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Sunday September 9, 2012 – What’s You Should Watch

9 Sep

The 2012 TV Season starts this week, I am really looking forward to quite a few of the new shows.  Tonight is still repeats and Football.

ABC is running a mini-marathon of key episodes from “Once Upon A Time‘s” first season, these four episodes will get you up to speed in time for the Season 2 premiere.

Another entry in the competition reality show PBS premiere’s Broadway or Bust.

CBS has repeats of The Good Wife and The Mentalist

NBC has Football, Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburg Steelers

Once Upon a Time

Episode: Pilot
Emma’s life turns upside down when she is visited by Henry, the 10-year-old child she long ago gave up for adoption; Emma brings Henry back to his foster mother in a strange town called Storybrooke.
Once Upon a Time

Episode: Red-Handed
Emma gives Ruby a job as her assistant; David faces questions about Kathryn’s disappearance; Red Riding Hood yearns to run off with her love but is prevented by a dangerous situation.
As Henry begs Emma to stay in Storybrooke, Regina works on a plot that could rid her of Emma permanently; Snow White asks her cohorts to help save Prince Charming and defeat the evil queen.
Once Upon a Time

Emma and Regina work together to save Henry’s life; Prince Charming tries to escape from the Evil Queen and reunite with Snow White

Broadway or Bust

Sixty performers learn a new opening number, get one-on-one coaching by Broadway’s top talent, and prepare for their solos.
The Good Wife

Episode: Pants on Fire
As Alicia counsels a client who is considering a strict plea deal, Peter’s political rival forces her back into the public eye.

The Mentalist

Lisbon reconnects with her ex-fiance while investigating the murder of a surfer; Cho reconsiders his decision to be in a relationship with Summer (Samaire Armstrong).

Once Upon A Time “Heart of Darkness”

19 Mar

Last night on Intervention, the Dwarves confronted Snow about her behavior since taking Rumple’s potion, even Jiminy Cricket was there to mediate.  Snow refused to listen, in the end she stormed out pick axe in hand (hi-ho hi-ho) off to kill the queen.

Rumple gives her a special bow and arrow to get the job done, she takes aim and shoots. Charming jumps in the arrow’s path and prevents her from killing the queen knowing it would blacken her heart forever. He is trying to help her remember who she is and the love they have for each other. They kiss “true love’s kiss” and she remembers him, just as the Queen’s men show up and tear them apart.

In a Last of the Mohican’s reference, she calls after him, “I will find you” as the Queen’s men take him away.  The Dwarves’ agree to help her in her quest to get Charming back.

In Storybrooke, Mary Margaret has been arrested for killing Katherine, they found her heart on MM’s jewelry box, and the murder weapon hidden in her apartment.  She hires Mr. Gold as her attorney. 

August tells Henry the answer to helping MM is in The Book, the book says Regina’s keys will open any door. He steals her keys, brings them to Emma and they try them on MM’s apartment door, the keys work. This convinces Emma that Regina set MM up.

Emma goes to Mr. Gold, (he is studying the lamp of the Genie under a magnifying glass, nice touch) she asks for his help, she tells hom she will do whatever it takes to defeat Regina. He agrees to help and tells her to fear not because she is more powerful then she knows.

Back to Fairytale land, Rumple takes a strand of Charming’s hair and mixes it with a strand of Snow’s, it forms a magical bond in a bottle.  Rumple has created True Love.

In Storybrooke, MM uses the key someone left in her cell to break out of jail.

Sure the show has clever moments, and heavy handed moments but all in all it is stable in the ratings and its fan base is loyal It is sure to be renewed, now lets just hope the programming monkey’s don’t screw it up and move it to a new night.

Next week, Emma goes to a tea party, The Mad Hatter is in town.

Once Upon A Time Sneak Peeks for Sunday 11/27/2011

27 Nov

Once Upon A Time is all new tonight, the episode titled “That Still Small Voice” delves into Dr Hopper’s (aka Jiminy Cricket’s backstory) and Emma’s first day on the job as Sheriff Graham’s deputy.

We also get to see Snow and Charming play hangman in the hospital. Remember no one gets a happy ending in SB until Emma breaks the curse.  

Once Upon A Time – The Price of Gold

14 Nov

Last night night’s episode of  Once Upon a Time , “The Price of Gold” introduced us to one of the most recognizable fairytale characters in all the land. Nothing against Snow White, but I think there are more references in popular culture to the elements in the story of Cinderella than any other fairytale.

The story opens in fairytale world, as Cinderella’s (Jessy Schram) steps (sisters and mother) head off to the ball.  As expected her fairy godmother appears and tells her she has the power (her wand) to send her off to the ball, to find her prince.  Then boom, Rumpelstiltskin blows her up and takes the wand.  Nice Twist.

Robert Carlyle is really hitting it out of the park with his performance, he has created a definitive vocal and physical line for the character, but is never so over the top that he becomes tiresome to watch.  He repeats the theme of the show, “all magic comes with a price”, but Ella doesn’t seem to care she is desperate to leave her old life behind.

She insists she can handle whatever he has to offer and makes the deal, he prettys her up and she is off to the ball. Of course she meets her prince and they marry, it is on her wedding day that she finds out Rumpelstiltskin’s price, it is her first-born.

When she becomes pregnant she decides to leave town. Upon hearing this, her husband Prince Thomas (Tim Phillipps) who is also brothers with James (Prince Charming) devise a plan to outsmart Rumpelstiltskin. If he uses an enchanted quill to sign the deal he will be frozen forever and they will lock him up.  All magic comes with a price, they are successful but she looses Thomas in the process.

