The Season 2 finale of "Once Upon a Time" didn't quite have the climactic impact of the curse being broken, but the character-driven hour still proved a satisfying denouement for an ambitious -- if uneven -- year.
There's a line between simple and simplistic, and there are times when "Once" errs on the wrong side of it. But when it gets its own peculiar mixture of romance, earnestness and hope right, it is pretty magical.
From the gripping opening to the ominous final moments, the finale was exactly what Once Upon a Time was always meant to be: a fairytale come true. We had a courageous heroine, valiant quests, and true love's kiss.