ABC’s Once Upon A Time returns this Sunday, picking up after the game-changing events of December’s midseason finale. Has it really been that long? As we pick up with “New York City Serenade,” it has been a year for Emma since she and Henry left Storybrooke, and Jared Gilmore is finally allowed to act a bit older. Hook has shown up in New York City, trying to convince Emma of who she is, to try to get her to reunite with “her family,” and of course she thinks he’s a lunatic. Emma has also moved on with her life, and in some ways, seems to have her “happy ending” already. But is it threatened?
Meanwhile, the show also shows what happens to Snow, Charming, the Dwarves, and everyone else in the land of fairy tales, which shows an interaction between Snow and Regina that was a bit surprising but also refreshing to see. We get to see Aurora and Phillip again, which is fun but also foreboding of some danger that lurks around the corner. What they all decide to do — and how they respond to being back in this world, compounded with the losses of Emma and Henry — make for good drama. It’s really a good jumping on point as the start of a story, and I’m curious where they go with it next.
As per usual with Once Upon A Time, the promotional images and trailers don’t give every aspect of the episode away — what I was expecting, as a viewer, isn’t necessarily what played out on screen. Obviously, some things like the character Rebecca Mader is playing have been revealed. I do think, though, that the journey we have coming for the rest of the season could remind viewers of Season 1. And, since that was my favorite era for the show, that makes me happy.
Once Upon A Time’s “New York City Serenade” airs Sunday, March 9 on ABC.