It’s a Kind of Magic: ‘Once Upon a Time’ Returns

It may have been relegated to an out-of-the-way corner of Channel 5 for its UK airing, but ABC’s revisionist fairytale series Once Upon A Time was America’s highest rated new drama of last year, and it’s set to return to US screens on Sunday in a puff of magical purple smoke.

In the first season we met stubbornly self-sufficient bail bondswoman Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) as she was sucked into the strange, small-town world of Storybrooke, where every resident is an amnesiac fairytale character trapped by the wicked will of desperate housewitch, and town mayor, Regina (Lana Parrilla). Battling the witch, reviving her dying son with a kiss, and finding out that, as the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, she’s what happens after the Disney films fade to black, it was a busy year for Emma. As we left town in the finale, the curse had been broken and residents were getting their memories—and their magic— back.

So, what happens now? Well, in their time off from helping princesses on with their dresses for the ball, some little birds tell me that, although part of the curse has been broken, the residents of Storybrooke still don’t get to go home. A township full of angry fairytales with two separate sets of memories in their heads versus one evil queen is going to make for a difficult confrontation as Regina tests her magic against the masses. Meanwhile, after leaning how to be a parent herself last season, now Emma gets her first experience of being parented, as the Charmings have a family reunion. Rumour has it that she might be making up for missing out on those angsty teenage years.

The ABC show will be continuing its first season technique of splitting the action between fairytale flashbacks and the ‘real world’, and promises more details on returning characters such as Sebastian Stan’s Mad Hatter, returning for a three episode arc, and new season regulars Big Bad Wolf Ruby (Meghan Ory), and Belle (Emile de Ravin). We’ll also be meeting some new tales: sources report Princess Aurora and Mulan putting in appearances in the very first episode, and the trailer for the season shows glimpses of a very wicked looking Hook…

For those of us in the UK hoping for some juicy spoilers, and willing to lose sleep to get them, the show’s Snow White, Ginnifer Goodwin, will be livetweeting the first episode, so log on to @ginnygoodwin this Sunday/Monday night at 1am and again at 3am (if you’re extra devoted).


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