Once Upon a Time 2-21: Second Star to the Right

I’m out of town with family right now, so I just got a chance to watch last night’s new episode. I have just one question. Is it next week yet?

How about now?

Much like last season, they have absolutely left us hanging, and I can’t wait to see how this gets resolved. Something tells me I might not be that happy about it, but I need to know and I need to know now.

Okay, deep breath. Relax.

Let’s start in the past, say London of 100 years ago, because that’s where our flashback took place. (And can I say I don’t like what I think they did to one of my favorite characters.)

We joined Bae right after he went through the portal to another world like we saw him do last season. He was sucked down the portal and landed in London. Not quite the “This wasn’t my first stop” he told Emma several episodes ago, but we’ll get there.

After six months of living on the street, he breaks into a house in an attempt to get some food. He is caught by the girl who lives there, Wendy Darling. Wendy hides him for several weeks, sneaking him food, until her parents catch them. Mrs. Darling immediately takes him in since he is an orphan (at least that’s what he tells them, and it’s close enough since his father has changed so much).

However, that night, Bae learns that the Darling children have found an enchanting shadow figure that appears at their window. He can change his shape, and they are quite taken with him. Bae immediately recognizes him as magic, and tells them that magic always comes with a price. They are to have nothing to do with it.

But the next night, Wendy goes off with the shadowy figure. She goes to Neverland, but she returns in the morning. It sounds wonderful with no adults but mermaids and fairies. But at night, all the kids there cry because they miss their parents. And they can’t leave because the Shadow won’t let them. How did Wendy get back? Well, the Shadow didn’t want a girl, so it will be back the next night for one of Wendy’s brothers.

Bae is not going to let that happen easily, so the next night he and the Darling kids put a plan into action. They turn up the lights and put jacks on the window. However, when the Shadow comes, he just turns the lights out and flies in the window anyway. He’s about to take Michael, when Bae runs out and offers himself instead. The Shadow accepts, and they are off on a rather frightening ride through London before they head out to sea.

However, Bae does not want to go to Neverland, and when he hears the kids crying as they approach, he lights a match to try to drive the Shadow away. The Shadow drops him, and he lands in the ocean only to be rescued by…Hook.

That’s right, the man who stole his mother and wants to kill his father rescued him. Talk about some awkward conversations.

And that’s where our flashback ends.

So, let’s move to Storybrooke where things are going from bad to worse.

Regina is being held in the old Sardine factory on the edge of town. Tamara lets Neal think that she is going out for a run, but then heads down there to work with Greg. They’ve found the magic beans from her office and a big black gem that she was carrying around, but they don’t know what it is. Tamara is going to feed info about it to the home office. Meanwhile, Greg hooks Regina up to an electroshock machine to torture the truth about his father out of her.

But Regina’s absence has not gone unnoticed. Emma, Mary Margaret, and David break into her office looking for her. Okay, so they are looking for the beans she’s stolen, and they find the plants with the beans gone and learn that the last person into the office overrode the alarm, so it obviously wasn’t her. Emma decides to pursue the Tamara angle while Mary Margaret and David head out to Gold’s to get him to help them.

Gold is reluctant to help, but David calls in his favor from just last episode (or was it two episodes ago). So Gold mixes a tear from Mary Margaret with a tear he already had from Regina (he wouldn’t reveal how he got that little gem), and tells them that if they put that mixture into Mary Margaret’s eye, she will see where Regina is and experience what Regina is feeling. They take it home, and use it. At first, Mary Margaret sees nothing, but then she starts scream in pain.

Lacey (aka Belle) witnesses this display of magic, and it excites her. In fact, she asks Gold if he can make her live forever. He says yes, although he repeats our mantra – Magic always comes with a price.

Meanwhile, Emma goes to Neal and Tamara’s room to search it officially. Neal is upset, but Emma quickly finds sand near where Tamara keeps her shoes. She’s supposed to be off running in the forest. Emma heads down to the beach with Neal tagging along. And they do find Tamara running down there. Tamara claims she starts in the forest but ends at the beach, so it appears that Emma was wrong again.

Except that Mary Margaret has one clue from her time experiencing what Regina experienced – she smelled sardines. They call Emma, and she just happens to be by the sardine factory.

Inside, we find out that Greg and Tamara are part of an order that seeks to destroy magic completely from our world. It doesn’t belong here, so any time they find evidence of it, they stamp it out. That’s what they are really doing in town.

Emma and Neal head inside, and Mary Margaret and David come down and join them. They split up, but Tamara sees them on a monitor. She calls up to Greg that they need to go, but he’s not finished with Regina.

He turns up the power on the machine. He’s going to kill her. So she finally reveals to the truth. She killed Greg’s father as soon as Greg left town. He’s buried out at their campsite. In anguish, Greg turns on the machine full blast and leaves the room.

But Regina’s screams draw David and Mary Margaret. They turn off the machine and see the fleeing Greg, but they don’t stop him because Regina needs their immediate attention.

They do radio Emma that they saw Greg fleeing the scene. Just as Emma is apologizing to Neal for accusing Tamara, who should drop in and whack Emma? Tamara. She grabs Emma’s gun and holds it on Neal. He is so stunned to find out everything is a lie that he doesn’t react much at first, but eventually he does try to move toward Tamara. Tamara shoots him, hitting him on the left side. She’s moving in to shoot him again when Emma comes around and the two start fighting. Just when it looks like Emma is getting the upper hand, Tamara throws one of the magic beans by Emma, opening a portal.

