Now available on Blu-ray and DVD, Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season continues ABC’s popular fantasy drama. Throughout its sixth year, Once experienced some shaky, declining ratings. The network will be retooling the series as it soldiers onward. If you’re new to the series, proceed directly to the first season. The labyrinth plot incorporates an army of classic fairy tale characters and their alter egos—largely unfolding in the present-day Storybrooke, Maine, but shuffling endlessly between that and various fantasy realms. Even if you’re familiar with the series but simply not up-to-date, go back to wherever you left off before diving into the Sixth Season. This is highly difficult show to latch onto midstream
This past season continued the series’ creeping trend of de-emphasizing the core cast in favor of extraneous subplot involving new characters (designed to come and go). Chief among those distraction this year are Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz) and Princess Jasmine (Karen David) in a multi-episode run, and even Jafar (Oded Fehr) in a few episodes. Be it the Frozen sisters (in season four) or King Arthur and Merlin (in season five), the revolving door of Disney-related characters often feels like mere fan service. There are other folks who drop by throughout season six (including an admittedly welcome Faran Tahir as Captain Nemo), and while the performances are generally fine it feels distracting.
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