Regina and Zelena come to terms with their newfound sisterhood, while Emma sees a vision and Mr. Gold visits Belle in a dream.Regina and Zelena come to terms with their newfound sisterhood, while Emma sees a vision and Mr. Gold visits Belle in a dream.Regina and Zelena come to terms with their newfound sisterhood, while Emma sees a vision and Mr. Gold visits Belle in a dream.
This season we'll also get to see what being a "Savior" really means, and even get to meet at least one other-- Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz) and his nemesis, Jafar (Oded Fehr).
There have been missteps here and there, but I like the fact that the writers don't generally draw too many story lines out. Sure, Rumpelstiltskin/ The Beast (Robert Carlyle) is still basically evil, but Regina Mills, The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) isn't anymore. She's even forged close bonds with both Snow White/ Mary Margaret Blanchard (Ginnifer Goodwin) and her daughter Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison). Regina and Emma are even happily sharing parental duties of their son, Henry (Jared S. Gilmore). Even after five years, the Sunday primetime show has maintained loyal audience.
As both a writer and reader, I really enjoy the creativity of this show. Last night's sixth season premiere, THE SAVIOR was no exception to that rule. In fact, it had some very powerful performances in the form of scenes between Emma Swan and Dr. Hopper/ Jiminy Cricket (Raphael Sbarge), Regina Mills and Mary Margaret, and Mr. Hyde (Sam Witwer) is a true antagonist.
I was first introduced to Witwer when he played Davis Bloome/ Doomsday on Smallville. I didn't really like his performance on that show. The same cannot be said about this episode. He's menacing, villainous, sinister, and a perfect counterpoint for the heroes.
The on/off/on/off/on/off relationship between Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and Rumple does get a bit taxing at times, but the premiere did add a new dynamic to it and even a little more romance, which might give it a fresh perspective. Only time will tell how this story line pans out.
THE SAVIOR was a great start to the show's sixth season, with a strong ensemble cast.. I'm eagerly waiting to see how it pans out, and I still recommend this fun, imaginative, family friendly show.
ONCE UPON A TIME airs on ABC on Sundays at 8PM EST.
- Sep 26, 2016