T.V. Series Review: Once Upon a Time Season 2

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Once Upon a Time Season 2 Summary

The second season of the ABC television series Once Upon a Time was announced on May 10, 2012. It premiered on September 30, 2012 and concluded on May 12, 2013. 

The season’s plot follows the introduction of magic by Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold into Storybrooke, leaving the fate of both the real world and the Fairytale Land that was intertwined, resulting in new threats emerging. Furthermore, Rumplestiltskin locates his son, only to find he is Henry Mills’ father, and outsiders Greg Mendell and a woman named Tamara arrive in Storybrooke with the intention to remove magic and the town. They eventually fail to destroy Storybrooke, though they kidnap Henry and take him to Neverland to the unknown Peter Pan, leading the main characters to follow them to retrieve him, setting the premise for the third season. New characters introduced in the season include Baelfire (the son of Rumplestiltskin) under his new alias Neal Cassidy – who is also the father of Henry Mills – Captain Killian “Hook” Jones, Princess Aurora, Mulan, Prince Phillip, Robin Hood, and the Darling Family.

Season 2, Episode 1: Broken

Emma tries to help her family maneuver past the consequences of magic in Our World, and Gold’s plan to exact vengeance against Regina threatens to jeopardize his standing with Belle. Meanwhile, a series of events are revealed in which a young princess becomes caught in the middle of a dangerous quest that pits her true love and his enigmatic traveling companion against a sinister creature out for blood.

Season 2, Episode 2: We are Both

Regina searches for a way to regain her powers, and David struggles to maintain order after learning what happens when someone crosses the town line. Meanwhile, flashbacks show Regina meeting Rumplestiltskin for the first time.

Season 2, Episode 3: Lady of the Lake

Emma and Mary Margaret, with the help of Mulan, Princess Aurora, and Sir Lancelot, look for the magical wardrobe that sent Emma to Storybrooke, hoping that it has enough magic to do the same for them. In the Enchanted Forest’s past, King George curses Snow White on the eve of meeting Prince Charming’s mother.

Season 2, Episode 4: The Crocodile

Mr. Gold must change his ways of using magic to destroy people, or face the threat of Belle leaving him. After Belle talks to Ruby, she finds that she could be of some help to the library and sets off to see if she can work there, only to be kidnapped by her father. Mr. Gold, Ruby, and David go on a search for Belle, finding out that her father sent her into the mines so that she would cross the border of Storybrooke underground and because of that forget everything about her life in the Enchanted Forest. In flashbacks, Rumplestiltskin loses his wife to Killian Jones (Captain Hook) and his pirates.

Season 2, Episode 5: The Doctor

Regina goes to Dr. Hopper to see if he can help her to not use magic anymore, so that she can get Henry back. Later on in the night she sees her old fiance, Daniel, while driving home. She goes to see Dr. Whale only to find him having been attacked, who then says that he brought Daniel back from the dead, but he is a monster. David decides that Henry should learn how to ride a horse, but soon fears for Henry’s life when he and Regina find out that Daniel has gone to the stables. After Regina talks to David, Daniel tells her that she needs to let him go, and Regina removes the preservation spell, destroying his body. After returning to the refugee camp, Emma, Snow, Aurora, and Mulan find only one man is left alive, and he turns out to be Captain Hook. After he tells them Cora’s plan, they set out to find another way home. In the past, Jefferson brokers a deal between Rumplestiltskin and Victor Frankenstein.

Season 2, Episode 6: Tallahassee

Emma follows Hook up a treacherous beanstalk in the hopes of finding a source of power that could bring both her and Mary Margaret back to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, the events surrounding Emma’s teenage years are revealed, along with an unexpected encounter involving a thief who wants to make an honest woman out of her.

Season 2, Episode 7: Child of the Moon

Ruby is accused of murdering someone. In flashbacks, Red Riding Hood finds a pack of wolves led by she-wolf Anita, who insists she is Red’s mother, and that she can help her remember what she does when she turns into a wolf.

