Episode 106: Once Upon a Time Season 5 Wrap-Up

It’s time to take a look at everything that happened this season – from Camelot to the Underworld – on Once Upon a Time. From Dark Swans and Dark Hooks to dark deaths, plot twists and surprise resurrections, we’ve finally gathered our thoughts into the last Top 5 lists of the season. Plus, lots of listener letters from all of you following the finale, and a bit of our own speculation about what might come up on OUAT season 6.

  1. A little bit about what we’ll be doing this summer!
  2. Our Top 5s of Season 5 (9:30)
  3. Listener Letters (1:16:00)

We don’t have any firm hiatus schedule for podcasting over the summer; be sure to subscribe on iTunes so you won’t miss an episode when we do decide to check in. You can also keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

But you don’t have to go all summer without us: we have launched  a brand new podcast called Pop Culture Detectives! Every Wednesday, all summer long, we’ll be talking about a topic in pop culture, from books we love to movie reviews, television shows we love and lots of hot topics from the arts and entertainment world. Listen over on popculturedetectives.com or subscribe on iTunes!

-Amanda and Brittany

Episode 105: Only You & An Untold Story – Once Upon a Time

We made it, everyone! We got through all the highs and lows, the twists and turns, and even a character death to cap off Once Upon a Time season five. Join us to talk about Henry and Violet’s adventure in the Big Apple and another Regina and Emma road trip in “Only You,” plus the very Disney and yet dark turns with the power of belief along with the introduction of new villains in “An Untold Story.”

We have as many questions as we do points of conversations, so join us for our last top five list of season 5!

Episode 103: Firebird – Once Upon a Time

A red jacket origin story. Hades being a little – well, devil. The De Vil in charge of the Underworld. And of course, that tragic goodbye to Hook, right on the heels of learning that Emma’s love for him was true. Or was it really the end?

Come along with us for a conversation about almost every detail in this action-filled Once Upon a Time episode (and bid adieu to the Underworld red filter)!

  1. What happy shows are in your Netflix queue to help get through the ups and downs of the rest of the OUAT season?
  2. Our Top 5s
  3. The Lighter Side (and Brittany’s awesome idea for the next season) and Listener Letters
  4. News about what we can expect for the impending OUAT season 5 finale

See you all next weekend – it’s the last episode before the 2 hour finale! Are you ready?

– Amanda and Brittany


Episode 102: Sisters – Once Upon a Time

Did you feel it, everyone? That sisterly bond that brings us all together? Okay, maybe it just brings former evil queens and wicked witches together, but “Sisters” proved to be a meaty (albeit fast paced) episode that shed some light a secret Cora’s been keeping since Regina and her big sister were tweens. Once again, there’s an ace that Rumplestiltskin’s holding up his sleeve, and we see why Prince James just can’t let go of his anger toward David. We discuss all of this and other implications about what it means for people to go into that white light on this week’s Once Upon a Podcast episode.

  1. Welcome back to another week in the Underworld!
  2. Our Top 5s (5:20)
  3. Listener letters and news about the looming season finale (1:08:15)

We only have a few more weeks to go – what do you think will happen in the final few episodes of season 5?

-Brittany and Amanda

Episode 99: Our Decay – Once Upon a Podcast

Zelena and Hades: we’re on board this (decaying) ship. This week on Once Upon a Podcast, we’re discussing whether Hades is a trustworthy narrator, or if Zelena’s instincts are correct and he’s playing her. Speaking of instincts, Zelena’s motherly instincts just kicked in and if they’re going to give her a redemption arc, so far they’re doing it right. Plus, we can barely believe it as Rumplestiltskin comes clean and tells the truth (and nothing but the truth) with Belle… what a change! Join us for a discussion of one of our favorite episodes of 5B so far.

  1. Somehow we start out by reminiscing about old TV shows, and what if those shows took place in the Underworld?
  2. Our Top 5s (6:30)
  3. The Lighter Side and Listener Letters (51:30)
  4. News (1:08:30)

-Amanda and Brittany

Episode 96: Labor of Love – Once Upon a Time

We’re shipping Snow and Hercules this week on Once Upon a Podcast! We take a jaunt into Snow White’s past as she starts to become the Bandit Snow we all know and love, and shares a sweet kiss with none other than a demi-god, Hercules. We also are supremely relieved when present-day Snow declares that Mary Margaret is no longer a part of her and she is ready to go back to being Snow White. Join us to chat about the episode that also took us deeper into the Underworld, leaving Hook in quite a conundrum that prompts us to do some speculation.

