I love Netflix. I can always find something amazing to watch no matter what day or time it is. Nine times out of ten I will sit and watch a film, but I recently discovered a TV series on there that I now can’t get enough of. And today I thought I’d tell you guys a little bit about it. So make yourself nice and comfy as this could be a long post …
What’s the Story?
Once Upon a Time tells the story of Emma Swan, a private detective who is visited by Henry, the 10 year old boy she gave up for adoption. He spins a tale of a parallel world that was lost to a curse by an evil queen and about how Emma is the long lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.
As if this isn’t strange enough, he goes on to tell her that she’s destined to break the curse and return the residents of Storybrooke, Maine, to their fairy tale glory. Concerned for Henry’s well being, Emma moves to Storybrooke, and soon becomes friends with the neighbours. All except one anyway – Regina Mills – who just happens to be Henry’s vindictive adoptive mother.
As the clues fall into place in Henry’s story and the town begins to awaken to its past, newcomers arrive, secrets are revealed, and unforeseen challenges rise up to block the residents’ journey back to their true identities.
Who’s in it?
Once Upon a Time has quite an impressive cast list, including Ginnifer Goodwin (He’s Just Not That Into You), Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty), Alan Dale (Neighbours) and Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl) to name just a few. Every time I watch it there seems to be another familiar face pop up on my screen.
I have to admit that it’s been months since I found a TV series that really held my attention, so I wasn’t expecting much when I decided to give Once Upon a Time a go. Especially since it wasn’t a recommendation like most things I watch. However, I was hooked after the first few minutes!
Once Upon a Time is full of characters I recognize from my past, such as Snow White, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin, and although each of their ‘stories’ is exactly as you would expect, they’ve been cleverly recreated so that they all intertwine with each other. This makes for some great viewing, with some shocking surprises along the way.
The acting in the show is absolutely fantastic, and I don’t think I’d change any of the cast. I think each and every one of them suits the role they’re playing, and sometimes I get so lost in the show that I forget it isn’t real! I first started watching this just under a week ago and I’m already at the end of season 2. I don’t think I’ve binge watched anything like this for a long time, which I think speaks volumes.
My favourite characters in the show at the moment are the Mad Hatter (which is curious as I really do not like the way he’s portrayed in Disney’s version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’) and Captain Hook. I think both are very charismatic and play great roles.
When I first started watching this, I wanted Stacey to watch it with me as it’s labeled as a family show, but she wouldn’t as she was afraid that it would be too scary. Now, I’m quite a laid back sort of parent, and I don’t worry too much about things like swearing (unless it’s every other word) and partial nudity/references to sex. I know that Stacey won’t repeat anything she hears, and one of her favourite TV shows is Friends, so there’s no point in me banning shows where sex is mentioned anymore.
If you are a mum who worries about this sort of thing though, I would definitely recommend watching this before your child does as there is a fair amount of both of these things throughout the show. I also think that it may be a little too frightening for younger viewers from season 2 onwards as well.
I can’t really say much else about this show without giving anything away and spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it yet. However, I’m enjoying it immensely and would definitely recommend giving it a go if you’re ever stuck for something to watch. I genuinely don’t think you’d be disappointed. After all, you’re never too old for fairy tales!
Once Upon a Time Seasons 1-4 on Netflix
(Available from £5.99 per month)