[fusion_text]ouat-cover-01I’ve been watching Once Upon a Time for a really long time now.

To be honest, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

It was one of the very few relatively okay things to watch back in 2013, and we’ve kinda been following it around for the past few years.

I’ve watched as the show took turns for the worst, seen it recover for a while, only to fall into what-on-earth-did-I-just-watch horrible.

(I’m wasting a lot of time right now looking for a clip of Cruella slinking away in the Underworld diner – because that wasn’t horrible, THAT was awesome. )

But for all that I don’t like about where OUAT has gone, either now or in the past, there are a few episodes from each season that will always stand out to me.

Read on for my top 4 Once Upon a Time episodes:

(Oh, and I found the Cruella clip. You’re welcome. )

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Season 1 – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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This is the episode that both Wikipedia and I  consider to be very significant. It is in this episode that the whole “fairy tale characters under the curse” thing that Henry’s been talking about all season is revealed to be true.

After kissing Emma, Graham is somehow awakened and he starts to remember who he was in the Forbidden Forest. This is all bad news for Regina, who promptly goes into her vault and crushes his heart, killing him in the process.

Up until that very moment, none of what Henry said was actually confirmed. If we wanted to believe, like Emma did, that these were really just stories, we could.

However, after Graham’s heart was crushed, it was revealed that magic worked in the real world, and Regina was exactly who Henry claimed she was: The Evil Queen.

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 Season 2 – Welcome to Storybrooke

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And now we come to my favorite episode of the show: 2×17 – “Welcome to Storybrooke”.

Known on YouTube as “Welcome to Regina’s Boring Life”, this episode is interesting to me for a whole host of reasons.

First, it’s a glimpse into a time we had only heard about prior to the start of the series – the 28 years between the start of the curse and the arrival of Emma into Storybrooke.

Whether her life is boring or not isn’t the question here. Watching Regina revel in a curse that has already been broken by this episode was very interesting to me.

However, the part I like most about this episode is her relationships with the Flynns – one of which will turn out to be Pan’s henchman Owen.

This is her first attempt at some kind of normal relationship, but even that doesn’t go according to plan.

It’s in this episode that Regina learns that the curse didn’t just ruin Snow White’s happy ending – the curse ruined her happy ending, as well.

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Season 3 – There’s No Place Like Home

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I did not like the adventures into Neverland or Oz, and I didn’t like Pan or Zelena. In fact, I still don’t like Zelena, although she does have some great comebacks.

But in all the sifting, I did manage to find one episode worth mentioning: 3×22 – “There’s No Place Like Home”.

This episode is interesting because Emma goes back in time to the Forbidden Forest and has to do a whole bunch of stuff, including almost running into her parents on the day that meant.

And bringing Marion to Storybrooke in order to ruin Regina and Robin’s relationship. That was a big shocker.

I guess I generally like things with time travel because I like the idea of it, and I like thinking about the different rules involved with making it work.

This episode was nice because it put Emma in the world of her parents for the first time, something that she really needed at this time.

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 Season 4 – Breaking Glass

[/fusion_text][fusion_text]And now to an episode that I liked for a few different reasons: 4×05 – “Breaking Glass”.

To start, this episode gives us major backstory about Emma.

We meet her first real friend, and we watch as that relationship falls apart.

It’s just one in a long list of bad relationships that Emma has.

But that’s not the only thing.

Right at the end of the episode comes the major reveal: the Snow Queen was once Emma’s foster mom.

The reveal comes in the form of a few extra seconds on a home video tape that Emma was watching one night.

It’s got this “found” quality that is so creepy to me.

There’s never anything really mysterious in OUAT – everything’s kinda put out there early on and you never have anything to figure out.

But with this revelation, we didn’t really know. It was a mystery that they didn’t explain right away, kinda like in LOST.[/fusion_text][fusion_text]So those are my top 4 Once Upon a Time Episodes.

And if you’ve watched the show, I’m sure you can name at least one that you like.

Let’s talk about that in the comments below 🙂

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