It’s cheesy, it’s got over-the-top CGI and it’s got Robert Carlyle covered in glitter as the infamous Rumplestiltskin calling everyone ‘dearie’. It’s not hard to love it.
Basically, a bunch of fairy tale lads and lasses are transported from the Enchanted Forest to a little town in Maine, USA, called Storybrooke. (Classic). Now, put those fairytale characters into regular jobs with regular(ish) life dramas, then add some Disney sparkle and a twist to the characters’ back stories and you’ve got the beauty that is Once Upon A Time.
They’re all in the quaint town of Storybrooke because the Evil Queen Regina cast “The Curse” to make the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest suffer forever by giving them quiet lives in small-town America. Snow White’s torment is being separated from her true love, Prince Charming who is in a coma. However, in my opinion, the real punishment is that godawful pixie cut of Ginnifer Goodwin’s. By the end of the first season, though, “The Curse” has been lifted by Emma – the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and therefore the product of true love – who grew up in the real world after being brought here through a magic wardrobe pretty much as soon as she left the womb… and she’s the same age as her parents cos of… reasons.
The second season sees Emma and Mary-Margaret (that’s Snow White’s Storybrooke name – keep up) trapped in the Enchanted Forest with Mulan, Aurora and Captain Hook. Ah, Captain Hook. Probably the most oestrogen-baiting character in the show. This series sees the characters struggle with their dual identities as despite “The Curse” being lifted, everyone remains in Storybrooke. The introduction of magic into Storybrooke, however, brings new threats as Regina’s mother Cora (aka The Queen of Hearts) and operatives from our world have an agenda to destroy magic. Remember, dearies, magic always comes with a price.
Now, the third season takes us to – have you guessed it? – Neverland. The main characters have travelled there in order to rescue Henry (Emma’s birth son who is adopted by Regina aka the Evil Queen – keep up). Henry was kidnapped because Peter Pan needed the “heart of the truest believer” and there’s a few twists in here that I want you to see for yourselves. Upon returning to Storybrooke, a power struggle ensues between Peter Pan and the rest of the characters (I know, right?) and the original curse is reversed, leaving Henry and Emma to have a life in New York with no memory of Storybrooke. A year passes and Hook tracks down Emma in NYC because the characters have been returned to Storybrooke with no memory of the past year. Who would do such a thing. Was it Regina, I hear you ask? No, it was the one and only Wicked Witch of the West. She’s a right jealous cow.
Season four brought not only the Snow Queen, but also Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Elsa has arrived in Storybrooke due to some complicated time travelling issues from the end of the third season, and she’s in search of Anna. Meanwhile, Regina is trying to write her happy ending by searching out the author of Henry’s Once Upon A Time book. Guess what, though? Mr Gold aka Rumplestiltskin has other plans, that he intends to carry out with a triad of evil women: Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, and Ursula.
I’ve not had the chance to watch season five yet but I just wanted to write about how bloody brilliant this show is. I love Disney, but what I love more is the twist that the writers have made with the histories of the characters. If you love strong female characters then this show is for you; particularly if you like your strong women dressed like someone straight out of a burlesque show. Here’s lookin’ at you, Regina dearie.