My husband and I sometimes enjoy Disney films more than our three year old daughter. Last year Disney and ABC-TV launched a hit TV series “Once Upon A Time” which combines childhood fairy tale classics with the mystery and suspense of a modern day TV drama. The complete first season was released to stunning high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on August 28, 2012. This has become our new date night show to relax watching after our daughter goes to bed.
“Once Upon A Time” the Evil Queen cast an evil spell on an enchanted forest filled with fairytale characters. The curse trapped these characters in a place where all their happy endings were stolen – our world. Now the Evil Queen is acting as town mayor, and all of the inhabitants of the fairytale world of Storybrooke can’t seem to remember any details of their past lives. As the truth starts to unfold, the battle between good and evil begins. The enchanted TV series features a stellar ensemble cast including Ginnifer Goodwin (“Big Love”), Jennifer Morrison (“House M.D.”), Lana Parrilla (“Medium”), Josh Dallas (“Thor”), Jared S. Gilmore (“Mad Men”), Robert Carlyle (“28 Weeks Later”) and Raphael Sbarge (“Dexter”).
I was hesitant how we would like this show after reading that this was by the writers of LOST, Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis. As I mentioned (ironically) our feelings about LOST in my prior review of ABC-TV’s Missing. Will the series ever end “happily ever after” or will the suspense keep mounting with no real answers? That said, as with prior shows, my husband and I seem to be a split decision on that factor. I don’t mind the lingering plot lines and suspense/drama where he tends to prefer some sort of plot line happy ending each episode like other sitcoms tend to have (this is why I tired quickly of watching CSI and every variation several years ago).
Once Upon A Time really drew me in for several reasons. Viewers are rewarded early by already grasping a basic knowledge of the plot lines because they are all based in the fairytales most of us know well. They keep you tied into the show with continual twists and turns of how the modern day characters are connected to the those stories and how their characters are tied together.
The costumes and make-up are stunning although at times the effects are a little tacky/fake. They reveal a new fairytale character in each episode as the scene changes from one world to another and back again. Although I am left wondering will good or evil win and that tug of war keeps me coming back for more.
ABC-TV’s Once Upon A Time returns September 30, Sundays at 8|7c on ABC and I can’t wait to add it to my must-see list! If my husband won’t keep up with the soap opera, maybe my cousins will come for a knit night and join me for the new season!
DVD Bonus Materials
• “FAIRY TALES IN THE MODERN WORLD”• “BUILDING CHARACTER”• “WELCOME TO STORYBROOKE”• “THE STORY I REMEMBER… SNOW WHITE”• “THE FAIREST BLOOPERS OF THEM ALL”• DELETED SCENES• AUDIO COMMENTARIES
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Disclosure: I received a copy for the purpose of this review however all thoughts remain 100% my own.