Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blogging A to Z: Once Upon a Time

I admit, I've had some trouble getting into Once Upon a Time, but the premise is unique and I want to like it, so I've stuck with it.

Storybrooke, Maine is stuck in a curse where are all the townspeople are former fairy tale characters. A bail bonds woman comes to town by request of Henry, the son she gave up for adoption, who happens to be Snow White's son passed through a portal from the fairy tale realm before the curse set in. Got all that?

The show does a nice job weaving tales from the other realm with the current day. In the fairy tale world, Snow White is kind of a rogue, looking more like the princess from the new Snow White and the Huntsman movie coming out this year than the lily white Disney version. The evil queen - who is Storybrooke's mayor in the real world (and Henry's adoptive mother) - makes sure you know with every dramatic stare she is The Bad One.

Lots of great characters inhabit Storybrooke: 
Rumplestiltskin: resident skeeze

Clean cut prince

Am I wicked enough for you?
Why You Should Watch: It's something different; light enough to not drag you down, but edgy enough to set it apart from Disney fare. Don't think to hard or it's kind of hard to buy, but if you're into fairy tales, chances are you're already watching and enjoy the show. Also promising: the show was developed by producers from Lost and and includes a former Buffy writer.

Factoid: Speaking of Lost, there are lots of crossover nuggets including Storybrooke's clock set to 8:15, a reference to Lost's Oceanic flight 815, and the fictional Apollo candy bars exist on both shows.


  1. I watched an episode of this a couple weeks ago. Definitely need to watch more.

  2. I feel the same way about it as you do. I wasn't really pulled in, but kept watching because it was different than everything else on the tube. I have about five episodes on my PVR still to watch (clearly not as compelling as I'd hoped), and I'll get to them eventually (once all the better shows have been watched).

    It is kind of cute, though, so I stick with it :)

  3. The season has only just started in the UK. We've watched the first 3 episodes so far. I agree that the story sounds interesting enough, but I'm not super into it yet.

    J.C. Martin
    A to Z Blogger

  4. It does look interesting, but I simply cannot allow myself to get hooked into another TV show. My DVR is already full, ugh!

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  5. I only made it through an episode and a half before I moved on to other things. I wanted to like it; I just couldn't get into it.

  6. I had the same experience as some others. I really wanted to like it (and Grimm) because there's so little fantasy on television or in film. Neither grabbed me, but I still hope they make it, so other fantasy shows can follow!

  7. I love this show. I don't know why, exactly, but I do.

    Maybe it's because I've always liked fairy tales...

  8. I enjoy the series, but mainly because it's something I can watch and enjoy with my teen. It's our bonding time. The more I watch, the more I appreciate the show (I'm sure the bonding helps that!).

  9. I've always liked adaptations of fairy tales, and I have been meaning to try out this show. Thanks for posting about it.

  10. I wanted to like this, to have it be one of my must-watches. I ended up watching two episodes and just not caring.

    Carol's Notebook

  11. I haven't seen it, yet, but I want to.

  12. This is one of my favorite shows. Robert Carlyle is absolutely brilliant in his roles as Mr. Gold and Rumpelstiltskin.

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