Episode 138: Wake Up Call – Once Upon a Podcast (Once Upon a Time 7×06)

Time’s up: Regina is back and once again finds herself in a tragic new situation. She may finally be un-cursed, but no one else, least of which Henry, can be let in on the truth, otherwise there will be tragic consequences. (What, we don’t know. But we’re guessing, based on Regina’s expression, that it wouldn’t be good news). Plus, what part will Rumple play? This episode also allowed us to travel back to the Enchanted Forest and learn that Regina was a mentor to Ivy, which sparked a series of events that (presumably) led to the present-day cursed Hyperion Heights. Season 7 is finally shaping up with some extra intrigue and mystery, thanks to this strong OUAT television episode.

Episode 137: Greenbacks – Once Upon a Podcast (Once Upon a Time 7×05)

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This week on Once Upon a Time, we got to romp through The Princess and the Frog, otherwise known to this show as Tiana’s realm! We finally got a little more information on our favorite new character of season 7, Tiana, and enjoyed the return to a more classic Once Upon a Time tone with the flashback. We were also pleasantly surprised by that plot twist at the end, and we can’t help but theorize more about what is up with Victoria Belfry and her daughter, Ivy. Plus, Henry and Regina… what do you think is next for those two, and what are we looking forward to finding out most?

Episode 136: Beauty – Once Upon a Podcast (Once Upon a Time 7×04)

This week’s episode of Once Upon a Time set aside the new characters of season 7 in favor of a return to a some of its more traditional fan favorites. In it, we bid a heart-wrenching, but satisfying, farewell to a favorite character. “Beauty” capped off an epic love that started way back in season 1 between Belle and Rumplestiltskin in “Skin Deep,” with parallels to that episode along with other nods to a few Disney favorites. This episode also kicked off a new – and quite possibly final – quest for Rumplestiltskin to one day find his way back to Belle.

Episode 135: The Garden of Forking Paths – Once Upon a Podcast

once upon a time podcastWould Once Upon a Time season 7 be a bit easier to get into if we were binging the entire season at once? Is the OUAT season 7 reboot working for you, or are you having a difficult time getting into it, too? This week, we discuss our personal reasons for not being able to dive into the story like usual. With that said, we also explore some of the aspects of this season that are holding our interest and making us excited to learn more about. Plus, we can’t help but wonder if maybe a lot of the new characters are “decoys” and some of the grown-up children of our former faves will be back very soon.

Episode 134: A Pirate’s Life – Once Upon a Podcast

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Yo ho, yo ho… it’s a Once Upon a Time life for us. Or more specifically, a complicated Once Upon a Time life for us because once again this show threw a major plot twist in our way. Did any of you see it coming? Hyperion Heights Hook isn’t our Hook, and the “real” Hook and Emma back home in Storybrooke are (spoiler alert!) expecting a baby pirate! The show gave a fitting final goodbye to Emma Swan in this episode, providing us all a generally satisfyingly happy ending for Captain Swan. Meanwhile, new!Hook, Regina and Henry seem to be teaming up against something that feels off in Hyperion Heights, and we can’t help but wonder what is going on with Gold, aka. Weaver, and whether he’s awake in this curse or not.

Episode 133: Hyperion Heights – Once Upon a Podcast

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Welcome back! Another Once Upon a Time season, another Once Upon a Time curse. In the series’ 7th season, we are introduced to a brand new fairytale world-within-the-real-world, Hyperion Heights, which marks a dramatic departure from Storybrooke and the OUAT we once knew. Join us as we talk about our impressions of an adult Henry, a new Cinderella, a punk-rock Alice and several familiar characters who have carried over from past seasons, all bringing intrigue and mystery along with them. Let us know what you thought about this brand-new take on our beloved show!

Episode 131: Once Upon a Time Season 6 Wrap-Up and Emma Swan’s Journey

once upon a time tv podcast heroes journeyTo wrap up Once Upon a Time’s 6th season, and the final season for many of our beloved characters, we really dig deep into not just this past television season, but the entire series as a whole. We spend much of our time talking about our thoughts on Emma Swan and her character arc. Although we will always love OUAT – and are generally satisfied with how season 6 wrapped (just listen to the previous podcast episode for that!) – Amanda breaks out Joseph Campbell’s Heroes Journey to evaluate Emma’s overall story arc and where the show lost its way in the overall development of her character. To lighten the mood, we also address some of your comments and thoughts about the past season, and Brittany gives us hope about the news that Once Upon a Time is moving to Friday nights this fall (hint: it’s not as bad as you might think). We hope you all have an awesome summer hiatus (or winter for those in the Southern hemisphere!) and we will be back later in the summer once there is more news about season 7. Be sure to subscribe to Once Upon a Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast app so you can catch our next episode when it’s released!

