Once Upon a Time Season 2 has come to a close, and now it's time to look back and reflect on the good, the bad, and the downright nonsensical from the season. Because, seriously, we love this show, but sometimes to logic just doesn't add up.
Here are the 10 logic fails and character inconsistencies that bothered us the most this season.
1. No one could enter Storybrooke ... but what about the murder plot? Hey, remember when Season 1 spent waaaaay too long on Regina trying to frame Mary Margaret for murder, ostensibly so state police would come and try to cart her away across the town line? And then this year we found out no one from the outside could even see the town? Now, maybe those state policemen were cursed Fairytale Land characters and such, but last year it sure seemed like they were real outsiders. Inconsistency?
2. How in the world was Henry adopted? Okay, this one the writers could end up clarifying, so it's not necessarily a logic fail forever. But they better explain how in the world Henry was brought to an invisible town where no one but Regina, not even Gold, had memories of Fairytale Land soon.
3. How did Hook get to Rumple in NYC? Remember when Hook sailed his ship to NYC, and then somehow found Rumple in the middle of one of the biggest cities on earth, despite the fact that Hook a) doesn't have magic and b) has no idea how to navigate in our world? Yeah, about that...
4. Neal knew about Milah? In Season 2, Episode 22: "And Straight On 'Til Morning" we learn that Nealfire has known that Rumple killed Milah all along. And yet, despite several scenes spent ranting about Rumple's terrible parenting, he never once brought that up. Huh?
5. Regina is still mayor? Near the end of the season Regina was going around doing mayoral paperwork and claiming to be mayor ... why, exactly? Because we're pretty sure she was kicked out of office as soon as everyone got their memories back.
6. Where did Albert Spencer/King George go? Albert Spencer/King George had one hurrah of evil in Season 2, Episode 7: “Child of the Moon,” and then promptly disappeared, even though everything we've learned of him so far suggests he wouldn't give up a bid for more power so easily. We understand that there was already a lot going on, but George is a good villain played by a great actor — the show could have benefited by using him more, and some of the new characters (*cough* Greg and Tamara *cough*) less (or not at all).
7. Yeah, because that wraith thing worked out so well. Emotionally, Snow's idea of throwing the diamond through a portal to save Regina in the finale worked. But logically, it was an irresponsible mess. Because a) even if Regina were the kindest, purest person who ever lived, it's ridiculous to risk the lives of everyone to save one person, and leaders are responsible for the good of all their people above the good of individuals and b) that plan was terrible.
Do they not remember that sending the wraith through the portal — which was the inspiration for the idea — resulted in Phillip's (apparent) death? The trigger is basically an unknown entity; for all they know, if they'd sent the diamond to another world it could have destroyed something there, instead.
8. Snow and the black heart? a) Snow killing evil, totally crazy, trying-to-be-the-Dark-One Cora made her heart dark. Really? We know, we know, it's because she was doing it for impure motives or whatever, but we still don't buy it. b) Why did no one try to explain the concept of self defense to her? Or, we don't know, hook her up with the town therapist or something?
9. What can Blue do, exactly? If the Blue Fairy doesn't have her own, potentially evil, agenda, then she's the biggest plot contrivance around. Her magic is completely useless, except for when it's conveniently very powerful (able to bring memories back, change August back into a child, etc). It's gotten eye-roll worthy.
10. It seems really easy to cross between worlds. We're kind of digging all of the world hoping going on, but at the same time ... really? Rumple spent hundreds of years searching for ways to get to other worlds and manipulating people to bring about the curse, when all he needed to do was go convince the giant to make him some beans or find that enchanted tree. REALLY?
What logical inconsistencies bothered you the most this year — or are you just along for the ride? Sound off in the comments below!
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.