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: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Intuition”

Christa B. Allen in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Intuition" | ©2012 ABC/Vivian Zink

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie Director: Randy Zisk Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 21, 2012 It’s a little annoying that even though this is a relatively focused episode of REVENGE, I have to dock “Intuition” a grade because of a personal pet peeve – it’s told in flashback. We start with a maid cleaning up a pool of blood from the Grayson entry way, with Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) watching, then crumpling up a piece of paper and tossing it into the fire. Then “24 hours earlier….” Oh, […]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: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Confidence”

Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Confidence" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts Director: J. Miller Tobin Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 14, 2012 REVENGE has always had a problem with its story running in too many directions at once, and in “Confidence,” it’s not getting any better. We’ve got Declan (Connor Paolo) breaking into houses with Trey Chandler (Michael Nardelli), Daniel (Josh Bowman) trying to figure out which parent he wants to trust, Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Conrad (Henry Czerny) trying to up each other with threats, Amanda (Margarita Levieva) having a baby […]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: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Resurrection”

Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 2 - "Resurrection" | ©2012 ABC/Vivian Zink

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Sallie Patrick Director: David Grossman Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 With Emily (Emily VanCamp) droning on about “Resurrection,” this episode of REVENGE opens with a flashback of young Emily (well, actually Amanda Clarke) riding in a station wagon with her mother Kara (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Young Amanda tells her mother that her daddy said she was sick, but there’s not much of a response and besides, it’s actually a dream and when Nolan (Gabriel Mann) tries to wake Emily up, she chokes him. Nolan’s stressed that […]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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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 2 – “Destiny” – Season Premiere

Emily VanCamp in REVENGE - Season 2 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Mike Kelley & Mark B. Perry Director: Kenneth Fink Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: September 30, 2012 Do I spoil it? Do I? Do I? Last season’s cliffhanger ends with Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) getting on a plane and then news reports that the plane, supposedly containing all the evidence needed to put the evil Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) to jail for a very long time, exploded shortly after take-off with no survivors. Now, we have “Destiny,” where it comes out that… Oh, let’s be real. Nobody on REVENGE stays dead […]Read On »

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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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TV Review: TEEN WOLF – Season 2 – “Shape Shifted”

Tyler Hoechlin in TEEN WOLF - Season 2 - "Shape Shifted" | ©2012 MTV

Stars: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Linden Ashby, JR Bourne Writer: Andrew Cochran Director Russell Mulcahy Network: MTV, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: June 4, 2012 TEEN WOLF delivers another strong episode (and we’re only two episodes into Season 2) as the wolves are showing themselves with the full moon on the horizon. What this means for Scott (Tyler Posey) and his friends is a whole lot of trouble. Now that Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) has become the Alpha wolf, he’s turning willing participants who want to be part of his pack. In “Omega”, […]Read On »

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