Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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In the Name of the Brother 

As a stranger poses a potential threat to Storybrooke, Cora approaches Regina, and Whale battles his inner demons, as flashbacks detail information about Victor Frankenstein's life.


Milan Cheylov


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin
David Anders ... Dr. Whale / Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy
Chad Michael Collins ... Gerhardt Frankenstein
Ethan Embry ... Greg Mendell
Barbara Hershey ... Cora Mills
Gregory Itzin ... Alphonse Frankenstein
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones


Minutes after the accident, Emma, Mary Margaret, David and some of the other town members try desperately to keep the true nature of their town secret from the newly arrived stranger. While they seek out the disappearing Dr.Wale, Mr.Gold tries desperately to recover Belle's memory. Back in fairy tale land, Dr. Frankenstein embarks on his greatest experiment. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Release Date:

20 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The object/animal/person in this episode is Rumplestiltskin in the Land Without Color. See more »


Rumplestiltskin: Did it work? No?
Victor Frankenstein: There was a little problem with what the heart could withstand.
Rumplestiltskin: Ah! Problems of the heart. Isn't that always the way?
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Season 2's first disappointment
30 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.

Ok, there was a three-episode dip between "The Doctor" and "Queen of Hearts", with "Tallahassee", "Child of the Moon" and "Into the Deep" (particularly "Tallahassee"), but they still had enough to make them decent episodes in my opinion. Not everybody is going to agree with this. For me though, "In the Name of the Brother", while not a bad episode, was frustrating and the first disappointment of Season 2 which was generally very good to great even with the three-episode dip. Again from personal opinion, "In the Name of the Brother" is the weakest 'Once Upon a Time' episode since Season 1's "Dreamy", will even go as far to say it's the weakest of the show up to this point.

So what makes "In the Name of the Brother" a frustrating episode? The main reason is that 'Once Upon a Time' was making particularly major strides in the right direction with "Queen of Hearts", "The Cricket Game" and "The Outsider", where characters were becoming more complex and interesting, there was a stronger emotional core and things were really moving forward. This episode however felt like the show was taking a few steps backwards.

How? There is very little here that is propelled or moves the story forward, too much of it feels like filler with elements feeling forced in rather than natural. The conflict in the awkwardly tacky, in fit and writing, flashback lacks tension and some of it came over as vague.

Characters that were becoming more complex and conflicted were here one-dimensional and like the writers had forgotten what the previous three episodes did in developing them, Rumplestiltskin in particular. David Anders' material is too weak for him to do much with his character, a problem seeing as he is one of the episode's primary focuses. Too much of the writing felt cheesy, corny and under-explored.

On the other hand, "In the Name of the Brother" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The effects are not as sloppy here. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Some moments of humour, intrigue and charm, the best line belonging to Regina, though mystery and pathos are lacking. The character interaction is generally compelling and most of the acting rises above the lacking material, though too many of the actors don't have much to do. Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas do their best and succeed.

In conclusion, a disappointment but a long way from terrible. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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