  1. Welcome back to our second podcast of 5B and some musings about America’s Funniest Home Videos
  2. Our Top 5s (3:30)
  3. The lighter side and listener letters (and voicemails!) (43:00)
  4. News and don’t forget to check back on Thursday night for what’s coming up next weekend on OUAT! (1:03:00)

-Brittany and Amanda

Episode 88: Swan Song – Once Upon a Podcast

Once Upon a Podcast season 5 Holy Hades! In a very long, twisty, traumatic, and overwhelming mid-season Once Upon a Time finale, our heroes are faced with surprising developments… some we saw coming, and some we didn’t. But fear not, because we’ll be your guide through the most shocking events that “Swan Song” had to offer. Plus we have our listener letters (so many people wondering what happened to Camelot), some end of season exit interviews from Adam, Eddy, and the OUAT cast, plus our plans for the winter hiatus.

It’s been a great half of the season and we already can’t wait to get back to our regular episodes in March!

Episode 86: Birth & The Bear King – Once Upon a Podcast

episode86This week on Once Upon a Time we got two episodes for the price of one: “Birth” and “The Bear King” were back-to-back so we talk about both in this one podcast! First, we talk about the unexpected fate of Hook in “Birth” and debate whether Emma made the right choice. Then, we take a jaunt through the land of DunBroch with Merida, Mulan and Ruby. (What a great trio!) Plus, we share even more exciting news about this upcoming weekend at Heroes & Villains Con in California.

  1. We are having a MEETUP in San Jose, CA this weekend! And for those who can’t make it – we will be documenting the whole thing on social media
  2. Our Top 5s for “Birth” (8:00)
  3. Our Top 5s for “The Bear King” (50:10)
  4. Listener Letters and News (1:09:25)

We’ll see you next week when we have a special podcast episode following our trip to Heroes & Villains in San Jose!

-Brittany and Amanda

Episode 83: Dreamcatcher – Once Upon a Time 5×05

Henry and Violet in OUAT season 5Is anyone else seeing shades of season one? Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time certainly took us back to a time when a mayor and a savior had confrontations on front porches. We also got a taste of first dates and heartbreak, flashbacks to what set Regina onto her path of destruction, and a surprising event that started with a dark one in a Death Eater mask, and ended with dark and light magic converging to free the VIP of this season.

Join us for a conversation filled with reminiscing, theories, and King Arthur and Merlin fables!

  1. Welcome back to another episode and Brittany is devastated about something not OUAT related
  2. Our Top 5s
  3. The Lighter Side & Listener Letters
  4. (No news this week! It seems like everyone’s busy writing the rest of the Once Upon a Time season!)

As always check back on Thursday for our Twice Upon a Podcast, featuring our preview and theories about the upcoming episode.

-Amanda and Brittany

Episode 82: The Broken Kingdom – Once Upon a Time 5×04

What do you think about King Arthur? Is he the ultimate villain in this season – or not? What about the whole Guinevere/Lancelot love triangle? We debate these points – and more – as the questions start adding up about Camelot in season 5 of Once Upon a Time. Plus: Snow and Charming are back in their heroic element and we love it! Plus, a glance into Arthurian legends (we can’t remember everything from high school lit class, oops). Plus, some of Brittany’s (terrifying) theories (that we hope won’t come true) about this season.

  1. What’s going on in our lives (and televisions) this week?
  2. Our Top 5 lists
  3. The lighter side and listener letters
  4. News about what’s coming up in Camelot

Don’t forget to listen to our  Once Upon a Time preview for next Sunday in our short podcast episode that will be released on Thursday night. Subscribe so you won’t miss out!

-Brittany and Amanda

Episode 81: Siege Perilous – Once Upon a Time 5×03

Once Upon a Time season 5 King ArthurWho is the knight in (literal) shining armor? In this third episode of Once Upon a Time, we discover that it is indeed Prince Charming, who sets out on a quest and to create his own legacy beyond the deliverer of true love’s kiss. Unfortunately, David might have found the wrong ally in King Arthur, something he’s unaware of as they search for a magical mushroom. From Charming to the less-than-charming (and oh-so-very secretive) Emma, Zelena and Regina sibling fights, and our beloved new bromance between Robin Hood and Captain Hook, season 5 is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable and exciting seasons for Once Upon a Time.

