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Recaps

Once Upon a Time “Mother” 

Regina finally comes in to her own this week as we see her face off against both her mother and her sister while (mostly) keeping her cool. Her relationship with her mother has always been difficult, not surprising considering that Cora locked her heart away before Regina was even born….

Once Upon a Time “Lily” 

As always, this episode leaves us with more questions than answers. Much of the hour was spent setting the scene for next week, so we can hope that answers are on the horizon. There were some significant flaws this week, with luck they will be explained or corrected very soon….

Once Upon a Time “Sympathy for De Vil” 

Young Cruella, unlike almost every other storybook character we’ve met, was not born innocent. Every other villain had some traumatic event that put them on the path towards evil. Cruella appears to be Evil itself. Her own mother confesses that she was off from a very young age, and that…

Once Upon a Time “Heroes and Villains” 

The Snow Queen is gone, Elsa, Anna and Kristoff are headed back to Arendelle and all seems well in Storybrooke. But every good story needs a villain, so we are introduced to the next three troublemakers to enter the scene: Maleficent, the sorceress who tormented Sleeping Beauty, Ursula the Little…

Once Upon a Time “Fall” 

Such a nice feeling to finally, FINALLY know what happened to Anna! The explanation doesn’t allow for the Snow Queen staying young, but at least we know that Anna was frozen in time and place for the past thirty years. She and Elsa can, quite literally, pick up where they…

Once Upon a Time “Smash the Mirror” 

This episode was wonderfully forthcoming with answers to the questions that have been plaguing us all season. I had mentioned earlier that I hoped the Snow Queen would be closer to the original Hans Christian Andersen version. Although not exact, the spell of shattered sight hits surprisingly close to the…

Once Upon a Time “The Snow Queen” 

The flashback scenes of the Snow Queen’s youth are enough to melt any heart. Watching Ingrid struggle with her growing power mirrors Elsa’s troubled childhood and gives us fresh insight into the emotions that drive the Snow Queen. Ingrid has the support of her two warm-hearted and generous sisters, but…