Average User Score: 7.6Aug 1, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While the 2nd season didn't deliver on quite the level of season 1, there were still plenty of reasons to watch!
(some spoilers below)
First, Robert Carlyle's work is always outstanding on the show, and with the re-introduction of his son, Baelfire, there is a lot of drama that stems from that.
Second, Barbara Hershey was just fantastic this season. My favorite episode this season was 2.16 "The Miller's Daughter". I personally would have loved to keep her story going, but Cora's death lead to a lot of emotion.
The romantic entanglements of some of the characters are juicy and interesting.
Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook brought something refreshing to the show, and was the best new character this season (along side Michael Raymond-James). I will admit there were too many new characters introduced that didn't really make a difference, and they actually took time away from moments with already established characters (like Ruby/Red).
The cliffhanger at the end of the season just makes you want to watch more!
My biggest disappointment of the season was that a lot of the mystery that was in season 1 is now missing because of the curse being broken. A lot of the things that happened were indeed predictable.
There were also too many flashbacks that involved Snow White being hunted by the queen (how many times can the queen actually hunt Snow White?).
There were also more storylines that had huge plot-holes than season 1. In one of the first episode the Blue Fairy says she can't use magic without her wand and/or fairy dust. A couple episodes later, she has her wand. Where did she get it? I know there are probably scenes cut that explained some of the holes, but the writers need to be more careful with plot-holes.
Finally, the show does tend to stay away from the danger of any of its core characters. I know it would be sad, but there has to be a feeling of danger, and I think the death of a major character would really up the ante on the danger that these characters face. Heck, they couldn't even let Pinocchio die (from a still unexplained powerful taser), and they had to find a way to let him live.
Overall, this show is still great, and with a little smoothing out season 3 will be the best yet.… Expand