TV Club: Once Upon A Time succeeds by letting some secondary characters take over

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • Like last week, this episode appears to remember what people started tuning in to Once Upon A Time for in the first place: the chance to see Jasmine and Ariel hang out, strange sea monsters, new takes on old tales. Really liked all the Jasmine stuff, especially as it showed a princess figuring out how to defeat the villain and get her kingdom back, without any help from rando heroes like Hook and Aladdin.
  • Not so great: Regina trying to psychoanalyze Emma about her feelings at the bar. Although the whole “Aesop’s Table” concept was pretty …

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