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Once Upon A Time 3×17 ‘The Jolly Roger’: Rum won’t solve this one, mate

For a Hook-centric outing, this episode was surprisingly well-balanced. Not only did we get more insight to the events of the missing year, but wonderful comedic scenes with Henry and the Charmings, as well as magic lessons between Regina and Emma. As much as was revealed about the past in this episode, it’s still a […]

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Once Upon A Time 3×16 ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’: Witch fight!!!

Well now, the cards are all out on the table, well for the most part anyway. Though we still don’t know what intentions the Wicked Witch has for Snow White’s baby, with her identity and familial ties to Regina revealed, things are heating up in our sleepy town in Maine. While the Wicked versus Evil […]

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Once Upon A Time 3×15 ‘Quiet Minds’ : Let go…

I want to start off by saying I really enjoyed this episode. Like so many this season, it was fast-paced, but didn’t lose any character development to the plotty-ness that plagued season two. There were many wonderful moments with Belle. Her role in this episode was right on the mark and I hope to see […]

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Once Upon a Time 3×14 ‘The Tower’: Beware midwives bearing tea

These recent episodes of Once Upon a Time are really reaching back to their season one roots. Season 3B is shaping up to have the same “small town with a secret” feel that attracted me to the show in the first place. With that, we get many excellent parallels to that first year in Storybrooke […]

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Once Upon a Time 3×13 ‘Witch Hunt’: Green verses Queen

As you may or may not know, some of my favorite episodes of Once Upon a Time are the ones penned by Jane Espenson. I always enjoy the whippy dialog she brings to the table, as well as the depth her writing brings to the character relationships. This episode was no exception and may be […]

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Once Upon a Time 3 x 12 ‘New York City Serenade’: Something wicked this way comes…

We did it readers, we survived the winter hiatus! And what an episode to come back to. I don’t know about you, but it’s wonderful to be reminded how much our favorite characters have grown. True, in season 3A our heroes were banding together against a common enemy, but it shows by what leaps and […]

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Once Upon a Time 3×11 ‘Going Home’: There WAS a town in Maine…

Here we are, the last episode before a three-month hiatus. I have to say, the writers and cast sent us out in glorious fashion. This has to be the most emotionally charged episodes of Once Upon a Time I have ever seen and I’ve seen them all. The final ten or so minutes had some […]

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Once Upon a Time 3×10 ‘The New Neverland’: About 90% of this episode is hugging, the other 10% is subterfuge

This week’s episode has us finally back in Storybrooke, back where it all began. While I generally enjoyed this episode, I felt the flashback scenes to be lacking this time around. I do like to see Snow White and Charming together, but the significance of this week’s flashbacks felt a little strained. The reunion scenes […]

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Once Upon a Time 3×09 ‘Save Henry’: “I need a child and I need your help…not like that!”

We’ve only had a week break but it seems like 28 years since the last episode of Once Upon a Time. This week’s installment, highly anticipated not only for Henry’s adoption story but also the resolution to Team Henry’s fight against Peter Pan did not disappoint, rounding out our adventure in Neverland with a little […]

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Once Upon a Time 3×08 ‘Think Lovely Thoughts’: At this rate, the audience is probably related to Henry…

Things are getting more challenging for Team Henry as we dive into this week’s episode. We are privy to Rumpelstilskin’s back story, as well as the confrontation we’ve been waiting for between our heroes and Peter Pan. Also, this week we get treated to the mother of all plot twists, or should I say the […]

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Once Upon a Time 3×07 ‘Dark Hollow’: Don’t diss the magic coconut!

This was the week for character development. Many of those tiny moments lacking in season two made their way to this episode. And we finally get to see what our beloved denizens of Storybrooke have been up to now that the main cast have been off on their jungle safari. This week’s episode starts off […]

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Once Upon A Time 3×06 ‘Ariel’: Forty-two minutes of The Little Mermaid references

Tonight’s episode really had quite a standard to live up to. Ariel and The Little Mermaid are some of Disney’s best know interpretations. This episode excels in being fairly faithful to that version while still adding the distinct Once Upon a Time spin to the tale. And despite devoting time to introducing such a treasured […]

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Once Upon A Time 3×05: ‘Good Form’: And that’s the best form of all!

This episode was quite the treat. Even though it was primarily about Captain Hook’s back story, it was extremely well-balanced and had a little something for everyone. We open this week, as always, with someone beating feet through the underbrush of Neverland. It’s Pan’s Lost Boys, who are on the move, dragging an unconscious Nealfire […]

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Once Upon a Time 3×04 ‘Nasty Habits’: Neal’s got a lovely bunch of coconuts

Faith seems to be an important theme this week, the need for the ones we care about to trust us, no matter what. However, this being Once Upon a Time, that lesson will need to be learned the hard way. We open this week right where we left off, as Felix escorts Nealfire through the […]

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Once Upon A Time 3×03 ‘Quite A Common Fairy’: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tattoo cause this much trouble

This week’s episode has two major themes running throughout; second chances and the power of belief. Though it seems Tinkerbell is going to need more than just clapping to save her this time. We open on Team Henry trucking through the jungle foliage. As Emma checks the map they recieved from Peter Pan, she notices […]

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Once Upon A Time 3×02 ‘Lost Girl’: Is Rum Your Solution to Everything?

This week’s episode opens on Rumple enjoying his solo expedition in Neverland by building a bonfire. Maybe he’s taking a leaf out of his grandson’s book and thinking s’mores? No it couldn’t be anything that jolly because the Dark One uses the fire to cast a shadow and proceeds to produce his infamous dagger and […]

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Once Upon A Time 3×01 ‘The Heart Of The Truest Believer’: All Aboard the S.S. Sass!

Finally, after a long hiatus, we’re back in the land of fairy tales and familial drama. The season opens, not in the present, but eleven years prior. At precisely 8:15 (I see what you did there writers) an incarcerated Emma Swan gives birth to a baby boy while the lights flicker as the are wont […]

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Once Upon a Time 2 x 22: “And Straight On Til Morning”: It’s Going To Be a Bumpy Ride

This week opens with a shot of the Jolly Roger. Hook is mooning over a tattered drawing of his former lover, Milah, who also happens to be the former wife of Rumpelstiltskin, as well as formerly among the living, thanks to Rumple’s removal of her heart. Smee approaches the captain and questions him on his […]

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Once Upon a Time 2×21: “Second Star to the Right”: He’s climbing in your window, he’s snatching your people up!

We open to find young Bae, six months after he went through the portal that fateful night Rumple broke their deal. Bae is in his finest Newsies attire, and it seems the life of a ragamuffin street urchin of London has not agreed with him. Starving, he creeps into a mansion and descends on some […]

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Once Upon a Time 2x 20: “The Evil Queen”: Change your hair… Highlights…Maybe?

We open as a bag is removed from our favorite klutzy pirate’s head. Hook stirs, tied up one again, while being glowered over by Tamara and Greg in the clock tower of Storybrooke’s library. I believe he is solely responsible for the income of the entire rope-making industry in Storybrooke at this point. The duo […]