Alright, this is a new venue on this blog. I’ve never reviewed a TV show before, but you all told me on Facebook that this is one of the things you wanted me to expand to; so here it goes.
This week’s episode of Once Upon a Time was fantastic, but a touch confusing.
BACKGROUND OF THE SHOW: [SPOILER ALERT] Once Upon a Time comes to us from creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. It combines classic fairy tales with modern day life. Characters such as Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, Red Riding Hood, and the Queen of Hearts are portrayed by the actors in two different worlds; theirs and ours. In the beginning, we find out that the Queen has put a curse on the characters of the Enchanted Forest, thereby banishing them to our world in a town called Storybrooke, Maine. The curse has caused them to forget their true identities and believe they are the alter mortal egos that reside in Storybrooke. Emma Swan and August Booth have always lived in our world, but have never visited Storybrooke; until Henry- a young boy- goes in search of Emma, his real mother, knowing that she can break the curse; based on the tales he read in a book. When he brings Emma to Storybrooke, she has to learn to believe in the truth before she can even begin to break the curse.
THIS WEEK’S EPISODE (24. MARCH. 2013): At this point, the curse is broken and everyone remembers who they are. Various things have happened in past episodes that have led up to this point, but it would be too hard to recap it all, so I am just going to recap what you need to know to understand last night’s episode. First, remember the man I mentioned before; August Booth? Well, his real name is Pinocchio and we saw the return of him last night when Mary Margaret (Snow White) went into the woods of Storybrooke to shoot some angry arrows at a tree. He’s played by the handsome and charming Eion Bailey (pictured below; right).
When last we saw him, he had been turned into wood, because he didn’t hold up his end of the bargain he had made with the Blue Fairy and suffered the fate he was warned he would suffer. Pinocchio had played a big part in getting Emma to believe in the curse and her true identity, but after he had been turned to wood, avid fans of the show had not seen him in the episodes since. But, in last night’s episode, we actually found out that he had never left town, but rather has been living in the woods ever since. True, he is still made of wood, but he is alive. We see more of his past and understand more of how he is connected to everyone, including the new people that were introduced in this week’s episode.
While most of the episode is centered around our favorite wooden puppet, the journey also helps Snow come to terms with something in her past that she regrets. More enemies arrived in last night’s episode, only thickening the plot.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SHOW IN GENERAL: The special effects are fantastic and realistic. The mix of fairy tale and real-world can be confusing at times, but it keeps the excitement and anticipation high. The characters are likeable and relate-able and I find myself invested in their lives. I cheer for them when they’re battling, I cry for them when they’re sad or suffer a loss, I root for romances, and get shocked when they do. Sometimes I even forget that I’m watching a television and have to remind myself not to talk to the characters.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT THE SHOW IN GENERAL: While there isn’t much I don’t like about Once Upon a Time, I do get confused sometimes when they are jumping between past and present AND real-world and fairy tale.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS WEEK’S EPISODE: I was glad to see Pinocchio back.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THIS WEEK’S EPISODE: I liked learning more about Pinocchio, but I missed the stories from the others characters; like Rumpelstiltskin (pictured below in both worlds) and such. I think this was the first episode without him and I had grown accustomed to seeing him work his magic in each episode. Also, I missed the fairy tale aspect. There was some magic involved when we delved into Pinocchio’s past, but I missed seeing the Enchanted Forest and such.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: I would recommend this show to any one interested in fairy tales or the Grimm Brothers. It’s an adrenaline rush every week. It won’t be on for another 3 weeks right now, so if you haven’t seen it yet, now would be the perfect time to catch up!
Well, there was my first attempt at a TV show review. Hope you enjoyed. Let me know what you thought in the comments and look for another one later this week on a different show; one new show review each week.