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Thursday, October 23, 2014

TV Review:Once Upon A Time (season 1)

Premise:Fairy tale characters live halfway between their world and ours.

Cast:
Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as Regina Mills/the Evil Queen, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White, Josh Dallas as David Nolan/Prince Charming, Robert Carlyle as Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, Emile de Ravin as Belle, Meghan Ory as Ruby, Lee Arenberg as Grumpy, Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook, Raphael Sbarge as Archie Hopper, Michael Raymond-James as Neal Cassidy, Beverly Elliott as Granny, full cast can be found here.

Genres:
Fantasy

Notes:
Image taken from IMDB.

Pros:
Good villains. Hero-to-villain and villain-to-villain rivalries. A couple of interesting minor characters.

Cons:
Annoying characters. The big curse doesn't make sense. Its approach to romantic love. Some cheesy acting.



You ever think how annoyed the villain must be when it's only the heroes who get a happy ending? In this case, they might just be annoyed enough to destroy the happiness of everyone, by sending them to a world where there are no happy endings:Our world.

So the evil queen wants to destroy everybody's happy ending by sending them to our world. I may have some negative things to say about the state of the world, but why is this the horrible, tortuous place where nobody gets a happy ending, the curse to end all curses? They also seem to be cramming in as many characters from Disney movies as they can.

One of the most annoying things about this show is Henry. In the "annoying children on TV" category, he gives Carl from Walking Dead a run for his money. Because he's right about Storybrooke and Regina, we're supposed to overlook the fact that he disrespects and runs away from his adoptive mother, pushes a couple to have an affair because they're each other's true loves in the fairy tale world, and runs Emma's car off the road to keep her from leaving. He also does dangerous things just to show people he's right. On the whole, he's just an obnoxious brat that makes you want to yell at the TV. Most of the episodes I liked were the ones that didn't feature him that much. I don't like Prince Charming either. He somehow defeats a temptress no one else has been able to (when he's pining for his girlfriend), he lies to the women he's with, and overall is just one of the least charming characters. And they are far from the only ones.

But on the bright side, the villains here are pretty cool, and I often found myself rooting for them (well, when the heroes are annoying, what else are you gonna do?). The Evil Queen/Regina is the sympathetic but still very evil antagonist. A few looks at her past and you know why she is the way she is. And then there's Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, the manipulative dealer you can't quite trust. He's a man of his word (his exact word).  And as before, they are not the only examples.

I'm not a fan of its approach to love. Here, true love just magically happens (sometimes literally) at first sight and stuff like that, and there's only one person for every other person. They often rush into it shortly after the characters meet. And it doesn't let pesky things like one character being married or engaged to someone else get in the way. Actually, it's a little confusing because in one case, they were married in the fairy tale world, but here they're not and he's married to someone else, and it's just complicated. Even so, as far as they know, he is married to someone else. And they kind of treat it as wrong, but at the same time, they want us to support it. This relationship was not sweet or awesome, it was just annoying and I often fast-forwarded through its scenes.

Overall, this show could have been awesome, but it has too many flaws for me to recommend it.


Sex:People have affairs. A man is kept as a villainess' sex slave. Romance is discussed, sex is referenced, and there is lots of kissing. Also shirtless guys and women in revealing clothes.

Violence:Assassinations, sword fights, battle sequences, etc. Characters are assaulted, injured, and killed. Cars crash, people get their hearts cut or ripped out, and 
fires are set. Magic is used aggressively. Wolves tear people apart.

Language:"A**", "crap", "h*ll", "d**n", "G*d", "good L*rd", "arse", "bas**rd", "tramp", "b**ch", etc.


Drugs/Alcohol:People drink, sometimes socially or in celebration, other times to forget their problems. The caterpillar from Alice In Wonderland appears, complete with hookah. 


Spiritual:In a word, magic. In three words, lots of it. Basically, think every Disney fairytale you've ever watched and you'll get an idea of it. It's warned that all magic has a price and all curses can be broken. There's also some talk about believing in more than just this world and past lives, and how some people need proof while others can just have faith.



So what did you think? Magical? Or cursed with poor quality?


© 2014 by M.R.R.

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