Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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After Emma breaks the curse and everyone regains their memories, Gold brings magic to Storybrooke, and a new danger lurks in the Enchanted Forest.


Ralph Hemecker


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
David Anders ... Dr. Whale
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy
Sarah Bolger ... Princess Aurora
Jamie Chung ... Mulan
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas
Julian Morris ... Prince Phillip
Michael Raymond-James ... Mysterious Man


After Emma breaks the curse and everyone regains their memories, Gold brings magic to Storybrooke, and a new danger lurks in the Enchanted Forest.

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The object/animal/person in this episode is the Wraith. See more »


Gold is sitting at a walker wheel. Walker wheels can only be operated while standing. See more »


[Mary Margaret has fended off a soul-sucking wraith as it attacked Regina]
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Did I...
Regina Mills: ...kill it? No, it's regenerating. It'll be back. It doesn't stop until it devours its prey - me.
Emma Swan: So, how do we kill it?
Regina Mills: There's no way. Can't kill something that's already dead.
Emma Swan: Then we have a problem.
David Nolan: No, we don't. Regina does.
Regina Mills: What?
Mary Margaret Blanchard: David?
Emma Swan: You want to let her die?
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Crazy Credits

The opening sequence shows a wraith. See more »


References Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) See more »


Charley's Girl
Written by Lou Reed (uncredited)
Performed by Lou Reed
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The curse may be broken but the show isn't
8 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

Season 2 gets off to an incredibly strong start with "Broken", a better and more settled season opener than the first season's. It is proof that 'Once Upon a Time' is showing no signs of breaking, and considering the story and the relationships and characters introduced and those from the first season starting to advance it showed signs of getting stronger and stronger.

My only complaints about "Broken" are that to me they could have come up with a more imaginative design for the wraith which looked like it had been lifted out of 'Harry Potter' and Aurora is a bit bland at this point of the season (understandable one would say as she has only been introduced).

Really liked the introduction of the new characters, especially Mulan, and the relationships are showing huge potential like with Mulan and Aurora and Mr Gold and Belle. Also the direction the relationship between Snow and Emma is going.

"Broken's" story has a real sense of both enchantment and danger. The parallel of the two worlds is as ever seamlessly done. A lot is covered and not in a way that feels rushed, while also having time to build upon these different ideas without including extraneous padding scenes. The mystery angle is similarly very compelling.

As to be expected, "Broken" is a very handsomely mounted episode, with settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully and there were some make-up that suited the characters perfectly and pretty good effects work. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Humour, mysterious intrigue, charm and pathos are beautifully balanced, any signs of corniness that crept in here and there in the previous season are nowhere in sight here.

Good acting is also present, particularly Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Ginnifer Goodwin and Jamie Chung. Only Sarah Bolger, and the character doesn't help her, leaves me unsure.

Overall, a fine start for Season 2. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

30 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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