Saturday, March 29, 2014
The third season of ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME Got off to a good start with the main cast members sailing through a dimensional portal to save Emma's son Henry, who had been spirited off to Neverland. Unfortunately, once the gang reached Neverland they spent what seemed like an eternity wandering through the same island jungle sets over and over interminably. Even the considerable charms of the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) weren't enough to save a season that had lost its momentum.
The season took a break after the evil Peter Pan had been defeated, but it returned three weeks ago, much improved. I've seen three new episodes so far and the show has returned to what made it work. The magically created town of Storybrooke, which was almost entirely absent from the first part of the season, is back front and center. And there's mystery afoot. It seems that the cast has lost a year of their lives. No one can remember what happened after Regina, The Queen, reversed the curse from season one, sending them all back to the enchanted realm. Now they're back in Storybrooke with no idea what happened for an entire year.
There's a new villain too, The Wicked Witch of the West from Oz, played with scenery chewing relish by Rebecca Mader. More stuff has happened in the first three episodes than happened in the entirety of the first part of season three. A stepped up pace is a good thing.
So anyway, yeah glad to see the show getting back to form.