Fairytale interrupted

The first things to appear on the black screen are these intriguing words: “Once upon a time, there was an enchanted forest filled with all the classic characters we know. Or think we know…”

Growing up in America, we were spoon fed Disney movies concurrent with breakfast; and as we grew, learned that in the original Grimm’s fairytales, our darling Cinderella wasn’t as nice as she seemed. So the idea that we could learn anymore about our beloved characters seems preposterous! And yet, for the child inside all of us, absolutely fascinating.

If you have yet to join the “Once” craze, prepare to be enthralled.

ABC original “Once Upon A Time,” the brainchild of Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis both writers from the famed series “Lost,” was originally conceived back in 2004, and is now in its first season. Starring Ginnifer Goodwin (“He’s Just Not That into You”) playing a determined and feisty Snow White, and Jennifer Morrison (“House”) playing her conflicted heroine daughter. The show centers on a woman (Morrison) with a troubled past, who after being tracked down by her now ten year old birth son Henry (Jared Gilmore, “Mad Men”), finds herself in the strange and isolated town of Storybrook, Maine; where the magic of fairytales may just be real after all.

This show is a “one and done;” after being sucked into the pilot episode it is absolutely impossible not to click the “next” button on your Hulu. The complex story line centers on the people in the present day “real life” of Storybrook and “flashes back” to the fabled Enchanted forest (and their previous magical selves) where all hell is breaking loose at the hands of the jealous queen.

Hat’s off to the casting director; the chemistry in this show is gold! The actors do the industry proud as they each seamlessly develop not one role but two; their “fairy tale” identity while simultaneously embodying their “real” identity. Along with beautiful cinematography, “Once” boasts an impressively conjured set, creative wardrobe, an “enchanting” story line and a wealth of dual-character development. Thus far, “Once Upon A Time” is a smashing success.