Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time – Beauty

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2017

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Beauty
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Once Upon a Time - Beauty television review

“Beauty” has two main purposes. First, the flashbacks allow the show to say goodbye to fan-favorite Belle (Emilie de Ravin) while filling in a bit of Rumpelstiltskin‘s (Robert Carlyle) past prior to his arrival in Hyperions Heights. While awkward, the scenes do allow for a nice farewell to the character. Although we only see glimpses, it’s obviously a good life the two of them shared while suggesting that perhaps Rumpelstiltskin may finally be the hero Belle always knew he could be (or at least heroic-ish). The other piece of the episode explains the purpose of Tilly (Rose Reynolds), whose mad ravings help prod the good detective’s past providing the kind of kick in the ass the character, and the season, need. With his memories (and powers?) restored, I’m wondering just what Rumpelstiltskin’s plans might entail.

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Once Upon a Time – A Pirate’s Life

by Alan Rapp on October 16, 2017

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Once Upon a Time - A Pirate's Life TV review

Emma (Jennifer Morrison) returns for flashbacks of Henry‘s (Andrew J. West) adventures in an episode that gives us two different Captain Hooks (Colin O’Donoghue) and reveals the one trapped in Hyperion Heights may not be the one viewers have gotten to know over the show’s previous seasons. Meanwhile, back in the real world, Rogers (O’Donoghue) is tested by his partner as Henry’s appearances make Victoria Belfry (Gabrielle Anwar) increasingly uncomfortable.

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Once Upon a Time – Hyperion Heights

by Alan Rapp on October 9, 2017

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Once Upon a Time - Hyperion Heights television review

Set years after the Sixth Season finale, Once Upon a Time returns by plagiarizing itself as a young girl named Lucy (Alison Fernandez) shows up on the doorstep of an adult Henry (Andrew J. West) claiming that Cinderella (Dania Ramirez) is her mother, Henry is her father, and an entire city of fairy tale characters is in danger. The Seventh Season premiere, missing a good chunk of the show’s core cast, is a lukewarm reboot for the show lacking the magic of the original. Not only are Emma, Snow White, Prince Charming, and others missing, but even the town of Storybrooke has been replaced with a Seattle borough known as Hyperion Heights.

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Season Seven
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With most of the core cast gone, can Once Upon a Time recapture its magic with a new (yet very familiar story)? Here’s a first look at what’s in store for the show’s Seventh Season.

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – The Final Battle
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Once Upon a Time - The Final Battle television review

Once Upon a Time closes out the show’s Sixth Season with a two-hour finale ominously entitled “The Final Battle.” While Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin), David (Josh Dallas), Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), and Regina (Lana Parrilla) awake in the Enchanted Forest, Henry (Jared Gilmore) remains in Storybrooke but things are slightly different than he remembers. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is a mental patient, the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray) is the town’s mayor (and his adopted mother), and no one is interested in his tales of magic, curses, or fairy tales. Returning to the themes of the show’s first season, Emma’s “final battle” isn’t a war with magic or swords (okay, she will get to swordfight before all is said and done) but a battle for belief. At stake, should she falter, all the realms of story… including the one where her family remains trapped as the realms slowly go dark one by one.

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