Once Upon A Time is an American television series about fairy tales and drama.
The main characters come from the most known fairy tales, at the beginning of the first season they all are in Storybrooke, trapped in town by a curse cast by the Evil Queen, Regina Mills, who’s now the mayor of the small town in Maine.
The curse is destined to be broken by Emma Swan, Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter; when that happens everyone will remember who they are, for the curse made them forget their story and created new memories for everyone who was transported in Storybrooke.
Henry is the one who brings Emma in town to break the curse, he is Regina’s adopted son and Emma’s biological son.
The complicated relationships between the characters soon turn the show into a soap opera with a fairy tale storyline.
Regina Mills is the Evil Queen, she is Henry’s adoptive mother and her love for him is what will bring her to change a lot through the seasons.
Emma Swan is the Savior, she’s Henry’s biological mother and she’s destined to break the curse and help everybody get their happy ending.
Mary Margaret Blanchard is Snow White, she sent Emma to the real world to save her from the curse.
David Nolan is Prince Charming, he is Snow’s side kick husband and appears to serve no other purpose than to be a loving and heroic partner at her side.
Henry Mills is Regina and Emma’s son, he is the true believer.
Mr. Gold is Rumplestiltskin, he’s the one who gave Regina the curse, believing it could be his way to find his son.
Other story tale characters are Belle from The Beauty and the Beast, who is in love with Mr. Gold (who represents all Rumplestiltskin, the Crocodile and the Beast), August/Pinocchio, Ruby/Red Riding Hood, Captain Killian Hook Jones, Robin Hood and Zelena/Wicked Witch of the West, Mulan, Aurora, Maleficent, Crudelia…
The idea of making a family show gathering all the fairy tales could have been a good one – “could” being the key word. The acting is poor, the only ones who give a good performance are Lana Parilla as Regina/Evil Queen and Robert Carlyle as Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin, the storyline becomes boring very quickly, the plot twists are not as spectacular as they want to seem. The characters have no real depth, the insight they flaunt is trivial and obvious and doesn’t surprise one bit.
One good thing about the show is that I think they portrayed the characters well from a stereotyped point of view, meaning each character has the traits you would imagine from the stereotype of the fairy tale, luckily that’s not all that makes the character. It’s just nice to watch actors play those characters as they were animations like the Disney originals. The costumes are good too, which is always nice in a show.
If you have time to waste, want to have a laugh or are really bored to death, watch it. Otherwise, do find something better to occupy your time with.