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10 items from 2015


Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 11 review: Swan Song

7 December 2015 6:49 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Once Upon A Time season 5 goes on its winter holiday, but not before dragging its characters on a journey to the underworld...

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5.11 Swan Song

‘What kind of man do you want to be?’ asks literally nearly everyone of Hook in the mid season finale of Once Upon A Time.

Hook is hell-bent on getting his revenge against the crocodile, even if it means others have to suffer for it to happen. Henry and his extended family (which is actually a lot) are all marked by Carron; Storybrooke’s local ferryman to the Underworld. They’ve all got a one-way ticket and Rumple, ever the optimist, informs them that there is no changing the destination. They will all be in the Underworld by the end of the night.

Everyone gives up pretty easily and accepts their fate, which feels like uncharacteristic behaviour to facilitate the plot. »

- louisamellor

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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 10 review: Broken Heart

30 November 2015 7:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The Dark Ones gather in the year's penultimate Once Upon Of Time episode, the aptly titled Broken Heart...

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5.10 Broken Heart

A lot of characters (and shippers’ hearts) were broken on this week’s episode of Once Upon A Time, aptly named Broken Heart.

We experienced our first taste of Dark Hook, and he did not disappoint. Back in his leathers and with a slightly new hairstyle, he is the image of a swoon-worthy swaggering pirate. Well, except for the whole evil bit, like when he tells Emma she will always be an orphan. He knows how to hurt.

Unlike Emma, who managed to hold off the darkness for days (weeks? Months? The passage of time is very foggy), Hook is consumed by it in a matter of hours. Besides Hook telling Emma he’s not strong enough, I think it’s also due to his circumstances. »

- louisamellor

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Once Upon A Time season 5 episodes 8 & 9 review: Birth & The Bear King

16 November 2015 11:08 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Once Upon A Time delivers an unbalanced two-parter that unleashes yet more dark magic on the fairy tale folk...

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5.8 Birth & 5.9 The Bear King

Tonight’s double episode was a perfect example of how great Once Upon A Time can be, and how, er, not great. These two episodes should never have been aired together, or more specifically, putting The Bear King right after Birth only made its weaknesses more noticeable. It was clearly a filler, and besides a few character moments, it’s hardly worth talking about in comparison to the big events of Birth, so let’s just get it out of the way quickly now.

Red! Mulan! Praise the Greek gods (that’s definitely the next mythology the show is about to tackle, right?), we finally see them back on our screens. This was the only redeeming feature of the Brave plot line. »

- louisamellor

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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 7 review: Nimue

10 November 2015 12:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Once Upon A Time season 5 delivers a solid episode focusing on new character, Nimue, and written by the mighty Jane Espenson...

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5.7 Nimue

All hail Jane Espenson, nerd Queen and the writer of this week’s episode. From writing on Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, to Game of Thrones, Espenson knows how to write good TV, and Nimue is no exception. 

This was a risky episode, with the majority of the screen time dedicated to two new characters that the audience has little connection to, but unlike the less successful Broken Kingdom that focused on Arthur and Guinevere, this time it worked. This is in part due to the excellent casting of Elliot Knight as Merlin. He may not be an old wizard with a white beard, but his poise and calmness is captivating. Then of course there is the melding of Arthurian legend that connects »

- louisamellor

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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 6 review: The Bear And The Bow

2 November 2015 6:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Brave's Merida comes to the forefront of the action in this week's episode of Once Upon A Time, The Bear And The Bow...

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5.6 The Bear And The Bow

Well, if you love Belle and Rumple, then boy, was this the episode for you!

Belle is probably the most underused character from the main cast, so seeing her take a break from carrying around a glass jar everywhere is a welcome change. She gets her own two separate storylines this episode, one in Camelot with Merida, and the other in Storybrooke with Rumple, but let's first talk about the Brave-centric flashback.

