Should I Even Bother Watching This?

Season 7 of Once Upon a Time

Airing on: ABC

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

                When I first began watching Once Upon a Time on ABC, I loved it.  The concept of the show was terrific.  For those who haven’t seen it, Once Upon a Time stars Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, a bounty hunter who has no idea who her parents are until the son she gave up for adoption (Jared S. Gilmore) tells her a story that he believes is reality.  According to Henry and the storybook he has been carrying around, Emma is the long-lost daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas). 

When Evil Queen Regina (Lana Parilla) cast a spell to rob people of their happy endings, she sent them out of the Enchanted Forest, trapping them in a town named Storybrooke with no memory of who they really are.  Emma was sent away as a baby to fulfill the prophecy of savior – she is the only one who could break the curse.  At first, Emma has a hard time believing all this, but eventually she comes around.  All the while, we are treated with flashbacks that tell us the story of the romance of Snow White and Prince Charming as well as the backstories of Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), Pinocchio (Eion Bailey), Belle (Emilie de Ravin), Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and many more.

I loved the way they re-invented the Beauty and the Beast storyline with Rumpelstiltskin as the beast and the one person who could see the good in him locked in a psychiatric ward in Storybrooke.  I loved learning the revised stories of Captain Hook, Mulan, Aurora and Robin Hood.  I found the idea of Peter Pan (Robbie Kay) as a bad guy quite intriguing.  I enjoyed the whole Frozen storyline as well.  I was even okay with the Wizard of Oz storyline.  But when they started delving into Greek mythology and visiting the Underworld to revive dead characters, I began to think they had “Jumped the Shark.”  I would have been fine with this show ending after four seasons, but continued to watch despite my misgivings at where the story was going.

Then came Season 6 and things began to improve.  Someone was after the savior and this time they were using the son of Belle and Rumpelstiltskin to get to her.  Though the season felt a bit dragged out, the final episodes were actually incredibly good.  I loved the musical episode, something that I initially cringed at, thinking it would be a disaster until it aired.  The two-hour season finale was simply awesome and the whole series could have ended right there with the ultimate happy ending. 

But NO!  We can’t have that – the network has renewed us!  Most of the stars of the series are not returning after this year, so we will have to do a reboot of sorts…what if we flash forward a decade or more?  Then we could have an adult Henry (Andrew J. West) be found by his daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez) who tells him his family needs him…in much the same way Henry approached Emma in the first season.  Why not?

Why not??!!!  I’ll tell you why not?!  I think you have to know when a show has run its course.  Why not go out on a good note?  Why run the show into the ground?  At least, that’s the way I feel this show is headed?  Anyone out there disagree with me?  If so, please, tell me your reasons why I should keep watching Once Upon a Time.


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