…in a land far away.” Those words capture the hearts of almost everyone who will listen. It sets you right back to snuggling in and listening to a bedtime story about princesses and knights and dragons and – most importantly – magic. It’s amazing what a good dose of imagination can do for your soul. I’ve always been a Disney fan, mostly relating to
Ariel because of her love of singing and envying her life in the water and Belle because of her fearlessness and because she’s French (of course)! I can recite almost every fairy tale just by remembering the movie it came from or the story book in my room. But there’s a special talent in reworking those stories into something different and being able to shock listeners no matter what. That’s what Once Upon a Time on ABC achieves so perfectly.
I saw ads for this show before, and my sister raves about it endlessly. It was always one of those shows where I said, “I feel like I’d like this,” but did nothing about it. That changed and ever so drastically.
Once Upon a Time captured me from the first episode. Not only are the characters extremely likable (even the bad guys), but you feel like you get to relive part of your childhood. The best part is that they reworked the stories so that the ending you expect or the characters that you once knew somehow change. Every episode leaves you with “Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I didn’t think of that” or “What!? It’s over!?”
The show is about a little town in Maine, Storybrooke, whose inhabitants are storybook creatures under a curse which makes them forget who they are. They focus on characters like Snow White/ Mary Margaret Blanchard (Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming/ David Nolan (Josh Dallas), and Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), the supposed “savior” of the town. Mayor Mills’ adopted son, Henry (Jared Gilmore), is given a storybook that explains everything and only he has the imagination and courage to believe it. He hunts down his biological mother, Swan, in order to have her break the curse.
You still with me?
The concept is much better explained in the pilot episode which I suggest you watch on Netflix. One of my favorite things about the show is the way the intertwined characters we might have forgotten a bit about, like Rumpelstiltskin (the AMAZING Robert Carlyle), Jiminy Cricket, and more.
If you like fantasy and aren’t afraid to become addicted to yet another show, catch up with Once Upon a Time on Netflix, and tune in every Sunday at 8/7c on ABC.