If you plot revenge, first dig two graves
–Chinese proverb

Don’t wanna be a zombie for Halloween this year?
How about a princess?

Title: Once Upon a Time: “The Thing You Love the Most”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Greg Beeman
Written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz

Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen / Regina
Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills
Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard
Josh Dallas as Prince Charming / John Doe
Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket / Archie Hopper
Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham
Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Kristen Bauer as Malificent
Tony Amendola as Geppetto / Marco
Warren Christie as Ryan
Beverley Elliott as Granny
Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood / Ruby
Giancarlo Esposito as Mirror/Sidney
James Bamford as Black Knight

David Paul Grove as Doc

Additional cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

Mayor Regina tries to run Emma Swan from town, and we learn more about the sacrifices she has made in pursuit of revenge.

High Point

The idea that the Wicked Queen may have a backstory that explains her hatred for Snow White may not be entirely original, but it suggests the series could go somewhere. As several people noted last week, however, I’m not certain how it will function as anything other than a miniseries. If it raps up too tidily this season, we could be watching another Heroes. If it doesn’t, the show could get Lost.

Low Points

I’m still not convinced of Storybrooke’s reality. Emma Swan should be finding this all a good deal stranger than she does.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6

Effects: 5/6 Less can be more, though I rather liked the garden gnome gag.

Story: 5/6 The story felt more focused this week, I felt like I was watching a story, however silly, instead of an explanation.

Acting: 4/6 It’s hard sometimes to know when we’re watching consciously overwrought consumption of scenery, and when we’re watching unintentionally awkward struggling with stilted dialogue.

Emotional Response: 4/6 The central incident in this episode could have been as compelling as the one on which this week’s Walking Dead turned. Until I believe more in these characters, however, it’s merely more tv murder.

Production: 5/6

Overall: 4/6

In total, “The Thing You Love the Most” receives 29/42