Once Upon a Time Season 2 is on hiatus, which is giving us time to reflect on the season — and how to make a good show even better. Last week, we talked in general terms about some of our biggest problems with the construction of the season, and today we want to take a closer look at a specific issue: the way some interpersonal interactions have been shafted.
As we've noted in the past, one of the things that sets Once Upon a Time apart is its great characters and the fun ways they play off each other. At least, that's what sets Once apart when it's firing on all cylinders. There's a reason "Manhattan," with its focus on characters learning truths and actually expressing feelings, is our favorite episode of the year.
While this season has certainly featured some of the interpersonal play that makes this show great, other dynamics have been lacking. We've put together a wishlist of relationships we hope to see explored further, either (in an ideal world) over the last four episode of the season, or at least in Season 3.
David and Emma. Emma and Snow had a chance to have some mother-daughter bonding during the first half of the season, but Emma and her dad are in sore need of some father-daughter alone time. Emma's hardly had a chance to see what Charming is all about; she spent more time with dopey, cursed David in Season 1. That needs to change!
Emma and Regina. Whether you're a Swan Queen shipper, think these two ladies are meant to be enemies forever, or fall somewhere in between, there's no denying that the rivalry between Emma and Regina was a major driving force in Season 1. However, in Season 2 their direct interactions have mostly been lost — the fight for Henry's love is still a major factor, but the two women he calls mom are rarely in the same room. It's a shame, because watching them try to navigate their dislike for each other and their mutual desire to do right by Henry makes for a fascinating dynamic (Lana Parrilla and Jennifer Morrison's crackling chemistry doesn't hurt, either). Let's get back to more of this, please!
Belle and, well, the entire town. We were so excited to see Belle try to make friends while loving one of the most reviled figures in Fairytale Land. That dynamic is rife with both comedic and dramatic potential. We got a taste of it earlier in the season, but then Belle's plot was derailed by amnesia. When she finally gets her memory back we'd love to see more of her friendship with Ruby, and ideally her interactions with many Sorybrooke residents.
Snow and Ruby. Speaking of Ruby, man do we miss her friendship with Snow. In the Season 1 flashbacks they were practically sisters. We realize Snow's a bit busy at the moment, but maybe a good chat with a woman who knows a thing or two about killing people is just what she needs to get back to her old self.
Gold and Charming. Okay, so this is one's actually had a bit of play in Season 2. But, honestly, we've really enjoyed watching Charming go toe-to-toe with Gold on occasion, and we hope the writers keep it up. Charming may be the town's resident dashing warrior, but he's got some smarts hidden under that smile, and nowhere is that as apparent as when he's badgering Gold into doing what he wants.
Of course, this is just a smattering of the relationships we love. Basically every iteration of the Charming/Rumplestilskins/Mills family mess is gold, and we always want more of Season 1 favorites like Whale (we kinda ship him with Ruby) and Archie (Henry could really use another session!).
What relationships do you want to see more of? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, April 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.