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Once Upon a Time: Season 2 (2012-2013)




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The second series of this fantasy drama picks up with the townsfolk of Storybrooke remembering their fairy-tale identities and magic arriving in town. Soon after the Charming family reunite, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) go through a portal and land in the devastated remains of the fairy-tale world, populated by people who were spared from the curse. Desperate to return home to Henry (Jared Gilmore) and David (Josh Dallas), Emma and Mary Margaret team up with the shifty pirate Hook (Colin O'Donoghue), who wants to get to Storybrooke to seek vengeance on Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle). But Hook also has a secret alignment with the powerful Cora (Barbara Hershey), who's determined to get to Storybrooke to reunite with her daughter Regina (Lana Parrilla). Throughout the series, Storybrooke proves to be a popular destination and sees its fair share of visitors, including a man from Emma's past (Michael Raymond-James) and a mysterious car-accident victim (Ethan Embry).


Ginnifer Goodwin
as Snow White/Mary Margaret
Robert Carlyle
as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
Lana Parrilla
as Evil Queen/Regina
Jared S. Gilmore
as Henry Mills
Joshua Dallas
as Prince Charming/David
Josh Dallas
as Prince Charming/David
Meghan Ory
as Red Riding Hood/Ruby
Colin O'Donoghue
as Killian Jones
Raphael Sbarge
as Jiminy Cricket/Archie
Lee Arenberg
as Leroy/Grumpy
Keegan Connor Tracy
as Mother Superior/Blue Fairy
Sebastian Stan
as Jefferson
Alan Dale
as King George
Bailee Madison
as Young Snow White
Eion Bailey
as August W. Booth
Ethan Embry
as Outsider
Faustino Di Bauda
as Walter/Sleepy
Mig Macario
as Bashful
Richard Schiff
as Dopey, King Leopold
David Anders
as Dr. Whale
Tony Amendola
as Marco/Geppetto
Gabe Khouth
as Mr. Clark/Sneezy
Tony Perez
as Valet/Father
Dylan Schmid
as Young Baelfire
Yurij Kis
as Assistant
Julian Morris
as Prince Phillip
Jamie Dornan
as Sheriff Graham/Huntsman
Rose McGowan
as Young Cora
Jakob Davies
as Young Pinocchio
Michael Raymond-Jones
as Mysterious Man
Paul Lazenby
as Black Knight No. 1
Joaquim de Almeida
as King Xavier
Lesley Nicol
as Johanna
Nelson Wong
as Paramedic No. 1
Brighid Fleming
as Little Girl
Eva Allan
as Princess Eva
Janet Pinnick
as Nurse No. 1
Sinqua Walls
as Lancelot
Michael Soltis
as Black Knight
Ingrid Torrance
as Nurse Ratched
Gregory Itzin
as Alphonse
Zak Santiago
as Prince Henry
Duncan Ollerenshaw
as Royal Doctor
Sebastian Wilkinson
as Young Baelfire
Fane Tse
as Customer
Chad Collins
as Gerhardt
Max Montesi
as Peasant Boy
Freya Tingley
as Wendy Darling
Primo Allon
as Gadling
Benjamin Cook
as Michael Darling
Bri Neal
as Peasant Girl
Steve Makaj
as Captain
Rick Tae
as Doctor
William Ainscough
as John Darling
Ian Harmon
as Sentry
Paul McGillion
as Knave of Hearts
William Phillips
as Peasant Man
Rondel Reynoldson
as Village Woman
Andrew Airlie
as George Darling
Eric Keenleyside
as Moe/Sir Maurice
Toby Levins
as Sergeant
Tom Ellis
as Thief
Scott McAdam
as Orderly
Harold Davies
as Fisherman
Karin Inghammar
as Mary Darling
Aaron Brooks
as Soldier
Tzi Ma
as The Dragon
Chelsea Turner
as Tavern Waitress
Jason Cermak
as Black Knight No. 1
Chad Riley
as Black Knight No. 2
Wil Traval
as Sheriff/Keith
Ryan Hesp
as Quartermaster
Todd Thomson
as Business Man
Byron Bertram
as TSA agent
Alex Barima
as Twin One
Eva Bourne
as Princess Eva
David Nykl
as Fisherman
Charles Edward Bae
as Lord from Far Away Land
Cody Green
as Dancer
Nick Hunnings
as Prison Guard
Anthony Welch
as Royal Archer
Victor Formosa
as Construction Worker
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time: Season 2

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It's nice to have Emma front and centre again after all that "I will always find you" happening in Season 2.

October 10, 2013 | Full Review…

This series is strongest when it wears its heart on its sleeve, and I am a sucker for heart.

October 30, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…

I was happy to return to Storybrooke.

November 7, 2012 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

There are lots of reasons to tune in for more Once Upon a Time this season.

November 7, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

By accepting its fantastic nature and going completely wild, Once Upon A Time has renewed energy going forward; it's not Lost nor Fables, and it finally feels like this show is living up to its unique potential.

November 7, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The way the lands eventually intersect makes for a nifty cliffhanger.

November 7, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time: Season 2


Season 2 of Once Upon a Time proves to have a bit of magic, but it's not as focused as Season 1. Jumping the shark from the get go, the series violates its premise by introducing historical figures into the mix, which creates an uneven tone. The series also weakens its storytelling ability by breaking up the main cast into two separate plot lines. Yet, overall the season follows the residents of Storybrooke, who have regained their fairy tale identities (with the breaking of the curse) but remain trapped within the city limits, and must face new villains that threaten to destroy them. It's not a bad story arc, but the execution is hit and miss. Still, a host of new and exciting characters, including Sleeping Beauty, Captain Hook, and Dr. Frankenstein, are introduced. It takes a while, but eventually the second season of Once Upon a Time gets back to the compelling storytelling and action packed adventures that made the show a hit.


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