If you didn’t know that magic is coming to Storybrooke in season two of Once Upon a Time, then you haven’t been paying attention. The producers have said so. But what they failed to mention is what a mess magic would make of the town in episode two. Storybrooke — played by Fort Langley east of Vancouver today — is a disaster zone with blown-out windows in the Town Hall, posters of The Missing covering the town boards, an upside-down smashed vehicle, a fire truck and fire fighters and a populace in relief mode handing out blankets, bottles of water and toilet paper.
Here’s Meghan Ory’s Red Riding Hood/Bad Wolf bringing blankets to Keegan Connor Tracy’s Blue Fairy.
And Josh Dallas is acting a lot more like take-charge Prince Charming than wishy-washy David now that the curse is broken.
This is the first time I’ve seen David Anders in the mix — I can’t wait to find out who his fairy tale character is in the second season.
Raphael Sbarge’s Archie had a clip board.
Jared Gilmore’s Henry was there too for one of the master disaster relief scenes but not his mother — Jennifer Morrison’s Emma Swan — or his grandmother — Ginnifer Goodwin’s Snow White.
And where’s Robert Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin and his better half, Emilie de Ravin’s Belle — a couple now known as RumBelle.
This is going to be confusing with all the fairy tale characters knowing who they really are. I also spotted Lee Arenberg’s Grumpy of the Seven Dwarves and Tony Amendola’s Gepetto.
Also on hand were two set security guards, one of whom I remember from the season one finale shoot in Steveston. He’s a great big, intimidating guy for those deemed unwelcome but couldn’t be friendlier with the fans. I saw him and other crew arrange photo ops for fans with Jared Gilmore, David Anders and others. Once Upon a Time certainly didn’t disappoint on its first location shoot of season two.
Update: Lana Parrilla’s Evil Queen was on set for the early morning scene on a bench near the Town Hall and met with her Evil Regal fans, according to Tara who lives in the area.