I am not liking the Lost over tones; I felt ripped off by that show and have no desire to be treated so badly again.
The way this town is mostly cut off from the outside world, it's almost like it's an *island* unto itself.
Here lately, it has felt like the writers are treating Storybrooke like its the mainland equivalent of the island from Lost. Also, remember how big a deal it was in Lost for people to leave the island or to find it again if they ever left it? In this show, people are shocked when someone from outside drives into town, and if a native tries to leave the town they lose their pre-curse memories. With the fairy tale characters, it's still a very different show, but it does feel like the same bag of tricks is being used.
I was surprised when Neal woke up in this episode that the alarm clock said 6:00 and not 8:15, like the Lost numbers. But, the previews for next week do show ripply, black tentacles wrapping around the town clock tower. It almost looked like..the Smoke Monster.