mad Hatter’s hat, which Regina stole. It works, but while the wraith is being sucked into the portal, Emma also gets pulled down and Mary Margaret jumps in after her, leaving David, Henry and Regina wondering how they’re going to get them back.
We now have Henry, who doesn’t want anything to do with his adopted mother Regina (unless she can get his real mother Emma back) living with his “grandpa” David, who also just found out he is not really the son of a king, but of a shepherd.
At least they will have someone to talk to about their family woes.
The premiere episode also introduced some new characters who managed to survive in fairytale land – Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip (who has since been killed by the wraith) and Mulan.
As they mourn for the prince, they discover Emma and Mary Margaret underneath a pile of rubble and assume they are the reason the wraith was summoned and the prince died.
So if Emma and Mary Margaret do wake up, they will have to prove to Princess Aurora and Mulan they come in peace.
They will also have to find some peace in their own relationship as Emma seems none too happy her parents abandoned her all those years ago.
Mary Margaret tries to tell her they did so to give her the best chance to survive.
“But we would’ve been together. Which curse is worse?” replies Emma.
The curse may be broken but it sounds like the real trouble is just beginning.
“Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.