Can Season 6 of Once Upon A Time Recapture the Magic?


By Casey Rose Frank

I’ll admit that when I first heard the premise for Once Upon A Time I was a little wary. Fairytale retellings have the potential to go so very wrong, favorite characters becoming twisted by poor storytelling. But in the first season of OUAT instead of flipping things too much, the writers breathed new life and new depths into our favorite heroes, heroines, and villains.

The past few seasons of the show have felt a little too “everything but the kitchen sink”, jamming popular characters into story arcs that don’t feel natural, taking us to new locations that feel rather arbitrary, and requiring that for every one character that experiences personal growth, there’s one that is determined to not only make the same mistakes over and over, but to do it with the same “but this is my thing” costuming. ( I’m looking at you and your hats, Zelena.)

The newest season debuts Sunday, September 25, and I’m cautiously optimistic. The book addict and Disney movie fan in me has led me to remain a loyal viewer, even when I wasn’t sure why Merida had been shoved into the plot, or why we were in the underworld so long. As Regina George might say, “Stop trying to make Hercules happen.”

This season promises even more literary favorites in introducing the occupants of The Land of Untold Stories. I’m a fan of exploring what else might have motivated a character we’ve met within the strict context of a famous story, and I’m always intrigued by the events that make a villain. Learning about the daredevil past of Snow White and the heartbreak and maternal cruelty that created Regina’s Evil Queen was some of my favorite storytelling in the first couple seasons. But will it work within the greater context of the story of our main characters?

This excerpt from a press release from ABC states, “This season our heroes will be met with many surprises, including Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz), a former Savior who may be able to offer Emma just the help she needs, Jafar (Oded Fehr), Princess Jasmine (Karin David), the Count of Monte Cristo (Craig Horner) and Morpheus (Giles Matthey).”

Once again leaving me worried that they’re plonking in beloved characters wherever they can, regardless of whether or not it truly serves to enhance the plot.

Will you be tuning in on Sunday? And what do you think of the introduction of these new characters?

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{featured image via Entertainment Weekly}