Column: Dark Matter: Review: Doctor Who 7.06: The Snowmen

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahoy]

Written by: Steven Moffat

Recap: England, 1842. A young boy named ‘Walter Simeon’ is building a snowman by himself, while kids play away from him. His mother worries to his father that “it’s not right” that Walter spends all of his time alone. When they walk away, Walter mutters to his snowman that he doesn’t want to play with the other children, because they’re “silly.” His snowman repeats his words back to him, then …

Heather S. VinaColumn: Dark Matter: Review: Doctor Who 7.06: The Snowmen

Review: Once Upon a Time 2.09: Queen of Hearts

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Fairytale Land of the Past: Hook breaks into the Evil Queen’s palace prison to “free” an imprisoned Belle, hoping she can help him find the weapon that will kill Rump. But when she tells him that she doesn’t know anything about it, he rescinds his offer of freedom and knocks her out! However, just as he’s about to kill Belle, Regina breaks in and stops him, …

Heather S. VinaReview: Once Upon a Time 2.09: Queen of Hearts

Review: Once Upon a Time 2.08: Into the Deep

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Kalinda Vazquez and Daniel T. Thomsen

[Spoilers ahead]

Recap: Fairytale Land of the Present: Hook succeeds in escaping from the beanstalk, only to end up in Cora’s grasp. Cora rightfully believes that he betrayed her, but he tries to convince her that she needs him to succeed in getting to Storybrooke. She leaves him behind as she transports back to the village and calls up zombies of the townspeople to send them after the …

Heather S. VinaReview: Once Upon a Time 2.08: Into the Deep

Review: Once Upon a Time 2.07: Child of the Moon

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg

[Spoilers ahead]

Recap: Storybrooke: The Dwarves are mining for fairy dust when a determined Leroy breaks through a wall and finds something. Charming and Henry come to see the discovery. It ends up being a ceiling full of diamonds. The Blue Fairy declares these the gems that make fairy dust. She tells Charming to keep the hat safe, because, come the next day, they will have ground up enough …

Heather S. VinaReview: Once Upon a Time 2.07: Child of the Moon

Review: Once Upon a Time: 2.06: Tallahassee

By Heather S. Vina

Happy American Thanksgiving, everyone!

Written by: Christine Boylan and Jane Espenson

[Spoilers ahead]

Recap: Fairytale Land of the Present: Hook leads the women to the beanstalk and explains the story of Jack and the Giant to them. The real one. Seems the Giants used the magical beans to come down to the lands and plunder. Jack led a group of people to hunt down the Giants and they managed to kill them all, except for one. …

Heather S. VinaReview: Once Upon a Time: 2.06: Tallahassee

Review: Once Upon a Time 2.05: The Doctor

Heather S. Vina

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Recap: Fairytale Land of the Present: Snow, Emma, Mulan and Aurora arrive at the haven, only to find everyone dead, their hearts ripped out of their chests. Snow is the one who realizes that it was Cora who did it, this being her magical way of killing people. It seems like they are the last ones left, until Emma finds a survivor amongst the bodies: Hook.

Storybrooke: Dr. Whale approaches …

Heather S. VinaReview: Once Upon a Time 2.05: The Doctor

Review: Once Upon a Time 2.04: The Crocodile

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: David H. Goodman and Robert Hull

Recap: Storybrooke: Belle is having a nightmare that Gold really hasn’t changed from the old Rumpelstiltskin into a kinder, less-evil version. She leaves her room in his house and goes to find him, only to discover that he’s got a workshop in the basement where he’s weaving straw into gold to make a potion.

Fairytale Land of the Past: Pre-Curse Rumple comes home to find his little boy …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 2.03: Lady of the Lake

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg

Recap: Fairytale Land of the Past: Snow and Charming are with their army at camp, making their attack plans, when Red comes in and tells them that King George’s men are coming and they need to leave. Charming doesn’t want to, but they end up having to split up when the enemy attacks the camp. He tells Snow to meet him at the cabin, where “she” is, …

Heather S. VinaReview: Once Upon a Time 2.03: Lady of the Lake

Review: Once Upon a Time 2.02: We Are Both

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Jane Espenson

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Storybrooke. The Dwarves, led and urged on by Grumpy, decide to try and cross the barrier to town and see what happens. They draw straws and Sneezy gets the short one. He goes across. Something magical happens to him, erasing all of his memories of his real identity and cementing the Storybrooke false identity.

Charming goes to Regina’s place to confront her over the hat, and what happened to …

Heather S. VinaReview: Once Upon a Time 2.02: We Are Both

Review: Once Upon a Time 2.01: Broken

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz

Recap: The episode opens with a man (Michael Raymond-James) in New York City, walking through the city to his apartment. When he gets there, he finds the window open. It’s raining outside. As he goes to shut the window, a pigeon flies up and leaves a postcard on his window seal with one word on it: “Broken.” On the flipside, it shows it’s from Storybrooke.

Fairytale Land: A young …

Heather S. VinaReview: Once Upon a Time 2.01: Broken

Review: Doctor Who 7.05: The Angels Take Manhattan

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Steven Moffat

Recap: The episode opens in New York, in the 1930s, with a detective named ‘Sam Garner’ (Rob David) being hired by a rich man named ‘Grayles’ (Mike McShane) to investigate a hotel that Grayles is too scared to visit. Turns out Grayles is concerned about statues moving and tells Garner that they only move when you aren’t looking at them. Garner doesn’t take him seriously, of course, and heads to the hotel …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 7.05: The Angels Take Manhattan

Review: Doctor Who 7.04: The Power of Three

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Chris Chibnall

Recap: “Every time we flew away with the Doctor, we just became part of his life. But he never stood still long enough to become part of ours. Except once. The year of the slow invasion. The time the Doctor came to stay….” – Amy Pond.

It’s early morning, and Amy and Rory are woken up by Brian Williams (Mark Williams) who has come to show them the morning arrival of a …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 7.04: The Power of Three