Once Upon A Time: My impressions after seeing the season premiere

TV and AnimeKristinaComment

Once Upon A Time is one of those shows I was really looking forward to catching on TV ever since I saw the previews months in advance. I wasn't as intrigued about Pan Am, which was advertised at the same time, but I really love fairy tales.

I'm not too sure what I was expecting when I saw this pilot, but the end result was definitely overwhelming. If you aren't great at catching subtle plot points or organizing events in your mind when the story keeps "flashing back and forth," you may have a difficult time understanding what the heck is going on. One minute you're watching Snow White and Prince Charming, the next you're seeing a woman called Emma Swan in the real world and in her own storyline.

Here's the basic run down:

The Evil Queen is still jealous of Snow White and her happy ending, and pulls a move right out of Enchanted which curses everyone in the fairy tale world into the real world. The catch is, none of them will know it; and the only person who could save them is Emma, the daughter of Snow White and the only "survivor." On her 28th (presumably) birthday, her biological son arrives at her door claiming she needs to save the people of the fairy tale world, who reside in a town called Storybrooke, Maine.

The first episode is fast paced, and after the one hour I felt like I'd sat through two. I appreciated how purposeful the writing is and how many other movies or stories were referenced in the course of that measly hour. While it is a lot of information, I didn't feel left in the dark at all, and things were made pretty obvious. By "things" I mean the identity of the characters in the "real world" versus who they represent in the world of fairy tales.

I mentioned I didn't feel left in the dark, but I watched this with my mother who was utterly confused by the end and kept it saved on her DVR saying she'd have to re-watch it to understand the characters and premise. It's unfortunate, but I also think it's cause she simply wasn't in the right state of mind to sit there and think of fairy tales or references.

All that being said, I'm going to keep watching it. Once Upon A Time definitely has a lot of great potential, so I'm going to give it a few more weeks at the very least. The costumes and effects in the fairy tale world are all very nice (there was even, *gasp*, blood!), and I'm intrigued enough about the story to keep going.