The Dark Swan has risen

Emma Swan goes dark on "Once Upon A Time"

Emma Swan goes dark on “Once Upon A Time”

Following post contains SPOILERS from the Season 5 premiere of “Once Upon A Time”:

Ever since Emma Swan was swept away during the season 4 finale of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” we’ve been awaiting the arise of the new Dark One. The Season 5 premiere didn’t disappoint as we see Emma’s loved ones in Storybrooke willing to do anything to find her.

The episode opens with an introduction to the Knights of King Arthur’s Court, including Sir Lancelot, who were searching for Excalibur. They notice something amiss — someone got there before them. When the sword is pulled from the stone, we see a familiar pattern — the end of the legendary sword is the blade of the Dark One’s dagger. The dagger that now bears Emma Swan’s name.

Captain Hook, desperate to find Emma, wants to summon her with the dagger, only to be told by Regina that it won’t work. Emma is not in their world anymore. Hook’s hopes that Henry (the new Once Upon A Time author) could rewrite the story and restore Emma’s goodness were quickly dashed when he learned Henry broke the magic quill last season. Hook even resorts to freeing Zelena (The Wicked Witch of the West).

Regina, knowing Zelena’s true nature, tricks her when she opens a portal to return to Oz and transports Snow White, Prince Charming, Henry, Hook and a few others to find and save Emma. Granny’s Diner goes airborne much like Dorothy’s house and enters the swirling vortex.

We see Emma in The Enchanted Forest, fighting an internal struggle between good and evil as Rumpelstiltskin takes form as the worst conscience ever trying to get Emma to embrace the evil and turn herself over to the darkness. Emma sets out to find a magical wisp that can take her wherever she wants to go — such as finding the only person that can destroy the darkness inside her — Merlin. She comes across Princess Merida (from Disney’s “Brave”), who is also seeking a wisp to find her three kidnapped brothers. Merida offers to take Emma along and promises her the wisp when she’s finished.

Prodded by Rumpel to keep the wisp for herself, Emma is coaxed into snatching Merida’s heart and is in the process of crushing it when the Storybrooke gang arrives. Seeing her loved ones, she overtakes the darkness and they set out to find Merlin. On their way, the are met by the Knights and told a prophecy had foretold their arrival. They are escorted to the shiny turrets of Camelot.

Six weeks later, we see the group sans Emma drop back into Storybrooke dressed in Renaissance duds. They have no memory of the last 6 weeks and when the door swings open, we get our first glimpse of Emma, who has now fully embraced the darkness.

You went to Camelot to get the darkness out of me and you failed. — Emma Swan

With all the action in this premiere, I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds.

And the winner is . . .

Jeffrey Tambor accepts the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy Series for "Transparent" at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 20 in Los Angeles.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jeffrey Tambor accepts the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy Series for “Transparent” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 20 in Los Angeles.

As two of the world’s biggest fans of the short-lived, but critically acclaimed “Arrested Development,” my husband and I follow the post-Arrested careers of our beloved Bluths with earnest. Sunday night, we were thrilled to see members of our favorite dysfunctional family (and one frequent guest star) shine on stage at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who guest starred as lawyer Maggie Lizer on “Arrested”) again took the award for Outstanding Lead Actress Comedy Series for her portrayal of President Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep.” Louis-Dreyfus’ co-star Tony Hale (who played youngest son Buster Bluth on “Arrested”) took home his second Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy Series for his role as Meyer’s loyal assistant Gary Walsh.

Jeffrey Tambor (the Bluth family’s jailed patriarch George Bluth Sr.) was honored with Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy Series for his portrayal of  Maura Pfefferman, a middle-age father who transitions to life as a woman in Amazon’s original series “Transparent.”

Here’s a full list of winners at Sunday’s 67th Primetime Emmy Awards:

Drama Series: Game of Thrones,” HBO.

Actor, Drama Series: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC.

Actress, Drama Series: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder,” ABC.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix.

Directing, Drama Series: David Nutter, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.

Writing, Drama Series: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.

Comedy Series: “Veep,” HBO.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent,” Amazon Instant Video.

Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Allison Janney, “Mom,” CBS.

Directing, Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, “Transparent,” Amazon Instant Video.

Writing, Comedy Series: Simon Blackwell, Amando Iannucci, Tony Roche, “Veep,” HBO.

Limited Series: “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, “American Crime,” ABC.

Directing, Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Lisa Cholodenko, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Writing, Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Jane Anderson, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Variety Talk Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.

Directing, Variety Series: Chuck O’Neil, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

Variety Sketch Series: “Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central.

Writing, Variety Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.

Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice,” NBC.

The Man Behind the Mouse

For those of us born after 1966, Walt Disney is a mythical figure. Having never been alive at the same time as the father of Mickey Mouse, the animated feature and modern theme parks, Walt seems more like a symbol of wholesome family entertainment than a real person.

Walter Elias Disney was an animator, a businessman and a visionary who changed the world. He rose from a humble upbringing in the Midwest to starting one of the largest corporations in the world. Tonight, PBS’ “American Experience” takes us on a tour of Walt’s life and career in a candid two-part, four-hour documentary. Having watched nearly every “American Experience” produced, I’m incredibly excited for this new take.

There aren’t many people still around who knew the real Walt Disney. Walt kept his personal life separated from his public persona. Walt was well aware of this fact, saying once,

“‘I’m not Walt Disney,’ he once told a friend. ‘I do a lot of things Walt Disney wouldn’t do. Walt Disney doesn’t smoke. I smoke. Walt Disney doesn’t drink. I drink.’”

As the years have passed, there are fewer and fewer people who collaborated with Walt. Composer Richard Sherman, biographer Neal Gabler and Disney’s son-in-law Ron Miller are among the interviewees featured in the program. In an unprecedented move, the Walt Disney Company opened the vaults to PBS and gave filmmakers access to never-before-seen archival footage of Disney at work and behind-the-scenes footage of some of Disney’s classic films. “American Experience: Walt Disney” airs at 9 p.m. ET on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14 and 15.

Screenshots of the Unboxing of the New “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” X-Wing Fighter

The pieces are said to me much sturdier and less likely to break. The X-Wing has a pop-up droid that, when pushed, releases the wings from the locked position to form the X-position. Attachments are set up differently than previous toys, in that they only fit the slot for which they are designed, meaning that each wing’s attachment will only fit the correct wing.

 

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