‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 3 premiers today, and what to remember

If you haven’t seen Seasons 1 or 2 of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, then you might find a few spoilers in this article.

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Tonight (September 29 2013) is the first episode of season three of ABC’s drama series about our favorite fairytale characters and storylines set in (kind of) modern times. Like any series with a complex storyline, its summer break may have caused our brains to forget some of the high-points from the past two seasons that set the stage for the start of season three.

Again, if you haven’t watched the first two seasons, there are some spoilers ahead. If you need to catch up, all episodes are available on Netflix.

  • Emma Swan, the gorgeous, stubborn and shrewd daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who had escaped the initial curse set by the Evil Queen, finally returns to Storybrooke, Maine and breaks the curse… kind of.
  • Her inquisitive son, Henry, who was adopted by the mayor of Storybrooke, Regina Mills (who happens to be the Evil Queen), gets into a lot of trouble throughout the seasons and ends up being kidnapped by two ‘mortals’ who are out to destroy magic.
  • One of those mortals, Greg Mendell (played by Ethan Embry a.k.a. the totally cute dork from Can’t Hardly Wait), was one of the first of the human species to come in contact with magic. As a child, he and his dad happened upon Regina and Storybrooke as it was created, and through a series of unfortunate events, Greg escaped without his dad, and has now returned as an adult in search of his missing father.
  • The other mortal, is this two-timing bitch Tamara (who I think we all thought would be Princess Tiana when we first saw her hashtag stereotype) who pretends to be in love and in a relationship with Neal, Emma Swan’s ex-lover and Henry’s father, just so he could unknowingly lead her to the center of all this magic. After Neal and Emma reveal Tamara’s true intentions, she has a short bout with them and causes Neal to be transported back to the Enchanted Forest (via a magic bean, a la Jack and the Giant Beanstalk), sans Emma, where he’s eventually found by Aurora and Mulan.
  • A recon group was formed between Snow White, Prince Charming, Emma Swan, Regina (a.k.a. the Evil Queen a.k.a. Henry’s adopted mother), Mr. Gold (a.k.a. Rumplestiltskin a.k.a. “The Dark One” a.k.a. Henry’s grandfather) and Captain Hook to search and seek out Henry after having been abducted by the two mortals. Their intentions are unknown at this point, but all we know is that supposedly Henry is important to whatever agenda these anti-magic humans have set, and that he’s been taken to Neverland.
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Hmn, this is a little suggestive.

It’s unclear to me why the sexy wildcard of the group, Captain Hook, has joined forces with the others to retrieve Henry, as his dismay for just about everything involving the Enchanted Forest characters usually clouds his judgement on who to takes sides with. Everything that he does involves some personal dilemma against Rumplestiltskin (Hook’s love interest was killed by Rumple, who was actual Rumple’s wife), but it seems him returning to Neverland with a new troupe (which includes Rumple) will reveal a new agenda, possibly this time against Peter Pan?

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Also, from the promos and news surrounding season three, we also know that we will finally get to meet Ariel, which through a short promo trailer, we see an implied trait of hers as being able to switch from legs to fins pretty easily.


And, I’m really interested to see what part Eric has in this whole world, and if he has any relations to Hook himself (c’mon… they both steer ships, and the actor for Hook looks a LOT like what Prince Eric would look like in real life.)

There are tons of other storylines from the previous seasons I didn’t touch upon, and if you feel that I missed any that we should remember in preparation for season 3, feel free to leave a comment below. Follow all the conversation surrounding the show on Twitter with #OnceUponaTime, #OUAT and #SaveHenry.

Confused about the fractured family tree? Try this promo trailer (don’t mind the ending):


Also, random tangent, but the show does a really good job to dismantle the “damsel in distress” image most female characters are attributed and give women not only leading roles but also some power.


BONUS: Jennifer Morrison on the Ellen Show, and also admits to being not only a Disney geek at a young age, but has been to Disneyworld 27 times before the age of 18.


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