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

Ginnifer Goodwin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 Premiere - "Broken" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: September 30, 2012 I will say “Broken” is an admirable start to the second season of ONCE UPON A TIME. While we haven’t seen Captain Hook yet (in spite of endless network teases), producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have not finished mining the Disney pantheon, as Mulan (Jamie Chung), Prince Phillip (Julian Morris) and Princess Aurora (Sarah Bolger) are all in attendance as we head back to Storybrooke, Maine, the town to which […]Read On »

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CD Review: ONCE UPON A TIME soundtrack

ONCE UPON A TIME soundtrack | ©2012 Intrada Records

ABC’s fractured fairy tale show couldn’t have asked for a better composer than Mark Isham to tread between fantasy land and the “real world” of Storybrooke. Now with ONCE UPON A TIME’s yarns looking like they’ll be flipping for a while on Rumplestiltskin’s wheel, Intrada compiles the best of Isham’s episodic enchantments for an album the show’s fans will appreciate, as well as those appreciative of his cinematic stories. And therein lies TIME‘s best spell at fully bringing together those two worlds with Isham’s lush, yet melodically delicate sound. For while he might not have scored this kind of live […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “A Land Without Magic” – Season Finale

Lana Parilla and David Anders in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "A Land Without Magic" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 13, 2012 What a season finale. There may have been times when I questioned the writers, but “A Land Without Magic” does nothing but prove just how well-crafted ONCE UPON A TIME is. This is exactly where the story was headed way back last spring when they presumably shot the pilot that became the first episode. Not only that, you’ve got pay-off, wonderful tension and performances. It’s just a great episode and a lovely end […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “An Apple Red As Blood”

Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary in ONCE UPON A TIME An Apple Red as Blood | (c) 2012 ABC/JACK ROWAND

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Jane Espenson Director: David H. Goodman Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 6, 2012 We’re at the penultimate episode of the season for ONCE UPON A TIME, and it’s all about “An Apple Red as Blood,” as Regina (aka The Evil Queen, played by Lana Parilla) decides to use James/Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) as bait to get Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) to eat the fateful apple, then in the modern world, gets Jefferson (aka The Mad Hatter, Sebastian Stan) to get that same apple to bring down Emma […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Stranger”

Tony Amendola as Marco in ONCE UPON A TIME The Stranger | (c) 2012 ABC/JACK ROWAND

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Director: Gwynett Horder-Payton Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 29, 2012 You’d think “The Stranger” would have come closer to the season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME as it’s definitely rich in pay-offs. Oh yes, oh yes. Like the whole August Booth (Eion Bailey) storyline. Ever since he showed up at the tale end of “True North,” we’ve been wondering about him, especially as we find out that he does know more than he should about the fairy tale world. But as we saw […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Return”

Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "The Return" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Paul Edwards Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 22, 2012 For all the teasing ABC has been doing, it looks like we’re going to get some answers about the dual worlds of ONCE UPON A TIME. The problem is, in “The Return,” we’re getting more questions. We’ve often noted that August (Eion Bailey) does not appear to have a fairy tale world counterpart, but that he does seem to be in on what’s going on in Storybrooke, Maine. And the episode leads us along to believe […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Stable Boy”

Barbara Hershey and Noah Bean in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "The Stable Boy" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 1, 2012 One of the things I have loved most about ONCE UPON A TIME is that characters like The Evil Queen (Lana Parilla) have real reasons for being evil. Note, I didn’t say good reasons, after all, good reasons take the stuffin’s out of being evil and that can put a nasty hit on your cred as an evil character, but in “The Stable Boy,” we finally see where Regina gets it all, too. The episode […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Hat Trick”

Eion Bailey in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Hat Trick" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Vladimir Cvetko & David H. Goodman Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 25, 2012 How much you like “Hat Trick” will depend a lot on how you define Fairy Tales. If you believe that ONCE UPON A TIME should restrict itself to Grimm, Andersen and maybe folklore, then you’re not going to like this episode. If you’re fine with including any Disney property involving magic (and you know it will all be Disney), then this dabble into the world of Wonderland will be just fine, especially since we’ve […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Heart of Darkness”

Ginnifer Goodwin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Heart of Darkness" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 18, 2012 At last, we’re getting somewhere. Last week, I complained that ONCE UPON A TIME was getting bogged down in back stories. Not this week. In “Heart of Darkness,” we’re actually moving the plot along – to a very scary and odd place, admittedly. So maybe the writers haven’t written themselves into a corner, after all. The episode starts with Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) on the run from King George, searching for Snow […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Red-Handed”

Meghan Ory in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Red-Handed" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Ron Underwood Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 11, 2012 There is something vaguely unsatisfying about the “Red-Handed” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME. It could be my mood, but the episode feels like more back story than actual moving along of the plot. Yes, I get that when you’re trying to spin a tale over the course of multiple seasons, you don’t want to play your cards too fast. Fair enough. But after a while, the returns start diminishing. Sure, it’s nice to know how Grumpy got […]Read On »

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