Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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A Land Without Magic 

Emma and Regina are forced to work together in order to save Henry's life, while flashbacks show Charming's mission to save Snow's life after escaping from the Evil Queen.


Dean White


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... Prince Charming / David Nolan
Eion Bailey ... August W. Booth
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
David Anders ... Dr. Whale
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Jamie Dornan ... The Huntsman
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Sebastian Stan ... Jefferson
Kristin Bauer van Straten ... Maleficent
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas


With Henry under a sleeping curse, Emma begins to understand what's really going on in the town of Storybrooke as she risks everything to save her son. Meanwhile flashbacks reveal Prince Charming's quest to save Snow White come to a close as he must face the Powerful Sorceress Maleficent who is trapped as a dragon...

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Release Date:

13 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Emma empties Henry's book bag, an Apollo candy bar tumbles out. Apollo is the candy bar of choice on the television series Lost (2004). See more »


As Henry collapses on the floor and laying on the Hospital bed he can be see clearly smiling especially when medical staff is performing CPR on him. See more »


[first lines]
Prince Charming: I will find you, Snow. I will always find you.
Black Knight No. 1: Be hard to do that without your head.
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The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »

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The magic hasn't gone
7 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

"A Land Without Magic" couldn't have been a more perfect end to a, to me, solid season. The magic certainly has not gone, in fact it is stronger than anything seen before in the season and is perhaps the season's best episode. Yes even better than "That Still Small Voice" and "An Apple Red as Blood". It has everything, tension, charm, emotion and urgency, there are new revelations made that surprise and don't frustrate, questions answered and character development advanced and improved upon. Emma here is the most developed and likeable here than she has been all season.

As to be expected, "A Land Without Magic" is a very handsomely mounted episode, with settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully and there were some make-up that suited the characters perfectly and pretty good effects work. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

It also contains some of the season's most engaging writing, with a little humour but also more pathos, heart and drama. The story is absorbing with the very dramatic events having real urgency and there is excitement and suspense in the action, making one excited for the next season.

Lana Parrilla is the acting standout. Robert Carlyle is close behind and Jennifer Morrison gives by far her best performance of all the episodes from Season 1.

Overall, a magical season finale. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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