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Once Upon A Time’s mild winter finale takes us back to the Enchanted Forest

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  • Apologies for the photos, but the green-screen ones were the only ones available on the ABC website, which was odd.
  • The Snow White mantra: “Everything is going to be fine.” But at least in her matronly wear she dons a different wig! So that’s something.
  • Emma’s surrender was hilarious.
  • So Emma is fighting Morpheus in that dream battle?
  • Aladdin looked really pained to be in that ridiculous genie getup.
  • Charming looked so happy that one of his ideas actually worked. Then he totally blew his wish on a concept. Why not wish for Snow to wake up again?
  • I think Regina as the Evil Queen was peacocking to get Emma to remember in the ballroom.
  • Wishes, like magic, always come with a price. Because wishes are magic? Who knows.
  • This season is so weird. It’s a welcome change not to have a half-season arc that we know will get wrapped up in 10 episodes or so, but instead, we get a lot of pointless meandering, mostly wrapped around Emma’s vision. What happened to all those people from the Untold Stories, who aren’t Hyde, Aladdin, or Jasmine?

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