Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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The Savior 

Regina and Zelena come to terms with their newfound sisterhood, while Emma sees a vision and Mr. Gold visits Belle in a dream.


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Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Rebecca Mader ... Zelena
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin
Deniz Akdeniz ... Aladdin
Beverley Elliott ... Widow Lucas
Oded Fehr ... Jafar
Hank Harris ... Dr. Henry Jekyll
Giles Matthey ... Gideon
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper


The heroes set out to stop Hyde; Emma experiences a mysterious side effect; refugees from the Land of Untold Stories come to Storybrooke; Regina and Zelena become roommates; Rumple enlists a stranger to help free Belle from the sleeping curse. Written by Bailey Burns

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25 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Jafar's quote "They pick the fruit, they cut the branches, and all that's left is this... shaky stump". Is a reference to the story "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. See more »


Regina Mills: I was an awful stepmother.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Regina, come on. That was the past.
Regina Mills: I know I was.
Regina Mills: How did you maintain hope during those terrible times?
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Well, when my mother died... then my father... I mean, I had nothing. And then I realized, while y- well, the Evil Queen was trying to kill me, that the only way I could stay alive was to never give up. You taught me how to have faith. You were the one who taught me that hope is a choice.
Regina Mills: I think Hades was wrong. Robin is at peace.
Regina Mills: You know, I've been sitting here,...
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ONCE UPON A TIME returns for season six with new heroes, villains, and a look into what it means to be "the Savior".
26 September 2016 | by jedlySee all my reviews

ONCE UPON A TIME (2011-present) is back for another season, and continues to make a splash with audiences. I've really enjoyed the fresh take of these classic mythical, fictional, and fairy tale characters. With heroes presented as villains, villains presented as heroes, and villains redeeming themselves and now siding with heroes this show definitely keeps the audience guessing.

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.

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