- Network: ABC
- Series Premiere Date: Oct 23, 2011
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Once Upon A Time
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Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
The highlight of the show remains newlywed actress Lana Parrilla, who continues to pepper her Evil Queen with just the right amount of realism to make her deliciously wicked deeds seem justified, but Frozen is just the thing that has gotten Once really moving.
Dec 14, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this have been a very good first half so far . they did good with frozen how they react in this show . am pround of the writter keep up the good work.And i think the secound is going to do great i can feel now while am talking about right now .… Expand
Jan 10, 2015An amazing fantasy show that adds an interesting "mature" twist to all the iconic creatures and characters we know, like Disney characters,An amazing fantasy show that adds an interesting "mature" twist to all the iconic creatures and characters we know, like Disney characters, fairytales, nursery rhymes, Greek mythology, and famous story books. It has great casting for each interesting character, fun and crazy storyline twists/mash-ups/parodies, and just plane epic. Who knew that combining fairytales with the modern world could be a genius idea? Only the executive producers of Lost (Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis) could nail the idea to perfection. A family friendly show that's fun for the whole family, all ages, and no matter who you are.… Expand
May 17, 2015Season 4 brought us "Frozen" in the first part of the season and the "Queens of Darkness" in the second. I'll admit I was skeptical when ISeason 4 brought us "Frozen" in the first part of the season and the "Queens of Darkness" in the second. I'll admit I was skeptical when I first heard about the "Frozen" segment but they won me over. "Frozen" also brought us Elizabeth Mitchell as Ingrid (ie the Snow Queen). She's one of my favorites so I enjoy everything she does. "Queens of Darkness" brought back Malificent (who had a great story). I hope she becomes a season regular. The stories of Ursula and Cruella seemed to be fillers though. The finale brought Operation Mongoose (which was the quest for Regina to find the Author to get her happy ending) to a conclusion. It also gave the actors a chance to switch roles with Snow White becoming the Evil Queen and Regina becoming Snow White. Rumple was a knight known as the "Light One". It looked like the actors had a lot of fun. Regina (Lana Parrilla) continues to be excellent in everything she does (be she good, evil or somewhere in between). It was nice that the writers via the Author acknowledged that she is the most complex, layered character on "Once Upon A Time". Without going into much detail, we witnessed some interesting character developments for Regina, Emma, Henry, Robin, Hook, Rumple, Belle, Zelena and the Charmings. We again see Emma and Regina sacrificing themselves for Henry and each other. Yes I refuse to stop shipping Swan Queen. Next year we're off to Camelot. What perils will the Dark One whip up along the way?… Expand
May 13, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After a very strong third season, the fourth season felt underwhelming to me. It’s sad to say this because as the season progressed, Once Upon a Time no longer became a favorite TV show of mine. It’s still watchable for me but this show felt oddly different from before.
The fourth season’s first arc which added Frozen characters to the show was actually executed very well. Sure, it’s obviously added because of the Frozen hype train that Disney never gets tired of doing. I liked how this extends the movie a bit and the actors who played the Frozen characters did an excellent job recapturing the characters without any noticeable change in their tone or mannerisms. I question how this is important to the main characters until Emma had something to do with the arc which felt really out of place for a bit. I enjoyed the addition of Frozen into the show but I really don’t see the point of it really.
The fourth season’s second arc which features Maleficent, Ursula and Cruella De Vil as villains had great potential that was wasted for Mr. Gold’s character development. However, this arc adds more importance than the previous arc which is good. The subplot for Regina getting her happy ending feels satisfying and adds more complexity to Regina as a character. The subplot that Mary Margaret and David did something horrible in the past proves that good and bad is not black and white and it feels satisfying. The plot twist that Zelena is still alive is fascinating and I liked how the show didn’t really kill her just yet. I like this arc better than the Frozen one. However, this arc would have been much better if the villains were not sidelined for Mr. Gold’s character development.
This season is an underwhelming mixed bag for me. However, after seeing the season finale and the way the second arc developed some of the characters, I need to see the next season. Luckily I wasn’t forced to watch it. I hope the next season is much better but I am going to lower my expectations.… Expand
Nov 12, 2015Anyone looking for predictable outcomes, one dimensional characters with no real growth this show is for you. Every once in a blue moon a gemAnyone looking for predictable outcomes, one dimensional characters with no real growth this show is for you. Every once in a blue moon a gem appears in the way of performance and creativity but with each episode those gems become fewer and fewer it would seem.… Expand
Dec 16, 2014This particular review is only on Season 4. I loved the other 3 seasons but this latest one is horrible. The new relationships are very forcedThis particular review is only on Season 4. I loved the other 3 seasons but this latest one is horrible. The new relationships are very forced and certain characters like Snow White are absolutely useless. There is too many characters to track of right now and too much focus certain characters.
This show needs to thin the herd. Seriously a lot of these characters need to die and die for good not just the villains.
Only good scenes were with is Princess Anna. Her genuine naive approach to situations was a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the cast who should know better by now!!… Expand
Nov 23, 2014Once upon a time, ABC was in talks with an amazing creator named Bill Willingham, whose comic series "Fables" is a long line of brilliance,Once upon a time, ABC was in talks with an amazing creator named Bill Willingham, whose comic series "Fables" is a long line of brilliance, mature exploration of character and fairy tale tropes blended into a modern setting. It is hands down one of the best series I have ever read, and it's still going (at least into 2015 when the story comes to a close).
At some point, those talks fell through. Then, half a year later, ABC announces Once Upon a Time, based on the same basic conceit as the Willingham comic from Vertigo (DC). I'm sad it's not Fables, but I'm excited at the idea.
Then, I watch it. I tried. I really did. It's so watered down, trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator, with annoying leads (though I liked Jiminy Cricket and I liked Rumpelstiltskin for what they were worth). It had a less-intriguing premise. It was far too soft and Disney-fied. They basically took this amazing mature story and tried to make it have mass appeal to the family audience. Already not what I wanted, but hey, I like a good family show on occasion, so I stuck it out.
And the writing sucked. The plotting, the dialogue, the generic tropes done with a straight face, bland as could be. The kid is obnoxious. Snow's 'daughter' is obnoxious. Snow is less interesting than a bottle of Ambien (and it's sad, too, I loved the actress in Big Love).
Jiminy and Rumpel are the only reason this review didn't get a '0'.
If you want something that's actually good in this vein, go read Fables. Or watch Grimm.… Expand
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