Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Emma and Henry accompany Gold on his quest to find his son, while Mary Margaret, David and Leroy deal with a vengeful giant, as flashbacks detail information about his life.

Director:

Guy Ferland

Writers:

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
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan / Prince James
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy
Abraham Benrubi ... Arlo
Alan Dale ... King George
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas
Ethan Embry ... Greg Mendell
Cassidy Freeman ... Jacqueline 'Jack'
Jorge Garcia ... Anton the Giant
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Storyline

Mr. Gold and Emma, accompanied by Henry, depart on their journey. Back in Storybrooke, Mary Margaret, David, and Leroy stumble upon Anton, the giant, who is out to murder David. Back in fairy tale land, the giant Anton visits the humans of his world and runs into Prince James and "Jack". Written by Nadia Nassar

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

When tiny is at the tavern talking with jack and James you can hear what sounds like the theme to pirates of the Caribbean See more »

Goofs

Rumplestiltskin tells Emma and Henry that they're driving down from Maine to Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts for their flight, which the after-credits teaser says is to New York City. This is a needlessly long and ultimately unnecessary drive for them, as the airports in Bangor and Portland have direct flights to New York City, and the smaller regional airports in Bar Harbor, Augusta and Presque Isle offer shuttle flights to Logan. See more »

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Leroy: Welcome aboard, brother.
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References Lost (2004) See more »

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Not so tiny disappointment
1 February 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.

Just when Season 2 and 'Once Upon a Time' in general were taking major strides in the right direction in terms of character development and story progression, the previous episode "In the Name of the Brother" signalled the first Season 2 disappointment (not everybody will agree, "Tallahassee" and "Child of the Moon" both had a mixed reception) and frustratingly saw the show take a few steps backwards. A frustrating feeling that continues in the not so tiny disappointment that is "Tiny".

Like "In the Name of the Brother", there is very little here that is propelled or moves the story forward, with a couple of exceptions like the ending. Characters that were becoming more complex and conflicted were here one-dimensional and like the writers had forgotten what "Queen of Hearts", "The Cricket Game" and "The Outsider" had done in adding more to the characters while staying consistent with what was already known about them.

Credit is due for trying to make Anton the Giant more interesting. It wasn't exactly necessary, but the effort in trying to do something with a character that was never one of the show's strongest was laudable. It is successful in giving better and easier to relate to material than in his first appearance "Tallahassee" to the character himself, but the story is too ho-hum and doesn't say much illuminating or anything story-progressing.

"Tiny" is also not one of the better-looking 'Once Upon a Time' episodes. Mostly it doesn't look too bad, but there are obvious short-comings with cheaply limited sets for Giant Land and Anton again looking goofy.

It may sound like "Tiny" was a terrible episode. It isn't, or at least to me. Mr Gold's story does have a good deal of heart and one of the few exceptions to the one-dimensional characters complaint. It may not have progressed very much or said much more than what is already known but it does show that "Tiny" is not a completely cold experience.

Despite the underwhelming writing for most of the characters, and some corny writing in the script, the acting is good. Even if one can't quite shake off Hurley out of their head, having associated Jorge Garcia with the character for so long, Garcia has largely improved from his previous outing as Anton. Josh Dallas is every bit as charming as his namesake and Robert Carlyle proves why he is a fan favourite. Colin O'Donoghue continues to impress as Hook.

Excepting the Giant Land sets and Anton, "Tiny" looks pleasing elsewhere. Colourful, atmospheric and beautifully photographed. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme. The writing is inconsistent but there are moments here.

In conclusion, underwhelming but far from a complete waste. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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