Last week, Once Upon a Time came back with a bang. The events from the premiere left the Once world completely changed. Unsurprisingly (but a little disappointingly), this forced a lot of clean-up in the follow-up episode, “We Are Both.” The confusion in Storybrooke bogs the story down, but flashbacks to Regina’s past is its saving grace.
Once certainly has a lot of magical balls in the air, and I worry that this juggling act could lead to important questions not getting answered or, worse, being replaced by more and more questions. (Nobody wants the whole Lost connection to go too far, after all.) Thankfully, a resonant theme about parental control and some great acting by Lana Parilla’s hair helped things from getting too tangled tonight. We can only hope future weeks turn out the same way.
The episode opened with Storybrooke in shambles and people looking for lost loved ones. A brief glimpse of Pinocchio showed that he had become all wood, but was able to blink. His father was posting a photo of him on the town bulletin board as Red was trying to organize a crisis center that had been created. Charming tried to get Regina to tell him about the hat’s portal that took his wife and daughter and Regina claimed she knew nothing of the hat. I can’t decide if she really did forget about Jefferson or if she is just playing dumb to Charming.
As Prince Charming, David attempts to step up to the plate and calm the people down, yet struggles, admitting that he’s used to the fighting – Snow would do the talking. He can wield a sword confidently and threaten Regina, but he’s lost without Snow. So it was pleasing that by the end of the instalment, clichéd as his inspirational speech was, he managed to win them over and assume the role as de facto leader.
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