Once Upon a Time Reviews & Ratings

Sundays, 8:00 PM ET on ABC

60 minutes

From the inventive minds of Lost executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis comes a bold new imagining of the world, where fairy tales and the modern-day collide.
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Nov 19, 2015 11:26PM EST
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UPCOMING EPISODES
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Nov 22 - OUAT WEEK OFF

Nov 29 - S5 E10__Broken Heart (imdb, wiki)

Dec 06 - S5 E11__Swan Song (imdb, wiki)

Dec 13 - Feb 21 - SEASON BREAK

Mar 06 - S5 E12__Souls Of The Departed (imdb, wiki)

Mar 13 - S5 E13__Labor of Love (imdb, wiki)

UPCOMING EPISODES
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Nov 22 - OUAT WEEK OFF

Nov 29 - S5 E10__Broken Heart (imdb, wiki)

Dec 06 - S5 E11__Swan Song (imdb, wiki)

Dec 13 - Feb 21 - SEASON BREAK

Mar 06 - S5 E12__Souls Of The Departed (imdb, wiki)

Mar 13 - S5 E13__Labor of Love (imdb, wiki)

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Nov 19, 2015 7:07PM EST
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I've always loved fairy tales. Beauty and the beast, Rapunzel, Cinderella... To see how the writers of this show intertwine all these ancient stories is absolutely amazing. I'm obviously not a fan of every single character but they've done an amazing casting job with this one. If you're doubting about watching, don't, just do it!

I've always loved fairy tales. Beauty and the beast, Rapunzel, Cinderella... To see how the writers of this show intertwine all these ancient stories is absolutely amazing. I'm obviously not a fan of every single character but they've done an amazing casting job with this one. If you're doubting about watching, don't, just do it!

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Nov 17, 2015 11:31PM EST
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I love this show! I love how it takes childhood stories and turns them into more elaborate plots and they get better with every episode! Very interesting. Can't get enough.

I love this show! I love how it takes childhood stories and turns them into more elaborate plots and they get better with every episode! Very interesting. Can't get enough.

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Nov 11, 2015 9:44PM EST
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SO MANY CHARACTERS!!!

SO MANY CHARACTERS!!!

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by Alina Rionda
Oct 31, 2015 10:56AM EDT
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Another of my favourites. Disney characters from a different story and point of view with new twists added and fantasy, fantasy, fantasy. The wicked witch of Snow White becomes a hero and friend to her and prince charming and falls in love with Robin Hood, can you believe that?. You will love the story. I hope they don't stop or dump ever. I can watch this forever. The villains are great too. All the actors are exceptionally good and credible.

Another of my favourites. Disney characters from a different story and point of view with new twists added and fantasy, fantasy, fantasy. The wicked witch of Snow White becomes a hero and friend to her and prince charming and falls in love with Robin Hood, can you believe that?. You will love the story. I hope they don't stop or dump ever. I can watch this forever. The villains are great too. All the actors are exceptionally good and credible.

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Oct 31, 2015 1:57AM EDT
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Oct 29, 2015 4:44PM EDT
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Once Upon a Time
5.01 “The Dark Swan”
Grade: B-

Once upon a time, I was really freaking obsessed with Once Upon a Time. It seems absurd now, that a show that devolved into an over-the-top parody of itself could once have been unironically enjoyable. But according to my last blog post about it, as well as several unpublished documents of season two notes (heavily seasoned with my all-caps feelings, of course), I loved this show. I thought it was good—entertaining, at least. What’s most embarrassing is that I thought of Once as the rightful heir to Lost, when that honor obviously belongs to Orange Is the New Black. Nowadays (at least since last year’s uninspired Frozen plot), watching Once has become a chore. As I mentioned in my Fall Preview, this show better get really good or really gay or I will make good on my promise to quit.

Aside from the promised return of Mulan (and Sleeping Warrior, I hope…), I couldn’t resist checking out how Once Upon a Time would handle Emma Swan as the Dark One. Last season’s finale flourish was one of the more ridiculous and enjoyable twists I’ve seen on the show in years. Evil on this show is a bit too campy for my taste, but a Dark Swan seems like deceptively good fun. Emma has always been one of the show’s strengths as an actual human with realistic flaws and emotions (the melodramatic, holier-than-thou Charmings, for example, have become insufferable), although the logic surrounding her destiny and her powers has often been quite questionable. Still, my favorite scenes of this episode were of Emma battling the darkness inside her, personified by Rumplestiltskin. The former Dark One is the obvious choice here, but it works because Robert Carlyle is so delightfully good at being bad. I was indifferent about the addition of Amy Manson as Merida since I haven’t seen Brave, but I liked her chemistry with Jennifer Morrison. I would have liked to see more of Emma’s interactions with Rumple and Merida, but this episode had other plans.

The scenes in the Enchanted Forest were fun to watch until about a dozen of Emma’s closest friends show up to dampen the mood. The logistics of how they get there are so ridiculous it’s hardly worth getting into. There’s a magic wand, a prison break, a green tornado, some dwarves with FOMO, and a baby that should probably have been left with a sitter or at least been buckled into a car seat or something. Everyone wants to save Emma from herself, probably because they care about her but probably also because she was a pretty formidable witch to begin with. I won’t blame a show so rooted in the battle between good and evil for giving speeches about resisting one’s own dark side. But the overacting really takes me out of the moment. Hook and Snow White especially have become quite one-note, aggressively brooding/whining and trying to “save” Emma via increasingly ridiculous means. Regina can still pretty much do no wrong in my eyes, but at what point will this show’s fast-diminishing returns finally tunnel through to China?

