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Once Upon a Time

Sun Apr 7, 9-10pm, C5

Series two, episode one
Happily ever after? Not exactly. After the climax of season one saw the breaking of the curse that confined the denizens of fairy tale land to the New England town of Storybrooke, there remain a few loose ends. As season two of the US fantasy drama begins, the citizens of Storybrooke are after Regina’s blood. Not least Mr Gold (Robert Carlyle), who unleashes a ‘soul sucking wraith’ upon her as revenge for keeping his beloved imprisoned for so many years.

If you buy into the peculiar internal logic of this show, it just about holds together in spite of plenty of plot holes and some rotten performances. And it’s certainly never dull, with a land of fairy tales handily allowing for a near-inexhaustible supply of goodies and baddies. Mulan, Captain Hook and the Queen of Hearts (played by Barbara Hershey, no less) will be making appearances this year. Perhaps JK Rowling’s Harry Potter stories aren’t deemed sufficiently venerable for the soul suckers to be called what they so clearly are – Dementors.


Anaelle Tastemaker

This show is getting a bit tired. But there's something about the magic of fairytales that somehow still makes it entertaining and inviting to watch.