Back in Storybrooke, we learn that Ella is a pregnant and unwed maid named Ashley.  When she and Emma meet it strikes a chord in Emma, she sees similarities between this girl and her situation when she had Henry. She tells her she can change her life, and prove everyone wrong. 

This prompts Ashley to break into Mr. Gold’s store and steal the adoption contract she signed with him. In Storybrooke, Thomas is a rich kid named Sean and his dad has brokered the deal with Gold to protect his son from “that girl”.

Emma gets two job offers tonight, one from Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) to become his deputy, the other from Gold to track down Ashley. Gold doesn’t tell Emma why he wants her back, just that she has stolen something “precious” from him.  Feeling responsible for Ashley’s actions because of the advice she gave her, she accepts the job.

Finally!! Emma’s belongings arrive, so we can see in her something besides a white t-shirt and red leather jacket. Now we get to see her in a sheer burgundy blouse and blue leather jacket. However, she is still wearing the same skin-tight jeans and riding boots. Not sure what look the costume designer is going for here, but, the it works and Jennifer Morrison can certainly carry it off.

Regina (Lana Parilla)  is off to an all day “town council” meeting, she tells Henry to stay home or their will be consequences.  He doesn’t listen and heads off to Emma’s.  He shows up just as Gold is offering Emma the Ashley job, he convinces Emma to take him along.

They go to Ruby (aka Red Riding Hood) and ask her what she knows about Ashley. Ruby tells them about Sean. Emma confronts him,  the father basically tells Emma that Ashley is not going to ruin his son’s life.

Emma and Henry head back to the diner to see Ruby. Emma quickly figures out Ruby (Meghan Ory)  gave her car to Ashley to get away and sending them to Sean’s was a stall tactic. Ruby tells them she is headed for Boston. While on the road Henry tells Emma that no one can leave Storybrooke (except her) without consequences, and they have to get to Ashley as soon as they can.  They find Ruby’s car wrecked on the side of the road and Ashley in labor.

On the drive to the hospital Emma asks Ashley if she is really ready to keep the baby and if she understands what it means, that it will change her life and she can never leave. This conversation is made more poignant because it is happening right in front of Henry.

They get her to the hospital, where she gives to birth to a baby girl that she names Alexandra, the same name Thomas had picked out in fairytale land.  Thomas/Sean shows up to see his daughter, they have a nice family reunion moment. But will they live happily every after? Is this Emma’s first step toward breaking the curse, will each little happiness she achieves for the inhabitants of Storybrooke, weaken the curse, chipping away bit by bit.

Gold shows up to collect the child, Emma agrees to make a deal with him to keep the baby and Ashley together.  I know why she did it, but certainly Emma must realize what making a deal with Gold will mean. She will owe him a favor in the future, you know that will come back to bite her at some point.

Before the episode ends, we learn that “all day town council meeting” is really code for Regina and the Sheriff  having sex. Are we setting up a love triangle with Emma, I hope not. So far this show managed to avoid this and kept these two female characters away from the cliché of fighting over a man.

The show is off for two weeks, here is a preview for “That Still Small Voice”. Looks like we are going to dig deeper into Dr Hopper’s (Jiminey Cricket) back story.

Once Upon a Time – Snow Falls

7 Nov

I call this blog TV Happy Place because, TV, is my happy place, and Once Upon A Time makes it even happier.  This show is a giant cup of steaming hot chocolate with whip and cinnamon.

Last nights episode, Snow Falls, made me all warm and gooey inside.  I loved watching Snow (Ginnfer Goodwin) and Charming, (real name James) (Josh Dallas) meet, fight, go on a journey together and fall in love.  The shifts between both realities flowed seamlessly, special recognition to Ginner Goodwin, whose mastery of both roles is testament to her skill as an actress.  The subtleties of both characters showing thru the other was great to watch.

Snow is on the lam from the Queen, and has resorted to stealing to make ends meet.  She robs a carriage carrying Charming and his soon to be fiance, didn’t catch her name but Snow’s assessment, “the hag with the bad attitude” will work. BTW the hag is played by the lovely Anastasia Griffiths. Since she is an impediment to Snow and Charming’s happy ending she is a hag in my book.

Charming chases Snow, she gives him the slip. But not for long, he finds her they verbally spar do business with a couple of Trolls and part ways, as he is meant for another.

Back in Storybrooke,  Mary is on a date, it ends badly.  She runs into Emma, who is living in her car.  Mary offers Emma her spare room, Emma passes.

Henry shows Emma the book and explains they have to get Mary to read to John Doe (Charming in a coma), she has to wake him up. Nice change up on the Snow White story with Charming waking her up with a kiss.  Mary reads to John, he responds and then disappears from the hospital.

He takes off for the woods heading off to the toll bridge, get it toll, like troll. When Mary and the gang catch up to him, he has collapsed, and near death. Mary gives him mouth to mouth and brings him back to life.  They bring him back to the hospital, Regina shows up with John Doe’s wife, it is the hag from the fairytale world.

Mary is crushed, Henry tells her not to give up, they belong together.  Emma confronts Regina, she tells her she  knows what she is up to, Regina has an innocent explanation for all her actions but Emma isn’t buying it.  Emma moves in with Mary.

I am a sucker for a love story, watching how James and Mary flirt and try to stay away from each other in this world is going to break my heart. 

I love Emma (Jennifer Morrison), she continues to call Regina (Lana Parrilla) on her meddling, she is on to her and isn’t going to let her forget it. Two strong female leads, good job show.

High point of the evening seeing David Anders back on my screen.  David played Sark on Alias and his character was one of the best the show ever produced. 

Here is a sneak peak at next week’s episode, The Price of Gold, ( as in Mr. gold) looks like Cinderella is entering the fray.

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