Tuesday, January 10, 2012

An Ode to "Once Upon a Time"


Guys, I am in love with this new show. I'm a girl who grew up with Disney so I'm a sucker for fairy tales. Is it any wonder that I am LOVING ABC's new fairy tale-esque show "Once Upon A Time"?

I heard about this show well before the start date, which was late in the television season. I was so worried about forgetting it was on that I made sure to put a reminder in my phone. What made me want to watch it? It was a combination of a couple of things...

- Fairy Tales - The show promised to tell the story of Snow White and Prince Charming. While she's not one of my favourite princesses (that honour goes to Cinderella with Sleeping Beauty and Belle following close behind) she's still a princess. I love how fairy tales are meant to be told out loud with great visuals. It's great that they've decided to take some classics and put a new twist on it for a television show. I mean, fairy tale characters that are trapped in our world and don't remember their old life? Pretty neat.

- Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin - I've been a fan of Morrison's since she was Cameron on "House" (it really is too bad she couldn't work things out with House...now we're given a revolving door of female doctors...but that's a little off topic). I knew she'd bring great things to the show and I was interested to see how she did on this new show. Same goes for Goodwin. I loved her as Rachel in "Something Borrowed" and was looking forward to getting to see more of her in this show.

Emma (Morrison) and Snow White (Goodwin)
I appreciate that they keep the fairy tales family friendly. They don't shy away from some of the "scarier" aspects of fairy tales - there's fighting with evil trolls and fires and there's a whole episode featuring Snow's Hunter - but they don't go into the gruesome details that they could. And I appreciate that. This means that the show's not for everyone but that's fine by me.

So far "Once Upon A Time" is meeting my expectations. Each show focuses on different fairy tales, Snow White, Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, Jiminy Cricket, and slowly reveals parts of each character's other life. You start to really understand what makes them tick and you realize what you think you know may not be true. So far my favourite episode has been "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter". Yes, it was terrible upsetting at the end but it was just so good. I never even clued in about who Sheriff Graham really was and appreciated that the show surprised me.

I know I'm not the only one out there in the book blogging universe who's also obsessed with "Once Upon A Time" so feel free to comment and let me know what you think!

1 comment:

  1. My 3 favorite shows, Supernatural, Grimm, Once Upon A Time. My Mother is German, so I grew up on the "grimmer" version of the tales not so much the Disney, and I love it as well. Not completely on board with Jennifer Morrison but I LOVE Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow. I can't wait to see what else they do with Red Riding Hood - and the Hunter episode was amazingly well done.

    So yeah, I'm with you!

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