Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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The Final Battle: Part 2 

Snow, Charming, Regina, Zelena and Hook are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land and desperately try to figure out a way to be reunited with Emma and Henry.

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Ralph Hemecker

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Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 4 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 / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Rebecca Mader ... Zelena
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin
Deniz Akdeniz ... Aladdin
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy
Karen David ... Jasmine
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas
Alison Fernandez ... Lucy Vidrio
Sean Maguire ... Robin of Locksley (voice)
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Snow, Charming, Regina, Zelena and Hook are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land and desperately try to figure out a way to be reunited with Emma and Henry.

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English

Release Date:

14 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The object/animal/person in this episode is the Seattle Center Monorail. See more »

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Emma returns to Boston looking to pick up where she left off as a bail bonds person; however, in early 2014, while not technically outlawing, Massachusetts made the decision to cease using the bail bond system meaning Emma returned to a job that no longer existed. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Vidrio: [Last lines] Are you Henry Mills?
Henry Mills: Yeah. Yeah. Who are you?
Lucy Vidrio: My name's Lucy. I'm your daughter.
Henry Mills: I don't have a daughter.
Lucy Vidrio: Yeah, you do. Now come on. Your family needs you.
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References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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Beauty and the Beast
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Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
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Fighting emotions
30 May 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Once Upon a Time' was very addictive when it first began. What really intrigued me into seeing it in the first place was its fascinating and creative premise of turning fairy tales and characters on their head and putting own interpretations on them. Good premises always do intrigue me and that or talented casts, or both, are usually my main reasons in my interest in watching something. Liked to loved a vast majority of Seasons 1-4 and found a lot to like about Season 5, despite reservations with the second half of it.

Season 6 was for me more hit and miss, leaning generally towards the disappointing. Personally thought that the first three episodes of the season were very good to great, especially "The Other Shoe". It was from "Strange Case" onward when the problems began and things got somewhat pear-shaped, when there was an increasing lack of new ideas and magic, increasing too were the campiness and soap opera, the over-stuffing and less interesting characterisation. It did get significantly better though towards the end of the season, but between "The Other Shoe" and "Page 23" the season was very uneven, though never unwatchable.

"The Final Battle", both parts, is a great episode and one of the season's best. Also one of the best episodes of the latter (meaning Seasons 5, or at least the second half of it, -7) seasons, and we are not talking marginally. It worked incredibly well as a season finale, one of the show's season finales, and actually would have worked equally brilliantly as an ending to the show.

Found the second part to be even better than the first part. It contains all the strengths of the previous part, though with different story elements, while having new great things as well. It has even more tension and emotion than before and contains a few nice surprises, also thought that it worked much better with all the action being set in Storybrooke with enchanted forest elements.

Didn't find the very beginning and ending bookends quite as interesting, though they weren't pointless or tacked on. Did think that it was a little dangerous ending the episode suggesting a new season was to follow (which it did do and it was an underwhelming one), in case the show was suddenly cancelled for whatever reason (whether low ratings, being too expensive to make anymore, schedule conflicts etc.).

So much to love though however. What was striking about "The Final Battle", both parts, was how it returned to its roots and came back to what we already knew, but instead going round in circles it played around with it without contradicting. It was very affectionately nostalgic, though one is reminded somewhat of how 'Once Upon a Time' progressed so much since it first started on the whole, and packed a big emotional punch (really felt for both Emma and Gold). A lot happens here, yet unlike most of the other episodes of Season 6 it didn't feel over-stuffed or rushed with it being spaced out over two parts. It to me didn't feel muddled and comprehension was not a problem. The end with the cast was a lovely touch, not cheesy or cloying at all (both potential problems individually or even worse together) and instead charming, moving and affectionate. Makes one sad about saying goodbye to six characters though, but at least one knows why the characters would no longer be there.

What is also great is the character interaction and how the characters were written. Even with deliberately different takes on some of them, the characters are still very interesting and engaging, some being the most interesting they've been all season with being too out of character. In Belle's case actually it is the most interesting she's been for the whole show, speaking as someone who never was the biggest fan of her but here her chemistry with Gold and Emilie De Ravin's performance were surprisingly heartfelt. Actually really cared about all of them. Loved the character interactions, with the tense one between Gold and Fiona being especially great. Emma and Gideon being close behind. Gideon and especially Fiona are very effective antagonists, while Gold's story here is very moving and really cared for Gold more so than any of the previous Season 6 episodes.

Even with the playing around and returning to the roots, the story grips and intrigues, while the dialogue is amusing, thought-provoking, heartfelt and intense, balanced very well. Less soap, corn and camp here. The production values have a lot of beauty and atmosphere, nothing drab or gaudy here, while being attractively photographed. The music doesn't ever sound cheap or out-of-kilter, fitting well with the mood and never found myself questioning its placement. The main theme is still memorable. Robert Carlyle and Jaime Murray take the episode's acting honours, though Giles Matthey's sinister Gideon and Jennifer Morrison are not far off.

Altogether, great season finale and actually would have been effective as a show finale. 9/10


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