Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Witch Hunt 

Emma works with Regina to find out who took everyone's memories from the past year, as flashbacks show the Evil Queen and Robin Hood attempt to break into her castle, which has been overtaken by the Wicked Witch.


Guy Ferland


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Evil Queen / Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... Prince Charming / David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle / Belle French
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Michael Raymond-James ... Neal Cassidy
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
David Anders ... Dr. Whale
Lee Arenberg ... Grumpy / Leroy
Beverley Elliott ... Granny / Granny Lucas
Rebecca Mader ... Zelena
Sean Maguire ... Robin Hood
Meghan Ory ... Red Riding Hood / Ruby Lucas


Emma arrives in Storybrooke with Henry, only to discover no one remembers the past year they had spent in fairy tale land. Back in the fairy tale land during the past year, Regina and Robin Hood attempt to break into her castle, which has been overtaken by the Wicked Witch. Written by Anonymous

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16 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The first episode to have the opening credit clock in at 5 minutes See more »


Evil Queen: You were right. The sleeping curse wasn't the answer. As you said, I just needed to find something to live for.
Robin Hood: And you found it? What?
Evil Queen: The one thing I haven't had in a very long time. Someone to destroy.
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Hunting of the witch
29 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

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.

The second half of Season 3 showed a lot of promise after "New York City Serenade", which did a great job following one from one of 'Once Upon a Time's' most special episodes "Going Home". This promise shows no signs of diminishing with "Witch Hunt", a fine episode and in the better half of Season 3, a season where for me the episodes ranged from pretty good to brilliant (leaning towards the positive opinion for the episodes that had a mixed reception).

It may lack slightly the shocking revelations and game changing seen in the previous two episodes. There is though in "Witch Hunt" a good deal of plot and character progression and the fresh twists and ideas introduced in "New York City Serenade" are thankfully not wasted and build on the big potential seen before.

Loved that there was a different side to the relationship between Emma and Regina and Robin Hood's role and his chemistry with the Evil Queen in the flashbacks (very engrossing and added a good deal to both characters) were delightful. It doesn't feel like we are going round in circles or ground to a halt.

Can't fault the acting from especially Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison and Sean Maguire. Rebecca Mader continues to cast a spell in the most positive of ways.

Furthermore, "Witch Hunt" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme. Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue.

In summary, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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