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Kansas 

The residents of Storybrooke try to prevent Zelena from stealing Mary Margeret's newborn baby for use in her evil plan, as flashbacks show Glinda attempt to convince Zelena to fight her evil tendencies and join her as a protector of Oz.

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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
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Evil Queen / Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Michael Raymond-James ... Neal Cassidy (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin
David Anders ... Dr. Whale
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy
Christopher Gorham ... Wizard of Oz (voice)
Rebecca Mader ... Zelena
Sean Maguire ... Robin Hood
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper
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As Mary Margaret goes into labor, the residents of Storybrooke try to prevent Zelena from stealing her newborn baby for use in her evil plan. Back in the land of Oz, Glinda tries to convince Zelena to fight her evil tendencies and join her as a protector of Oz. Written by Dao Dinh Gia Bao

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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Kitsis/Horowitz,ABC Studios See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Henry Mills: Once upon a time, you were a villain, Mom. But you've changed. You're a hero now. And defeating bad guys is what heroes do. I believe in you. Now you need to believe, too.
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Dorothy, I don't think you're in Kansas anymore
23 April 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.

Season 3 was a very solid one, for me there wasn't a misfire and even the weakest episodes ("Lost Girl" and "The New Neverland" as far as the previous episodes go) were decent. "Going Home" and "A Curious Thing" were especially special of the numerous great episodes. "Kansas" is another great episode if not quite one of the season's best.

"Kansas" has very little wrong. My only real complaint was Zelena's defeat being far too easy.

Like "A Curious Thing", "Kansas" has a good deal of forward momentum, story lines are progressed, the character development is advanced (especially Regina, Zelena and Rumplestiltskin). What "Kansas" does even better are that things are resolved without being too pat and much needed answers are provided. A lot happens with a lot of fun, intensity and emotion.

Am continuing to love the character of Zelena, who made a very big impression when she was first introduced, she is a very interesting and well written character. Peter Pan left very big shoes to fill as the villain of the first half of the season, Zelena fills them pretty brilliantly. The flashbacks are interesting and compelling to watch, with nothing being padded out or confused. Glinda shows signs of settling beautifully and Dorothy's short appearance, especially in the exchange with Glinda, is appealing.

Can't fault any of the acting, there is a lot of meat for everyone to sink their teeth into which all do with aplomb. Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and in particular Rebecca Mader especially.

Furthermore, "Kansas" 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.

Summing up, another great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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