Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge
Writer: 
Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
Director:
 Greg Beeman
Network:
 ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m.
Original Telecast:
October 30, 2011

Like the good disciples of LOST creator Damon Lindelof they are, writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are happily dropping little hints here and there about the fairy world and the supposed real world of Storybrook, Maine in the new ABC series ONCE UPON A TIME, but are raising just as many, if not more, questions.

In tonight’s episode “The Thing You Love Most”, as Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and Regina (Lana Parilla) go head to head over Henry (Jared Gilmore), to whom Emma gave birth and Regina raised, we see the Evil Queen, or Regina’s fairy tale counterpart, unleash the curse that sent everyone to Storybrook, where they don’t know who they are. We also get hints that Snow White is responsible for taking something from the Queen, although we don’t know what, yet. Given Regina’s attachment to Henry, I think it may have something to do with Prince Charming, but I’m probably wrong.

In Storybrook, the clock tower has come unstuck and time is moving again. Which seems to alarm Regina, who is now more determined than ever to drive Emma out of town. Which makes Emma that much more determined to stay, and alas for Regina, Emma is not easily intimidated and she’s found a few friends in town, including Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) and Sister Mary Margaret Blanchard (aka Snow White, who is Emma’s mother, played by Ginnifer Goodwin).

In the fairy tale world, we see the Evil Queen determined to acquire and unleash the evil curse that sent everyone to Storybrook. We get a mildly distracting and annoying Disney reference to Maleficent (Kristen Bauer), the evil witch in the animated movie of Sleeping Beauty, but whose name does not appear in any of the original fairy stories. But to get the curse going, the Queen must sacrifice that which she loves the most – a tip she gets from Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), who also sets up Regina’s relationship with Rumpels’ modern counterpart, Mr. Gold – also a scary, strange character.

While events play out in fun and interesting ways, my only quibble is the scene where Emma confronts Henry in the office of Dr. Archie Hopper (aka Jiminy Cricket, played by Raphael Sbarge). Given that Archie already set Emma up once at Regina’s behest, why would she speak so freely in front of him again, especially since she and Henry are plotting against Regina. Unless Emma wants it all to get back to Regina. Hmmmmmm.

That’s the worst of a show like this – you can never tell if it’s just a goof on the part of the producers/writers or if it’s a for real clue to the action. But overall, it’s a fun episode and it’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out.

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Comments:

  1. I think that when Emma was talking to Henry, that was just her sort of playing along. Im not sure that she actually believes Henry yet, she was going along with him to make him not be mad at her. (which is what the shrink told Emma to do. Not do damage his imagination)

    Sam
  2. It’s “Storybrooke.” The show has more holes and flaws than George Lopez’s face. He’s even funny and intelligent in comparison, which is frightening. This show lacks a sense of humor and doesn’t know its demographic. Great premise, lousy execution.

    Snow Job
  3. I had the same reaction to that scene: why would she talk in front of the shrink when she already knows that he’s in the mayor’s pocket?

    JG
  4. I’d say they hit their demographic right on the head since I’ve heard more support and enjoyment of the show than the opposite. Everyone around me is anticipating each episode and looking forward to what happens next. Sorry, Snow Job, can’t hit your funny bone every time. As for George Lopez, that explains it.

    Cindy
  5. I agree with Cindy, this show has its demographic target in their pockets! since the first episode and i think they did it in a way that they wanted since the beginning to attract just the people they wanted, i can totally imagine them saying “OK this is the story we are offering, nerds, geeks, lovers of this come to us, whoever doesn’t appreciate it back off because it will get nerdier and cheesier” The Show is great, the writing is great and the idea is amazing. I am enjoying it a lot and i think “normal” people have a LOT of good shows to watch, let us geeks enjoy this one that was made just for us.

    M.V

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