If you hear the phrase, “once upon a time” what are you reminded of? What do you think about? Are you reminded of your childhood when you would watch animated Disney films like Snow White, or Peter Pan? Does it make you think of magic, or a poison apple, or maybe a giant who lives at the top of a beanstalk which towers above the clouds? Maybe you think of a magic bean which can transport you to other worlds, or the Mad Hatter’s magic hat, or maybe you are reminded of the sleeping curse which one can only be awakened from with true love’s kiss. Whatever you are reminded of, imagine a series where all of your childhood fairytales are combined into one. Once Upon a Time does just that!
As a former Disney Cast Member (employee) my addiction to fairytales is a bit ridiculous but also completely understandable. I admittedly love Disney and the fairytales that derive therein. With my love comes complete and utter judgement towards those who recreate, reproduce, remaster, or even those who create an entirely new fairytale. That being said I can honestly say, as per my judgmental standards, Once Upon a Time is beyond amazing!
Emma Swan, a woman with a troubled past and rough upbringing is stunned when the son she had given up for adoption ten years earlier shows up on her doorstep on the night of her 28th birthday. Her son Henry, who had recently ventured from his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine, brings with him a book of fairytales which he believes to be real. Henry shares with Emma that she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and she is the only person who can break a curse bestowed upon the people of the Enchanted lands. Emma, believing Henry to be troubled himself decides to journey back to Storybrooke only to find herself becoming the newest resident. She is introduced to the Mayor and subsequently to Henry’s adopted mother whom he refers to as the Evil Queen. Emma soon finds Storybrooke’s charm to be not so charming and is forced to decide if her destiny is in fact a story in a book or a real life fairytale.
Full of our favorite fairytale characters, and although filmed with an extensive use of CG which I am not a fan of, Once Upon a Time is amazingly written and acted. Created by LOST‘s Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, Once Upon a Time also features a notable cast which includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle and many other amazingly talented actors/actresses.
Once Upon a Time is a phenomenal series and a must-see in my (better than reality TV) book. Be sure to check out Season 1 on Netflix and Season 2 on Hulu Plus before the Season 3 Premiere on Sunday September 29th 8|7c on ABC.
Also, check out the trailer for its spin-off that’s sure to be just as magical, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: