Once Upon a Time (PREVIEW)

What if all the fairy tales were true?  ABC’s Once Upon a Time will ask and answer that question this fall.

Jennifer Morrison ("House") plays Emma Swan, a bail bonds collector who has made her own way through a life that started in the foster care system, and on her twenty-eighth birthday she is visited by the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago.  Henry convinces her to give him a ride back home to Storybrooke, Maine and on the way he tries to explain to her that all of the stories in the fairy tale book he carries are true, but that everyone has forgotten who they are and that Emma needs to stay and help them.

As we watch this modern day story unfold, it is intermingled with a tale of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin, "Big Love") and Prince Charming getting married and starting a family, and of the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla, "Swinigtown") who plans to ruin their lives and rule over this fantasy realm.  Snow wants to know what the future holds, so she speaks to Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle, "Stargate Universe") who tells her that if she sends her daughter away to avoid the Queen’s plans, the child will return in twenty-eight years to break the spell.  And in return for his help, he asks only for the child’s name: Emma.

And despite telling you so much, I haven’t revealed even half of the pilot’s surprises.

I found the first episode to be intriguing.  The story was well crafted and the parts all well acted.  Even the special effects were quite good.  The potential here is great and it will be interesting to see how and how many of the fairy tales we’ve all heard before get weaved into this dark world.  Normally I wait until much closer to the fall before deciding what shows I’ll watch and what shows I’ll catch up on later if they last, but Once Upon a Time has made my watch list for sure.

Review by Jason Pace
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