Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Breaking Glass 

Regina reluctantly teams up with Emma to search for the Snow Queen after Sidney discovers her whereabouts, as flashbacks show a young Emma befriend a girl who, like her, is a runaway orphan.


Alrick Riley


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore) (credit only)
Michael Socha ... Will Scarlet
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold (credit only)
Giancarlo Esposito ... Magic Mirror / Sidney Glass
Georgina Haig ... Queen Elsa
Elizabeth Lail ... Princess Anna
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Ingrid
Nicole Muñoz ... Young Lily (as Nicole Munoz)
Abby Ross ... Young Emma


Regina reluctantly teams up with Emma to search for the Snow Queen after Sidney, who is once again Regina's prisoner in the mirror, discovers her whereabouts and agrees to lead her to the location. With Belle babysitting baby Neal, a nervous Mary Margaret and David prepare for their first date night away from their child and find themselves on a mission to track down Will Scarlet, who has escaped from the town jail, and Elsa sees Anna in the Storybrooke woods. Meanwhile, back in the past, young Emma finds herself a kindred spirit when she befriends a girl who, like her, is a runaway orphan. Written by bpste1

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Release Date:

26 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The ravine that Elsa crosses to find Anna is missing a bridge. This is because Regina destroyed it when instructing Emma in magic in "The Jolly Roger" (S3E17) See more »


Regina Mills: You're working for the Snow Queen? Traitor!
Magic Mirror: I'm the traitor? I think your majesty should take a look in the mirror.
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Mirror mirror on the wall
20 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

Season 4 had a lot to live up after Season 3 being as impressive as it was. At this early stage of the season, one can see a lot of promise, some may argue that it is capitalising on 'Frozen's' success but there is much more to the season than that. This promise was apparent from the get go, with a great season opener in "A Tale of Two Sisters". "White Out" and "Rocky Road" were good if not as good and "The Apprentice" was very good.

"Breaking Glass" continues the very good if not quite great standard. That it focuses less on the 'Frozen' arc and having its own story is appreciated, so far Season 4 has shown that the show is doing far more than capitalising on 'Frozen's' success or being a marketing ploy like it could have been.

Sure there are episodes with more richness, layers, more surprises and character and plot advancement, what happens here doesn't for examples have the richness of the Neverland and Zelena story arcs that dominated Season 3.

However, there is so much to like about "Breaking Glass" and there is not an awful lot wrong. It has a good deal of momentum, the characters are still interesting and true to character, not behaving idiotically, it doesn't feel like filler, it has entertainment value, nice character moments that mean a lot and a lot of heart.

Especially good in "Breaking Glass" is the relationship between Emma and Regina. It was crucial for it to work for being such a big part of the story, and it is executed with a lot of tension and heart. Regina's character continues to have complexity and nuance and Emma is not passive and generally is getting stronger all the time.

All the performances are delightful, particularly from Jennifer Morrison, who (as well as the character of Emma) has come on a lot, and Lana Parrilla, a highlight of the show from the get go and doesn't disappoint. A lot happens but it doesn't feel over-stuffed or underdone.

Furthermore, "Breaking Glass" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable theme tune.

Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue, no corn or cheesiness here. This aspect has come on such a long way since when 'Once Upon a Time' first started, much more complexity and nuance.

All in all, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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