Once Upon A time, a new show from ABC that had premiere on Oct. 23 2011, this past Sunday at 8:00, was quite a delight to watch. The series is basically about an orphan named Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), who is a jaded bail bondsmen, and on her 28th birthday she is visited by a charming boy, Henry (Jared Gilmore), who is the son she gave up for adoption 10 years before. He goes on to tell her she is actually the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), and Also, she is the only hope of saving the whole town of amnesiac fairy-tale characters.
Emma was not actually abandoned as a child but was sent away to be protected from the Evil Queen’s (Lana Parrilla) curse and end up living a unknown life controlled by the Evil Queen. Basically the fate of all happy endings rests on her shoulders. And that where we are left off, with Emma deciding to stay in the town for one week.
This series was surprisingly good, the concept of adapting fairytales to be a bit unique and a touch more modern has been done before, but Once Upon A Time has done a great job with the concept. They have indeed made a unoriginal idea, the adaption of fairytales, into a something quite original in concept and execution. A nice blend of modern day, by using a curse and Emma Swan the reason why the story is set in the modern world (or real). I love how Once Upon A Time did what many new shows don’t always do, giving pretty much the whole background of the story, the plot of the series, and the sense of the few characters involved.
To get a good knowledge of the back story, the series switch back and forth from the past (“fairytale land”) which tells why things are happening, and then to present day (the real world) that tells where things are headed. Perfectly done to got the plot for the series, and the direction that it will be heading.
Characterization through the series is also a another great aspect of the series, we are able to get a sense of who Emma is, and what kind of person she is deep down. Same goes for characters like Snow White, The Evil Queen, etc., all characters that we do get a good enough sense of them, of course more will be developed and explained as we go on through the series, but it is enough to to get the feel of them. So you can indeed get a sense of likeable and hated characters, which are a important aspect in liking a new series.
Once Upon A Time is a very likeable new series, it takes a interesting concept and make it an appealing story to watch. The series also creates interesting characters that you can understand and feel for, and even characters that you can hate. Which are some of the driving force in my continuing desire to watch future episodes, and this is a series that I would definitely recommend to others. Check out the link to the pilot below, courtesy of Hulu.