With my Netflix supply of Lost Girl depleted, I was of course in search of a new binge show. I’ve written before about nothing in my queue jumping out at me, and I seemed to be in that slump. I turned to show I’d tried before— Once Upon A Time.
It took me exactly three viewings of the first episode to decide to watch this show. I’d watched it once before and it just didn’t click. For some reason, I let it sit in my queue thinking I could try again. I did, to not avail. For some reason, I tried one last time, and I finally decided I liked this show.
The premise is a bit contrived, but hey, I’m a girl who watches a lot of weird shit. The stories of present-day Storyville, ME and the enchanted world these characters live in are intertwined in each episode— at the start of the series, none of the Storyville residents know they are fairytale characters.
- Jennifer Morrison was the reason I invested in this show. I loved her in House as Cameron. She gets even more of a chance to shine here as the main character Emma— tough, strong, and full of heart.
- Lana Parrilla is absolutely amazing. She plays the evil queen and the evil adoptive mother and is all-around pretty evil, but this girl is beautiful, compelling, and talented. I’ve developed an enormous crush on her, and I find myself completely rooting for her.
- This show is shockingly beautiful! The scenes, even non-magical, are so aesthetically gorgeous; lovely scenery and well-executed camera placement makes it a treat to watch.
- Boston is mentioned a bunch of times! The show starts there before moving to Maine, where it mainly takes place. I feel a lot of hometown pride. Also, Maine really works to this show’s advantage— you’d never really need to drive through Maine to get anywhere in the US, so it makes sense that no one ever visits Storyville.
- I find it super awkward that Emma’s parents are like, the same age as she is.
- Ginnifer Goodwin’s teacher look does not work for me. She is so lovely as Snow White, and that pixie cut is great when styled correctly, but not with the schoolmarm attire. That makes the haircut sad.
- I think there’s so much opportunity to infuse more darkness into this show. Sometimes it’s a little too… fairy dusty? I like more Grimm’s less Disney’s.
- There’s the overwhelming aura of Emma being The Chosen One (to use Buffy terminology) or the Savior. Because the show isn’t really dark in tone like Buffy was, this bothers me to an extent.
- OUAT uses fairytales and folklore to formulate characters and storylines. This is sometimes a really great thing (I like what they did with Pinocchio) and sometimes a stretch (like with Belle’s Beast & Rumpelstiltskin being one in the same).
The best thing out of this show is beautiful scenery, beautiful costumes, and beautiful people… okay, Lana Parrilla. I’m glad I gave it a third shot.
The 44 episodes on Netflix kept me busy for a while, but not long enough! Thankfully, my experience with OUAT inspired me to give another show a third try… How I Met Your Mother. That’s right, I’ve watched this show over and over, and now finally, I’m LOVING it! I’m already caught up before the big finale, and I have so many feelings.
While I eat through these seasons, I’m always taking new Netflix suggestions. What have you got for me?!