My rating on a 1-10 scale: 9
Genre: Fairy tale, fantasy, life, romance, adventure
Series or set: Once Upon a Time
Number in series: 1st
Primary actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle
Length: 22 episodes, each 45 minutes (about 15 hours)
Based on: Classic fairy tales. All of them.
Time period: Present, fantasy
Year it came out: 2011
My overall opinion: Look at this, y’all! I finally got to watch Once Upon a Time and can now say, without any reservations, that...I’m addicted. Totally, utterly, completely. Which is rather sad, but also entirely the truth. What can I even say about this show? I don’t know where to start.
I loved every minute spent in the fairy tale land. Figuring out what fairy tale was being retold was always fun, and for the most part, I loved the unique spin taken on each. And then seeing the characters, their similarities and differences, moved forward to present day was fascinating.
The evil queen was very evil and couldn’t have been cast more perfectly. She had just the right evil smile. Emma, who wasn’t a fairy tale character really at all, was also well-cast. I greatly enjoyed her as a person, and I do admire her for the most part. She’s a really neat person. I loved Mary Margaret aka Snow White - you don’t get many people sweeter than her. And she managed to be super sweet yet not sickeningly sweet, which I really appreciated. And then David aka Prince Charming - while I didn’t always approve of how he handled his real-world relationships, I did all in all like him.
Who else was of importance…oh! Henry, of course! A sweet boy, though not the best of actors, I didn’t think. He did well overall though. And Ruby aka Red – I really liked her too, strange as that may sound-seem-be. Her fairy tale was really cool, and she’s so pretty! Mr. Gold aka Rumplestiltskin - quite alarming, and a truly menacing and mysterious character. I haven’t yet decided whether or not to feel sorry for him…he seems good, and then he does something horrid and seems bad. So I don’t know.
Really, my only true problem with the show is the CG, which stuck out even to me as being quite bad. Often the use of a green screen is clear from the sloppy edges on the characters, and the animated beasts are also pretty awful. However, if you can ignore this, the show is lovely. And also, I love the music.
So, all in all? I love Once Upon a Time and can’t wait to watch Season 2! I highly recommend it for fantasy lovers, anyone with a lot of time (which I don’t have…yet I still managed to watch this somehow), and anyone who wants to know just how the fairy tales actually happened.