December 24, 2012 Once Upon A Time
Once Upon A Time is how most fairytales start. The opening is vague, giving the reader a perfect way inside. There is no need for dates for the tales are truly timeless. Every country has folk tales that begin in the same way or in a similar way. The first usage was noted in 1380. Some variations include: in some country, a very very long time ago, I remember, I’ve told you what’s coming and behind the seven lands and seven seas there lived.
I’ve always loved fairytales and so I knew I’d love the new ABC TV series Once Upon A Time. It was created by Felicity and Lost writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Though Damon Lindelof receives no credit he did serve as a sort of fairy godfather to the series. It premiered October 23rd of 2011. I never got to watch it though. It’s on the same time as The Simpsons and then I’m busy trying to get the kids to bed. So, when the library got season one on DVD, I put it on hold. Finally, it was my turn this week.
I enjoyed the modern twists on Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and The Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood and many others. Strong female leads and references to lost are also lots of fun. I spotted some Apollo Bars and guest appearances by Lost Alums Emilie de Raven and Jorge Garcia. However, Once focuses more on motherhood instead of fatherhood and on hope rather than redemption as Lost did.