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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.21 “Last Rites”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 21: “Last Rites”
Directed by Craig Powell
Written by Jerome Schwartz
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, May 8th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week, Once Upon A Time was full of betrayal and heartbreak. We got to see an Emma (Jennifer Morrison) origin story about how she became a bail bondsman, and acquired her signature red leather jacket. She also helped Hades (Greg Germann) get Zelena (Rebecca Mader) from Gold and Pan (Robert Carlyle and Robbie Kay), after they predictably tried to double-cross them. Since that didn’t work, Gold stole Robin Hood’s heart to give to his youthful father. That was a sham, as Gold double-crossed him and gave him a skin filled with water instead from the River of Souls. Hades took the names off of the tombstones, but the heroes couldn’t follow yet. That shared heart thing did not work because Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) was dead for too long. Hades told them how they could get their shot, but that was a dead end. Although it did prove their true love, there was no magic ambrosia left to help, and Emma had to leave him. It was all a setup. Also setup were the rest of them, trapped by Cruella and the blind witch. Emma was able to save the others and they all left the Underworld through the portal. Goodbye Hook.

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.20 “Firebird”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 20: “Firebird”
Directed by Ron Underwood
Written by Jane Espenson
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, May 1st, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on Once Upon A Time, Hades and Zelena (Greg Germann and Rebecca Mader) made promises to stay together and live in the real Storybrooke, while the rest of the heroes stay stuck. Regina (Lana Parilla) turned to Cora (Barbara Hershey) for help. Cora made the girls remember that they once knew and cared for one another, and was then able to move on. Zelena went to go talk to Hades, but got intercepted and kidnapped by Gold and Peter Pan (Robert Carlyle and Robbie Kay).

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.19 “Sisters”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 19: “Sisters”
Directed by Romeo Tirone
Written by David H. Goodman, Brigitte Hales
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, April 24th, 2015, 8:00pm

Last week on Once Upon A Time, Dorothy was saved from Zelena’s (Rebecca Mader) sleeping curse with true love’s kiss from Ruby (Meghan Ory), and it was beautiful. I was really proud of the show from not shying away from a possible controversial storyline, where traditional fairy tales do not normally tread. The romantic tension between the two were apparent, as was their obvious struggle with their feelings. We saw Zelena really start to change by giving up the ruby slippers to Regina (Lana Parilla), and agreeing to help Belle (Emilie de Ravin). The help was the sleeping curse.

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.18 “Ruby Slippers”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 18: “Ruby Slippers”
Directed by Eriq La Salle
Written by Andrew Chambliss, Bill Wolkoff
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, April 17th, 2015, 8:00pm

Last week on Once Upon A Time, it was all about Belle and Gold (Emilie de Ravin, Robert Carlyle), as Hades throws Gaston in the mix. Gold killed Gaston, but forgot to mention that to Belle. Now he is a vengeful, yet handsome ex-boyfriend. She does not want anyone to get hurt, and pleads with Rumple to let her try to reach Gaston. Belle really doesn’t want Rumple to use dark magic. She ends up accidentally throwing Gaston into the River of Souls to save Rumple’s life. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) has a vision of Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) dying at the hands of a beast. When it starts to seem to come true, they change course and get the beast – Ruby (Meghan Ory).

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.13 “Labor Of Love”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 13: “Labor Of Love”
Directed by Billy Gierhart
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
ABC
Air Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2015, 8:00pm

Last week on Once Upon A Time, our Storybrooke heroes traveled to the Underworld and were greeted by some old familiar faces. Regina (Lana Parilla) saw her mother, Cora (Barbara Hershey) and her dad, and her mom was still manipulating her do to evil rather than good. Regina remained a hero though. Gold (Robert Carlyle) ran into his dad, Peter Pan (Robbie Kay). Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) got good and kissed by David’s twin James (Josh Dallas). Emma (Jennifer Morrison) got to see Neal (Michael Raymond-James), but only in a dream because he was in a better place. And we all met Hades (guest Greg Germann).

