I have a love/hate relationship with television shows. I am either a devoted fan, obsessed with watching every episode on time or with the DVR, or I ignore the entire series. I cannot just jump mid-season into a television show due to hype. The last show I did this with was "Lost" and boy, was I lost. However, the creative team of writers from "Lost" are behind this fall's newest hit (ratings went thru the roof last night for it's premiere) "Once Upon a Time". I am a huge fan of Ginnifer Goodwin, my favorite sister wife from HBO's "Big Love". I was so happy to see her continue on television despite her transition to comedies on the big screen. Being a girl who still lives in a fairy-tale inspired world, I was so eager for this show to debut that I was scared that my high hopes would be crushed with a new series that could be cancelled early (I am still upset about NBC's "The Playboy Club" being cancelled. I thought it was great). However, by the end of the first hour, I was so sad to see it end. I ended my viewing of the show slightly confused, surprised at how great it truly was, and hopeful for a full series from ABC.
In "Once Upon a Time", Jennifer Morrison (one of the recent stars of "House") stars as Emma Swan, a bail bondswoman whose life changes when the son she gave up for adoption 10 years before shows up on her doorstep. Henry ( the adorable Jared Gilmore) tells the disbelieving Emma that she's the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin!) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas).
In flashbacks, we the viewers learn that all our beloved fairy-tale characters are under the spell of the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla, who could be a clone of Angelina Jolie), who has catapulted them out of fairy-tale land and into modern times. They now live in Storybrooke, Maine (ok, the name of the town is slightly cheesy), with no memory of who they really are. It's up to Emma, Henry tells her, to break the spell. Other characters we get to see right away are Geppetto and Pinnochio, Rumpelstiltskin and Jiminy Cricket.
I think my love of fairy tales, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Disney movies made me an instant fan, but I believe any lover of anything fantasy should truly like this series and become a regular watcher.