Once Upon A Time returns Sunday night!
Before we rejoin the Charmings and their foes on the quest to save Henry from the clutches of Peter Pan, this might be the perfect time to review several episodes whose aftermaths will be felt throughout the upcoming season.
“The Queen of Hearts”
At the end of the first half of Once’s sophomore season, viewers learned that Regina’s devious mother, Cora, ruled Wonderland as the Queen of Hearts. With Captain Hook’s help, she returned to the Enchanted Forest to reunite with hopes to reunite with her estranged daughter. However, Regina’s curse was coming and the villains had to create an impromptu solution: wait 28 years to go to the real world to reunite with Regina.
It looked like Cora was going to have a chance to reunite with her daughter after all…until Emma and Snow arrived in the Enchanted Forest accidentally. Throughout the first half of the season, the mother-daughter duo raced against Cora and Hook to find a way to get back to Storybrooke. After a massive fight, the latter two were able to defeat the villains and reunited with their loved ones. But Hook used a magic bean to transport the dastardly duo to the real world. By having Cora and Hook open a portal to the real world, this meant that any omnipotent being from any realm could come to visit or raise havoc on the planet.
“In the Name of the Brother”
While this episode focuses on Dr. Whale (Dr. Viktor Frankenstein) and the origin of his monster, “In the Name of the Brother” showcased the beginning of the hard decisions that the crew had to make. For instance, when an outsider (Greg Mendell) all of the sudden showed up in Storybrooke…the main characters questioned how Mendell’s arrival would have on their community and if they should kill him to preserve the town.
While they did not choose to kill him, it allowed Greg Mendell to begin his plot to wipe out Storybrooke and his plan to rescue his father. Meanwhile, the episode also contained Regina’s reunion with her mother and Mr. Gold dealing with an amnesiac Belle. Both of these events brought both the show’s main antagonists closer to the edge.
In this crucial episode, we finally learn the identity of Henry’s father—-Neal Cassidy, who was revealed to be Rumpleskiltskin’s long-lost and bitter son Baefire. This revelation complicated the Charming family tree as Henry was revealed to be Mr. Gold’s grandson, Regina’s adoptive son/step-great-grandson and Cora’s adoptive grandson/step-great-great-grandson. “Manhattan” showed that Neal and Mr. Gold were estranged and started a rift between Henry and Emma as the latter hid the truth from multiple parties.
“The Miller’s Daughter”
Viewers got to learn how Cora met Rumpelstiltskin and how the Dark One was crucial in the development of Cora’s social status and ability to use magic. Unfortunately, this episode also marked the final time viewers were able to see Cora in action after she was accidentally killed in the last minutes of the episode. The culprit behind this was Snow as Mr. Gold influenced her to use dark magic to get rid of Cora. Not only did Snow briefly turn to the dark side, but it also set the Snow-Regina relations back to the Stone Age.
“Welcome to Storybrooke”
Greg Mendell came to Storybrooke during its early days with his father. Unfortunately, their arrival made Regina curious and she soon bonded with them. However, while Greg wanted to stay…his father wanted to leave. Regina was furious with their decision and used Sheriff Graham to hunt them down. While Greg was able to escape, his father faced Regina’s wrath alone. Greg returned to Storybrooke to find his father and wipe the town off the face of the Earth.
“Second Star to the Right”/”And Straight On ‘til Morning”
The final two episodes of Once Upon A Time: Season Two showcased Neal’s Neverland connections and past with Captain Hook. In addition, we also saw Greg enact his revenge on Regina by first torturing her and setting off her doomsday device: a black diamond with the power of wiping out Storybrooke. While the Charmings were able to stop him, he kidnapped the heart of Storybrooke: Henry and took him to Neverland.
Will the Charmings and their unlikely allies save Henry from certain doom?
Tune in this Sunday to see what excitement and danger await the Charmings and their allies in Neverland.