The press previews the season 2 premiere, “Broken”
Various news outlets have received a screener of the season 2 premiere from ABC. They are not allowed to reveal much, but here’s what they shared with the fans…
TV Linehas seen the season 2 premiere and has 13 quick observations.
* The premiere starts off in perhaps one of the last locations you would expect, and you’d be hard-pressed to guess which person is in those scenes.
* There’s this.
* “Grandpa?” Yeah, you are so gonna kvell.
* Belle cleans up really, really, really, really well.
* Who are you, Whale? That is an excellent question. In fact… it’s a question asked by one of the main characters.
* Speaking of Dr. Whale: Apparently David never got looped in on the brief little somethin’-somethin’ that Mary Margaret had going with the frisky physician. (We were on a break!) That sets the table for a rather hilarious passing moment.
* Reer! Princess Aurora is more than a little jealous of Mulan’s “loyalty” to Prince Phillip. Also: Aurora and Phillip really like to kiss. Get thee a room!
* You know how the producers always share their zeal for offering a new spin on familiar fairytale characters? In the spirit of that, be patient with the Aurora/Phillip/Mulan storyline….
* There’s a recurring… thing… throughout the episode, that I most likely can’t talk about. But I’ll say this: The special FX involved are extremely cool.
* Why wouldn’t Emma be thrilled to finally find her parents? Stay tuned, because she will tell you exactly why — and I’ll be damned if she doesn’t makes a compelling argument.
* David at one point says, “I know it’s old-fashioned… but so am I.” Ha!
* ABC literally has warned reporters that if we reveal the ending, “Regina will find you and curse you.” So, as much as I fancy an in-person visit from Lana Parrilla — and even though the first OMG! moment takes place a few scenes before what is technically the ending (which itself an OMG! moment) — I must heed their wishes. But wow.
Gather.com has also seen the premiere, and offers 5 other teases
The Charming family reunion has everything—laughter, tears, and drama. While clips have teased that it’s not one big happy reunion, it’s not all tense. Emma does have her reasons for being upset, but there are signs of hope for the future. The “Grandpa?” alone is something to look forward to, as is David’s reaction when he finds out something he didn’t know about what happened between Mary Margaret and a certain someone else in Storybrooke.
Regina locked up. The town is not happy with Regina and she does end up locked up, but that’s not all that’s going on with the Evil Queen in the premiere.
Who is Dr. Whale? Apparently the viewers aren’t the only ones who want to know the answer to that question.
Belle and Mr. Gold. There is plenty going on with those two in the premiere (which fortunately includes getting her some new clothes, which she could definitely use after all this time), and something from the past will show up.
Meanwhile in fairytale land… The premiere spends some time with the Mulan/Aurora/Phillip storyline as well, and after Aurora and Phillip’s kiss-filled reunion, it’s not all happily ever after, as expected after this clip was released.
- There are a lot of really big surprises throughout the episode.
- The Mulan/Phillip/Aurora triangle will be prominent throughout the episode. “It all fits together at the end,” she promises.
- There are a LOT of emotional scenes with our beloved Rumplestiltskin. Several wonderful scenes with Belle, at least 4 very emotional scenes. At the final scene, have your kleenex ready!
- The premiere’s pacing isn’t as breathless as the finale. There are some quiet moments, but there are also scenes where a LOT happens.
- Be on the lookout for the last scene in the first episode — there is a BIG surprise!
Here are 10 teases from Wetpaint.com
- The opening scene will leave you saying “WTF?” in the best way.
- We hope you aren’t attached to meek and mild David (Josh Dallas) and Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), because the Charmings are back to their kickbutt selves.
- Throw away everything you think you know about Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Bolger) and Mulan (Jamie Chung). This is a whole new take on both stories.
- We can pretty much guarantee Regina fans are going to love this episode. So will people who love to hate her.
- If you’re anything like us, guest star Julian Morris will steal your heart as Prince Phillip.
- The Rumbelle scenes hinted at here are everything Belle (Emilie de Ravin)/Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) shippers could want.
- Who is Dr. Whale [David Anders]? isn’t just a question fans are wondering about.
- Someone learns that keeping strictly to the word of a promise isn’t always enough.
- Emma (Jennifer Morrison) will do anything for Henry (Jared Gilmore), and she proves it in a surprising way.
- Choice quote: “The one thing no one can escape: Destiny.”
KSiteTV also has a review here.
TVFanatic.com has this to share:
- The episode opens in a new location, with a new character receiving a mysterious message.
- We then meet three MORE new characters before we’re reunited with any Season 1 favorites.
- Someone comes right out and asks Dr. Whale who he is.
- A fresh fairy tale “character” makes “his” presence strongly felt in Storybrooke. Note the quotation marks.
- Mr. Gold makes a promise to Belle.
- Emma isn’t exactly in the mood to bond with her young parents.
- Henry issues a threat to Regina.
- Emma’s touch proves to be magical.
- Emma and Mary Margaret conclude the episode… together. That’s all we can say about it at the moment.
Zap2it has some more spoilery teases:
- The episode picks up immediately after the purple haze rolls into town. We’re not going to lie — we shed a few tears at the reunions between some of the characters.
- As we saw in a preview clip of the episode, Emma is not ready to deal with her parents just yet. She’s got some issues to work out, while Mary Margaret is trying hard to rein in her over-the-moon-ness at finding her daughter.
- Fairytale Land introduces us to Prince Phillip, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty, pictured above) and Mulan. They fight a soul-sucking Dementor and steal its amulet, which then makes an appearance in Storybrooke. One guess as to who has the magic amulet.
- Best line: “Maybe I don’t need answers. Maybe I just need to punch you in the face.”
- The “Beauty and the Beast” theme between Belle and Mr. Gold continues, which is just lovely.
- And finally, the episode 2 description tells us that David is on quest to find Mary Margaret and Emma. We can’t spoil for you what happens to them, but it’s an awesome set up for episodes to come.
TV Over Mind has another review:
Happy Reunions. As soon as the purple smoke disappears, there’s many happy reunions between old friends, including Snow White and Ruby, and Snow and the dwarves. But, of course, it’s the family reunion that a lot of people have been waiting for, and that doesn’t disappoint. Snow and Charming are so overjoyed to meet Emma as their daughter, with both of them giving into tears as they hug her. And Henry is thrilled to meet his real grandparents. Emma is really the only person not “feeling it”. She says that she just needs time to process everything, but when Snow keeps pushing it in an attempt to reconcile with her daughter, Emma explains her reservations and her parents seem to understand. The relationship shippers should be happy, because Snow and Charming (or David and Mary Margaret) are wonderful together. There’s not a great deal of overt relationship scenes in the episode, but sometimes it’s the little things that count. And the shift between how David and Mary Margaret used to act in season 1 is noticeably different from how they act now that their memories are returned, which is a testament to the actors.
Read the rest of the review here.