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Snow White, Blood Red
TheLittleSongbird6 January 2018
When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

"An Apple Red as Blood" is from personal opinion tied with "That Still Small Voice" the best episode of Season 1, a solid season with mostly good to great episode with the weakest episode "Dreamy" still being decent. It recalls events from previous episodes and expands on them, while advancing development to some characters. Emma is not as stubborn here and the writers agreed seemed to drop her negativity to magic.

As to be expected, "An Apple Red as Blood" is a very handsomely mounted episode, with settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully and there were some make-up that suited the characters perfectly and pretty good effects work. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

It also contains some of the season's most engaging writing, with a little humour but also more pathos, heart and drama. The story is absorbing with the very dramatic events having real urgency and there is excitement and suspense in the action.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla and Josh Dallas all do great jobs on the acting front and the fairy tale characters are charming. The parallel between real life and fantasy is seamlessly done.

In summary, a season high point. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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Kid Gets Silenced
danajs2419 August 2016
Warning: Spoilers
Henry goes to sleep and Emma finally starts believing in magic. Hooray! Now we can finally progress with the story. Emma's denial of magic was killing the progression of the show, for the last 10 episodes it was so glaringly obvious and her refusal to accept it was stagnating the show entirely. It seems Emma and Regina will need to work together in order to help Henry, so unfortunately with his condition, the story will revolve entirely around him for the season finale. Hopefully Gold gets in on the action to help save Henry, and maybe even find his son as well? This seems to be his driving motivation in the cursed world of Storybrooke.
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Another classic episode in the first season next to That Still Small Voice and The Stable Boy
Remember when I said that That Still Small Voice and The Stable Boy are classic episodes? Well, looks like I found another one.

It does a neat job in continuing the flashbacks for Mary Margaret and David where Prince Charming gets captured by the Evil Queen and it's up to Snow White and the dwarfs along with Red Riding Hood, Granny, and the fairies to save him. The pacing is great not to mention the solid direction in the cliffhanger where Henry eats the apple strudel and gets poisoned and the scene where Mary Margaret eats the poison apple before she fells into a death sleep, causing Prince Charming to wake up and shout this line.

"What have you done?! What have you done?! Snow!!!!" That bit of acting is heartbreaking and the performances continue to shine with Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parrilla delivering some of their best lines. The script is also well-written. It recalls the events that happened in Fruit of the Poisonous Tree and The Stable Boy. The action sequence where Snow White, the dwarfs, Red, Granny, and the fairies fight against King George's army is exciting and well-choreographed with Mark Isham delivering some of the most solid piece of music by blending the action, the drama, and the suspense really well. The directing is superb and the sets along with the scenery continue to be gorgeous throughout. There's not a single problem I do have with the episode. Just one more episode and I'm done with the 1st Season. Thumbs up! :)
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