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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: A Game-Changing Finale Weaves A Powerful Spell

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 22 of ABC's "Once Upon a Time," entitled "A Land Without Magic."

The mark of a good TV episode is escapism. When a show is at its best, an hour seems to pass by in the blink of an eye -- there's not a moment of extraneous dialogue, no plodding scenes, no interludes where you feel tempted to check your phone in the middle of the action. You're transported -- transfixed by something truly transcendent. In short, you're entertained. Tonight, "Once Upon A Time" checked all those boxes and more.

Was it a perfect hour? No. But it was probably as close as network TV gets, delivering on all the promises made in the pilot in engaging, enthralling ways. Sure, the dialogue has always had the tendency to skew a little cheesy at times and the special effects were a little wobbly, but I'd like to see you try to create a realistic CGI dragon on a broadcast budget. HBO may have spoiled us with "Game of Thrones" and its lavish, subscriber-funded setpieces, but for the Disney crowd, no show on air has more heart than "OUAT." Read More...


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