Review: Doctor Who 7.03: A Town Called Mercy

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Toby Whithouse

Recap: In a desert, a cyborg (Andrew Brooke) hunts down a man (Dominic Kemp) with a black, squiggly line on his face. Before his death at the hands of the cyborg, the man asks if he is the last one. The cyborg replies that there is one left: the Doctor.

The Doctor, Rory and Amy arrive at the town, Mercy. It’s a small town in the American West, set in the 1800s. …

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Review: Doctor Who 7.02: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Chris Chibnall

Recap: At the tail end of his adventure with Queen Nefertiti (Riann Steele) in Egypt 1334 BCE (Seems he banded together with the Queen to repel some alien invaders), the Doctor receives a call from the Indian Space Agency. He goes to investigate and discovers that they are tracking a spaceship, which will crash into the Earth in six hours. Indira (Sunetra Sarker), the ISA agent in charge, informs the Doctor that …

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Review: Doctor Who 7.01: The Asylum of the Daleks

By Heather S. Vina

Written By: Steven Moffat

Recap: “First, there were the Daleks. And then there was a man who fought them. And then, in time, he died. There are a few, of course, who believe this man somehow survived and that, one day, he will return.”

The episode begins with a woman on Skaro (named ‘Darla von Karlsen’ on Wikipedia, played by Anamaria Marinca, but never named in the episode), calling on the Doctor to help him save …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 1.22: A Land Without Magic (Season Finale)

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Fairytale Land

James is still locked up in the Evil Queen’s dungeons, but when the guards are moving him to be executed, he manages to trick them and escape. Just when it looks like he’s about to be shot, he is saved by the Huntsman (Jamie Dornan), who gives him his sword and some provisions, and tells him where the Queen has taken Snow White. Yay …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 1.21: An Apple As Red As Blood

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Jane Espenson and David H. Goodman

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Storybrooke

We open with Regina having a nightmare of the townspeople, led by Emma, coming after her. They tie her to her apple tree and tell her that it’s time for her to “feel our pain.” Emma grabs a sword from David and tells Regina that they are taking away her happy ending. Regina begs Henry not to let them do this to her, but …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 1.20: The Stranger

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Storybrooke

At Mary Margaret’s and Emma’s, August installs a “medieval sheik” bolt on their front door to keep Regina from using one of her skeleton keys on their apartment again. Emma and Mary discuss Mary’s plans to return to school, and Emma’s plans to hire Gold to get custody of Henry from Regina. Emma tells her friend that she is ready to be a full-time mother …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 1.19: The Return

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Jane Espenson

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Storybrooke

August is lying in bed when he’s jolted awake by his leg shaking uncontrollably. It’s enough to throw him out of bed. Pained, he goes over to the phone and makes a call, telling the person on the other end that they need to speed up the plan.

Later, he meets Henry – the person he called – and gets the little boy to help him search Gold’s …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 1.18: The Stable Boy

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Storybrooke

We open one week earlier, with Gold still dealing with the legal fallout of his beatdown of Moe, the Florist, AKA Belle’s father. He comes to Regina and asks for her help in making the whole thing go away by offering to help her go after Mary Margaret. When she bites at the bait, he smiles behind her back and then suggests that if something …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 1.17: Hat Trick

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Vladimir Cvetko and David H. Goodman

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Storybrooke

Mary Margaret has used the key that she found in her cell last week and escaped, running off into the woods. Emma returns to the Sheriff’s office with Gold and finds Henry, who thought that Emma had something to do with Mary’s escape. But no, Emma didn’t. she is horrified and worried that Mary has gone, since her hearing is the next morning. If …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 1.16: Heart of Darkness

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Fairytale Land

Prince Charming and Red Riding Hood are camping together, on the hunt for Snow White, when they are set upon by King George’s soldiers. Red sends Charming off on his own to continue looking for Snow White, staying behind to stall the King’s men by changing under the light of the full moon into a wolf. Charming heads off as Wolf Red attacks the …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 1.15: Red Handed

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Jane Espenson

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Storybrooke

The episode picks up with Emma and David at the Sheriff’s station, with David again telling Emma that he didn’t have anything to do with Kathryn’s disappearance and that he didn’t talk to her before she disappeared. Emma believes him – despite the phone records – but sends him home with a warning to talk to a lawyer.

At Granny’s café, Ruby is entranced with August’s tales of …

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Review: Once Upon a Time 1.14: Dreamy

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Fairytale Land

The Blue Fairy (Keegan Connor Tracy) is in the clouds, watching the Fairy Nova (Amy Acker) clumsily fly towards her with a bag full of fairy dust. The Blue Fairy warns her that the dust is precious and powers all of the magic in the world, and that she will be doing this alone next year. Fairy Nova is a little concerned about that, …

Heather S. VinaReview: Once Upon a Time 1.14: Dreamy