“Welcome to Storybrooke” initial reactions – ONCE089

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How did everyone get here? We see an unexpected backstory,  the emptiness of revenge, and the darkness of hearts.

These are just our first thoughts about this Once Upon a Time episode. We’ll share more about “Welcome to Storybrooke” in our upcoming full episode live on Wednesday, March 20, at 8:30 p.m. (EDT/GMT-4).

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Emma, David and Mr. Gold must protect Mary Margaret against Regina, who is out for revenge and has made it her mission to kill Mary; and Henry, fed up with all of the feuding, devises a plan to put an end to magic. Meanwhile, Regina discovers that a father and son have somehow found their way into her allegedly undetectable town as she and the fairytale characters deal with the effects of the newly cast curse 28 years prior.

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Initial reactions

Some of our interesting discussion points (in no particular order):

  • We had hoped to see Storybrooke’s creation for a long time (we think since the first season)! We now know it was created in 1983.
  • We immediately suspected that Kurt Flynn’s son, Owen, was Gregory Mendell.
  • Storybrooke’s pre-Emma days seemed like Groundhog Day over, and over, and over again. Ever repeating many of the same things we say in Once Upon a Time’s pilot episode.
  • Regina found the “curse of the empty-hearted” to make someone think they love you.
  • We were thrilled to see Sheriff Graham and Billy (Gus Gus) again!
  • There were a couple Star Wars references. Tron was also referenced with the name “Flynn” and a computer sign that included the company name “Encom.”
  • Henry raised the question of whether magic can be destroyed or even removed from Storybrooke. We wondered if Storybrooke would move if Henry had ignited the dynamite in the well.
  • Was Storybrooke invisible to all outsiders?
  • Regina finally has Snow’s heart, but there’s darkness in it. Will Snow really turn as evil as the one she killed (as Rumplestiltskin had foretold in “Heart of Darkness”)?
  • Kurt and Owen were the ones who inspired Regina to search for a son to adopt.

We gave everything a brief overview and would love to hear your thoughts!

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  • http://danieljohnsonjr.com/ danieljohnsonjr

    I concur. I found a “Groundhog Day” feel to Storybrooke’s pre-Emma days. I almost expected to see Stephen Toblowsky come out and say, “Phil? Phil Conners?”

    So odd that people outside of Storybrooke cannot see it. It makes me wonder how Flynn and Owen were able to see it. Also whatever happened to Flynn?

    • http://www.facebook.com/djfirewolf Cole Ruffalo

      If they were camping near the Toll/Troll Bridge, I think they were already inside the town line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuciferTheMorningStar Jeff Key

    I think Flynn and Owen were in the forest of Storybrooke when the town came into being and therefore were able to go into the town proper, where as the cops were not in the forest of the town and once Owen left town he couldn’t find it again

  • Mike

    I’m pretty sure Rumple/Gold DID always know. But why would he let Regina know that? He has nothing to gain from her knowing that he remembers.

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      Actually, the writers and now the show itself have confirmed that he didn’t know. Remember the scroll with “Emma Emma Emma” all over it? Rumple needed the name to stick. Why? Because that was his wake-up call in the pilot episode when he met Emma at Granny’s. It was after this that he started using “please” on Regina.

      The writers have also confirmed that he didn’t wake up until he heard Emma’s name.

      • Ivy

        Wow that is very awesome it would have never occur to me that he woke up right after he met Emma but makes a lot of sense, awesome!

  • Don

    Owen had a “Star Wars Return of the Jedi” Blanket at the beginning

  • http://www.facebook.com/djfirewolf Cole Ruffalo

    I like the idea of the days repeating, but having slight differences each time, and the fact that Emma deciding to stay caused them to finally start a second day. I can only imagine what Henry was doing for 10 years of the same day of school. Also, there was no mention of the storybook!
    – DJ Firewolf

  • ivy

    About the days repeating thing, I think that only Regina could very well change them slightly to her desire like being inside a game but knowing its every detail, until Emma came then every thing started to take a bit of movement of its own