  1. An über introduction to this episode
  2. Our Top 5s – are they totally the same, or totally different? We didn’t know this week!
  3. The lighter side and listener letters (and sorry for the 10 billion times we say “whoa mate” in this episode)
  4. News, including NYCC tidbits about upcoming episodes

Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss out on our Thursday night episodes, where we discuss what is coming up on the next episode of Once Upon a Time.

-Amanda and Brittany

Episode 80: The Price – Once Upon a Time 5×02

Once Upon a Time the priceWhat is the price of magic – and who is willing to pay it? Can Regina step it up and be the new savior of Storybrooke? And has the darkness seduced Emma? (Considering that Darkness comes with a nice new house and great wardrobe, who could blame her.) There are so many questions, and even more things to talk about, in this action-filled and visually spectacular second episode of Once Upon a Time season five. Club Medieval was kicking, from charming dance lessons to Henry’s smooth moves and the sweet dances between Captain Swan and Outlaw Queen. It’s all fun and games until someone realizes that the savior used to be the Evil Queen. Every moment of this OUAT episode was exciting – and we do our best to cover it all in this week’s podcast!

  1. Intro + Our Top 5s
  2. The lighter side and listener letters (59:00)
  3. News (1:21:55)

Join us again on Thursday night for our preview of the next Once Upon a Time episode!

-Brittany and Amanda

Episode 79: The Dark Swan – Once Upon a Time 5×01

Once Upon a Time The Dark SwanWelcome back to our regular podcast season and season 5 of Once Upon a Time! We dive into season 5 with a discussion on “The Dark Swan,” focusing on our impressions of Camelot, Emma’s terrifying transformation, and Regina’s new romantic look.

  1. Welcome to season 5!
  2. Our Top 5 list for the OUAT season premiere, The Dark Swan
  3. The Lighter Side and your impressions of the episode in Listener Letters
  4. News about what’s coming up in this season

Remember every Thursday we preview the upcoming Once Upon a Time episode, so be sure to subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss any of the magic all Once Upon a Time season long.

-Amanda and Brittany

Episode 78: Our Season 5A Hopes and Dreams – Once Upon a Time Podcast

Once Upon a Time podcast season 4 discussionWho’s ready for Once Upon a Time season 5? We get ready with two quick(ish) top 5 lists: one with our top moments of OUAT 4B and another with the top things we can’t wait to see in season 5. With only days to go until the season premiere, we also read some of your letters and wish lists as well as catching up on the latest news and tidbits about next season. Join us for everything from Zelena to the Dark One and a few wild (and not so wild) predictions!

  1. Welcome back and it’s our wrap-up of our summer television binge watching with a quick summary of our favorites
  2. Our season 4B Top 5s (10:15)
  3. Our top 5 hopes and dreams for season 5 (41:00)
  4. The Lighter Side (a pop quiz for Amanda) and Listener letters (1:04:00)
  5. News and the latest about season 5 (1:30:40)

Since Once Upon a Time comes back this weekend, we our returning to our television season routine with Twice Upon a Podcast on Thursday nights! Be sure to subscribe so you can catch our preview of what is coming up on the Once Upon a Time season 5 premiere (including a discussion of the previews and press releases). On Sunday, join us on Twitter as we livetweet “The Dark Swan.” And then of course, check in again next Tuesday for our first podcast of season 5!

– Brittany and Amanda

Episode 77: Flashback to 4A & Countdown to 5!

Remember season 4A? Our memories of it had grown a little hazy, so we step back into Frozen-over Storybrooke. Looking back on it after 4B brought us some fresh perspectives on this portion of the season. Also this week: it’s almost time for season 5! To kick off the countdown to season 5, we have a Top 5 list of the 1st minute of season 5 episode 1 (watch it here – if you don’t mind the spoilers!) and as always, our usual update on what we’re doing this summer.

  1. Welcome back to hiatus episode 4 out of 5!
  2. Our Top 5 moments of season 4A: Frozen, Emma coming to grips with her powers, Hook and his haunted hand, Regina trying to get over Robin Hood and more (21:15)
  3. The lighter side of season 4A (1:23:15)
  4. Listener letters (1:40:15)
  5. The latest and greatest season 5 news (1:55:40)

Also this month, we are excited to announce that we are now a part of the Podcastica network! Some of our favorite podcasts are a part of this group so it’s an honor to be connected with these other very talented podcasters and outstanding shows. Check out the Podcastica website – and definitely go subscribe to the other podcasts in the network!

See you again on September 22nd for our final hiatus episode when we will talk about season 4B and what to expect during the season 5 premiere.

-Brittany and Amanda