Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Once Upon a Time - The Broken Kingdom

With only the episode's final scene taking place in present day in Storybrooke, "The Broken Kingdom" spends nearly the entire hour better explaining events in Camelot both before and after our heroes' arrival. The dual flashbacks continue showing us events following David (Josh Dallas) taking a spot on the Round Table while also showing us Camelot five years prior in scenes that not only reveal the show's version of the Arthur (Liam Garrigan) / Guinevere (Joana Metrass) / Lancelot (Sinqua Walls) triangle but also the true motivations of Camelot's king.

Despite not advancing the present plot, "The Broken Kingdom" works well in filling in several important facts concerning Camelot and its king. It also brings back Brave's Merida (Amy Manson) to play important roles both in Camelot and Storybrooke in the coming weeks. The sands of Avalon introduce a new element to the story which may help explain Emma's (Jennifer Morrison) current state and how she as forced to accept the full powers of the Dark One which in the scenes from this episode Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) was doing well to limit the evil influence her new power holds over the savior.

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