Episode 130: The Final Battle (Once Upon a Time 6×21 and 6×22)

OUAT podcast once upon a podcastOnce Upon a Time’s Final Battle ended up being more like a series finale than just a season finale. And no wonder, because these were the episodes in which we had to say a bittersweet farewell to some of the central cast members who have been the foundation of the show for the past six seasons: we bid adieu to the Charmings, who maintained to the very end that hope is the most powerful magic of all (and the episode was replete with tributes to their best moments on the series). We also wrapped up Rumplestiltskin and Belle’s tumultuous last three seasons, finally giving them a new beginning. We were glad Henry got to act his age and finally go to school. And what we were mostly holding our breaths for – Emma’s ultimate fate – played out in this episode, with Emma’s story culminating in a Final Battle and a storyline that required her (and us) to remember who she truly is and how far she’s actually come since Once Upon a Time’s pilot episode. Oh, and then that set-up for Season 7… we are in for a drastic reboot!

What did you think about the Final Battle – was it a satisfying episode? Are you going to be watching season 7?

Be sure to subscribe to our podcast because we will be back in a few weeks, in early June, to talk about the larger picture of what has been wrapped up this season and how we feel about the overall stories of some of our beloved characters that won’t be back in the show’s future seasons.

Episode 129: The Song in Your Heart (Once Upon a Time 6×20)

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It’s time for a Once Upon a Time singalong! For the first – and maybe only – time ever on the podcast, we play music critic and chat about each and every one of those sweet, funny, and even quite surprising musical numbers that the OUAT cast performed on this week’s penultimate episode of season 6. We also discuss how the unusual format added to the excitement of Emma Swan and Captain Hook’s wedding. Plus, we talk about some very significant casting news and theorize about how this season (or even the series) will wrap up next weekend on the Once Upon a Time season 6 finale.

Episode 127: Where Bluebirds Fly

We finally get to see more of Zelena this week on Once Upon a Time, learn about a different side to her past, and finally determine that she’s been redeemed. Meanwhile, despite all of the darkness lingering around Storybrooke, love is in the air and Snow White is more than enthusiastic to plan a dream wedding for her daughter. Yet, the Final Battle is still looming… and we can’t help but wonder if it’s getting almost too hyped up?

Episode 125: Mother’s Little Helper (Once Upon a Time 6×16)

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We dive back into the core mythology of Once Upon a Time: dark magic, Henry’s twisted family tree, Hook on an adventure that is going wrong at every turn, authors, saviors and the revelation that we’re on the last chapter of that Once Upon a Time book that started it all. We have so much fun theorizing and talking about what could be coming up in the next month, and wondering how all of those loose ends will be tied up. Could the entire series be wrapping up… or are we in for a dark curse to end all dark curses?

Episode 124: A Wondrous Place (Once Upon a Time 6×15)

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Welcome back to another episode of fairy tale shenanigans. This week Once Upon a Time takes a magical carpet ride to places under the sea, deserted islands and Agrabah! Hook needs to get “crackin'” on getting back to Emma and clear up a really terrible misunderstanding. Jafar tries to explain his motivations regarding Agrabah, but do they really come across well? And does it even matter, because it looks like we’re done with the “Wondrous World,” after all. We also can’t forget to talk about ladies’ night at Aesop’s Tables (courtesy of Regina’s thrifty coupon cutting). Let’s chat!

Episode 123: Page 23

Once Upon a Time page 23Regina and the Evil Queen have a (literal) heart to heart on this week’s Once Upon a Time. This episode, named after the infamous page that was supposed to have foretold Regina’s romantic destiny with Robin Hood, wrapped up two plots in one: what was to be done about the Evil Queen roaming around town, and what would happen to the wish world Robin Hood who wasn’t a fan of remaining in Storybrooke? Plus, Dead Men Tell No Tales: Emma and Hook finally had that little chat about a skeleton in Hook’s closet, and while things are looking shaky for the couple, at least fans can hope for a more romantic proposal than the one we got last week.

Episode 122: Ill-Boding Patterns (Once Upon a Time 6×13)

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This Once Upon a Time episode didn’t bode too well in our minds, although it does prompt a lot of theorizing and questions on our part: what is the Black Fairy’s deal? Are Rumple and Belle on the road to recovery? How cheated should Captain Swan fans feel after that less-than-romantic proposal? And do Regina and this Robin have any future together, or is the Evil Queen going to run off to find her happily ever after with Robin? Join us and let’s try to figure out the OUAT writers’ plan together!

Episode 121: A Murder Most Foul (Once Upon a Time 6×12)

OUAT murder most foulWhoa, who saw that coming?! This week, Once Upon a Time finally revisited a part of Prince Charming’s backstory, the story of his father, which ended with an unexpected twist. Let’s talk about how Josh Dallas rocked this week’s episode and had a (well-deserved) breakdown. Hook was there to valiantly save the day and their bromance was strong until… well, it wasn’t. This week also prompted even more theorizing about the romance (or lack thereof) between Regina and Robin Hood. This show is setting up plenty of mysteries, and for better or for worse, we’re here to try to decode all of them. Plus, we talk about some news that might give hints about what OUAT has up its sleeves beyond this season.