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ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ gets wicked

Zachary Estright
Staff Writer
zestrigh@lhup.edu

March 27, 2014

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” is back and it is wicked! After the mid-season finale, there were lot of questions left unanswered such as is once upon a timeRumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) still alive? Or, how will Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) receive their old memories?

The mid-season premiere starts off with every fairytale character returning to The Enchanted Forest, but the land has been taken over by Zelena the Wicked Witch of the West (Rebecca Mader). Fast-forward a year later, Emma and Henry are living a good life in New York. Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) gets Emma to drink a potion, restoring her memories, although there was not enough of the potion to restore Henry’s memories as well.

We learn there was another curse and all the fairytale characters are back in Storybrooke with no memories of the past year of The Enchanted Forest or who cast the curse. Unknown to them though, the Wicked Witch is behind it, although we don’t know what her plan is. “Once Upon a Time” always knows when to throw twists into the plot. Anytime you think you know what might happen, something happens that you could never think of in a million years.

The plot is very unpredictable which gives the show clarity. The only predictable aspect is that you know everything will work out because that’s what family is. Things look bleak for the characters, but you know that the heroes will win, you just don’t know how. The writers/producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz know how the audience thinks about the characters, and never fail to throw us a curveball.

The acting of the characters in this season is probably at their best. In the second season, Mary Margaret (Snow White) was just unbearable. Instead of showing bravery and being bold like she was in the first season, she showed a lot of weakness, and her emotional acting wasn’t always up to par, but she has definitely made a comeback. All the characters do a great job with dual roles of the flashbacks and the current situations, which says a lot about the actors. Season three of “Once Upon a Time” is going to be a climactic story. We don’t know what the Wicked Witch’s plans are, but we know it’s going to be mean, green and wicked! You can watch ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” on Sunday at 8 p.m.

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