'Once Upon A Time' Series Premiere: Emma Arrives To Break The Queen's Curse!

Sun, October 23, 2011 9:15pm EST by 5 Comments
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Meanwhile, my addiction to ABC’s spellbinding new drama is one curse I hope never to break. What did YOU think of the premiere?

“Badass” isn’t typically an adjective I’d use to describe fairy tales, but in the case of ABC’s Once Upon A Time, there are really no other words. The Oct. 23 series premiere re-introduced us to characters we knew of, but never really knew. More importantly, it sucked us into an epic story that managed to bring out the kid in all of us, while simultaneously appealing to our adult selves that crave slightly darker drama with our bedtime stories.

Here’s a rundown of the premiere, in a nutshell: The wedding of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) was interrupted by the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), who vowed to destroy the happiness of the entire kingdom. When her curse took hold nine months later, poor Snow was forced to send her newborn daughter Emma to the “real world,” the only place she’d be safe, in the hopes that someday she would return to save them all.

Emma (Jennifer Morrison) grew up to be a leggy bail bondsman, and on the eve of her 28th birthday, she got a visit from a little boy named Henry (Jared Gilmore) who revealed he was the son she gave up 10 years earlier. She drove him home to Storybrooke, Maine, where he explained the villagers were actually fairytale creatures, frozen in time and unaware of their true identities.

Snow White is Henry’s teacher, Sister Mary Margaret Blanchard; the Evil Queen is Henry’s adoptive mother Regina, who also happens to be the mayor of Storybrooke; and Prince Charming lays motionless in a coma.

But because Once Upon A Time comes to us from the same brilliant minds as LOST the parallel worlds’ stories were interspersed, and presented completely out of order. (Linear storytelling be damned!) This allowed viewers to have a few “a-ha” moments they wouldn’t normally expect from a show about fairytales. Of course, that’s also the first thing you need to accept about Once Upon A Time: It’s never what you expect.

ABC has introduced us some truly bone-chilling ice queens this season — Revenge‘s Victoria Grayson is the first that comes to mind — but Lana Parrilla absolutely takes the cake. Whether she’s playing the vindictive Evil Queen or the emotionally vacant mayor of Storybrooke, Lana embodies the very wickedness we were all taught to fear as children.

The final shot of the episode was of little Henry staring in wonder as the town square’s clock — which had been frozen for his entire life — finally began to move. The enormous smile on his face was literally a mirror of my own, fully satisfied with an incredible premiere and anxious for to find out what’s to come next for the “people” of Storybrooke.

— Andy Swift

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Posted at 11:41 PM on October 23, 2011  

This show is great ,I did’t know what to expect but loved it.I hope it stays around for awhile and has good ratings.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 12:02 AM on October 24, 2011  

Me too! I’ll be really curious to see what the ratings are like tomorrow.

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Cindy Meegan

Posted at 11:14 PM on October 23, 2011  

Agreed its addictive. Im obsessed already

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Posted at 2:36 AM on October 24, 2011  

I’m obsessed as well. It is the only show I am watching live – everything else I watch later online. Plus I saw the pilot on IMDB several times and still enjoyed the primetime showing tonight.

I hope more people blog about this series and spread the word. It’s so rare to have a show based on goodness & hope triumphing instead of all the other shows are depressingly about. My second fav show this season is Revenge. Let’s hope this show spreads like wildfire.

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Posted at 2:38 AM on October 24, 2011  

about “murder” was what I meant to say above.

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