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A Land Without Magic 

Emma and Regina are forced to work together in order to save Henry's life, while flashbacks show Charming's mission to save Snow's life after escaping from the Evil Queen.


Dean White


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... Prince Charming / David Nolan
Eion Bailey ... August W. Booth
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
David Anders ... Dr. Whale
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Jamie Dornan ... The Huntsman
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Sebastian Stan ... Jefferson
Kristin Bauer van Straten ... Maleficent
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas


With Henry under a sleeping curse, Emma begins to understand what's really going on in the town of Storybrooke as she risks everything to save her son. Meanwhile flashbacks reveal Prince Charming's quest to save Snow White come to a close as he must face the Powerful Sorceress Maleficent who is trapped as a dragon...

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Release Date:

13 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Emma empties Henry's book bag, an Apollo candy bar tumbles out. Apollo is the candy bar of choice on the television series Lost (2004). See more »


As Henry collapses on the floor and laying on the Hospital bed he can be see clearly smiling especially when medical staff is performing CPR on him. See more »


[first lines]
Prince Charming: I will find you, Snow. I will always find you.
Black Knight No. 1: Be hard to do that without your head.
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The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »

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An emotional and epic way to end the first season

A Land Without Magic is not only another classic episode, but it's a solid ending to the first season. There's not a single problem that I do have with this episode because this episode really satisfied me.

The acting continue to be solid. Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parrilla both give their emotional performances as they are both worried that Henry might die if they don't find the cure to heal Henry of the death sleep. Also, Robert Carlyle continues to steal the scene as Rumpelstiltskin and never ceases to amaze me every time he appears on screen.

The writing is really good with every moment that doesn't feel too sappy or mawkish, the pacing, again, is great and doesn't rush or feel too slow. The directing and editing is really neat, but the best part is the action sequence where Emma fights the dragon while Prince Charming fights the same creature in the Enchanted Forest filled with suspense and tension and the ending where Henry is healed and it did leave me teary-eyed. It teaches us that True Love's Kiss conquers all. Also, it leaves a cliffhanger for the events that would happen in the 2nd season and it interested me.

So, overall, A Land Without Magic is another classic episode and succeeds in every way possible. Can't wait to review the next season. :)

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