Sunday, Once Upon a Time returned in a big way — a giant way to be exact. An old friend (and sometimes foe) from Fairytale Land came to Storybrooke, as one of the show’s most important characters skipped town.

The Players:

  • Director: Guy Ferland
  • Writer: Christine Boylan and Kalinda Vazquez
  • Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Jared S. Gilmore, Robert Carlyle, Colin O’Donoghue

Episode Title: “Tiny”

Anton the giant returned with a back-story and ticket to Storybrooke, courtesy of Cora. It turns out Charming’s less gallant doppelganger James, slaughtered his family. That means trouble for David, who finds himself in Anton’s cross-hairs.

The Good:

  • Jac…queline: Score one for feminism! Once cast the famous Giant slayer Jack as a woman, Jacqueline. Even though she’s painted as a villain (slaughtering Anton’s fam and looting his treasure) and meets her demise almost immediately, it was a refreshing take on the character.
  • Not So Charming: David’s one of those unwaveringly good guys, who can get a little boring. This week, we got to see Josh Dallas stretch his bad boy muscles as James. It was nice to see a beloved character in a new element.

The So-So:

  • Ruby’s Warning: In her attempts to get the stranger to leave Storybrooke, Ruby pulls the “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” routine. She was overcompensating for Storybrooke’s weirdness with exaggerated declarations of its banality. If the stranger weren’t already suspicious of something more to the town, he definitely is now.

The Bad:

  • Mr. Gold’s Memory: Emma, Henry and Gold left Storybrooke in search of Gold’s long lost son. Doesn’t leaving Storybrooke make the Fairytale Land characters lose their memories? We thought so, but apparently an enchanted scarf is enough to keep those magical memories locked away. Better not take it off, unless the TSA makes you at the airport. Then you’ll definitely lose all of your…magic? Okay, we give up.

Overall:

“Tiny” had its fun moments, but overall the episode left much to be desired. It made a mockery of some favorites and completely disregarded the show’s internal logic for the sake of new plot twists. Let’s hope Once shapes up before it loses its magic for good.

Rating: 6/10

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

What did you think of this week’s show?