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Once Upon a Time: The Shepherd

"Everyone has a choice, deary. Just make sure it's the right one.”

"The Shepherd" was another episode full of stunning imagery, beautiful character developments and heartbreaking moments. It’s another chapter in the show’s central romance, and it furthered the justification of making these two characters the biggest parts in this show’s over-arcing puzzle.

It’s easy to criticize this series for not making every episode a huge one, with massive revelations each week, but I think it’s a trait that it should be commended for. A lot of shows are floundering these days because they’re focusing far too heavily on plot twists and crazies, that they’re forgetting the little character intricacies that make TV so entertaining in the first place.

It’s obvious how well planned the series is, and this episode proved it. Not only in intersecting this week’s flashback with one that we’ve already seen, but in the way it continues to unravel the story piece by piece, including each of the characters’ reasons for ending up in the positions they were in when the curse struck. Also, that identical twin twist was pretty great, huh?

The story of Snow and James is breaking my heart so badly, even if I know their reunion is inevitable. I need for them to have their moment of happiness, but once they do, I think the series will have hit a major point that once it reaches it, there’ll be no turning back. The idea of them fighting what they both know is real is such a testament to the honourable characters they are in both worlds.

One reader noted the darkness of the flashbacks, and that’s something that I never really elaborated on. Even though the series boasts a family-show vibe, it also tackles its stories and imagery with such an edge that there’s something in it for almost everyone. Take those dolls from ‘That Still Small Voice’ that popped up again during this episode; creepy as hell.

"The Shepherd" continues to prove this show’s strengths and hints a lot more to come down the road.


I love the idea of all these kingdoms being a part of this other world. It extends the scope out a lot further that it was originally. There’s plenty of fuel here for a decent run of seasons.

What’s Dr Whale after? It can’t just be Mary Margaret alone, can it?

He Said, She Said

Ruth: “When are you going to learn; you can’t have everything.”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Perhaps he can.”

Mary Margaret: “You ever walk into a situation where you know exactly what's going to happen and then you go into it anyway? And then when what you're afraid of happens, you kick yourself because you should have known better. But that's just who you are; so you keep punishing yourself.”

Mary Margaret: “You’re going back to her.”
David: “It’s the right thing to do.”
Mary Margaret: “The right thing to do was not to lead me on!”

4 out of 5 dead twins.

Previously posted at PandaTV.


  1. Please correct me if I am wrong.. If I remember correctly, the MacCutcheon 60-year whisky from this episode and the Apollo bar from the previous episode, were both from Lost??


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