Once Upon A Time season 2 episode 3 review: Lady Of The Lake

Review Kylie Peters 16 Oct 2012 - 07:36

Once Upon A Time is still getting over its sophomore jitters in episode three of the second season. Here's Kylie's review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.3 Lady Of The Lake

It’s ladies’ night in the Enchanted Forest as Once Upon a Time leaves Storybrooke to follow Emma and Snow on their search for the magic wardrobe that they hope will take them back to Maine. Meanwhile in the Enchanted Forest Past, King George curses Snow so that she becomes sterile, and Snow, Charming, and Lancelot seek water from Lake Nostos to cure Charming’s mother of a poisoned arrow. 

Lady of the Lake has a few standout moments in what is otherwise a mediocre episode. It’s odd that this week’s Enchanted Forest-based offering should be so much less engaging than last week’s Storybrooke-based episode after a first season defined by its fairy tale flashbacks. This season’s fairy tale plotlines just don’t have the same heart as the Storybrooke one does. OUaT shines when it focuses on individual characters’ stories and struggles, so perhaps it’s being bogged down by the introduction of a new world and characters.      

It would help if those new characters were worth a closer look, but frankly, they aren’t. Mulan remains stodgy and boring, but even that is better than the woefully inconsistent Aurora. Are you a prissy damsel or a vengeful fighter? Make up your mind, girl! (And quit complaining about being cold when you’re the one who decided to wear that stupid dress-and-shawl thing!) New arrival Lancelot is bland and disappointing. Luckily, he turns out to actually be Cora in a magical disguise. 

On the positive side, the flashbacks feature some touching moments between Charming’s mother and Snow. I liked Charming’s mum last season and am glad to learn that he got to see her again after becoming prince. Her excitement over Snow is cute, and the scene where she witnesses their wedding on her death bed (er, death cart) is bittersweet. Yet again, an OUaT parent makes a great sacrifice for the good of her child. 

That theme carries over into a fabulous scene in the Enchanted Forest Present plotline, when Snow shows Emma her ruined nursery and a glimpse of the life she wanted for her child. Emma finally sees how painful it was for Snow to give her up, and after so much time struggling with abandonment issues, they have a satisfying reconciliation. 

Other than those, the episode’s best moments come from its brief forays back into Storybrooke. Henry has an adorable sparring match with Charming and an adorable conversation with Jefferson and spends all the rest of his screen time also being adorable. That being said, he’s a stinker for asking Regina to lunch and then stealing her keys when she goes out; she was so excited when she thought he wanted to spend time with her. (This sympathetic moment for an otherwise inactive Regina seems to be another sign that Cora is about to supplant Regina as OUaT’s Big Bad.) And of course, Jefferson’s long-awaited reunion with his daughter Grace is super sweet. 

Next week is the much-hyped arrival of Captain Hook, who wears more eyeliner than a Vogue model and is more despicable and evil than Rumplestiltskin, according to the preview (which is weird because I didn’t think Rumple was necessarily evil before the commercial told me he is). 

Despite the show’s recent losing streak with new characters, Hook seems promising and it’s hard to go wrong with pirates. 

This week’s episode reminded me of the season premiere in that it lacked a real connection with any of its characters beyond a few notable scenes. Those scenes, though, promised that the series’ old magic is not lost.  Every show has its off-weeks, and I suspect that OUaT will work through its sophomore jitters given a little time.

Read Kylie's review of last week's episode, We Are Both, here.

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Is anyone else wondering where Lancelot's version of King Arthur thinks he's King of? He's going to get a shock if he ever gets to the real world.


Well, no one else is really watching this show, so no.

So with the addition of the Arthurian legend to the show, that makes FIVE kings in Fairytale Land (King Arthur, King George, King Leopold, King Midas and Prince Thomas' father). There has to be a couple more because Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip have to be princes of SOMEWHERE and Maleficient has her own castle, so maybe she has a hubby too. They should really start explaining all of this.

It would make sense for them to start mapping out the geography of this world and the locations of these kingdoms. The genie mentioned in an earlier episode that he is from Agrabah, so Aladin must be ruling his kingdom elsewhere as well.

They should go crazy and map out 8 continents. The 1st one is the largest continent and is divided into seven kingdoms (six of which are Arthur's, George's, Leopold's, Midas', Thomas' and Phillip's). The 2nd one is smaller, but it is culturally an extension of the large one. It has a European feel to it, and it includes the tales of Anastasia, The Hunchback and whoever else they want. Both continents are divided by a dark and terrible sea which in reality is a cover for the underwater city of Atlantis governed by King Trident and Princess Ariel.

There are also six other distant continents with one of them being completely unknown and undiscovered. Anyone who tries to go there always ends up going back... This could be Neverland. Another of the continents would be an Animal Kingdom where animals walk and talk and live in cities. This would be the places where Puss in Boots, The Three Little Pigs, Fantastic Mr. Fox and others live in. Another one of them would be a desert land that is mostly empty, but there are some civilizations like Aggrabah. It can be close to the Animal continent to explain why the Lion King tribe migrated to it.

I don't know what the other 2 could be, but I think it would be nice to leave other continents up in the air so the writers can have the liberty of creating even more worlds.

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