In my job, I usually get invited to "fall presentations" that the various networks do locally and get a sneak peak into the new shows. I vaguely remember seeing the preview for Once Upon A Time. I thought it looked awesomely stupid. I was wrong. It's. Fucking. Amazing!
The synopsis on ABC.com goes like this:
Emma Swan’s life has been anything but a fairytale. A 28-year-old bail bondsperson, she’s been taking care of herself since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry—the son she gave up 10 years ago—finds her, everything changes. Henry is desperate for his mom’s help and thinks that Emma is actually the long, lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Yes, the actual Snow White and Prince Charming. Even stranger, Henry believes that Storybrooke, Maine, the sleepy New England town he calls home, is really part of a curse cast by the Evil Queen, freezing fairytale characters in the modern world with no memory of their former selves.I started watching this show with very low expectations. Seriously? How was ABC ever going to pull this shit off? Fairy tale characters in the real world? *psssssh* But now? For me, it's appointment television -- errr... well, at least for my DVR to record it so I have something exciting to watch on that evil elliptical on Monday mornings. I'm addicted!
Of course the seen-it-all Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she gets to Storybrooke, she can’t help sensing that everything’s not quite what it seems. As Henry shows Emma around with the help of his fairytale book, the town, and its inhabitants like Henry’s therapist Archie Hopper and the enigmatic Mr. Gold, seem just strange enough to set off her already suspicious nature. She becomes even more concerned for Henry when she meets his adopted mother, Regina, who he suspects is none other than the Evil Queen herself!
Storybrooke is a place where magic has been forgotten—but is still powerfully close—and happily ever after seems just out of reach. In order to understand where the fairytale world’s former inhabitants came from, and what ultimately led to the Evil Queen’s wrath, you’ll need a glimpse into their previous lives. But it might just turn everything you’ve ever believed about these characters upside-down.
Meanwhile, the epic battle for the future of all worlds, modern and fairytale alike, is about to begin. For good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.
My Monday morning friends. I want that red leather jacket. And her pretty hair too.
The cast is fantastic. On one side, Lana Parilla's evil Queen/Regina would make anyone quake in their boots -- while on the side of good, Ginnifer Goodwin's Snow White/Ms. Blanchard is pure as the driven snow. My favorite characters are bad ass Jennifer Morrison who plays Emma Swan and Jamie Dornan who is quite the hunky Sheriff Graham. And Robert Carlyle is the creepiest character of all in his dual role as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
The yummilicious Sheriff Graham - I'd definitely, ahem, "spread 'em" for him. I won't give away his role in fairy tale land. You'll have to watch to find out for yourself.
In the seven episodes so far this season, there have been so many twists and turns and new characters and switching back and forth between fairy tale land and Storybrooke, that if you look away for just a second, you could get lost. I absolutely love these types of shows -- the shows I get excited about when I see them in my DVR queue. And it appears I'm not the only one. ABC is boasting strong ratings despite its head-to-head battle with Sunday Night Football on NBC.
Are you a television whore like me? What's your favorite new show this season? I have a few faves... but more on those others later!