Once Upon A Time There Were Extras

Once Upon a Time (ABC.com)I’m pretty excited for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, which premieres this Thursday, October 10, on ABC. But, truth be told, I have never really loved Once Upon a Time itself. It’s pretty, for sure, but it really took too long to find its feet, as far as I am concerned.

But when Disney sent me a copy of the complete second season to review, I did spend a couple of hours re-familiarizing myself with the show and its characters … and I might be on my way to becoming a OUaT believer. Maybe.

Each of the discs in the collection have their own special features. As expected, there’s audio commentary for each episode, each offering  inside info from a different set of actors, writers or producers. I don’t watch a lot of TV on DVD, so maybe this is commonplace, but it seems pretty cool to me to have so many different voices involved.

The DVDs also include deleted scenes as well as bloopers.  In addition, there were four exclusive special features:

A Fractured Family
You know how it always seems like everyone on these soapy dramas is related somehow … well, here it is, laid out plain as day. If you need a good recap of the previous seasons, this seven-minute featurette  is a good place to start. But it may do more harm than good if you’re not already familiar with the show. As actor Michael Raymond-James says, “I’m not sure Ancestory.com could figure out this family tree.”

Hook (ABC.com)Sincerely, Hook
Um … I crush quite a bit on Colin O’Donoghue, so this 5 minute short was quite pleasing. And quite interesting! I enjoyed learning about how he make choices about the character … and how some of his own habits found their way into Hook by mistake.

Girl Power
I’m an old school Buffy fan, so female heroines are, for me, well-trod ground. I did love the superhero title card treatment the actresses received, and Ginnifer Goodwin is sort of a total bad ass. But! Regina is so overacted, and I can’t even believe they’re celebrating her as a strong woman here. AND the fact that we’re still celebrating these things like they’re a big deal … bad form, America!

Good Morning, Storybrooke
This may be one of the weirdest, funniest, most inexplicable things I’ve ever seen: 12 minutes of a morning show for the town of Storybrooke! Including local commercials. How meta.

Overall, the features were fun and actually really special, which I liked. If you tune in to Once Upon a Time in Wonderland this week and find yourself enjoying the world and characters, you might want to go ahead and pick yourself up a copy of Once Upon a Time on DVD or Blu-ray.

Disclosure: I received a review copy free of charge from Disney. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my own experience.

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