Here is my review of Once Upon A Time Season 5 Episode 1 The Dark Swan 1st a description of the episode : With Emma now facing the nature of the Darkness in herself, she encounters Merida. Her family and friends go to extreme measurements to find Emma and bring her home safely. Now to my thoughts on the episode warning full spoilers here , overall I really liked this episode. We started to see Emma’s side to the darkness and starting to become The Dark One also we got to see Merida (from Brave) in live action played by Amy Manson that was fun. Also the episode ended on a cliffhanger. So overall I give Once Upon A Time Season 5 Episode 1 The Dark Swan a solid 9 / 10 a great start to Season 5 of Once Upon A Time and can’t wait for next weeks episode The Prince.