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.12 “Souls Of The Departed”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 12: “Souls Of The Departed”
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
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
ABC
Air Date: Sunday, March 6th, 2015, 8:00pm

When we last saw our band of heroes in the fall finale of Once Upon A Time, they had just been spared being sent to the Underworld so all the Dark Ones could live topside. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) decided to sacrifice herself for all of them. Then Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) decided to sacrifice himself for her. Gold (Robert Carlyle) became a super-sized Dark One again. Emma figured that out and blackmailed him into helping her rescue Hook. The whole family voluntarily comes along for the fun-filled Hell vacation.

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Watch The ‘Once Upon A Time’ 100 Episodes Video, Plus The Underworld!
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Once Upon A Time 100 Episodes

Once Upon A Time is smack in the middle of season 5, and when it returns on March 6th, it will have reached its milestone 100th episode. This fairytale adventure is always reinventing itself, scrolling through Disney stories rampant with magic and wonder. When it returns, it will dive into a new realm – Greek mythology, as our Storybrooke residents board Charon’s boat to venture into the Underworld to rescue Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). I fully expect some of the dear departed to make a reappearance, and I’m really hoping Neal (Michael Raymond-James) is one of them. But so far, he has not been on the list.

Check out the 100 episodes mashup video, plus a look at the Underworld below.

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.11 “Swan Song”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 11: “Swan Song”
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Written by Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
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, December 6th, 2015, 8:00pm

Last week on Once Upon A Time, the Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) as the 2nd Dark One is all over town – Storybrooke and 3 weeks ago Camelot. Hook is bad to the bone and throwing zingers at Emma (Jennifer Morrison), calling her an orphan and a distraction. He crushes Merlin’s heart, so that mystery is solved. Hook and Gold (Robert Carlyle) have a duel. Robin and Regina (Sean Maguire and Lana Parilla) decide to let Zelena (Rebecca Mader) into their lives and the baby’s, even though they know they will probably regret it.

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.10 “Broken Heart”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 10: “Broken Heart”
Directed by Romeo Tirone
Written by Dana Horgan & Tze Chun
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, November 29th, 2015, 8:00pm

Two weeks ago on Once Upon A Time, there was tons of excitement, as Emma (Jennifer Morrison) made Zelena’s (Rebecca Mader) pregnancy speed up so she would go into labor. It’s a girl! The super exciting part for me was David Anders return as Dr. Frankenstein, but I guess Emma stealing Zelena (and not the baby like everyone thought), was exciting too. Turns out Emma wanted to put all the dark magic in Zelena, and then cut her down. Hook, as dastardly as he is, could not participate in that. To return the favor, Zelena showed Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) what Emma really did in Camelot. Hook was dying, so Emma tethered him to Excalibur, making him a dark one. And then there were two. But he hates her for it. The second half was a Merida (Amy Manson) story, where she needed to find a magical helmet before Arthur and Zelena does – one that will make men do her bidding. She finds out Arthur was the one to kill her father, and we get the return of Ruby and Mulan (Meghan Ory and Jamie Chung), her quest buddies.

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TV Review: Once Upon A Time 5.8 “Birth” & 5.9 “The Bear King”
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Once Upon a Time
Season 5 Episodes 8: “Birth” & Episode 9: “The Bear King”
Directed by Eagle Egilsson (5.8) & Geofrey Hildrew (5.9)
Written by David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz (5.8) & Andrew Chambliss (5.9)
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, November 15th, 2015, 8:00pm

Last week on Once Upon A Time, we meet the original Dark One, Nimue, true love of Merlin (Elliot Knight). Unfortunately, he created that monster. Having drunk from the Holy Grail, he was infused with power and immortality. He and Nimue fell in love, and he wanted to give it all up for her. She was having none of that, wanting the power to avenge her village. In the end, in present-day Storybrooke, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is successful at repairing Excalibur. Zelena (Rebecca Mader) pretends to help, but then joins Arthur’s (Liam Garrigan) crazy team. She is able to make the other half of Excalibur a sword that can command Merlin. Uh-oh.

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