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.

Director:

Ralph Hemecker

Writers:

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The blouse that 'present day' Regina wears is the same one Henry "borrowed" for Emma shortly after her arrival in Storybrooke in season 1. See more »

Quotes

Emma Swan: What was the purple haze that you brought?
Mr. Gold: You know. Magic!
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Why?
Mr. Gold: Not telling.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Charley's Girl
Written by Lou Reed (uncredited)
Performed by Lou Reed
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A terrific season starter and an improvement over Season 1's first episode

I really liked the first season of Once Upon a Time. The first half did had some clichéd and corny moments, but the storylines were impressive, the concept of blending the fantasy with reality is unique and as some of the later episodes got progressively better, the characters really grew on you. So, after having watched the second half of the first season on DVD I checked out from the library before I watched the first half on my computer back at 2014, I saw the second season, hoping it would live up to my expectations. To my surprise, it did.

The story continues to be very gripping. Not only does it continue the cliffhanger the 1st season left, but it also progresses the character depth without any padding. Emma, Mary Margaret (Snow White), David (Prince Charming), Henry, the rest of the Storybrooke characters including the seven dwarfs, Red, Granny, Archie, and Leroy (Grumpy), are still as endearing as ever. The writing is engaging, emotional, and suspenseful especially the scene where Emma, Regina, Snow White, and Charming encounter a wraith (which looks like one of the leftover wraiths from Harry Potter, which felt weird to me) before Emma and Snow White get transported to the Enchanted Forest from Mad Hatter's hat. The pacing is exquisite and never drags, the directing is superb, the editing is solid, and Mark Isham continues to shine in his musical score that is both haunting, dramatic, and full of suspense.

My only disappointment with this episode is that while Jamie Chung and Julian Morris do respectable jobs as Mulan and Prince Phillip (along with their solid introductions), Sarah Bolger's performance as Aurora was... meh. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't perfect either. At least her character introduction was good too. So, overall, "Broken" is a terrific season starter and an improvement over Season 1's first episode, which, while not excellent, was still a good introduction. Thumbs up! :)


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