Once Upon A Time: The Complete First Season Review

Title: Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]

Release Date: August 28, 2012

About the Show:

The Evil Queen has cast an evil spell on an enchanted forest filled with fairytale characters. The curse trapped these characters in a place where all their happy endings were stolen – our world. Now the Evil Queen is acting as town mayor, and all of the inhabitants of the fairytale world of Storybrooke can’t seem to remember any details of their past lives. As the truth starts to unfold, the battle between good and evil begins.

Bonus Features

Fairytales in the Modern World: This exciting feature allows viewers to explore the genesis story of “Once Upon A Time”, as they learn about the creative approach of adapting a world of fairy tales into the wholly original world of the show.

Building Character: From start to finish, following the creation, conceptualization, casting, clothing and filming of the beloved character, Belle, played by Emilie de Ravin, from the ground up.

Welcome to Storybrooke: Ginnifer Goodwin takes audiences on a tour of Storybrooke, Maine, both the town and its real inspiration- a small town outside of Vancouver.

The Story I Remember…Snow White: The show’s actors share their childhood memories of the beloved fairy tale Snow White, illustrated to original storybook graphics.

The Fairest Bloopers of Them All: Hilarious outtakes fans won’t want to miss.

Deleted Scenes: Nine Deleted Scenes

Audio Commentaries: Five insightful episode commentaries including Co-Creator/Executive Producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz; writer Jane Epenson; and cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parilla and Jennifer Morrison.

In addition to all DVD bonus features, the Blu-ray release also includes:

Once Upon A Time: Origins: Viewers enter into this interactive archive and uncover the rich and diverse historical origins of the world’s favorite fairy tale characters from “Once Upon A Time”. Josh Dallas guides fans to discover how each of these European based tales has evolved over centuries of retellings into the stories known and loved today.

My Review:

Once Upon A Time is one of the best new shows on TV today. Both John and I were enthralled with each captivating episode as we watched the battle of good vs. evil unfold.

The evil queen takes her revenge on all the characters in the fairytale realm by inflicting a curse which banishes them to a land (aka our world) where they will never find their happy ending. The characters have no recollection of who they really are and go about living their mundane lives in the quaint Maine town, Storybrooke. That is, until one day, Emma, comes to Storybrooke thanks to her biological son, Henry that she placed up for adoption many years ago. Emma is really the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and is said to be the only one that can break the Evil Queen’s curse and bring back the happy endings.

The show goes back and forth between now and the past when the characters were still in the fairytale realm. I loved this aspect of the show because it shows the viewer a history of each character. Each episode seems to focus on teaching us a little more about each character. For example, we learn how the Evil Queen became who she is today. She wasn’t always bad, but was a product of a few terrible series of events that lead up to making her the person she is today. We also see Rumpelstiltskin (Mr. Gold) and how he was once a normal father who was afraid of everything. We learn how he came to get his powers and become the most powerful being in all the land.

I think my very favourite of them all is the story of Snow White. She’s such a complex character and one of the best on the show. She isn’t as sweet and innocent as I originally perceived and she does have a dark side. I also really liked Rumpelstiltskin and wanted to believe he deep down has a good heart despite some of the things he may have done. The Evil Queen (Regina Mills, mayor of Storybrooke) was evil in the fairytale world and she is equally as awful in our world. Lana Parrilla does a spectacular job portraying her and making both John and I hate her.

I enjoyed watching Emma’s bond with her son, Henry grow. She truly wants what is best for him and decides to make a home in Storybrooke so she can help him. Of course, Henry is one of the only ones who believes in the curse which is discovered in his big book of fairytales. He tries desperately to make Emma believe him. She thinks its all his active imagination and Henry knows that the only way to break the curse is for Emma to really believe him.

John mentioned that Once Upon A Time reminded him of the mini-series, The Tenth Kingdom, which is also based on fairytales/our world. We own the series, but I have yet to watch it.

My favourite character is Rumpelstiltskin (Mr. Gold). Robert Carlyle does an amazing job portraying Rumpelstiltskin in all  his glory. He’s freaky to look at with his glowing skin and scary eyes. His evil laugh though….that is something else! I loved the scene where Regina (the Evil Queen) visits Mr.Gold in jail and wants him to say his name. Of course, he replies back with “Mr. Gold”. She says “No, tell me your real name”. Mr. Gold snarls back, “Rumpelstiltskin”. He is one of the characters who remembers who he really is.

There’s lots of suspense and excitement as well as touching moments sprinkled throughout. The way Season One ends makes me really antsy to watch Season Two to see what happens. I can’t get enough of these characters.  Seriously if you have not watched this show, you need to. There’s nothing like it on TV right now.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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