Monday, December 9, 2013
TV Series: Once Upon a Time
'Once' weaves reality with fantasy in a surprisingly effective way. This show is clever in creating anticipation through the possibility of introducing new fairy tale characters with each new episode.
Despite Emma's persistent furrow in her brow, I'm very charmed by all the actors in the show, including her. I especially like the character Rumpelstiltskin. He has a great back story and I'm glad the writers gave him a "more-than-meets-the-eye"kind of appeal.
The same can be said of the Evil Queen/Regina played magnificentally by Lana Parrilla.
It's amusing to watch her and I'm amazed at how she toys with my emotions. She can really make me hate her in one moment but in another, make me feel sympathy. That's a talented actress for you.
So far, he's been okay. They've toned down the whole, 'overly-enthusiastic-that-it's-cringe-worthy-kid' act about halfway through the first season. At least now I have some sympathy for the kid. That reminds me, I wonder why the writers never elaborate on why Henry is so against Regina, a.k.a. the Evil Queen. I mean, okay, she's the Evil Queen but she's playing this persona of his adoptive mother and the show has never shown her doing anything to earn his hatred of her... That makes the first 3-5 episodes all the more frustrating with the confusion over his defiance towards his adoptive mother.
As a final thought, if you think this show promises happy Ella-Enchanted fairy tale land, you'll probably want to find another TV show. After watching through season one, I can say that 'Once' is quite dark. Creepy even. Sure, there are light moments, but of course, towards the end of the season, it gets darker and darker. It's not unlike a horror movie where you don't want to continue watching it at night but you can't stop because the suspense is killing you. The story is great. That, on top of the possibility of a new beloved fairy tale character being introduced will keep you watching. There's a fair share of blood and gore and towards the end season one and some disturbing crime elements that somewhat creeped me out during the night.
I highly recommend this series to the fairy tale enthusiast and anyone who wants a show that brings an interesting, and darker twist to fairy tales.
Images from: http://screencapped.net/tv/onceuponatime/