Once Upon a Time is a 2011-12 TV series. It’s a mash up of several different fairy stories, so of course I want to see what it’s all about; I finished season 1 last week. I hate following dramas as they air, too much suspense! I like to have all the episodes at my fingertips, just in case the cliffhanger is too much to bear
The story follows Emma Swan (left) and her son Henry who brings her to accursed town “Storybrook” as they work on “Operation Cobra” ー a mission to break a curse that the Evil Queen (stepmother from the Snow White tale) cast on all the fairytale characters of their world, including names such as, of course, Snow White; Red Riding Hood; Jiminy Cricket; Belle; Pinocchio; The Mad Hatter; and Rumplestiltskin.
My favourite characters are Mr Gold (Rumplestiltskin) and Graham (The Huntsman). I laughed, I cried, I shook my head at some terrible plot holes, but overall I really enjoyed watching this drama, and I can’t wait for season 2 now that [spoiler spoiler spoiler! You’ll have to watch and see]!
A big plot point of this drama is keeping Prince Charming and Snow White together while the Evil Queen tries desperately to keep them apart to keep the curse alive and the characters oblivious of their predicament. The relationship between Snow and Charming is a really interesting twist in the tale. I loved storybook Snow White (not so much in Storybrook).
Even more interesting is later on in the series where you see why the Queen hates Snow so much. She wasn’t always a bad seed! I didn’t find that two-parter all that convincing, but I give the writers major points for including it all the same.
The Red Riding Hood story has some awesome twists as well, and Grumpy the dwarf gets his own little story. I liked that in Storybrook, life was more realistic – no magic, except for some little tidbits here and there (you’ll see!). I think it was very well done.
Lastly – I couldn’t ignore when young Snow wore a coat that reminded me of Lolita! I squee’d so much! I couldn’t get over how well young Snow pulled off the character the actress for young-adult Snow had established. The casting was perfect. But OH, the coat! It is pure evil that this picture is the best one I can find of her in it.
I’d give it 5 stars if I didn’t spend a lot of time screaming “THEY SO WOULDN’T DO THAT THOUGH”, alas. 4 it is!
★ ★ ★ ★