Once Upon a Time

  • 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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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – The Song in Your Heart
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Once Upon a Time - The Song in Your Heart television review

Music comes to Storybrooke with “The Son in Your Heart,” which allows most of the cast to burst into song in flashbacks to the Enchanted Forest and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to find the strength to stand-up to, but not defeat, the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray). Despite the extravaganza, the big music moment doesn’t save the day or vanquish the villain, but only buy our heroes a few more moments to be together before the next big curse. It makes you wonder why the hoopla wasn’t saved for the finale, and certainly makes you question the Black Fairy’s logic of ruining last week’s swerve of making everyone think Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) had killed her. Rather than using the element of surprise to take down the Savior, the Black Fairy announces her presence to all her enemies. As for the Dark One, the noticeable absence of both Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and Gideon (Giles Matthey) makes it rather convenient that no one is on hand to call the villain on his latest bad choice.

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – The Black Fairy
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Once Upon a Time - The Black Fairy television review

“The Black Fairy” is, like much of the past couple of seasons, both intriguing and frustrating. After six seasons to be able to make a revelation about a major character is a huge accomplishment. The latest episode not only reveals the origin story of the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray) but also a rather important piece of information about Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and his destiny. As in a previous season where the show separated the Dark One from the dagger and toyed with the idea of making one of the show’s major villains into a hero, “The Black Fairy” reveals the man he was always meant to be. And then, after such a set-up, the show once again shelves the possiblity for truly interesting character growth as Rumpel chooses the dark path once again (this time against his own best interests).

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Where Bluebirds Fly
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“How is it that even when your sister isn’t the villain that we’re fighting she’s still the villain that we’re fighting?”

Once Upon a Time - Where Bluebirds Fly TV review

Zelena (Rebecca Mader) is the star of “Where Bluebirds Fly” as the episode’s flashbacks give us a look back to her time in Oz and her friendship with a young boy who would grow up to be the Tin Man (Alex Désert) along with her first encounter with the Cowardly Lion. In Storybrooke, the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray) goads the Wicked Witch into rushing into a foolish mistake. The Zelena’s attempt to destroy the fairy unintentionally provide the Black Fairy with enough dark magic to make all her plans come true.

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