Once Upon a Time 3.21-3.22: “Snow Drifts”; “There’s No Place Like Home”
May13

Once Upon a Time 3.21-3.22: “Snow Drifts”; “There’s No Place Like Home”

[Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Once Upon a Time, up to and including “Snow Drifts” and “There’s No Place Like Home”.] Once Upon a Time closed off its brilliant third season in grand style, with a magnificently entertaining two-hour finale that managed to be fun and endlessly imaginative, while also highly emotional and a stunning step forwards for Emma as a...

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Once Upon a Time 3.20: “Kansas”
May06

Once Upon a Time 3.20: “Kansas”

[Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Once Upon a Time, up to and including “Kansas”.] Each week lately, I emerge from the latest episode of Once Upon a Time legitimately gobsmacked and a bit bemused. Did they just–? They didn’t really actually–? Oh, but they did. I’ve repeatedly mentioned throughout these reviews how impressed I’ve been by how quickly the...

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Once Upon a Time 3.19: “A Curious Thing”
Apr29

Once Upon a Time 3.19: “A Curious Thing”

[Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Once Upon a Time, up to and including “A Curious Thing”.] I am absolutely blown away. Ever since its first season, Once Upon a Time has consistently raised the bar of its storytelling higher and higher and yet still, to this day, manages to sometimes completely catch me off guard with its brilliance. I should expect it by now, and yet I still emerge...

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Once Upon a Time 3.18: “Bleeding Through”
Apr24

Once Upon a Time 3.18: “Bleeding Through”

[Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Once Upon a Time, up to and including “Bleeding Through,” and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.] With this week’s episode, “Bleeding Through,” Once once again knocks it out of the park with an often blisteringly brilliant hour that features some of the best character development that the series has ever done, focusing on one of the...

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Once Upon a Time 3.17: “The Jolly Roger”
Apr15

Once Upon a Time 3.17: “The Jolly Roger”

[Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Once Upon a Time, up to and including “The Jolly Roger”.] Just as with “Nasty Habits” earlier this season, “The Jolly Roger” is niftily misleading. In that earlier case, when we finally got a Rumple-interacting-with-Peter-Pan flashback, we assumed from the start that it would be the story of his first run-in with the boy and...

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