TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Lacey”

Emilie De Ravin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Lacey" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: Milan Cheylov Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 21, 2013 There are bits and pieces of other storylines going on in the “Lacey” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME but the larger story is about Mr. Gold (Robert Carlysle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin). It’s kind of a sad story, but it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. I suspect it’s mostly about a set up for the big season finale on May 12. Still it’s Regina (Lana Parilla) who […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Selfless, Brave and True”

Eion Bailey in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Selfless, Brave and True" | ©2013 ABC/Eion Bailey

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Robert Hull & Kalinda Vasquez Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Well, well, well. It looks like we’re taking a step back from the depths of darkness (finally) on ONCE UPON A TIME. “Selfless, Brave and True” may be all the things Mary Margaret/Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) normally is, but it’s Pinocchio/August (Eion Bailey) who gets to play those cards for a change. Whew! It finally feels like we’re getting back on track here and it’s about time. We start on October 24, […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Welcome to Storybrooke”

Lana Parrila in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Welcome to Storybrooke" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Director: David M. Barrett Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 17, 2013 Fine. I get it. Taking ONCE UPON A TIME to a darker place opens up a lot of room for interesting character growth and additional storylines. That makes sense. It’s good writing. Fine. But there’s a big difference between darker and the roiling pit of self-destructive despair we find ourselves in with “Welcome to Storybrooke.” Dark is interesting. Despair is merely depressing and depression, with its inherent lassitude is an awfully hard […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Miller’s Daughter”

Rose McGowan and Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Miller's Daughter" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 10, 2013 I have been saying since last season that I thought Cora (Barbara Hershey), “The Miller’s Daughter,” was, in fact, that miller’s daughter – you know, the one that got caught up in the original Rumpelstiltskin story, when her father bragged that she could spin straw into gold. Well, I was right and ONCE UPON A TIME has worked its magical twist once again, and very nicely turned that story on its ear in one intense episode. However, I […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Queen is Dead”

Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Lesley Nicol, Barbara Hershey in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "The Queen is Dead" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Daniel T. Thomsen & David H. Goodman Director: Gwyneth Horder Payton Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 3, 2013 It’s almost always fun to get a charcter’s back story, and on ONCE UPON A TIME, those back stories have made for some great set-ups. But in “The Queen is Dead,” the story of Snow and her mother’s death, there’s just a meanness and a progressing darkness to the whole proceeding that doesn’t quite fit the world of the show as we know it. You end the episode […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Manhattan”

Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle and Jared Gilmore in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Manhattan" | ©2013 ABC/David Gray

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: February 17, 2013  It’s not like we didn’t see this one coming from the season premiere. So it turns out that Gold’s (Robert Carlyle) son Baelfire is Neil (Michael Raymond-Jones), aka Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) father. And you have to give writers Kitsis and Horowitz a lot of credit for not stretching this one out unnecessarily. But more fun, in the Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold back story, the writers play off the whole seeing the future thing Ancient […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Doctor”

Sarah Bolger in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "The Doctor" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis Director: Paul Edwards Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 28, 2012 Vamping is a term from the old Broadway stage which means to play music or do a little dance or something to keep the audience in the mood while the storytelling stops to move scenery or some such thing. You can even see it in the music scores – the vamp is a section that can be played for an extended time, in case something sticks, or shortened quickly if things are […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Crocodile”

Josh Dallas, Meghan Ory and Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "The Crocodile" | ©2012 ABC/David Gray

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: David H. Goodman and Robert Hall Director: David Solomon Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 21, 2012 I have often complained about the relentless plundering of the Disney canon in ONCE UPON A TIME. While I haven’t flat out said so, I strongly suspect said plundering is the result of the producers’ contract with ABC (which is owned by Disney, the company that made an art form out of synergy). Every now and then, I get the feeling, that the producers grow weary of kissing Mouse backside […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Lady of the Lake”

Jamie Chung is Mulan in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Lady of the Lake" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg Director: Milan Cheylov Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 14, 2012 If last week’s episode of ONCE UPON A TIME, “We Are Both,” felt like there wasn’t much movement story-wise, this week’s episode, “Lady of the Lake,” makes up for it. We’ve got three locales, two different timelines, plus the usual issues with characters with multiple names. So-o, even though the three main plotlines are inter-woven in the episode, I think it’ll be easier to deal with each one at a time. We’ll […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “We Are Both”

Barbara Hershey in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "We Are Both" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 It is fun to see that Regina (Lana Parilla) was a completely different person when she married Snow White’s father, and that she had her heart in the right place. But I can’t say that the “We Are Both” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME really gets us anywhere in the overall story telling. If anything, the episode foundered under too many waves of philosophizing. Now released from the curse that sent them all there, […]Read On »

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