We always want to learn more about Dr. Whale/Frankenstein (David Anders), so we were really looking forward to Once Upon a Time Season 2, Episode 12: “In the Name of the Brother.” Did it live up to our hopes? Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment's review of the episode, and then rate it yourself.
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In Storybrooke, the car crash at the end of Season 2, Episode 11: “The Outsider” has major consequences. Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) is in the hospital, and so is the stranger who crashed into town — Gregg. Unfortunately, Whale goes MIA because memories of his past life shake his confidence.Fortunately, all he needs to get back in the surgery game is a pep talk from Ruby/Red (Meghan Ory). He saves Gregg, who claims to have been texting before the crash. But that's a lie. He totally saw see Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) doing magic? Uh-oh.
Also in the hospital, Gold tries to jog Belle's (Emilie de Ravin) memory, and it goes terribly: She breaks the cup (noooooo) and tells him to leave her alone. To be fair, his attempts to help her do mostly come off as creepy.
Meanwhile, Cora (Barbara Hershey) makes a deal with Rumple: A way to find his son in exchange for a truce and the ability to go after Regina (Lana Parrilla). They seal the deal with a kiss. Which, ew. Even more ew: She convinces Regina to team up with her to get Henry (Jared Gilmore) back. Don't do it, Regina! She's evil!
In the flashback, Whale finds funding for his work in an unexpected place: Rumplestiltskin, who wants to learn science for himself. Unfortunately, Whale's awesome younger bro gets shot while following Whale, and when Whale brings him back to life things don't exactly go as planned. This is why you don't play with life and death, Whale!
Overall, we really liked this episode. The black and white Frankenstein world remains a fun device, and we love Rumple showing up in all his colorful glory. The present timeline stories are generally intense and emotional. Cora's scenes are a particular highlight, as is Gold telling the rest of the gang that he won't save the stranger because he just doesn't care. And David Anders gives a great performance.
Overall, we give it 4 stars. What did you think?
Overall, we give it stars. What do you think? Rate it yourself below!
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