by Sherry Lipp
One of the aspects about Once Upon a Time I liked best was seeing the characters from the fairytale world living normal lives in the real world. It was fun to see how their characteristics were adapted to normal people. I thought the writing was very clever, particularly for characters like Dr. Hopper/Jiminy Cricket. Now that the spell has been broken, and everyone knows who they are, it seems like the whole concept for the show has been turned upside down.
I am unsure what direction the show will take now that we are not bouncing back and forth between the past and present. I do like that there was an area of the fairytale world that was not affected by the curse in the same way. Those people were frozen for the 28 years back there, also waiting for the spell to be broken. However, I found the bounce back to them to be jarring. Without corresponding characters in Storybrooke, the Mulan (Jamie Chung)/Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Bolger) storyline felt out of place. I was more interested in seeing what was going on in Storybrooke, and found myself disengaged somewhat from the other storyline.
I did find the mystery man at the beginning of the episode intriguing. Who is he? Who sent him the postcard? What is his relationship to Storybrooke? At least he has great taste in music, with “Charley’s Girl” by Lou Reed playing on his iPod. If I had to take a wild guess, I would say maybe the man could be Rumplestiltskin’s son. That story was left up in the air last season. It was probably my favorite storyline, and I hope they go back to it. I still find Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) to be the most interesting aspect of the show. I’m curious to know what he is planning for everyone in Storybrooke. Along with Regina (Lana Parilla), they are the only ones who seem to be able to work any magic in the real realm, though (as Rumple says) “it works a little differently.” I’m also looking forward to what Regina does now that everyone knows who she is and that she has formed an uneasy alliance with Emma (Jennifer Morrison).
This episode was a very brief setup of a lot of different storylines. The drama between Mary Margaret/Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David Nolan/Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) has subsided now that they are together. They were pretty much on the sidelines this episode, as was Emma, until the very end. Overall, to be quite honest, I had some mixed feelings about this episode because I’m really unsure what direction the show is heading. It will take a bit of adjusting to get used to the new characters since I’m currently more interested in the already-established ones.