Once Upon a Time: Season 1, Episode 16

Heart of Darkness (18 Mar. 2012)

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Mary Margaret hires Mr. Gold as her attorney when Emma is forced to arrest her for the suspected murder of David's wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Prince ... See full summary »

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Mary Margaret hires Mr. Gold as her attorney when Emma is forced to arrest her for the suspected murder of David's wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Prince Charming sets out to stop a determined and unhinged Snow White, whose memory is still clouded by Rumplestiltskin's potion, from assassinating the Evil Queen. Written by ABC Publicity

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Heart of Darkness
20 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every time I watch an episode of Once Upon a Time, I can't help but think of The 10th Kingdom. Does anyone else remember that show? It was a 2000 NBC miniseries that asked "what happens after happily ever after?" For me, it was one of the first times I'd seen fairy tales with a twist; you know, taking familiar fairytale characters and scenarios and presenting them in rather unconventional ways (an approach that's becoming increasingly popular, not just with shows like OUAT and even Grimm, but recently in Hollywood as well). Call me nostalgic, but I think it's because The 10th Kingdom was one of my first exposures to this genre, if you will, and because it was a series that I was so easily charmed by, that I often use it as a point of reference for this show; it's what I think OUAT should be, and what I secretly hope it will become. And maybe that's why week after week I'm so disappointed.

Okay, maybe "disappointed" is a bit too strong of a word. And maybe it's unfair of me to even try to compare this show to The 10th Kingdom; after all, OUAT is its own show, and I respect it as such. Not to mention the fact that that it has been twelve years since I've seen The 10th Kingdom (God, I'm getting old), and for all I know my memory is better than the miniseries itself (although, I sincerely doubt it). I guess the biggest letdown of this show, for me, is that it's never lived up to its fullest potential, especially since it doesn't have to worry so much about being hounded by the Disney police for copyright infringement. But, in all fairness, the show does have its moments (which I think is one of the reasons I'm still sticking around; Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are probably the two other reasons).

Take last night's episode, for example. It's not perfect, but I did think that it did one of its better jobs of effectively paralleling the Storybrooke plot with the fairytale flashbacks (and it revolved, yet again, around Goodwin and Dallas, so yay).

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