Oh, hello there! *smiles and waves* One of my favorite TV series is Once Upon a Time, a drama telling the story of fairytale characters trapped in our world… yup. Without magic, without powers—and one thing, they don’t remember each other’s pasts.
This TV series is TV-PG, so if you don’t understand something, please remember to ask your parents permission first.
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“A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.” – IMDB.
This TV Series’ protagonists are Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Josh Dallas.
This wonderful, imaginative, lovable series was created by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, and multiple directors helped make this series possible.
Once Upon a Time was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards in the following categories:
- Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score), by Mark Isham and Sydney O’Connor.
- Outstanding Costumes for a Series, by Eduardo Castro.
- Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series, by Toby Lindala.
- Outstanding Costumes for a Series, Miniseries, or Short Film, by Eduardo Castro.
- Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, by Toby Lindala.
- Outstanding Visual Effects, by Andrew Orloff.
Once Upon a Time is one of my favorite TV series ever. The writers in this show have plenty of imagination… from trying to reinvent classic fairytales, from making the small town of Storybrooke and its characters so lovable… every fairytale fan will love the show.
So, I’m going to be reviewing the first episode, of the first season! Yup… the pilot!
Since I got Netflix back at the beginning of Winter, I was ecstatic. I could finally binge-watch the shows I like… without the constant interruptions of ads about toothpaste, and just the thought of having to wait at least five minutes until the show starts again made me go nuts.
Anyway, enough about my silly rambling! Let’s get started!
*cue silly dancing and confetti being thrown around*
At the beginning of this episode, we see Emma, the protagonist. At first, I had no clue about who she was. Then, I started scanning the options about the most classic fairytale characters—Cinderella? Who else could she be?
So then, a nice kid named Henry arrives at her doorstep and tells her, “Hey, you’re my mom,” and Emma doesn’t believe it. I mean, she gave him up for adoption 10 years ago, and now he’s appearing at her doorstep claiming his parentage? Who does that?
I admit, that scene is one of the funny ones. What I really like is the way the characters portray their emotions—from their facial expressions, and how they talk.
Henry’s actor was a good choice… and as a kid, it just makes it even more laughable. Which kid would get a bus, knock on his birth mother’s door, and tell her that she’s the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming?
Anyway, Henry tells Emma who she is. According to his Once Upon a Time book, she’s the Savior. The Evil Queen has casted a wicked curse upon the Enchanted Forest, making everyone go to the human world, and forgetting their past selves, including their love interests.
Emma, however, is put into a magical wardrobe and poof! she appears outside the outskirts of Storybrooke.
Yes, you read that right.
A magical wardrobe!
Of course, Emma doesn’t quite believe in the story, and starts telling Henry that it’s impossible. She was abandoned by her parents, and when she gave birth to him when she was an adult, she gave him up so he could have a better chance.
Henry, however, wants to spend time with Emma, who convinces him to drive towards his home town, called Storybrooke. The name is as strange as it sounds, I know—but… the habitants are fairytale characters!
When they arrive to Storybrooke, they bump into a nice man named Dr. Hopper(who also happens to be Jiminy Cricket), who tells Emma where Henry’s adoptive mother’s house is. It’s revealed that his adoptive mother is the mayor of the town—and according to Henry, “very evil.”
Yup, according to Henry, his mom is the Evil Queen, the one that casted this curse.
Then, when Emma finally delivers Henry to his mom, Regina (the human counterpart for the Evil Queen) tells her that she should spend the night at the local hotel, but Emma says no. She’s then arrested for driving under the influence of… well, you know.
What I like the most about this series is the warm feeling it always gives us—the way our favorite characters from childhood appear in the real-world… with current situations. It’s lovely. It’s a great mix… and the writers of this show are two of the best creators in the writing industry.
To have that type of imagination… wow. I hope that the following seasons are as great as the first one, because I really got to connect with the characters, their personalities, everything about them.
The actors also portray emotions, but in my opinion, I think that Emma’s actress wasn’t the right choice. Her facial expressions are almost the same in every scene she appears, and her voice doesn’t change one bit.
However, the rest of the actors are lovable—as well as their characters.
I recommend Once Upon a Time for everyone, and the good thing about this show, is that it’s PG, which means it requires Parent Guidance, but it can be for kids under 13, too. If you have Netflix, it clearly appears “PG” before an episode starts.
Thus, I give this series a 9.5/10!
Once Upon a Time is one of those shows that portray real issues mixed with fairytales, at the same time. It can make you reflect about everything… about the choices you make in life. The Evil Queen, for example, is vulnerable, and knows she can never have love, because that’s what you get by casting a curse.
Anyways, I hope that all of you enjoy and adore this show as much as I do… because it’s out of this world. Truly.
I hope y’all enjoyed my first ever, TV Review on the Movie & TV Zone! I really liked writing my first series review in here—and wanted to share my love for Once Upon a Time, as well. Stay tuned for my next review!
See you later, my dear readers, and have a lovely day!
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Here is the official trailer of Season one and the bloopers!!
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