Once Upon a Time: The Complete Seventh Season ships this week with a five-disc set containing all of the episodes of that show’s final season. KSiteTV has been provided with a review copy of the Blu-ray set, and here is our review!
The Episodes: First, let’s address the Dumbo-like creature in the room: Some fan favorites are not in this final season of Once Upon a Time, which in some ways is like a reboot of the show, except it aired immediately after the “series finale.” Henry is a grown man, and now it’s his daughter, Lucy, who believes. The season has new takes on characters like Alice, Mother Gothel, and Cinderella alongside some old favorites like Henry, Regina (who, thanks to a curse is a bartender named “Roni”), Rumple, and Captain Hook.
I admit I was actually very excited to see how the new season turned out; Once Upon a Time needed some new blood, even though I’d miss some old favorites, and I think creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis did a good job in repopulating and reinventing that world (or those worlds).
But then, sadly, real life took over, and it’s not always possible to catch up with new TV on Friday nights….
…Which makes a set like this so great. If you skipped the season because you were going to miss Emma/Snow/David, or if you just didn’t have the time to watch before, you missed out on some good TV with some old favorites mixed in. It’s an admirable attempt and I think the world is better for having this season of Once vs. if we had never had it at all. And – spoiler warning: The final moments of the actual, actual finale give the whole thing great closure.
Face it. Nothing ever would be as good as that first season of Once Upon a Time was. But I do admire them for trying. (I will, however, be happy to never have to see Wish alternate versions of characters ever again!)
Picture & Sound: All great. They really do a good job on these sets.
The Extras: For what could have been dismissed as the “zombie season” of the show, they still went all out on extras here. The premiere episode even has commentary from Kitsis and Horowitz if you’re curious what went into the process of putting this all together. There are deleted scenes on the Blu-ray, and a great featurette about Lana Parrilla’s directing debut. There are bloopers…. and finally, “And They Lived Happily Ever After” is a look back at the entire series from the people that made it.
Once Upon a Time was a series that I covered for KSiteTV for its entire seven-season run. I’m going to miss the cast and producers, and I’m going to miss that world. I’m definitely grateful to have the final season Blu-ray in my collection. Get yours from Amazon.com and support this site!