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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.2 “The Price”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episode 2: “The Price”
Directed by Romeo Tirone
Written by Andrew Chambliss, Dana Horgan
Created by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle, Sean Maguire, Rebecca Mader
ABC
Air Date: Sunday, October 4th, 2015, 8:00pm

Last week was the season 5 premiere of Once Upon A Time, and our Storybrooke residents have a new mystery to solve. They easily (kinda) trick Zelena (Rebecca Mader) into opening a portal to find Emma (Jennifer Morrison), The Dark One. Turns out, she’s in Camelot, seeking Merlin. She gets into a thing with Brave’s Merida (Amy Manson), but her people find her. But then, “Poof!” They are back in Storybrooke, it is 6 weeks later, and nobody remembers a thing. Nobody except, Emma Swan – full on Dark One.

Don’t proceed any further if you have not watched the episode. Spoilers!

Once Upon A Time 5.2 “The Price” review: The present day Storybrooke scenes are juxtaposed with the 6-week ago Camelot ones (a classic OUAT device). Merlin is a tree (yes – a tree), and King Arthur (Liam Garrigan) seeks out The Dark One. You see, the Dark One’s knife is actually the tip of Excaliber. Emma had given the knife to Regina (Lana Parilla) to do what needs to be done, and Regina took it one step further, and said she was the savior Camelot had been waiting for.

In Camelot, King Arthur and his people lived in a beautiful castle and kingdom. In Storybrooke, they live in tents. That’s just wrong. Necessary, but wrong.

Henry (Jared Gilmore) summons the Dark One, and his loving mother appears, and tells him that he is not to blame – everyone else is. What is this secret? Why did she erase everyone’s minds? Hook (Colin O’Donaghue) tries true love’s kiss. Do you think it works?

They do give us quite a bit of the Camelot happenings. There is a ball (who knew Regina couldn’t dance?). It was really sweet to see Charming (Josh Dallas) teach her. Of course, all happy dances end in bloodshed. You’ll see.

It is good to see Henry getting a chance to be more mature, and have a little love interest. Once he stopped being a cute little kid, he was in that awkward in-between stage. Violet (girl from the dance) is the perfect thing to age him up a bit, and provide him with a storyline that isn’t all about his moms.

I don’t think we needed Rumplestiltskin to tell us what we already knew – The Dark One’s are capable of good, in fact, it is the ones they love that keep them from turning completely dark. But I always enjoy Robert Carlyle anytime he is onscreen, so if Mr. Gold is in that coma, then at least we get to see Rumple as a figment of Emma’s darkness. Bonus points to Once Upon A Time for the magic wilting rose from Beauty and the Beast, as Belle’s (Emilie de Ravin) indicator of Gold’s life.

Lots of action and rescuing this episode (although can Robin stop needing so much rescuing? He’s a goddamn hero!). I could not fast forward the commercials fast enough.

And look for the hint of greek mythology in the episode. If that is the realm next explored, I might implode.

Once Upon A Time airs Sunday nights at 8pm ET on ABC.

Videos

Once Upon A Time – Storybrooke Needs A New Savior


Who will be Storybrooke’s new savior? Here’s a sneak peek at Sunday’s all-new Once Upon A Time. – Season 5, Episode 502: “The Price.”

The Dark Swan Talks to Henry – Once Upon A Time


Emma tells Henry that he didn’t fail her, but everyone else did. Watch a scene from Once Upon A Time – Season 5, Episode 2: “The Price.”

In Regina We Trust – Once Upon A Time


While the citizens of Camelot settle into camp in Storybrooke, Regina (Lana Parrilla) turns to Robin (Sean Maguire) when something Emma (Jennifer Morrison) said disturbs her. Watch a scene from Once Upon A Time – Season 5, Episode 2: “The Price.”

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