"Once Upon a Time" duo Jennifer Morrison and Colin O'Donoghue appear on the Comic-Con panel.
The “Once Upon a Time” panel usually gives the Oncers, who include hostess Yvette Nicole Brown, at least one or two future moments or new characters to look forward to in the coming season. This year, it was the reveal of the first scene from Season 6 that put a spotlight on Jafar (Oded Fehr) and Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz) from Disney’s “Aladdin.”
They are characters that we’ve seen in the “Once” universe before — though with different actors — co-starring in the short-lived spinoff “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” The more telling part is that Aladdin, like Emma Swan (played by Jennifer Morrison), is a savior, and Jafar tells Aladdin that saviors never live happily ever after.
That may have been the biggest, most revealing moment of the whole panel. The beginning had a cool promo for the show that was basically a highlight reel of the history of the Evil Queen/Regina, played by Lana Parrilla, leading up to the point where she split into two beings, one the semi-happy, sarcastic mayor of Storybrooke and the other a never-can-be-happy monarch of the Enchanted Kingdom with no conscious who is bent on revenge. It will definitely be the highlight of the season.
The more interesting problems for this multi-story line show are characters and situations that, from listening to the crowd leaving the Ballroom 20 venue, were left out in terms of updates. Some include:
— What’s going on with Dorothy and Red? The kiss by two beloved fairy-tale characters wasn’t expanded upon much, though we do know they’re together somewhere.
— Lily and Maleficent. The half-dragon, one-time best friend of Emma Swan was introduced as a potentially really bad villain. She seemed to calm down and met her mom, Maleficent, then ... just kind of dropped off.
They did give Oncers a quick look into what was going on in the Underworld, though. With King Arthur ruling, Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit, dah-ling) was sad and drinking, as usual. Bartender Mordred, a onetime knight of the roundtable played by “Buffy” alum James Marsters, serves up spirits to de Vil, who, after a pep talk, fancies herself a true hero because she allows heroes to see the light through her darkness. It’s a twisted interpretation of herself, which is exactly how “Once Upon a Time” thrives.
This was posted by writer Jevon Phillips of the Los Angeles Times