……..a fantasy TV show that aired on ABC and involving characters in both their fairy-tale context (with a twist) and in our modern world. The most common reaction I get when I mention the show has been, “Yes, I loved it, but it got really weird”, with no clarification on how it got weird or why. But this is a show involving fairy tales and magic, so weird kind of left the station with the very first episode.
One of the things that utterly charmed me from the start about the show was how the writers took one event and approached it from multiple view-points. An example of this would be the ‘hold-up’ of Prince Charming’s carriage by the bandit, Snow White. As a reader/viewer and even in real life, it’s easy to forget that everyone involved in an incident (from chance meeting to purse snatching) will have a completely different experience and interpretation of events.
As a writer, I loved the attention to detail in these moments and how they were woven together. It takes well-thought out planning in advance – no flying by the seat of one’s pants, here – so I suspect that the creators of Once Upon A Time had their vision mapped out over at least three seasons before pitching it to ABC (and the parent company, Disney, who owns the rights to many of the characters that appear in the show).
I missed the original run when it aired on ABC, and my memories of it were articles about story lines and plot points. There was some minor controversy over season 7 (something to do with Cinderella, if I remember it right), but coming to the show as I did, none of it seemed all that important.
Just a tempest in a pot of tea, from my point of view.
The show is fun, it’s campy, romantic, full of adventure, thoughtful contemplation on good, evil and the possibility of redemption and twists on established characters. The conceit of fairy tale characters living in our world is delightful and it’s perfect viewing when things feel dark and heavy in our world.
Definitely on my list of shows to re-watch.
Maybe I can savor the show an episode at a time.
‘Maybe’ being the key word, here.
*Pun fully intended.
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