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Once Upon a Time - TV Series

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by Sally-Jane (subscribe)
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Published August 13th 2012
What if all the fairytale characters forgot everything?
What would happen if all the fairy tale characters we knew and loved were trapped in a different world?

From Channel 5 website


Once Upon a Time is a TV series written by Lost and Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The evil Queen from Snow White has cursed all fairytale characters to the real world and now they can't remember who they really are.
From Channel 5 website


The story takes focus from the story of Snow White but puts its own twist on it. The evil Queen is determined to create her own happy ending by ridding all the fairytale characters of theirs. In the real world the fairytale characters live in a town named Storybrooke. The characters cannot leave this place or 'bad' things will happen.

The evil Queen, Regina, is the mayor of Storybrooke and has an adopted son named Henry. At the beginning of the series Henry sets out to find the saviour for the fairytale characters as he knows the truth. Henry has his own story book from which he has discovered the truth about Storybrooke. He seeks out Emma, who is the daughter of Snow White, because she is the only one who will be able to break the curse.

From Channel 5 website


The series explores a new fairytale character in each episode or expands on one previously seen. Fairytale creatures include Rumpelstiltskin, Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel and many more. With each episode you see the character in the real world and follow both their stories simultaneously.

The actors are well cast, in my opinion, for each role. My particular favourite is the actor who plays Rumpelstiltskin, Robert Carlyle as his acting range is incredible.

From Channel 5 website


The only actor I had previously seen is Ginnifer Goodwin who plays Snow White.

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I quite liked that the cast consisted of people I hadn't previously seen as I couldn't associate them with any other role. I feel that they were all suited to the adaptations of the characters that they play.

Henry continues to convince Emma of the truth throughout the series after she agrees to stay in Storybrooke. I am intrigued to find out more about certain fairytale characters in the second series which I have heard is in the making. I am also interested to see where the second series is going to take us and what else there is to discover about the plot lines. A lot of things have been left unquestioned in a few episodes so I feel that it has kept the audience interested.

What is good about Once Upon a Time is that it creates its own version of the well known stories instead of sticking to the obvious. This makes it unique and interesting for the watcher as you don't know what to expect. Fairytale adaptations can often be quite boring but this brings a completely new spin on all of them. I personally enjoyed the story of Red Riding Hood as I thought they gave it an original idea. I won't put any spoilers on here so give this series a go if you are interested in the adaptations of various fairytales as well as the top scale acting I believe it contains. I believe it can be appropriate for a range of ages but I expect that older audiences would appreciate it more.
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Why? A unique story line
When: Remaining first series is on Sunday 20.00 - 21.00pm. Series 2 still to be scheduled
Where: Channel 5
Cost: Free
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