After tons of interviews, relentless advertisements, promotional photos and articles all over the web, ABC's Once Upon a Time
has finally arrived with its premiere episode.
By this time, we all know what the story is, right? Orphaned bounty hunter learns of long lost family. Long lost family turns out to be part of childhood storybook world. Storybook world has fallen victim to evil queen.
Now, the question is: Does it work?
I am a devout Disney, fairy tale, supernatural follower, and had extremely high hopes for this series. With the pilot underway, I won't say that I'm disappointed, but I'm definitely looking for more in the coming weeks. In an age when viewers love reality television, dramatic series with fanciful storylines really have to bring their A-game. Does Once Upon a Time
fit the bill? Well, it has some balancing out to do.
The story of a lost child finding their way back home already has some dramatic undertones. Add that to a method of switching back and forth between what is real and what has been told to us through stories and you have something pretty intense and possibly confusing to keep up with. My suggestion would be to kill the sound effects and heavy background music so we can better pay attention to what is being said. The acting is quite good, thankfully.
The show runs a huge risk of being too cheesy with fantasy material, but this can be worked around with good writing. The action switches back and forth from the Storybook World to Our World, explaining how the inhabitants of Storybrooke, Maine came to be.
Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Joshua Dallas) receive a wedding crasher in the form of the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla). The Evil Queen states that she will place a curse upon the kingdom, giving them all a sense of reality. Snow and Charming are expecting a child and look to Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) for guidance. The baby will be the only one to break the spell, but they'll have to wait until her 28th birthday. Charming assigns Gepetto (Tony Amendola) the task of constructing a wardrobe to keep the child safe. Unfortunately, Charming is killed while saving his newborn baby.
Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is a Boston bounty hunter who is confronted by Henry (Jared Gilmore) and convinced to travel to Storybrooke with him. Regina (The Evil Queen), the town mayor, is the adoptive mother of Henry, a young boy with no friends. After he runs away, Emma and Regina look to Sister Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White), Henry's teacher, with hopes of his whereabouts. Long story short, Emma finds Henry and he, once again, convinces her to stick around for a week. She checks into Granny's Bed and Breakfast. Here, Emma meets Mr. Gold (Rumpelstiltskin) who owns the town and says "Emma" all creepy-like.
Anyone confused? Don't worry! Since time has come to a hault in Storybook World, all the action will be flashbacks. Present action will be Our World, in case you couldn't tell from the old-fashioned, fancy costumes.
Next Sunday on Once Upon a Time
, the story of how Snow White and Prince Charming met will be told and Emma will continue learning the secrets of Storybrooke.
Jilliane JohnsonContrbuting Writer(Image courtesy of ABC)