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Every character seems to have a big problem in the ONCE UPON A TIME winter finale episode, entitled “The Eighth Witch.” However, only Once Upon a Time Season 7’s Big Bad seems to be on her way to finding a solution to her problem – and it’s not who you might think. Problem #1: Drizella plans to cast the Dark Curse Directly after Lucy’s birth, Drizella (Adelaide Kane) shows up to share a not-so-cryptic prophecy. Drizella: “On your darling child’s eighth birthday, all your lives as you know them will end. Hook: “Perhaps you misread the prophecy, love, because you…

After a three-week hiatus, ONCE UPON A TIME came back with a bang – and with a change of fate for two big characters. Who is Victoria Belfrey, really? We thought we knew the answer – Lady Tremaine, of course! – but it turns out there was a lot more to the story, as Once Upon a Time episode 7×09 “One Little Tear” made clear to us. Let’s dive right in with that reveal and then look at how it affects the rest of the story. Victoria Belfrey is Lady Tremaine who is… Rapunzel (Meegan Warner)! What a turnabout for us as…

Some mysteries are solved as new ones are introduced in ONCE UPON A TIME’s special two-hour event. Whenever we have the joy of not one but two episodes of Once Upon a Time, things are bound to get interesting, and Friday’s two episodes are no exception. The first hour, entitled “Eloise Gardener,” is largely Hook/Rogers-centric, as we meet his baby mama and learn the true identity of the girl for whom he’s been searching. The second hour, entitled “Pretty in Blue,” is largely Ella/Jacinda-centric, as we meet her baby daddy and learn more about her mother. Meet Mrs. Hook… Sort Of The…

We should have seen that heartbreaking twist coming, because everything else in ONCE UPON A TIME Season 7 Episode 6 was just too sweet and full of hope. When everyone’s memories returned in the finale of Once Upon a Time’s first season, all of the tears shed were tears of joy. Not so much in “Wake Up Call.” While it was literally a wake up call for one character, it was a wake up call for us as viewers as well – that even in its seventh season, this fairy tale show makes its characters work for their happily ever afters. The Sweet…

If there’s one thing that ONCE UPON A TIME made clear in Season 7 episode 5, “Greenbacks,” it’s this: never underestimate a pretty girl. The women of Once Upon a Time are always full of surprises. In this episode, those surprises range from a knack for beignets to… well, let’s save that reveal for later and take a look at these women one at a time. Roni Roni (Lana Parrilla) doesn’t get a lot of screentime in this episode, but the few minutes she does get pay off in a big way. We first see her coming into a meeting between Detective…

A happy ending for Rumplestilskin? Not yet, but ONCE UPON A TIME sure comes close in season 7 episode 4, appropriately entitled “Beauty.” Henry and Cinderella’s epic love story takes a backseat in this Once Upon a Time episode, giving Rumple and Belle one last, heart wrenching tale as old as time. Let’s get everything else out of the way so we can give Emilie de Ravin the sendoff she deserves. Halloween in Hyperion Heights Naturally, Jacinda (Dania Ramirez) is not allowed to take Lucy (Alison Fernandez) trick-or-treating. She drops by the office to give Ivy (Adelaide Kane) Lucy’s costume. Ivy is…

We learn more about Lady Tremaine’s motivations in ONCE UPON A TIME season 7 episode 3, entitled “The Garden of Forking Paths.” Remember last week, when at the end of our Once Upon a Time episode recap we asked the question, “Why haven’t we met the other stepsister yet?” Well, wait no longer – we met her in this episode. Sort of. Let’s take a look at this week’s episode, starting with the “Another Realm” flashbacks. In “Another Realm” Tiana (Mekia Cox) is NOT the frog-kissing princess we know. In her first few minutes of screentime, she rescues Cinderella (Dania Ramirez)…

Surprising twists abound for Hook(s) in the second episode of ONCE UPON A TIME’s seventh season, entitled “A Pirate’s Life.” The Once Upon a Time executive producers promised that Hook and Emma’s happy beginning from the end of Season 6 wouldn’t be taken away, and they delivered on that promise in a unexpected way. Let’s take a look at how that happened in “A Pirate’s Life,” starting with what the flashbacks revealed to us. In Storybrooke The episode opened with young Henry (Jared Gilmore) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) sparring on the Jolly Roger. When Emma (Jennifer Morrison) walks up and compliments Henry on his swordfighting…

We’re not in Storybrooke anymore, but the Season 7 premiere of ONCE UPON A TIME recreates the essence of the pilot episode. There has been speculation for months about whether or not Season 7 of Once Upon a Time would be worth watching. After all, most of the main cast is gone, and “reboots” are never as good as the original – right? In this case, that doesn’t appear to be true. It’s still too early to judge Season 7, but the first episode, “Hyperion Heights,” hits you in all the right places. Let’s examine it piece-by-piece. There was a…

THE END IS HERE… at least for Season 2 of Shadowhunters. The conclusion just played out and while we enjoyed it, we’re pretty surprised at how many cards the writers threw down on the table. Let’s examine it all, shall we? The first bit of “But why would you do that now?” surprise comes in the form of Jonathan still alive on the beach, clearly worse for wear but functional enough to summon his “mother” from hell and open a major demon rift. I think everyone figured he was alive and would be able to get one more task in…

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