Season 2, Episode 8: Into the Deep

After Cora finds Captain Hook, she decides she won’t be taking him to Storybrooke when she gets the compass back from Snow White. Mulan begins to worry about Aurora when she finds that Aurora has burns on her hand from the fiery room. Mr. Gold, David, and Regina work to make sure that Henry makes it safe back and forth between the worlds. David decides that he is going to go under the sleeping spell to go to the fiery room because of the danger. Cora kidnaps Aurora in an effort to get the compass. Mulan and Emma then send Snow into the fiery room, finding out the way to defeat Cora is hidden in the room they locked Rumplestiltskin in years ago. Captain Hook sets Aurora free to show Emma that she should have trusted him, only for him to take Aurora’s heart to convince Cora to take him to Storybrooke with her. Cora uses Aurora’s heart to trick Emma, Snow White, and Mulan into believing that Aurora’s fine and to find out where they are going. David gets stuck in the Netherworld when Snow isn’t able to kiss him to break the curse.

Season 2, Episode 9: Queen of Hearts

Regina and Mr. Gold agree that they should destroy anyone who comes through the portal, even if it’s Emma and Snow White. Ruby and Leroy get angry when they find that Regina and Mr. Gold took the diamonds from the mines, so Henry and Ruby set off to stop them from destroying Emma and Mary Margaret. Cora and Hook face off with Mary Margaret and Emma for the compass, while the events of how Cora and Hook met are revealed.

Season 2, Episode 10: The Cricket Game

Cora frames Regina for a murder, while in the past, Snow and Charming decide to kill the queen.

Season 2, Episode 11: The Outsider

Belle meets Hook, while the events of Belle’s capture by the queen are revealed.

Season 2, Episode 12: In the Name of the Brother

Dr. Whale goes missing when he has to save the stranger’s life; Cora reunites with Regina; and in the past, Victor Frankenstein resurrects his brother.

Season 2, Episode 13: Tiny

The giant shows up in Storybrooke; Mr. Gold, Emma, and Henry go to the airport; and in the past, the giant meets Charming’s brother and Jack.

Season 2, Episode 14: Manhattan

Emma learns that Neal is Rumplestiltskin’s son; Cora, Regina, and Hook look for the dagger; and in the past Rumplestiltskin realizes his destiny.

Season 2, Episode 15: The Queen is Dead

Mary Margaret learns that Cora and Regina are looking for the dagger; Hook stabs Mr. Gold with his hook; and in the past Snow White’s mother dies.

Season 2. Episode 16: The Miller’s Daughter

Emma, David, Neal, and Mary Margaret have to protect Mr. Gold from Cora; and in the past Cora meets Rumplestiltskin.

Season 2, Episode 17: Welcome to Storybrooke

Regina decides to get revenge on Mary Margaret; and in the past Regina meets a little boy and his father.

Season 2, Episode 18: Selfless, Brave and True

Mary Margaret stumbles upon August who is now a living puppet; Neal invites his fiance to Storybrooke; and in the past August meets Tamara.

Season 2, Episode 19: Lacey

Mr. Gold enlists the help of David to help him try to jog Belle’s now cursed memories and get her to love him again. Meanwhile, in the Fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin forces Belle to accompany him on a hunt to kill a thief.

Season 2, Episode 20: The Evil Queen

With the help of Hook, Regina attempts to put a plan in motion that will help transport herself and Henry back to the Enchanted Forest, while Emma’s suspicions about Tamara grows. Meanwhile, in the Enchanted Forest that was, the Evil Queen asks Rumplestiltskin to transform her into an unrecognizable peasant in order to kill an unsuspecting Snow White.

Season 2, Episode 21: Second Star to the Right

Emma, Mary Margaret, and David go in search of Regina when they discover that she, along with some magic beans, has gone missing. But against Neal’s protests, Emma still believes that Tamara had something to do with Regina’s disappearance. Meanwhile, in the past, young Baelfire finds himself back in 19th century London and is taken in by the Darling family, befriending their daughter Wendy.

Season 2, Episode 22: And Straight on ’til Morning

Greg and Tamara plan to destroy Storybrooke, so Emma, Regina, Mary Margaret, David, Henry, and Hook have to stop them. Meanwhile, in the past, Hook meets Baelfire.

Once Upon a Time Season 2 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Back for another season, Regina’s curse is finally broken as another one is cast. Everyone remembers who they were in the fairytale world but they are still stuck in Storybrooke, Maine. If you have season 1, you need to continue watching to understand. It is a great timeline/universe Disney did for adults but absolutely okay for children to watch. Be sure to join our newsletter for more reviews, and exclusive content.

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