ONCE UPON A TIME REVIEWED
“Once Upon A Time” enters its fifth season with a healthy bit of world building. We get a little English middle history, as Brave and the tales of Camelot move to the forefront. Honestly, all of the new side trappings were far more entertaining than the events with the main cast. While I was into “Once” for the better part of its first two seasons, it never could stick the landing with the main cast. In that sense, it needed its world building efforts to make Once Upon A Time into a far grander affair. It’s just how interesting is it to keep checking in on Emma and the others every week.
When the allure of a far grander universe exists at every turn, then the audience is naturally pushed to break away from the repeating characters. Still, it’s a visual treat of a show that leaves me wanting to see what they’re going to do next. Just don’t expect me to keep hanging with the program if Disney isn’t adapting another one of their properties to pad out the program’s roster. Maybe there’s something to watching it live, but I never got the serial appeal. I always watch it at the end of the year as one giant fell swoop.
- Blu-ray Exclusive Deleted Scenes
- Blu Exclusive Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 8/16/16
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 95%95%
- Supplemental Material - 93%93%
- Show Score - 86%86%
The Plot Thus Far
Darkness and Light. One conceals, the other reveals, but each is infinitely seductive. Prepare for the ultimate battle between these epic opposing forces in ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON. When the Savior becomes the “Dark Swan,” the lines between good and evil blur as Emma begins to relish the intoxicating taste of absolute power. Terrified she’ll succumb, Emma and Hook visit Camelot to find the one person who may be able to aid them: Merlin. Unfortunately, King Arthur proves treacherous, and when he joins forces with a vengeful Zelena, Emma and Hook’s hopes are shattered. Now Emma and her entire Storybrooke family must embark on a chilling descent to the Underworld of Hades, where they’ll try to rescue Hook from a fate worse than death… with “help” from Rumplestiltskin. But will any of them survive the journey? Treat yourself to all 23 riveting episodes of Season 5. Plus, indulge your senses with never-before-seen bonus features as you share the romance, relive the magic and unlock the secrets of ONCE UPON A TIME.