Hello Scribblers! Happy Saturday to you and yours. J here. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I love a good story. Romance stories are my favorite. And who doesn’t love a princess? Given all this, it stands to reason that my new favorite story is Once Upon a Time, told in a weekly serial on this newfangled thing…the TV.
I know, I know…you’re about to revolt – saying “But J, this is a blog about writing…whatcha talkin’ ’bout TV for?” Hang with me here, ’cause if you like a good story done well, you just might want to check this one out.
Once Upon a Time is one of ABC’s new shows this year. As a parent with young children, if mine stayed up as late as 8:00pm, I would let them watch this show. It started in October and has had only 10 episodes so far. It’s not to late for you to jump on the train! Wikipedia has a nice episode guide to catch you up and you can find episodes on ABC.com or other places online. But let me give you a brief overview:
The action starts with the Evil Queen cursing Snow White and her prince at their wedding, swearing to take away everything they hold dear. It takes the Evil Queen some time to make the curse work and in the meanwhile, Rumpelstiltskin prophecies that Snow’s baby will be the only one able to save them. Gepetto builds a magic wardrobe for a very pregnant Snow to use to escape the fairy tale lands but the curse comes to fruition and Snow gives birth before the wardrobe is finished. The Prince manages to place the newborn infant in the wardrobe an instant before the curse wipes all their memories clean and moves them to our world. Storybrooke, Maine to be exact.
Lest you get the idea that this show is all period-drama, fantasy nonsense, let me tell you that half of each hour-long episode focuses on the characters in their Storybrooke persona. Snow White is a lonely elementary school teacher, Red Riding Hood is a waitress named Ruby at a breakfast shop called Granny’s and Jiminy Cricket is a shrink named Doc Hopper (no reference to The Muppet Movie here). The Evil Queen is Storybrooke’s mayor, and the only one who knows about the curse, for sure. Her adopted son suspects though, and is trying to break it.
The only other character who I think knows what is going on, is the pawn shop owner, Mr. Gold aka Rumpelstiltskin. Actor Robert Carlyle (best know to me for his role in The Full Monty) is wonderfully creepy and crazy as the less obvious, but probably more dangerous, bad guy.
In fact, all the actors do a great job and the writers do, too. Writer-Producer Jane Espenson (Buffy, Game of Thrones) is involved in developing this show, as are two of the writers from Lost – kings of flashbacks, and inventors of the flashforward, so you know it’s going to be good. There are lots of clever bits of fairy tale lore woven in here and there. And don’t worry, I haven’t told you anything more than you would have seen in the pilot episode.
Today’s secret: This is a great show, and if you haven’t got anything else scheduled for 8:00 Sunday nights, you should give it a whirl.
Today’s question: Anything new caught your eye lately?