I like Merida. I do, even with that wig, but her backstory this episode just felt unnecessary. It was completely removed from what was happening in the rest of Camelot and does nothing to bringing us closer to solving what exactly happened six weeks ago. »

- louisamellor

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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 5 review: Dreamcatcher

26 October 2015 6:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Whatever Emma's game plan is in Once Upon A Time season 5, it's not about to win her any popularity awards...

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5.5 Dreamcatcher

Merlin is no longer a tree, thank goodness for that. It's a surprise though, as I didn’t think we were going to see his real face for a lot longer. I figured the freeing of Merlin would be part of the mid-season finale and the reason Emma cursed Camelot and brought them back to Storybrooke. Now that he is mobile, what will he do? Presumably take down Arthur, but Merlin is the only character to not show up in Storybrooke, so maybe something worse happens to him than being transformed into a tree.

Emma and Regina’s quest to de-bark Merlin is the best arc of the episode. There’s no denying the chemistry between the two; they just bounce off each other so well. »

- louisamellor

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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 4 review: Broken Kingdom

20 October 2015 12:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Is Once Upon A Time's Brave storyline in danger of overshadowing the pre-existing storylines? Broken Kingdom suggests so...

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5.4 Broken Kingdom

If I were to sum up this episode with one word, it would be ‘meh’.  The more interesting characters like Emma and Hook are sidelined, or completely written out (we only got one eye roll from Regina – one!), in favour of detailing the backstory of Camelot with Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot.

This was obviously a needed episode, especially after watching Arthur convince his squire to commit suicide for Camelot, but it didn’t quite land. It was perhaps too rushed, trying to show and develop characters in too small a time frame. What suffers most is the ‘great’ love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere. There is definite affection between the two, but their kiss seemed a jump. It happened because the story needed it to, »

- louisamellor

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Once Upon a Time Recap: You Guin' Some, You Lose Some

18 October 2015 6:41 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

This week on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, we learned a whole lot about Camelot, the Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot triangle and how the king was consumed with completing Excalibur. Our heroes meanwhile either got sandbagged by a spell or, if lucky, got to make out in a meadow.

RelatedMatt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Once Upon a Time and More

As I look over my notes here for “The Broken Kingdom,” I am not surprised to see that a good 80 percent of them are about characters other than those from Storybrooke. And that was a problem. Basically, they needed »

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New Once Upon a Time Season 5 Photos: Snow and Charming Are Ready to Fight

15 October 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It seems that a duel of some sort will be breaking out in this Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time, “The Broken Kingdom,” as both Snow and Charming have their swords out, ready to fight. But the big question here is: who are they fighting? Since Lancelot told Snow at the end of last week’s episode that Arthur may not be as heroic as he appears to be, I’m going to guess that the Charmings may find themselves going up against the King and Queen of Camelot. And speaking of Arthur and Guinevere, both of them are in the Once Upon a Time photos below as well, although neither looks as intense as Snow or Charming. Instead, the king and queen hold each other close and kiss in their moments together. However, we won’t only be seeing Guinevere with Arthur this week, as Sinqua Walls »

- Chris King

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'Once Upon a Time' Episode 5.4 Photos: Mary Margaret Receives a Warning from Lancelot

14 October 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Official photos from season 5 episode 4 of Once Upon a Time, airing Sunday, October 18 at 8pm on ABC.

"The Broken Kingdom" -- After receiving a cryptic warning from Lancelot about Arthur's intentions, Mary Margaret realizes Arthur may be the heroes' biggest threat, but when she is unable to convince David of the danger, she takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Hook's unwavering love for Emma provides a glimmer of hope in her struggle against the unrelenting voice of Rumplestiltskin. In a Camelot flashback, Guinevere senses that Arthur is losing his way, consumed by his obsession with making Excalibur whole, so she sets out with Lancelot on her own quest into the heart of darkness. In Storybrooke, Dark Emma unleashes a secret weapon in the next phase of her plan to find the brave soul she needs to draw Excalibur from the stone. »

- editor@buddytv.com

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