Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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An Untold Story 

Regina and Emma set out to find Henry before Gold does. Meanwhile Snow, David, Hook, and Zelena are imprisoned.


Dean White


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 6 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)
Rebecca Mader ... Zelena
Sean Maguire ... Robin Hood (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Hank Harris ... Dr. Henry Jekyll
Tzi Ma ... The Dragon
Sam Witwer ... Mr. Hyde
Arnold Pinnock ... Poole
Olivia Steele Falconer ... Violet


With the possibility of magic being destroyed and the fate of Storybrooke hanging in the balance, it's a race for Emma and Regina to track down Henry before Gold can find him first. Regina continues to struggle with her frustrations over her former evil-self and, elsewhere, Snow, David, Hook, and Zelena are imprisoned and must contend with two very disturbed individuals that may give Gold a run for his money. Written by Jennifer Percopo

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When Gold closes his door after the room service attendant leaves, his Do Not Disturb sign reads "Hotel D'Or." In French this translates to Golden Hotel, or word-for-word "Hotel of Gold." See more »


When Henry throws the coin in the fountain, and again later when he's on the lion statue calling to the citizens, if you look really carefully (high-definition helps), you can see the name "Vancouver Art Gallery" on the building behind him. This gives away the fact that the scene was filmed in Canada (the side around 857-885 W. Georgia St. in Vancouver) and not in New York City, where the scene takes place. A few extra skyscrapers were digitally added to the background to make it seem more like New York City. You can even see the "Hotel Georgia" across the street in one other shot. See more »


Henry Mills: I know how crazy it sounds. But magic is real. It's all around us. You just have to be willing to see it. You have to be willing to believe. And I know how hard that is. I once let my own belief waver. But I was wrong. We need magic. It can make the world a better place. I know it seems impossible. But think about it... at some point in your life, every one of you was once a believer, and at some point, you left that part of you behind. But you can go back to it. If you believe. So, what do you...
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One story well worth telling
19 September 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 first four seasons had a few ups and downs, like blips in some of the writing, effects and characters that are not as interesting or as well used as they could be, but were on the most part very solid. Many episodes being good to fantastic, with interesting spins on characters, great character interactions and performances and compelling and emotionally involving back-stories for most of the characters. So was expecting a good deal from Season 5 and "The Dark Swan" didn't disappoint at all. All the episodes between that episode and "Devil's Due" ranged to me from decent to brilliant, before reaching disappointment with "Our Decay" and especially "The Brothers Jones" and then picking up somewhat after while still a variable step down in quality.

"An Untold Story" from personal opinion was a very good episode. Not one of the show's best or of the season, but one of the better episodes of the second half of Season 5. Beginning from where the previous episode "Only You", the first of what was something of a two parter, left off, "An Untold Story" is a very good finale to a mostly well done if uneven fifth season, showing all the same strengths and faults of "Only You" (so there will be a little reiteration). Not one of the show's best season finales but it is still very satisfying and rounds the season off well.

There is parts that are a touch corny and don't always flow.

But really the only real fault with "An Untold Story", very like "Only You", is the character writing for Henry, which is all over the place and will admit to actually feeling frustrated by him and his actions rather than relating to them. His chemistry with Violet is sweet though.

However, there is lots of evidence of forward momentum and character development advancing, the characters true to personality and not distorted or going round in circles. One learns a lot and things are made clearer. It doesn't get over-stuffed or jumpy, making it not a difficult episode to follow.

What really makes "An Untold Story" is the character development and interaction. One really feels for Regina, whose grief doesn't veer into soap-opera territory or cliché and makes her a relatable and conflicted character. Her chemistry with Emma is not standard or cliched and comes over as genuine. Everything with Jekyll and Hyde only started in the previous episode and already it's very intriguing. Love the character exchanges throughout.

The way the Evil Queen is brought back couldn't have been better, with plenty of suspense and emotion. Gold still shows why he is one of the show's most well-developed characters, while the Dragon intrigues.

All the acting is strong, Jared Gilmore actually not doing too bad a job with what he is given. Lana Parrilla especially is splendid and makes Regina rootable in a way that's very moving. Robert Carlyle is similarly riveting, he has fun with Gold and has the right amount of charisma, gravitas and shadiness. Hank Harris and Sam Witwer play Jekyll and Hyde very well, especially Witwer whose Hyde shows here potential to be one of 'Once Upon a Time's' better villains of the latter seasons.

Furthermore, "An Untold Story" 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 mostly, with less soap and camp that has been seen in some of the Underworld arc. This aspect has come on a long way since when 'Once Upon a Time' first started, much more complexity and nuance, or at least at this point on the most part.

Summing up, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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