ABC Studios gives fairy tale lovers a wonderful gift with the release of "Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season." The 5-disc box set features all 22 episodes and a satisfying amount of special features for those looking for a peek behind the curtain. The show continues to spin a complex web of intrigue and fantasy in its sophomore year.
The curse is broken and magic has come to Storybrooke. The citizens of the town now remember who they were in Fairy Tale Land. They must come to grips with their present lives as the memories of their past lives and who they were all come flooding back to them. The adjustments are made even more difficult with the arrival of Regina's (Lana Parrilla) evil mother, Cora (Barbara Hershey), and her devilish associate, Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue).
The script writers for "Once Upon a Time" know how to keep a viewer glued to the screen and emotionally attached to the characters. They constantly switch between Fairy Tale World and the present-day town of Storybrooke to keep things interesting. Where some shows may feel crowded with too many characters, that isn't the case here. Each person fits into the different plotlines and contributes what they need to.
New special guest stars are always popping up on "Once Upon a Time." In Season Two, we get some interesting talent showing up. Rose McGowan, Ethan Embry, and Barbara Hershey are a few of them. Barbara Hershey and Rose McGowan both play Regina's mother, Cora, at different ages. They couldn't be more perfect for the deliciously evil role. They give the character an emotional depth and motivation which make you feel sorry for and despise her all at the same time.
Whether you've seen the show in HD or just regularly broadcast, "Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season" is a delight to see on Blu-ray. The rich colors and perfect picture clarity will enchant audiences as they watch the episodes for the first or second times. A 5.1 surround mix brings Storybrooke and Fairy Tale Land to life with the sounds of the enchanted forest, New York City, and a breathtaking musical score.
There's some entertaining bonus material for the Blu-ray edition of "Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season." Six audio commentaries include actors Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, and Colin O'Donoghue as well as co-creators/executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, writer Jane Espenson, writer Ian Goldberg, writer Andrew Chambliss, and co-executive producer David H. Goodman. It also contains four featurettes entitled "A Fractured Family Tree," "Girl Power," "Sincerely, Hook," and "Good Morning Storybrooke." Deleted scenes and bloopers round out the extra features.
"Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season" will provide fans of Disney Princesses and Grimm's Fairy Tales with hours of excitement. It mixes the romantic and dark elements of both worlds together in one phenomenal show. Be sure you start watching it with enough free time in front of you. You'll no doubt find yourself unable to pull yourself away from the television once it gets rolling.