Emma is quick to jump and grab a pipe so she doesn’t get sucked down. She keeps getting closer to the portal, however, until Neal grabs her and saves her. Unfortunately, he gets sucked in instead. Emma grabs his hand, trying to keep him out of it. She tells him that if he lets go, he’ll probably die because of the gun shot wound. And she tells him she loves him. Neal says the same thing back. But then his hand slips and he goes through the portal, leaving Emma alone. Again.

At the campsite, Greg has dug up the remains of his father. Then Tamara appears. She’s heard back from headquarters and learned what the giant gem is. It’s the trigger that will destroy the town.

Meanwhile, back at the loft, Mother Superior has come to revive Regina with magic. Regina comes to, and is shocked and a little upset to see that it is Mary Margaret who has rescued them. But she tells them they have bigger problems, and explains about the trigger. David quickly figures out what Regina planned to do, and Regina doesn’t deny it. So now everyone knows. Greg and Tamara hold the fate of Storybrooke in their hands, and they want to destroy the town.

So, questions.

Do we know how long it was before Rumple cut off Hook’s hand? Could Hook have just arrived in Neverland as well?

Is the Shadow Peter Pan, or will we meet him next week? If that Shadow in Peter, I won’t be happy. Or is Neal going to be Peter? I think the producers said that wasn’t the case, but I could be remembering wrong.

Anyone else read Peter and the Starcatchers? If so, have you noticed the similarities involving the evil Shadow character? There was another similarity I noticed, but I’m blanking on it now.

Where is Neal? Have we really seen the last of him?

And how are they going to stop the trigger?

As I said at the start, is it next week yet?

12 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time 2-21: Second Star to the Right”

  1. I really hope Regina doesn’t die judging by that promo. That woman has done so much.

    I still have a theory Bae is Peter Pan. My theory is that he becomes Peter, attaches the shadow to him and blah blah. But maybe not.
    Along with that, I hope Neal (Bae) does not die… I want to see what world he went to.

    I’m happy they kept the personalities of the Darling Family the same.

    1. I like your theory about Bae becoming Peter and defeating the Shadow. I hope you’re right.

      I seriously doubt they’d kill off Regina, but we’ll see.

      And I’m so with you on Neal. I really want to know where he is and I hope he doesn’t die. I’m wondering if he’ll show up and save the day next week.

  2. I’m holding off on my feels about Neverland till we get the full story. Thought I think they have said we wont meet a major character till next year, and I think that is Peter Pan. I will say too that I’m hoping the Shadow has taken over Neverland and Peter is just locked away some where.
    And I’m hoping the “Home Office” is not made up of the Children of Wendy, Alice, and Dorothy. And That they didn’t destroy they Ruby/sliver shoes of Oz.

    1. Obviously, there is a lot they could still do with Neverland beyond what we’ve seen so far. Thanks to both of you for talking me into withholding judgement until we see more.

      I really didn’t have any theory on who the “Home Office” might be. That would be interesting on one hand, but could be sad on the other.

      Oh yeah, I also hope the Shadow doesn’t go back to get John or Michael since Bae escaped his clutches.

  3. I wish there’d been way for the producers to have the guy playing Hook also play Mr. Darling, as is traditionally done on the stage. Would’ve probably raised more questions about Mr. Darling to those who don’t know the tradition, but it still would’ve been a fun nod.

    I had the same thought about Bae attaching the shadow to himself and becoming Peter Pan himself. I would be surprised if that doesn’t happen.

    And since time doesn’t flow in Neverland, Hook could’ve either just gotten there or have been sailing the waters for years.

    I still say the Greg and Tamara’s mysterious organization is the Dharma Initiative :)

    1. The Dharma Initiative. LOL.

      The reason I think Hook might have just gotten there is we know that Bae left Enchanted Forest 6 months before he met Wendy. We don’t know how long he was with the Darlings, but it couldn’t have been more than a year.

      Now, we don’t know when Hook had his confrontation with Rumple, but he left from that to go to Neverland. I always assumed it was after Bae left, but again, we just don’t know.

  4. I think that we will see Neal again. Snow and Charming have spent most of the series getting together and getting ripped apart. Emma and Neal seem to be following the pattern of her parents.

  5. I have a feeling that as slow as this week until the next episode goes, waiting through the off season will be even more agonizing.
    It seemed to me that Neal let go of Emma’s hand, not wanting her to fall in with him.

    1. Don’t point out that the off season is just around the corner. I’m in denial about that.

      It did look like Neal let go to me as well. And your theory makes a lot of sense, especially since Neal was so concerned about Henry before he did it.

  6. I don’t think Bae is going to become Peter Pan. He’s more of an Oliver Twist now. Although I think he might run into Mulan and Aurora now that he’s back in fantasy land.

    I really hope Regina doesn’t die in the next episode. Part of me thinks Henry wouldn’t like that if she did. And perhaps Rumple will step in somehow to save the day (I’m sure he doesn’t want to die either). Maybe this is what ultimately brought the downfall of him?

    I also wonder if this secret organization will be revealed this season. Will this organization have anything to do with the Darling family? Why did Owen change his name to Greg? I really hope they don’t actually destroy Storybrooke and return everyone to Fantasyland somehow. Also, what happened to Hook’s ship? Can that be used as an escape route?

    Now that we’ve got Neverland, perhaps we will have some mermaids next season?

    1. If he went back to Enchanted Forest, I’m sure he’ll see them. But we don’t know where he went.

      I’d be shocked if they killed off Regina. I’m sure there is more to her story, and we just love to hate her too much.

      Lots of unanswered questions. It’ll be interesting to see how much we get on Sunday and how much they cover next year.

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