If you’ve read some of my prior blog posts, then you’re familiar with my affinity for fairy tales. When I first heard about Once Upon a Time, I was thrilled and quite intrigued at the premise. I love when artists/novelists/TV showrunners take a concept that everyone thinks they know then create a product that has us second guessing our preconceived ideas. This was the case with OUAT, and they threw in a bonus! Even though they ingeniously came up with backstories and re-imagined some of the fairy tale characters, they ALWAYS respected the stories that made the characters so beloved in the first place. This show doesn’t make fun of, or belittle, fairy tale princesses; it recognizes their strengths and enhances them. Led by the creative minds of Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, the talented cast weaves their characters through two different worlds and does so effortlessly. In doing so, they have given us a television program that I find utterly enchanting to watch each and every week!
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched all of Season Two’s episodes, you may not want to read on!
When we last left Storybrooke, Maine, the curse was lifted but danger was imminent. Our brave heroes and heroines joined forces with their adversaries in order to save the most innocent among them; Henry. Will they find him before Peter Pan does? What sorts of hurdles will they encounter along the way? Will Mary Margaret/Snow and Regina/The Evil Queen be able to heal some wounds through their shared grief for Henry? As Emma mourns the “loss” of Neal/Baelfire will she continue to butt heads with Hook or soften her distrust when, or if, she learns of his connection to Henry’s father?
Plus, now that we’re headed back to the fairy tale world, will Mulan and Aurora be able to bring Philip back? What does Pan want with Henry? What other beloved fairy tale characters will we meet this season and how do they tie in to the interconnected storylines? How will Bae deal with being back “home”? And who is this dreaded group that’s pulling all the strings? (No pun intended!) I have my guess on who they are, but I’ll wait and see if I’m right.
I can’t wait to find out what will happen next to these complexly written characters, performed with subtlety and humanity by each of the cast members.
By the way, how in the world did Bailee Madison NOT get a Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her flawless performance as “Young Snow”? This is one talented young lady, who had me in tears on more than one occasion this season.