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AT LEAST IT'S NOT ANOTHER CSI OR "REALITY" TYPE OF SHOW...
on September 21, 2012
Personally, I am completely over the myriad of crime drama franchises and supposed "reality" shows, so Once Upon A Time has been a welcome addition to my TV viewing. This is not among the greatest shows in the history of TV, the special effects won't win awards, two of the lead characters are rather vanilla and predictable, and the writers have some tweaking to do as they roll into season 2. However, the show has some redeeming qualities:
--For those of us who grew up on fairy tales (especially the Disney versions), it's refreshing to see these stories told with a new twist and a more 21st century take. For example, we're actually given a more meaty reason as to why the Evil Queen hates Snow White, instead of the standard having-to-be-the-fairest-one-of-all nonsense.
--Lana Parilla's Evil Queen/Regina Mills is constantly driven, relentlessly selfish and a vicious individual--and yet she creates moments where you actually feel for her (at least a little bit).
--Robert Carlyle's Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold is manipulative, sneaky, and almost always out for himself--and he somehow makes you like him as he's plotting and pulling all those strings.
There are other positives, but to delve much further would reveal too much of the show for those who've yet to see it. Suffice it to say that, yes, Once Upon A Time is admittedly not the best show on TV. BUT, for what it is, it's a splendid change of pace and a welcome reprieve from the crime-laden, voyeur-rich, lowest common denominator fare that currently dominates television.