Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Smash the Mirror: Part 1 

Gold interferes with the Snow Queen's plans for his own agenda, as flashbacks show the Snow Queen try to pit Elsa and Anna against each other. Emma turns to Gold for help getting her powers under control.


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French (credit only)
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Michael Socha ... Will Scarlet
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Scott Michael Foster ... Kristoff
Georgina Haig ... Queen Elsa
Elizabeth Lail ... Princess Anna
Sean Maguire ... Robin Hood
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Ingrid
Timothy Webber ... The Apprentice


In Arendelle, when the Snow Queen tries to pit Elsa and Anna against each other and when it proves more difficult than she anticipates, she takes drastic measures. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke Emma's powers are out of control and her fear of hurting loved ones pushes her away from everyone she cares about. In her confusion, Emma turns to Gold for help getting her powers under control. Gold tells her about a way to get rid of her powers altogether and Hook tries to put a stop to it. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with her plan to find the author of the storybook until her quest takes an unexpected turn. Robin Hood recruits Will Scarlet to assist him on a mission and Mary Margaret and David search for Emma.

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Release Date:

16 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Will, picking the library door, says it is a 6 pin lock, "Not the easiest." Granted, the more pins the harder to pick and 5 pin locks are still the most common, by far. But, far more important is the shape of the pins and how tightly machined the parts are... the less wobble, the harder to pick. But irregularly shaped pins (spool, serrated, mushroom) are the worst. See more »


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Gold and Snow
25 May 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 4 had a lot to live up after Season 3 being as impressive as it was. At this early stage of the season, one can see a lot of promise, some may argue that it is capitalising on 'Frozen's' success but there is much more to the season than that. This promise was apparent from the get go, with a great season opener in "A Tale of Two Sisters". The good to great quality continued, until dipping a little with "Family Business" and then returning to form with "The Snow Queen".

'Once Upon a Time' continues to be back on form with "Smash the Mirror: Part 1", a Season 4 highlight. Like what was said for "The Snow Queen", it's like the Snow Queen herself, underneath the icy exterior and demeanour is a very emotional and surprisingly complex heart. So far Season 4 has shown that the show is doing far more than capitalising on 'Frozen's' success or being a marketing ploy like it could have been.

There is so much to like about "Smash the Mirror: Part 1" and nothing to fault. It has a good deal of forward momentum, the characters are still interesting and true to character (the Snow Queen is just fascinating), not behaving idiotically, it doesn't feel like filler, it has entertainment value, nice character moments that mean a lot and a lot of heart. There are even much needed questions answered.

Especially good in "Smash the Mirror: Part 1", like "The Snow Queen", are the characterisation of The Snow Queen and her back-story. Already she is proving herself to be a complex character and much more than a standard villain that she easily could have been, and her back-story is heart-wrenching, makes sense, is crystal clear without being simplistic and makes her a character to sympathise with as well as getting chills by.

Gold has always been one of 'Once Upon a Time's' most interesting characters. "Smash the Mirror: Part 1" does nothing to change that, his role in the episode has great mysterious intrigue.

All the performances are delightful, most notably a remarkably nuanced Elizabeth Mitchell and from Robert Carlyle. A lot happens but it doesn't feel over-stuffed or underdone.

Furthermore, "Smash the Mirror: Part 1" 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 theme tune.

Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue, no corn or cheesiness here. This aspect has come on such a long way since when 'Once Upon a Time' first started, much more complexity and nuance.

In summation, a Season 4 high point. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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