Once Upon a Time Season 7 Premiere Recap & Review
The new season of Once Upon a Time premiered on ABC on its new night, marking a new beginning with a new cast and a new place. If you missed what happened at the end of last season, you can read my season six recap and review.
The episode starts with the original Henry Mills, leaving Storybrooke to go to another realm on a motorcycle to figure out what his story is. Then comes the time jump of the older Henry, crashing into Cinderella on her carriage and cutting to Henry in Seattle now working as a uber driver. Then it comes back to his daughter, Lucy knocking on his door, telling him she’s his daughter, the same way he did years ago to his mom, Emma.
Lucy clearly knows who he is and his past of being a successful author of the book, “Once Upon a Time” and tries to convince him to come to Hyperion Heights, aka, the new version of Storybrooke, now in Seattle but he thinks she’s delusional and tells her to leave. The next day, he opens his desk drawer to get his laptop to find that Lucy took it and left a note, telling him he had to go to Roni’s, a bar in Hyperion Heights, owned by Roni, aka Regina’s new identity.
Back in the enchanted forest, Henry tells Cinderella about her story, how her story is supposed to end and he tries to help her get to the prince by telling her how to drive his motorcycle, only to shove him off the bike. Henry gets to the ball to find Cinderella who came to the ball, not to fall in love with the prince but to kill him; it turns out that he killed her father.
In Hyperion Heights, Cinderella or Jacinda, runs late for her job working at a fried chicken place and stands up to his jerk boss, getting fired. In this new Storybrooke, Jacinda’s evil stepmother, Victoria, is buying out everything in the city for who knows why yet. She also wants Lucy to live with her permanently because she doesn’t think Jacinda can take of her. Cinderella finds Lucy in what looks to be an abandoned park with a dried up well where she clearly has the believer spirit in her that her father had and still has hope that things will change. She then tells her mom that she found her dad and which eventually leads her to meet him at the bar with his laptop. They talk for a while and Henry’s clearly attracted to her but ultimately doesn’t recognize her.
Henry’s car gets stolen, so he goes to the police station where he finds Hook, who is the only person there who’s willing to help him out. Henry finds Lucy who’s still at the park, throwing seeds into the dead garden, where he tells her about his stolen car. She, again tries to convince him that she’s his daughter and that this is his home. He tells her that he’s sorry that her family has gone through some hard times but he’s not her dad. Then comes his backstory, or should I say false backstory that came with the curse. He says that he had a family; a wife and a daughter who died in a fire. Then, Henry leaves as Jacinda pulls up, wanting to take her away to Bainbridge Island to start a new adventure but Victoria finds them via Hook, who’s only able to find her with Henry’s help. After he helps Victoria, he’s made detective alongside his new partner, who is none other than Mr. Gold.
Back in the enchanted forest, Cinderella has Henry’s dagger, planning to kill the prince for killing her parents but doesn’t go through with it but her stepmother does, pinning the murder on her. She runs, and fights off everyone at the ball with Henry’s help as he tells her to meet him at midnight at the portal but she doesn’t show up, but her glass slipper does. So Henry decides to find her and to help her rather than going back home to Storybrooke. The episode ends with Roni giving an inspiring speech standing up to Victoria by not giving her ownership of her bar because she didn’t want to give in to her reign of terror. While this speech is going on, the flowers are starting to grow and Hook starts to recognize Emma in Henry’s “Once Upon a Time” book.
Overall, this new season of Once Upon a Time has a lot of similarities with the first season of the show without being too similar. Lucy is like the new Henry, Henry like the new Emma, and Victoria like the new Regina and there’s a new curse that causes everyone to forget about who they really are. But the differences being that not only is this cast much more diverse than when it started but this new version of Regina is seems to be on Lucy’s side of things, being another source of hope in the town. It’ll be interesting to see where the readers will take these characters, both new and old and how, once the curse is broken, they’ll address the absences of old characters, particularly Emma, Snow, Charming, and Belle. But despite the massive change in cast and location, the show still continues to create stories revolved around iconic fairytale characters while keeping its hopeful spirit.
Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter @thelegendarykc