THE PLOT THUS FAR
“Once Upon a Time” centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Emma Swann has lived a hard life for 28 years. A single, lonely, tough-as-nails bounty hunter, Emma is visited in Boston on her 28th birthday by her 10-year old son Henry, who she gave up for adoption. Henry plays a little better than set dressing for January Jones here. He serves as the exposition mouthpiece, as we learn that something is not right in Storybrooke, Maine. It turns out that the Evil Queen from Snow White has frozen several fairy tale characters in time. Emma has a secret connection to Snow White and Prince Charming, but I’ll save that payoff for new viewers. In a few words, it works.
The one thing regarding this show, is that you have to have a vivid imagination to watch and enjoy it, and if you do not have one and remain stoic in your beliefs or outlooks, you are not going to enjoy the show. Yes, some of the plots are predictable. Yes, some of the lines are cheesy, but there are multiple things that override a few cheesy lines and some predictable plot lines. The writers tend to put a little twist when explaining some of the fairytale characters backgrounds. As well, the show contains a reasonable amount of suspense to keep you wanting to find out more, and the parallelism between Storybrooke and the land in the book the characters were cursed out, makes the show all the more interesting. It is fun to decipher and compare the parallelism and discover why the writers made certain scenes parallel compared to the other scenes.
What really got me, though, were the details – the little, often subtle nuances. While the more obvious ones certainly add colorful flavor to the show, it’s the other ones, intentional or not, that really put the icing on the cake. Note, for example, the desire of Rumpelstiltskin to always ask for something in return – the name of the unborn princess. Sound familiar? In episode two, we learn that Mr. Gold “obtained” Henry for Regina. I suppose it comes naturally. And while he doesn’t exactly spin straw into gold, he seems to milk the money out of the town.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes, commentaries, bloopers, trailers, deleted and extended scenes. The A/V Quality is near reference quality with a glorious 1080p transfer. The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track gave the LFE channel a workout, but it didn’t overpower the soundstage. I’m being much more careful about that since I had to replace my right front channel after “Jaws” two weeks ago. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to all.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!