Once Upon A Time: The Television Series.
I know so many people who have yet to watch this show and all I can say is that your missing out on some great story telling. Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect from a show about fairy tales, especially with all these supernatural shows popping up everywhere. Well, this show isn't so much supernatural, but it has it's fair share of magical moments. As a female it's fun to go back to these stories and have them be told in the way this show is doing. It's fairy tales getting hit with a reality check. This show is about what happened to the fairy tale princess after stuff got real.
Once Upon a Time is a fairy tale drama with all your favorite characters sent to a place where there are no happily ever afters. This place being the fictional town of Storybrook, Maine. The daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White, Emma Swan, comes to Storybrooke after the young son she gave up for adoption comes looking for her to save the fairy tale characters from the evil spell of the wicked Queen. The spell consists of these characters being unable to remember who they where and also being unable to have their own version of happily ever after.
So far in the first season we have met Emma Swan played by ex-House cast member Jennifer Morrison. Her Emma is a strong, sarcastic and self reliant tough-girl bail bondswoman from Boston. She was abandanded at birth and grew up in the foster care system. Though we find out that her abandonment wasn't really the case in the first few episodes of the season. Her tough beginnings cause her to be unable to establish roots and so is constantly on the move, never able to keep a stable connection with a place or keep a romantic relationship. Ten years before the beginning of her story, she gave up her son Henry in order to give him a shot at a better life and also because she felt incapable of being a mother. So when Henry shows up one day at her door step claiming that her mother was Snow White, she felt compelled to take him home and then ultimately stay to watch other him.
Henry, who ran away from home to find his biological mother after finding out that all the characters in his fairy tale book were actually real people in his town, begins a friendship with Emma. He knows that his adoptive mother, the Mayor/ Evil Queen, doesn't truly love him and so he wants to get rid of the curse that has engulfed his town. He is the only reason that Emma stayed in the town as she felt that he needed psychological help. So far in the season, I'm not sure if Emma believes what Henry is telling her. It's more like she is humoring him at this point, but she can't deny that strange things have been going on and that Henry has been right about some of them.
Meet the Parents....
Snow White is not your typical delicate fairy tale princess, well at least not in this story,she's a fighter and won't let the Queen have her way. She is Emma Swans mother and well as her first friend in Storybrooke. She is also the reason Henry even has his fairy tale book. Mary Margaret Blanchard is a school teacher and also helps out at the hospital where she meets a John Doe, who we already know is Prince Charming. Before the Evil Queen's spell took over, Prince Charming and a group of good fairy tale characters came together to find a way to keep Snow White's unborn child alive, as she was the only hope for Storybrooke. They were able to build a wardrobe, which was meant to house both Snow White and her daughter, but she went into labor while the spell took place. As Prince Charming went to put Emma in the wardrobe, he was wounded by one of the Queens soldiers and so in Storybrooke his story begins in a coma. Once out of it, we find out his name is David Nolan but he has no recollection of his past life or his life before the coma. He falls in love with Mary Margaret and even tired to leave his wife, before Regina tricked him into going to Mr. Golds pawnshop where he found a windmill that made him remember some of his life with his wife. In Happily Ever After, his fiance before Snow White was King Midas' daughter, who is his estranged wife in Storybrooke. He is also a twin.
If the Evil Queen is the big bad, than what can we call Rumpelstiltskin?
From what I've seen so far Rumpelstiltskin is one of those characters that you hate to like. I won't say love because...well...he is a bad guy. He's got a quirky sense of humor mixed with a certain level of malice. I don't know much lore on the character so I'm not sure what his whole fixation on babies seems to be. In the show, we know that he has a hand in all the fairy tale characters lives. For example and I warn those of you who haven't watched the show that these are spoilers, he kills off Cinderella's Godmother and takes her place the night of the ball. He makes a deal with Ella for her first born child in exchange for his help. He also has some control of the Queen/Regina Mills in Storybrooke. He can pretty much get her to do anything as long as he says "please", as that was part of the deal he made with her before the spell took affect. Also, he was the one that gave the Queen the curse in the first place, so of course he is the most dangerous character in the series.
The Evil Queen/Mayor Regina Mills
Now the queen is what I like to call the "big bad." Shows always have one character, or at least in this show one of two, that are just out to get you and make your life a living hell. Second on that list is Regina Mills AKA The Evil Queen. She gets more air time than Rumpelstiltskin, but he works better in the shadows. The Evil Queen is the reason there are no happily ever afters in Storybrooke. For some reason she hates Snow White, the show has yet to truly give you a reason other than "she ruined my life", but from what I can tell, it's probably something to do with love. So she takes it upon herself to take away the happy endings of all our favorite fairy tale characters and succeeds.
She becomes mayor and adopts Henry, Emma's biological son, who she names after her own father. And if your into irony, you'll realize Regina named Henry after her father, whom she killed. So if that isn't some kind of foreshadow to something wicked to come, I don't know what is.She doesn't take kindly to Emma staying in Storybrooke because she knows that it will effect the relationship she has with Henry, so she tries anything to get her to leave. Not that it works, as it makes Emma want to stay more. Regina is cold and calculating, just like her Evil Queen counter part. She is also a very powerful witch and the only one in Storybrooke who remembers who she was.