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Grimm, Episode 1: Pilot

Introduction

Grimm is a new show airing on Friday nights on NBC, which either means they know it’ll be cancelled soon or want it to start out with a cult following and go from there. Grim prospects, pun intended. It bills itself as a supernatural police procedural, and its premise is that the Brothers Grimm were criminal profilers who wrote about actual events. I have written a recap (not a synopsis) of the episode, following immediately below, so keep that in mind if you want to avoid spoilers. My actual review is at the bottom. Enjoy!

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Once Upon A Time, Episode 3: Snow Falls

I am conflicted…

I have spent the last three days ruminating over my opinion of Snow Falls. This was not a great episode, like the Thing You Love the Most, but at the same time this was not a bad episode.

Once again I really enjoyed the Fairy Land parts of the story, but I think I liked the better connection between the Modern World and the Fairy Land here more. In the Pilot there was little connection, beyond the set-up. In the Thing You Love the Most, there was no discernible connection between the story lines. In future episodes I really want them to keep that interconnectedness going.

It feels, especially with the this and the last episode, that the long-term plan for the show is to use Fairy Land to develop the characters in contrast to their Modern World actions. This is exemplified in Snow White/Mary Margaret.

In Fairy land Snow White is brash, confident and a woman of action.

In the Modern world Mary Margaret is quite, introspective and lonely.

It is too early to tell how the other characters are going to flesh out, though now that John Doe is out of the Coma, we should be able to see how he contrast from Charming. The two Dwarves shown so far, Grumpy and Sleepy, seen to display the same characteristics, but that could be from their limited exposure.

Archie is a small anomaly to this plan, as he acts as a conscience in both “Realms.”

With Regina and the Evil Witch effects of the curse seem to have manifested differently. The promos state that she is the only character that’s knows about the curse, but there are hints in the writing that this might not entirely be the case.

I’ll wait until either is explicitly stated in an episode. And that is one thing that OUAT seems to be doing well, I’m willing to wait to let this show play out.

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Once Upon A Time, Episode 2: The Thing You Love Most

I will say this right off the bat, I loved this episode. I loved all the weirdness and the little touches, from the Sheriff checking out Ruby to the Shetland Unicorn, you read that right: A FREAKING SHETLAND UNICORN!

I think what I like best is that a good portion of the actual story is driven by what happens in Fairy Land. There was a good bit of that last week, but this episode put a nice focus on the Evil Witch and her reasons for doing what she did. We’re starting to see that this wasn’t just a case of being driven from the kingdom, but there’s much more behind it.

I really enjoyed the darker aspects of this episode, the Evil Witch wasn’t just a two-dimensional antagonist in this episode, she was the protagonist, and that was a really good thing.

With all that, I think this show might have legs to it, if they can keep up, what I see as, the good work.

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Once Upon A Time, Episode 1: Pilot


A few years ago a comic premiered, this was not unusual, but the subject matter was a little off…

The main characters were the Big Bad Wolf and Snow White, took place in a small town run by Old King Cole and Little Boy Blue. Prince Charming was a lecherous cad who married Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio is a pissed off eternal child.

Oh, and Geppetto is the original Big Bad!

This comic was Fables, and it is amazing. Fifteen collected volumes have been published, with more to come as the series is still on going. It has inspired a prequel, two spin-offs and a Novel. Fables has won fourteen Eisner Awards and is pretty much the definitive Modernization of Classic Fairy Tales, Legends, Fables and Tall Tales.

The Point…

This is what Once Upon A Timehas to contend with when I watch the series progress.

“We kept circling back to the idea of fairytales. The very first stories that you hear when you’re a kid. They’re full of magic and heroics and fear and joy. But we also found fairytales are full of all these unanswered questions. Like why is Grumpy grumpy? Why is Geppetto so lonely that he’d actually carve a little boy out of wood? And did the Evil Queen really try to kill Snow White simply because of vanity? With Once Upon A Time, we set out to explore those questions and not re-tell these stories but attempt to dig beneath what we all know and try to discover something new.” – Adam Horowitz, Co-Creator/Executive Producer

That is not to say that I’m not going to give OUAT a fair shake. It already has quite a bit going for and against it. Continue reading Once Upon A Time, Episode 1: Pilot