Once Upon a Time – Season One

Once Upon a Time is a current (as of August 2012) television series that airs on U.S television on ABC. This episode we discuss the first season which aired fall 2011 through spring 2012. The series stars Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Lana Parilla. And most importantly it has accomplished a miracle.

Yes folks, this is a fantasy series that wasn’t canceled within three episodes.

The plot is this: An evil queen enacts a curse upon fairytale characters that bring them to our world where they have no idea who they are. Every character is trapped in a confused haze where they can’t clearly see their future or their past and where time stands still in a small Maine town. But one woman from our world is destined to break their curse… if only her adopted son she’d given away a decade before can convince her that it is real.

The show flashes back and forth between the fantasy world and the real world so you get well acquainted with the characters pasts and how the curse has changed them in our world. It’s a brilliant set up, because you get the fantastical elements juxtaposed upon the real world which hooks fantasy geeks like me and has just enough real world elements to keep the average viewer who might want to keep a bit more grounded.

The characters are what really shine in this episode. Regina is a character you love to hate and Emma is badass while still maintaining a vulnerable core. They twist most of the fairytales in ways you don’t expect which keeps the show from being a rehash of stories you’ve heard many times before.

Half of this episode WILL NOT be spoilers and the other half will be full of spoilers. We clearly state in the episode when we’re about to discuss spoilers. There are only spoilers for season one. When we recorded this episode there were no spoilers for season two available.

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