Okay, I started watching Once Upon a Time because I will go wherever a fairy tale is, and I still haven’t gotten over the fact that the 10th Kingdom didn’t get a sequel. Every time I see Scott Cohen on my TV and he doesn’t have a tail I cry a little. However, I was surprised OUAT was at the top of my viewing list this year, at least for one hour shows, because…I don’t actually like it that much. I sat through a lot of the first season wondering why I bothered but I also sat through Beastly, so I’m a huge sucker for this genre.

I finally became more invested in the show when Belle arrived.  Rumpelstiltskin was always interesting but oh my god do I love him and Belle. I spent every episode after her first appearance wishing she would come back and now she’s a series regular. And Red is too! Plus, I have loved the snarly Mr. Sark since I was 15 and I cannot wait to know what fairytale character David Anders plays. Also, Sebastian Stan. So I was very excited for this episode, probably as excited as I was when the pilot aired and OH MY GOD I loved this episode! I’m not sure if everyone is going to be impressed, my mother sure wasn’t, but I will gladly watch this season so far and I’m excited to see where everything is going.

This episode picked up where last season left off with magic returning to Storybooke.  Snow White and David have no problem becoming the Queen and King again as they take charge to calm the town and save Regina’s life.  I loved seeing Snow reunite with the seven dwarfs, and I was liking Mary Margaret and David for the first time in a long time. Maybe this comes from watching too much Doctor Who and loving River Song a ridiculous amount,  but it was really sweet that they barely even blinked at Emma being their child who was now the same age as them and used to gossip about boys with Mary Margaret. And Mary Margaret mentioning her one night stand with Dr. Whale at their little family reunion? Fantastic.  Now that her and Emma are back in the fairytale world I’m looking forward to a badass Snow White again.

I was surprised the fairytale world was still somewhat intact, but I was wondering where the Storybrooke versions of Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, and Hot Prince Philip were at first. That was a Lost like twist to switch up the way the story is told a bit just when you’re getting used to it. It paid off in the end but thought there was too much build up with them before they got to the interesting parts. Also, shallowly, I’m not saying that Hot Prince Philip wasn’t hot, but can Mulan and Sleeping Beauty run off together to sing songs and fight evil doers and maybe make out a bit?

Speaking of things I think are homoerotic, how close were David and Dr. Whale standing while they were fighting over what to do with Regina? I’ve always found David a bit boring, but I was paying attention very closely during their weirdly intimate argument. More of that please. And I’ve heard lots of theories for who Dr. Whale is, my favorite being that he is King Arthur. But I have no idea. What do you all think? (P.S. Sorry, or maybe you’re welcome, but I couldn’t find a better photo and they look so pretty all riled up)

Regina has seemed like a solid villain and she moves the story along, but I don’t care about her character. It never actually seemed like she even liked Henry, she just didn’t want anyone else to be happy. However, she showed real feelings for him in the finale and I liked that she continued to be concerned for him now. The one episode love story wasn’t enough to make her sympathetic to me but trying to get her son back will help. I know fairytales have pretty clear versions of good and evil, but it’s so much more fun when things are muddied and I’m glad that’s finally happening with Regina.

Did I mention that I love Belle and Rumpelstiltskin? I will probably be mentioning it often. He unleashed magic and tried to kill Regina despite his promise not to, and I was so afraid they would crash and burn in just one episode. They are going to be so beautiful and painful throughout the season, and I both can’t wait and already want to cry. I’m not exactly thrilled that she stayed to make him a better man, dream bigger girl, but OUAT has a lot of strong female characters so for now I’m okay with Belle focusing on Rumpelstiltskin.

This episode was pretty fantastic. I had no idea fairytale land was still alive and kicking, I didn’t expect Emma and Mary Margaret to get sent there and this season looks promising.  What did everyone else think? And is there another theory for who the mystery guy in the city was from the beginning of the episode? I was guessing Henry’s father, but I’d like to know if there are different opinions.