Tonight in HD: July 5

Season Finale: Once Upon a Time (TV2, 8.30, 5.1, F) Emma and Regina must team up to save Henry’s life, and Prince Charming tries to escape from the Evil Queen’s clutches to reunite with a fallen Snow White. Lamented the AV Club: “The revelations come fast and furious; but while this episode is heavy on plot, it comes at the expense of character. The result is a finale that rushes to hit all the necessary points to set up next season, and we never get to feel the personal impact that all these massive changes have on the people. If they parceled out the events in this finale over the course of the season, they could have created a much more engaging series. The end of this episode has me genuinely excited to see what this show becomes in the next year, but the journey getting there has been a rough one.” The Huffington Post said the “game-changing finale weaves a powerful spell … Was it a perfect hour? No. But it was probably as close as network TV gets, delivering on all the promises made in the pilot in engaging, enthralling ways.” ✭✭

Fringe (TV2, 10.30, 5.1) Peter’s visit to the Other Side intensifies as the alternate Fringe division faces off against a formidable new foe in a harrowing race against time. Tonight’s episode marks the return of David Robert Jones (Mad Men’s Jared Harris) for the first time since the first season — an introduction that Entertainment Week dubbed a “defining moment, as it super-charged the creatively struggling series with something it sorely needed: an electrifying force of antagonism”. In its review, the Los Angeles Times made an interesting observation about HD displays: “I watched this week’s episode of Fringe at a friend’s place on his LED television. Sometimes a brighter, crisper image isn’t necessarily better. The darker, murky picture on my plasma TV at home lent itself a little better to the darker, murky visual style of Fringe.” ✭✭✭✭

MasterChef Australia (TV One, 4.45) The bottom three dishes from the sandwich invention test are sent into the pressure test. Who will be eliminated? ✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Brax is concerned that Danny will get out of jail; Liam is tempted by drugs; Lottie and Sasha plan a day of rebellion. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Ross worries when his student-girlfriend goes on vacation with her wild friends; Rachel tries to find a date for a ball; Joey’s refrigerator breaks down. ✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Ula sets Maxwell free; Zac’s nursing win is tarnished by relationship issues; Bree backs Daniel into her trap. ✭✭✭

The Block  (TV3, 7.30) The teams step inside their houses for the very first time, and discover just how beat-up they really are with ripped walls, rotten floorboards and dead rodents. ✭✭

Rescue 1 (TV2, 8.00) A motocross rider may have broken his back after hitting a tree head on; a woman fights for her life after taking an accidental overdose of her husband’s medication. ✭✭✭

Bones (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) A chemical breakthrough by intern Arastoo Vaziri helps determine that the remains of a corpse – dyed blue – found in a landfill are those of a person who worked at a hair salon. ✭✭

Episodes (TV One, 10.05) Beverly can’t stand Matt and the feeling is mutual.  But when Sean and Matt bond over a trip to Las Vegas, Beverly feels left out. ✭✭✭✭

The Unit (TV3, 11.45, 5.1) The team tries to identify and take out a nuclear weapons dealer who also traffics in young girls. ✭✭✭✭

Wimbledon 2012 (TV One, 12.00): Live coverage from Day 10 of the 2012 Championships from the grass courts of Wimbledon in London, featuring the Ladies Singles semifinals. (Play past 6am will screen in SD on U Channel.) ✭✭✭✭

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: Bulletproof (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) Gratuitous violence and more plot holes than bullet holes mar an otherwise exciting and engaging buddy-buddy romp about an undercover cop and a federal witness (Adam Sandler and Damon Wayans) on the run from the crime boss who’s been betrayed. James Caan and, in a small role, Monica Potter (ParenthoodBoston Legal) co-star. Director Ernest R Dickinson has since graduated to classier cable-TV dramas like The Walking DeadTreme and Dexter. (1996) ✭✭✭

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