I have been a huge fan of OUAT for all seasons. I understand the frustration and critical reviews of this season. I was not impressed with the first or second episode, but the third was a bit better, and the fourth with Belle and Rumple is thus far the best of the whole thing. My suggestion is to keep watching, and hope it keeps getting better. It's hard to let go of the old characters, and get used to a new town and story line, but if you accept that this is truly a "new chapter" with new characters to develop and grow, I think it will be a promising fresh start. Tilly (a.k.a., Alice) has me hooked. I already love her. And now that it seems Rumple is remembering who he is again, I think things will start to get very interesting. Regina is still awesome, Hook is a little awkward but I have high hopes. Rumple and Belle are amazing, as always. My main gripe is with Henry, Jacinda, and Lucy. Henry is kind of bland, Jacinda has passion but doesn't quite make it, and Lucy seems forced and doesn't capture my attention like little Henry did. Ivy gets on my nerves, though episode four helped her character a bit. And Victoria is just a snob and doesn't have the same juicy evilness that you love to hate that Regina did as the evil queen. However, I accept that these are new characters and actors new to the show that have to find their own rhythm and develop as they go along. I wasn't quite fond of the first couple of episodes of Season 1, either, but I kept watching, and I am so glad I did. I have hopes that this new chapter will get better, too. Judging from episode 4, I truly think it will.
This review is being written after the 7x10 episode "The Eighth Witch". This may seem negative, but I really do love the show.
Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz keep saying that that had everything planned long ago, but this does not seem to be the case. It appears that after Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) left the show, they knew they were in trouble. Releasing Rebecca Mader (Zelena) with other cast members was a huge mistake. Bringing her back may breathe new life into the show.
I am not convinced that Mr.'s Kitsis and Horowitz had a solid idea on who they wanted to be the major antagonist for this season. The surprises that they introduced seem more poor planning than intriguing twists.
Late in Season 1, they decided the break the original curse, which they had not planned to do. They still did a good job of introducing other fairytales and characters. So far in this Seventh season they have explored the back-stories of the new characters, which is OK, but they are missing some of the fairytale aspect that made the first six seasons so enjoyable. "Waking" the orginal cast members is helping, but they really need to get the fantasy and magic back into the show. Perhaps they are running into a problem with budget constraints.
The first six seasons had the look and feel of a full feature theatrical-quality production. Watching the DVDs and the Amazon Video versions, I can forget that this is a television show and watch it like a movie.
I do love the show, but I seriously miss the Snow-Charming dynamic and the Dwarfs, especially Lee Arenberg (Grumpy / Leroy). What I would like to see is a major motion picture (or a few) that is not limited by the 42 minute time constraint of broadcast television. Star Trek went that direction. The JJ Abrams reset was hard to swallow at first, but looking at it as an "alternate Star Trek reality" helped me to like it (after a few viewings).
I just wanted to offer a reminder to people who buy the season pass. It seems with every TV show, at least one (usually several) people leave scathing reviews, not about the show, but about their disappointment at not getting the entire season instantly. Please understand that when you purchase a season pass, you get the episodes as they are released. You can't get the entire season now because the entire season hasn't even been filmed yet. You'll get each episode a few hours after they air on TV. The TV pass is awesome! Once you buy it, the season is yours forever. You may watch the episodes as many times as you like. It's a good deal! But PLEASE understand what you're buying. It's not fair to punish a fantastic TV show because you failed to understand what you paid for.
Obviously, I can't review the season because it hasn't been released yet. I will say that I'm surprised by how excited I am! When I found out so much of the cast was leaving, I was not happy! I love Emma Swan and will miss her character immensely. That said, the show needed a big change and I trust the producers of Once Upon a Time to do the right thing. I'm SO excited that Princess Tiana will finally show up. She's one of my favorite characters EVER. I appreciated Disney for creating a beautiful, yet strong and determined woman. I know they'll do her justice on OUaT. I'm looking forward to the grown-up Henry and his daughter Lucy. And I heard they're going to have a new Rapunzel! I was so disappointed that her story began and ended in a single episode. I hope we see a lot of her in season 7.
Horrible. It’s just not the same without Emma, Snow, and Charming. Super lame recycling the same old curse scenario, and really? Recycling a NEW Cinderella? Not a single other character you could have chosen for Henry’s love interest? Zero chemistry between Henry and Cinderella, by the way. She looks 45 and he looks 30 and there’s not a single spark between them like Snow and Charming, or Emma and Hook. Terrible acting by Lucy, whose every sentence comes out as if she is being squeezed in the stomache with her over-abundance if earnestness. It’s just awful how they continued in with such a lame story after the beautiful first six seasons.