I grabbed Queenie's, "Let my wrath be unleashed" as this episode's headline, because Once Upon A Time's (blonde!) Maleficent appears to have a modicum of conscience and restraint, which struck me as wrong, the first time I watched "The Thing You Love Most." Actual Maleficent and I ranted about this at length in the recaplet (see that red link up there referencing a nutshell), so I'm skipping the rant, this time. I enjoyed this episode a lot, so here is the distilled version of my dissatisfaction: Maleficent is my favorite baddest badass of all time. When I heard she would feature in episode 2, I was thrilled. The thing is, Once Upon A Time wants to tell us the "real" untold stories surrounding our favorite fairy tales, with real seeming to mean less black-and-white. So, while I still think Maleficent should have been fiercer during her first appearance on Once Upon A Time, I do get the writers' choice, here. I even hope to see more of this Maleficent (albeit with a better headdress) in the future. If you want ranting, read the recaplet. If your ire too has cooled, let's get to the story, shall we?
Our World: Over a montage of significant scenes from last week's pilot, we're treated to this opening narration: There is a town, in Maine, where every storybook character you ever knew, is trapped between two worlds -- victims of a powerful curse, that can only be broken by one person... Title card.
Mayoral Manse: Henry Mills looks out at the clock tower and smiles when the previously permanently stuck clock finally advances from 8:15 to 8:16. Cat Stevens's sweet "Don't Be Shy" sings us through the night and beyond. In the morning, Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White), is eating breakfast by one of the windows in her hovel, when she is surprised to see the town clock working. Over at Granny's B&B, Emma Swan looks out the window, but it's not clear if she notices the clock. Archie Hopper (Jiminy Cricket) nods as he passes Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin). Granny is quite the entrepreneur, um... I mean "job-creator." She arrives at her diner, just as Ruby (Little Red Riding Hood) is putting out their "open" sign. The Sheriff arrives and smiles at Ruby in a way that makes me wonder if he is Our World's incarnation of the Big Bad Wolf, even though I previously expected that he would turn out to be the Huntsman from Snow White.