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Jeers to Once Upon a Time for trapping Giancarlo Esposito in a one-dimensional role.

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The dazzlingly versatile actor deserves an Emmy for his quietly riveting work as drug kingpin Gustavo Fring on Breaking Bad. So what is he doing on ABC's featherweight fantasy as the Magic Mirror on evil queen Lana Parilla's wall (and a toadying reporter named Sidney in the alternate universe of Storybrooke, Maine)?

One can only hope future installments of Once Upon a Time give Esposito more to do than the handful of throwaway scenes he had in his first episode. If not, this is one grim fairy tale that will never have a happy ending.

Do you think Once Upon a Time should've thought twice before casting Giancarlo Esposito in such a silly part?

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