Because of course this episode ends with a flash-forward and a memory wipe. Once abuses amnesia as a plot device more than Supernatural has Sam and Dean keeping secrets from one another. And of course Once is doing Camelot this season. No Disney property is safe from a group of writers running out of ideas. Apparently Regina is supposed to be the town Savior now? Honestly, I’m just rolling my eyes at the whole thing. But Emma Swan as the Dark One, decked out in reptilian leather and bleached eyebrows? That’s too fun to miss.
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Once Upon a Time
5.01 “The Dark Swan”
Grade: B-

Once upon a time, I was really freaking obsessed with Once Upon a Time. It seems absurd now, that a show that devolved into an over-the-top parody of itself could once have been unironically enjoyable. But according to my last blog post about it, as well as several unpublished documents of season two notes (heavily seasoned with my all-caps feelings, of course), I loved this show. I thought it was good—entertaining, at least. What’s most embarrassing is that I thought of Once as the rightful heir to Lost, when that honor obviously belongs to Orange Is the New Black. Nowadays (at least since last year’s uninspired Frozen plot), watching Once has become a chore. As I mentioned in my Fall Preview, this show better get really good or really gay or I will make good on my promise to quit.

Aside from the promised return of Mulan (and Sleeping Warrior, I hope…), I couldn’t resist checking out how Once Upon a Time would handle Emma Swan as the Dark One. Last season’s finale flourish was one of the more ridiculous and enjoyable twists I’ve seen on the show in years. Evil on this show is a bit too campy for my taste, but a Dark Swan seems like deceptively good fun. Emma has always been one of the show’s strengths as an actual human with realistic flaws and emotions (the melodramatic, holier-than-thou Charmings, for example, have become insufferable), although the logic surrounding her destiny and her powers has often been quite questionable. Still, my favorite scenes of this episode were of Emma battling the darkness inside her, personified by Rumplestiltskin. The former Dark One is the obvious choice here, but it works because Robert Carlyle is so delightfully good at being bad. I was indifferent about the addition of Amy Manson as Merida since I haven’t seen Brave, but I liked her chemistry with Jennifer Morrison. I would have liked to see more of Emma’s interactions with Rumple and Merida, but this episode had other plans.

The scenes in the Enchanted Forest were fun to watch until about a dozen of Emma’s closest friends show up to dampen the mood. The logistics of how they get there are so ridiculous it’s hardly worth getting into. There’s a magic wand, a prison break, a green tornado, some dwarves with FOMO, and a baby that should probably have been left with a sitter or at least been buckled into a car seat or something. Everyone wants to save Emma from herself, probably because they care about her but probably also because she was a pretty formidable witch to begin with. I won’t blame a show so rooted in the battle between good and evil for giving speeches about resisting one’s own dark side. But the overacting really takes me out of the moment. Hook and Snow White especially have become quite one-note, aggressively brooding/whining and trying to “save” Emma via increasingly ridiculous means. Regina can still pretty much do no wrong in my eyes, but at what point will this show’s fast-diminishing returns finally tunnel through to China?

Because of course this episode ends with a flash-forward and a memory wipe. Once abuses amnesia as a plot device more than Supernatural has Sam and Dean keeping secrets from one another. And of course Once is doing Camelot this season. No Disney property is safe from a group of writers running out of ideas. Apparently Regina is supposed to be the town Savior now? Honestly, I’m just rolling my eyes at the whole thing. But Emma Swan as the Dark One, decked out in reptilian leather and bleached eyebrows? That’s too fun to miss.
(http://wp.me/p2Nmuf-9t)

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Oct 26, 2015 1:06PM EDT
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my brain just would not stop working during Dreamcatcher regarding "Dark Swan", methinks Emma is only pretending to still be the dark one, it's either a plan her and Merlin have concocted because Arthur really is bad, it's even popped into my head that Dark Swan is both Emma and Merlin and that's the only way Merlin was able to come into our realm which is maybe the only realm they can defeat Arthur. now let me say that half the time I am right about what's really going on and half the time i'm totally wrong lol

my brain just would not stop working during Dreamcatcher regarding "Dark Swan", methinks Emma is only pretending to still be the dark one, it's either a plan her and Merlin have concocted because Arthur really is bad, it's even popped into my head that Dark Swan is both Emma and Merlin and that's the only way Merlin was able to come into our realm which is maybe the only realm they can defeat Arthur. now let me say that half the time I am right about what's really going on and half the time i'm totally wrong lol

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Oct 24, 2015 12:14PM EDT
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The idea of the show was just huge!!! The story is well writen.
Although the level of the 3rd season (especially the second part) was kind of bad.
It's a pleasure to watch the 4th season because they brought back many characters and they focus on the dark one and Merlin hich is so interesting.

The idea of the show was just huge!!! The story is well writen.
Although the level of the 3rd season (especially the second part) was kind of bad.
It's a pleasure to watch the 4th season because they brought back many characters and they focus on the dark one and Merlin hich is so interesting.

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Oct 20, 2015 3:01PM EDT
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