Once Upon a Time (Review)

OK, so we’re nearing the end of the season and you’re probably wondering why I am doing a review now of all times. Well, reason number one, is the fact that I’ve literally had this review sitting incomplete on my computer since the series started. Now, I do want to say that if you’re reading this and you haven’t seen the series, don’t worry. I try not to reveal big plot spoilers in these reviews just in case you want to see it. Anyways, here’s the review…

This past year not one, but two shows premiered dealing with fantasy topics. This one sort of jumped out of the gate right away. It had huge ratings and looked amazing. For those who don’t know, the series takes place in two universes. The world of ours, with real people and such, and the fantasy world, a world with dragons and fairies and witches. Now the evil witch has sent the fairy tale characters into the city of Storybrooke, the setting in the real world.

Just from that alone you can see why America was so interested in the series. Now with the separate episode story lines, things get a bit different. Some episodes are amazing, with interesting characters in both worlds receiving great development that helps make everything more interesting. They kill off some characters who added to the series early on and they were later forgotten about. Now, not only has the series been getting a bit soap-opera-y with a story that has droned on far too long.

Overall, the performance given by the actors is surprisingly good. The leads and the supporting cast all add something important. My only problem is some characters have been absent for weeks. One in particular, Raphael Sbarge of Mass Effect fame, has been absent for weeks. He plays the character of Jiminy Cricket as well as the psychiatrist in Storybrooke. It is not a lead role, but it does add a great aspect to the show.

While the show has taken steps back instead of improving, I still have to say that I enjoy it. I give the first season of Once Upon a Time a score of 8 out of 10.


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