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Once Upon a Time Marathon New Year’s Day

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If you’re new to ABC’s hit series Once Upon a Time, here’s your chance to catch up. The network will air a marathon New Year’s Day, rebroadcasting each of the first seven episodes beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET. Even if you’re not a newbie, this is the perfect opportunity to re-watch most of the first seven episodes in advance of new episodes, which return January 8, 2012.

Starting with the pilot episode, which originally aired October 23, viewers can gear up for the show’s return by tuning into the back stories and slightly twisted histories of favorite fairy tale characters, including Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwing) and her prince (Josh Dallas), the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), and many others. “Still, Small Voice” which centers on Jiminy (Raphael Sbarge) and his alter ego Archie will not air during the marathon.

(Beware of mild spoilers below the video.)

When the series returns with the intriguingly-titled “Desperate Souls,” the story will pick up in the aftermath of Sheriff Graham’s (James Dornan, the Evil Queen’s huntsman in the “Snow White” fairy tale) untimely demise. Without a sheriff to dole out Storybrooke justice, who will take his place? You may recall that Emma had just become his deputy, so she is a likely candidate. However, Mayor Regina Mills (who is also the Evil Queen back in the Enchanted Forest) may have other ideas, because as Mr. Gold says, there appears to be “no love lost” between Emma and the powerful mayor.

“Desperate Souls” also explores Rumple’s origin story, taking us back to a time before he resembled the wild-eyed, insane prisoner we meet in the series pilot. Back then, it seems, he was a humble peasant, the father of a 13-year old boy. Powerless in the face of the queen’s guard to protect his young son. That’s all I’m telling you, because that’s all I know. For more on “Desperate Souls,” be sure to read my recent interview with writer Jane Espenson, who penned the episode. And here’s a quick sneak peak to tease…

And for those who prefer to catch up or re-watch online, ABC’s video site offers all seven episodes as well, for your viewing pleasure. And, of course, you can read Blogcritics Once Upon a Time ongoing feature for an in-depth look at the series from its beginnings.

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  • angela113

    What time will this start?

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara Barnett

    I have heard conflicting things. One source says 4 ET, but none of the TV listing sites have it starting before 7. There must have been a change (and an expansion of it), but I can’t confirm the start time, so check your local listings. I will try to confirm a start time with ABC directly.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara Barnett

    Apparently it is beginning at 5 p.m. ET and will run until 11 ET. The pilot, 2, 3, 4,6 and 7 will run. But I would still check your local listings, since local programming needs in the late afternoon sometimes trump the network.

  • Brandie

    What happened to episode 5?

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara Barnett

    I’ve gotten word from ABC (and the article has been revised to reflect it)–all seven episodes will air beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.

  • Allie

    I don’t understand why they’re not showing episode 5? If anything, they should leave out episode 7! I love the show, but my mom wants to catch up, and how can she if they skip an episode?

    My TV guide says the OUAT marathon will air 4-6 and 7-11. The 6-7 break is for local news.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara Barnett

    They are showing all 7. Here’s the schedule direct from ABC:

    On Sunday, January 1, 2012, the Once Upon a Time marathon will air on ABC. The schedule is as follows:

    Episode 1 – Pilot 4pm EST
    Emma’s faces an unexpected life surprise when Henry, the 10-year-old child she gave up for adoption, visits her; Emma returns Henry back to his foster mother in an unusual town called Storybrooke.

    Episode 2 – The Thing You Love Most 5pm EST
    Regina attempts to drive Emma out of Storybrooke and Henry’s life; information about the Evil Queen’s curse is revealed.

    Episode 3 – Snow Falls 7pm EST
    Emma talks Mary Margaret into reading to an unknown coma patient in the hospital; Prince Charming and Snow White meet for the first time.

    Episode 4 – The Price of Gold 8pm EST
    Emma tries to assist a pregnant woman escape from Mr. Gold; Cinderella makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin.

    Episode 5 – That Still Small Voice
    They are not airing this episode on the day of the marathon (Not sure why…)

    Episode 6 – The Shepard 9pm EST
    David must choose between Kathryn and Mary Margaret, with whom he has fallen deeply in love; Sheriff Graham is caught in a lie; Prince Charming’s destiny is changed.

    Episode 7 – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter 10pm EST
    One of Storybrooke’s residents starts to remember fairytale life; the town mourns a death; the Queen tries to locate an assassin to destroy Snow White.

    Enjoy.

  • Allie

    Uh, did you read the description for Episode 5 that you just posted? It is not being shown. On my TV guide it skips from “The Price of Gold” to “The Shepherd.”

  • Allie

    And also, that schedule is not “straight from ABC” because ABC would not refer to themselves in the 3rd person. THIS is straight from ABC: http://abc.go.com/schedule and it shows that they are only playing 6 episodes.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara barnett

    My mistake, I posted for convenience in a hurry before running out of the house last night for NYE festivities. I stand corrected.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com Barbara barnett

    Allie, thought it was from the studio (again in haste). I don’t know why they’re not running SSV. They are probably holding onto to a second viewing for a different, specific date. But that’s only speculation.

  • Marie

    Well, thankfully I had taped some of the episodes….and still small voice happens to be one of them….so I will just be sure to include it when I watch the reruns today :)