Once Upon a Time: Welcome to Storybrooke (217)

Sheriff Graham returns to Storybrooke.  But only for a week.

Hello, handsome. Nice to see you and your sweater vest again.

There were so many things to like about this episode.  The return of Sheriff Graham—although he was reduced to barely nothing more than Regina’s slave.  The nod to Groundhog Day.   The “original” Ruby—although non-slutty Ruby can still rock shiny red leather skinny pants.  And other characters we’ve missed recently, including Marco/Geppetto, Archie/Jiminy, and Granny/Granny.

Of course, the best part of the episode was the tale of Storybrooke’s creation.  I’d wondered how come Storybrooke never had any visitors, even though it sat in the middle of scenic Maine, however rural and rustic it be.   Thank you, show, for the awesome reveal.

[I spent some time last night thinking about the possible inconsistency of seeing/not seeing Storybrooke.  How could Owen and his dad see Storybrooke the morning after the storm  when Owen and the state troopers couldn’t?  How could Greg Mendel have crossed over into Storybrooke if nothing was visible from the outside?  Simple!  Owen and Curt had been camping inside what became Storybrooke’s city limits.  The night Greg drove into Storybrooke, Gold had already stepped across the city limits and was talking to Belle.  The barrier was broken.  See?  Easy!  The bigger queston is why Owen Flynn changed his name to Greg Mendel.  Adopted?]

Given all this, and the reveal of visitor Greg Mendel’s true identity, I should have enjoyed this episode more than I did.

This episode gets 3 stars.But now we’re back to vengeful Regina.  Yawn.  Does this mean the attempt to make Regina “nice” failed?  Or was this the intention all along?  I like it when Regina, and Gold for that matter, are conflicted and multidimensional. It’s more interesting and more dramatic than pure evil against pure good.

I like it when Mary Margaret/Snow White is feisty.  I don’t like near-catatonic Snow.  Nor do I like Snow’s heart having a dark spot that will supposedly only grow.  What about redemption?  Isn’t that a part of Storybrooke or Fairy Tale Land?

So, after a run of really excellent episodes, this one only gets 3 (out of 5) stars.


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