Monday, October 9, 2017

Once Upon a Time - Hyperion Heights

Set years after the Sixth Season finale, Once Upon a Time returns by plagiarizing itself as a young girl named Lucy (Alison Fernandez) shows up on the doorstep of an adult Henry (Andrew J. West) claiming that Cinderella (Dania Ramirez) is her mother, Henry is her father, and an entire city of fairy tale characters is in danger. The Seventh Season premiere, missing a good chunk of the show's core cast, is a lukewarm reboot for the show lacking the magic of the original. Not only are Emma, Snow White, Prince Charming, and others missing, but even the town of Storybrooke has been replaced with a Seattle borough known as Hyperion Heights.

Regina (Lana Parrilla), Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) are the only recognizable faces - although they have been recast in the roles of a struggling bar owner and a pair of local police detectives. The villain this time around appears to be Cinderell's Evil Stepmother Victoria Belfry (Gabrielle Anwar) as a land developer pushing the forgetful locals out of their homes. While I like Anwar, and am happy to see her back on television, Victoria lacks the menace of Regina or the Dark One. Although Henry seems to be a far lesser hero than either of his mothers, so maybe Victoria is just his speed.

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