Written and Created by: Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla, Jared Gilmore
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4.5/5
Once Upon A Time is a unique story that takes a very strange twist on our beloved fairytales. Our favourites are there with Snow White (Goodwin) and the evil witch (Parilla) masquerading in today’s society as regular individuals. Magic is abound and that’s what makes all the difference in this Truman meets Wicked scenario.
This little fantasy drama is set in the supposed sleepy little town in Maine named Storybrooke, which was all filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada. Nothing about Storybrooke is sleepy when a young woman is drawn in by her biological child and she changes everything. Emma (Morrison) holds the key to this town and she is completely unaware of her ability, or is it her own magic? Her biological son Henry (Gilmore) is convinced that he lives is a magical fairy tale town and tries to let his mother in on what is coming. Unfortunately, he is the only one who can see this as the rest of the residents seem to be under a spell. She is resistant at first, being the sensible adult, but pretty soon, there are strange events that lead her to believe maybe Henry has some insight that she doesn’t.
With related flashbacks to fairy tale times, the story is interwoven beautifully to represent these well known characters. Little Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, Jiminy Cricket, Rumplestiltskin and a host of other characters that you’ll begin to see as they emerge. The creators Horowitz and Kitsis wowed us with Lost and Once Upon A Time definitely has that buzz. The storyline is interesting and has that familiar feeling with a twist. They’ve managed the concept of magic well by dipping it into the plot with care and so close to real life that it could be easy to miss.
Season 1 kept me intrigued and wanting more for Season 2. The skill here will be how the storyline progresses and whether there is an end in mind. I love these types of shows so much, but the downfall is too many plot twists without the writers really knowing where they want it to end, just hoping that it will keep going season after season. It really goes against the idea of having a beginning, middle and end which is why cop dramas and sitcoms outlast these kinds of shows. They have everything wrapped up in each show, whether it’s thirty minutes or an hour.
I remain a fan, despite this and look forward to seeing where this magical show takes me whilst reliving the lives of my favourite fairytales that I know so well. Interestingly there has been a lot of research on how to name the characters, for example. Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White) is so named because Blanchard derives from the French word ‘blanc’ for white. The name ‘Mary Margaret/ is from the real-life woman believed to be the inspiration of the Snow White character named ‘Maria Sophia Margaretha Catharina Feifraulein von Erthal’ born in Germany in 1729. Regina Mills (Evil Queen) comes from the Late Latin and modern name Regina which means Queen and Mills refers the Greek word Milo meaning apple. Will this meticulous research pay off and keep us glued to the screen, I for one, hope so!
Magic always comes with a price, but how much are you willing to pay?
Once Upon A Time The Complete First Season is available on DVD (RRP$69.95) and Blu-Ray (RRP$84.95) now.
Category: Film & TV