Once Upon a Time Season 2 Review “The Doctor” – It’s Alive!!


Just this afternoon, my friend and I were discussing the preview for “The Doctor,” this week’s episode of Once Upon a Time. She predicted that the big reveal about Dr. Whale’s identity would be that he was the infamous Dr. Frankenstein. I said it was a neat idea, but I wasn’t sure if Frankenstein counted as a fairy tale.

Well, she was right and I was wrong and I am not ashamed to admit it.

As it turned out, Dr. Whale wasn’t from the Enchanted Forest or Wonderland or Neverland or even the real world. He existed in another land, an as yet undefined land, accessible only by Jefferson’s magic hat. Teaming up with Jefferson, Frankenstein came to the Enchanted Forest looking for a magical heart to reanimate the corpse of his brother. Who has a bunch of hearts handy? Why, Regina, in the early days of her quest to accquire the power necessary to bring back her lost love, Daniel.

How much do I love that it was Rumplestiltskin who taught Regina how to use dark magic? It just adds yet another layer to their complicated relationship. Rumple was also in cahoots with Jefferson and Frankenstein; together they tricked Regina into thinking they could bring back Daniel, but when the experiment “failed,” Rumple got an apprentice at the end of her sanity and Frankenstein got one of Cora’s many hearts. Back in his world, his experiment worked, but in Storybrooke, when he tried to use another heart to actually bring back Daniel, all he ended up doing was losing his arm and creating a monster that Regina had to use magic to kill.

But all of this begs the question…if he was in his world when the curse hit, how did he end up in Storybrooke? I’m sure this is not the end of the doctor’s story.

I actually felt a little twinge of sympathy for Regina tonight, but I was so amused/relieved to see her getting some therapy from Archie. If she’d gone to the Cricket for some head-shrinking back in the Forest, none of this would have happened in the first place!

Meanwhile, back in the old land, the girls discovered that Cora wiped out the entire refugee encampment, but left behind a single survivor, a man we immediately recognized as Captain Hook. Because she’s awesome, Emma knew right away that his story about hiding and being spared was a load of crap, so she tied him to a tree and whistled for an oger, all to get him to admit who he was and that he was working for Cora.

No one trusts him yet, but Hook has momentarily teamed up with the girls to find a compass that will supposedly help them on their quest to return to Storybrooke. All they have to do is climb a beanstalk and face a giant to find it.

No sweat.

I really loved this episode for a lot of reasons, but especially for learning that there are even more worlds of which we aren’t aware yet. The universe of this show just keeps growing and it makes me so happy because the bigger it is, the more stories there are to tell, and the longer Once Upon a Time will run.

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