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Happily Ever After

24 Oct

ABC’s Once Upon A Time drew a 3.9 adults 18-49 share, this is a solid number people, next week will tell the tale, (no pun intended),

courtesy ABC

will it hold, build or drop. I am sure there will be some slide, but not much.

This is a good solid show, well written, acted and slickly produced. It seamlessly moves between the fairy tale universe and ours, I immediately became invested in these characters and really want to see more.

Jennifer Morrison, (Emma Swan) carriers the show, she is a joy to watch, I am glad she is back to grace my TV screen. Lana Parilla (Evil Queen/Mayor) will definitely be the break out of the new season, her work in these dual roles is fantastic. 

There were definitely some moments that the more cynical viewer will call cheesy, I actually found them quite charming and right in line with the tone of the show. The Mayor offering Emma apple cider, the apples on the table, Jiminy Cricket ( the voice of Pinocchio’s conscience) as the town shrink. Not to mention the name of the town, Storybrooke.   

The curse is, all the fairy tales characters are locked in a prison of time, time will stop and they will all be trapped in a world where everything they hold dear will be ripped from them and all their happy endings will be taken away.

Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, played by Robert Carlyle is the antagonist of our piece, interesting he is locked up in  the fairy tale universe, but owns Storybrooke.  I wonder how he made out better than everyone else? A deal with Queen no doubt.  While preparing for this entry I re-read the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, and he is a deal maker.

Loved the last scene with the Evil Queen/Mayor in the mirror mirror on the wall. Obviously she knows the truth, and I get the feeling Mr. Gold does too.

If you are looking for a charming show, that will give you a warm and fuzzy, then Once Upon a Time is for you. In one word it is Hope.

Preview for next week

If you watched tell me what you liked, or didn’t like?

Fairy Tale Face Off

21 Oct

Cover of "The Fairy Tales of the Brothers...
Cover of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Once Upon a Time premieres this Sunday October 23rd on ABC at 8pm, Grimm premiers Friday October 28th at 9pm on NBC.


David Giuntoli plays Portland homicide detective Nick Burckhardt. He is about to propose to his girlfriend, Juliette (who won’t make it thru the first season), he also happens to be a descendant of the “Grimm” a group of humans who can see mythological creatures like Hexenbiests and Blutbads.  Nick finds out about his ability along with the audience during the pilot, he is visited by his aunt, played by Kate Burton, who provides the back story, a magical key and a trailer full of stuff to use for research. Its like the Sunnydale library on wheels, very convenient for our hero.  The first fairy tale, is Little Red Riding Hood, its fun to watch Nick solve the crime and make friends with a reformed Blutbad (wolf). Of course he gets the bad guy, but a different sort of bad guy is revealed in the second to last scene.

Once Upon a Time (ABC)

Jennifer Morrison plays Emma Swan a bailbondsperson, who is visited by a small boy who claims to be the child she gave up ten tears ago. The boy convinces her to return him to his home in a town called Storybrooke. (get it story broke-n). She is told the town is populated with storybook characters, but they don’t know they are storybook characters. The show switches back and forth between the fairytale universe and present day, filing in the bits and pieces.  Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) was cursed by the Lana Parrilla‘s (Evil Queen), the curse ended her happily ever after with the prince and is the reason the characters are trapped in our world.  I will check this show out, I am curious to see how it is developed, we may just end up with some really fresh new inventive TV. (or not)

I subscribed to the Grimm Twitter feed and got an advanced screening of the pilot. It was good, not great, it laid a solid foundation for the season. With over 200 Grimm’s Fairy Tales to use for source material the show practically writes itself.  There is a plot twist at the end of the episode, that I should have seen coming a mile away.

The bit with the reformed Blutbad, was cute, just like on Buffy and Angel this show has a demon on the inside to guide our hero.

Are you going to watch either of these shows? Why or Why Not?

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