This week's episode of shifted the focus back to Rumplestiltskin and Belle and their tentative romance, following our imp as he attempted to find a way out of Storybrooke, and in the Fairytale Land That Was, showing Belle's encounters with several kinds of men, both beastly and misunderstood.
In a season that's packed with big-budget headline-grabbers, it's hard for a quiet but compelling film such as California Solo to get a little attention. Make the effort to find it; you won't be sorry.
This week's "Once Upon a Time" certainly fit in with the rest of ABC's Halloween fare, with an abundance of lightning and shambling monsters and creepy heart stealing -- but the end result left me a little cold.
Good ideas and the exceptional casting of Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook were all that saved this episode, which seemed sadly weighed down with clunky dialogue and the kind of wooden acting that makes Pinocchio look like a real boy by comparison.
"Broken" was a gripping and competently plotted hour -- none of the scenes felt extraneous and although there was undoubtedly a lot of plot and set-up to get through in 42 minutes, the narrative certainly felt more liberated without the curse.
I was expecting to love tonight's "Once Upon a Time" a little more than I actually did. I can't really put my finger on why, except to say that it felt a little like it was missing its heart somehow. (How apt.)
I feel as though I carved a solid four days of films out of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, concluding with a final day that offered four films, the best of which was at once mysterious and compelling.