Things are changing this season on Once Upon a Time. In the first season we learned that Storybrooke, Maine is filled with characters who had been cursed by the Evil Queen to forget everything and spend eternity in Maine…a fate worse then death. At the end of last season, the curse was lifted, and a purple smoke haze brought magic and memories back, but the inhabitants of Storybrooke were never transported back to their fairy tale world. That is the best that I can do to fill you in because, honestly, this is not a show you can start in the second season. I am not entirely convinced this is a show you should start in the first season, but oh well, here we are.
So the Smoke Monster brought purple magic back to Maine. All the inhabitants remember their past lives and relationships. Apparently there are other characters throughout the country who are also aware that the curse has lifted. But oops, everyone is still stuck in present day. Mr. Gold and Regina are still evil and seem to be battling each other to determine who gets the power — which leads to Mr. Gold sicking a wraith on Regina to suck out her soul and kill her. Because of the many intermingled parent/child relationships in this town, Regina’s life must be spared. She attempts to banish the wraith but accidentally sends Snow White and Emma Swan through the portal into the past.
Past Fairy Tale Time
We meet Sleeping Beauty and Mulan (thanks ABC parent company Disney!), and we learn that when the Evil Queen cursed the land, a tiny corner of it was left untouched. This corner was frozen in time while a darkness has spread across the land. There are also wraiths in this land. At the end of the episode we see Snow and Swan laying in some rubble; it seems they are going to spend a little time in this world.
So, a lot happened this episode. Several new characters were introduced, and it seems we are going to be spending more time in the past fairy tale time.
Random Notes of Whimsy
Mulan: Does it bother anyone else that she is played by a Korean woman? Sure, ABC, just find some random person of Asian descent, and call them Chinese. Mulan is a legendary Chinese heroine. Come on. Racist. Oh, and why does she have a super high hair poof? It looks ridiculous.
Wraith: I understand that JRR Tolkein does not own the rights to all things wraith, but come on, this is a straight up Ringwraith. It is attracted to jewelry and likes to kill. But it also sucks out souls, so maybe it is part Dementor? Copyright, that is all I am saying.
In conclusion, I am glad that Once Upon a Time is mixing things up in the second season, though I am not convinced it deserved a second season. Who knows, maybe Mulan will prove me wrong.