Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge
Writer:
Liz Tigelaar
Director:
 Dean White
Network:
 ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m.
Original Telecast:
 November 6, 2011

The inherent problem with exposition is that it’s utterly necessary and yet it can lead to some pretty lackluster episodes. Take the “Snow Falls” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME. Presumably, it’s pretty significant how Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) met in their original fairy tale world, especially since Snow’s counterpart Mary Margarat accidentally wakes up Charming’s counterpart – the mysterious John Doe – who has been in a coma since, like, forever. Of course, we know that Charming pretty much got stabbed almost to death as the evil curse that sent everyone to Storybrooke, Maine, in the pilot.

The problem is that while it is clearly a meet cute kind of set-up and somewhere in there one suspects there will be implications for the rest of Storybrooke and the eventual battle that will presumably break the curse, it’s not the most exciting viewing. Do remember that Snow and Charming’s kid, the modern day Emma Swan, played by Jennifer Morrison, will begin the battle, according to the magic book. That doesn’t mean that there will be happily ever after.

Certainly Regina (Lana Parilla), whose counterpart The Evil Queen, set the curse in motion, doesn’t want Doe to wake up. And when he does, she does have an extra card to play.

The bottom line is, while it’s fun watching a renegade Snow White steal from the prince and help him escape from trolls, it doesn’t really do much for the episode as a whole. Nor does it advance much in the modern world, even though you know there are probably more than a few clues to what’s really going on here.

The bottom line is, when you’re stuck having to write exposition rather than something that moves the plot in a specific direction while playing the usual sleight of hand necessary to keep the audience guessing, the result is going to be less than wonderful. That being said, it’s worth watching. Just don’t ask me what the clues were ‘cuz I don’t have one.

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