Sundays at 8/7c on ABC
If you have been waiting for the perfect show to fall in love with this season, wait no more and click here http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/once-upon-a-time/episode-guide, to watch–if you have not done so already–Once Upon a Time first three episodes.
Like my second new favorite show, Revenge (https://www.notreadyforgrannypanties.com/2011/10/revenge-at-hamptons.html), Once Upon a Time is about, you guessed it, revenge. But, while Revenge is an adaptation of Alexander Dumas’s The Count of Montecristo, Once Upon a Time is a retelling/a continuation of sorts of Snow White with characters from other beloved fairy tales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rumplestiltskin) and children’s stories (Pinocchio) added to the mix.
Once Upon a Time takes place both in present day Storybrook, Maine and in the past where the characters lived before the Evil Queen’s curse stole their happy endings and sent them to our world.
In the present, all the Fairy Tale characters live day by day with no recollection of their past and without aging. But this changes when Henry, an eleven year old boy who is Snow White’s grandchild and has been adopted by the Evil Queen, escapes the town and, after finding his mother, Emma Swan, brings her with him to Storybrook.
Henry learned of the curse in the book his teacher Mary Margaret (Snow White) gave to him. He knows that only Emma, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, can break the curse. But no one believes his stories. No one but his adoptive mother, the Evil Queen and present day mayor, who is intent on sending Emma away.
The story sounds complicated and even lame, but it’s not. It’s a wonderfully crafted tale created by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the writers of Lost (https://www.notreadyforgrannypanties.com/2010/04/lost-in-glee.html). It‘s beautifully filmed, has the appropriate amount of romance and reality, and is perfectly cast.
As the teaser on ABC website puts it: “Brace yourself for a modern fable with thrilling twists and hints of darkness. Brimming with wonder, and filled with the magic of our most beloved fairytales.”
Brace yourself, indeed. Upon my word, Once Upon a Time is a winner.