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Title: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Allronix on October 30, 2011, 08:03:25 PM
Saw the pilot to this last week. The premise is that the Wicked Queen (of Snow White) cursed the fairy tale kingdom. Now, they're all under a sort of amnesia spell and living in a modern-day town. The Queen is in charge as the mayor of town. The only one to escape the curse is Snow White and the Prince's daughter, who was sent away as a baby, and has now come back to the town because her own son (who she gave up for adoption) showed up on her doorstep asking for help.

Anyone else see this and have opinions? 
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on October 31, 2011, 01:13:37 AM
Yeah, I saw it. I don't really have much of an opinion though. I would need to see where they are taking the story. But for a pilot, I can say it was very intriguing, and I plan on keeping up with the series unless I lose interest later on. I would be more interested if they strayed away from having just one fairy tale and go toward having multiple fairy tales intertwined. I did notice that they had Rumpelstiltskin, and his character is very ominous. It's a good start.

I also saw Grimm this week, so there is a bit of "fairy tale meets reality" competition going on. But different channels and different airtime, so neither one is compromised. Still, this genre may be worn out if more shows follow this trend.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on October 31, 2011, 07:41:46 AM
I've seen Once Upon a Time last week and this week--it's alright. I'm not quite sure yet--it hasn't blown me away, but I'm entertained enough to keep watching for now.

I also saw Grimm. So far it feels like a more light-hearted, buddy cop version of Supernatural. Which isn't bad, but also leaves it feeling not so original.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on November 01, 2011, 10:56:26 PM
I felt like Grimm started off too slowly. The audience was kind of abruptly thrown into this world of blutenboten (or whatever they are called). I had a hard time getting interested, but as soon as I was, it held me for a greater portion of the episode.

Once Upon A Time is more whimsical, probably because of the kid trying to save the entire storybook of characters. It has almost this innocence amongst all of the evil that protruded from the curse. I kind of like both forms of storytelling, but like I had said earlier, I'll need to see more. Which reminds me, I missed the new episode of Once Upon A Time. I'll have to catch up.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: MikPal on November 02, 2011, 07:18:58 AM
After reading the title, I though you meant this "Once Upon a Time..." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSGQaLOPhQ8). They used to broadcast dubbed versions of it here sometime during the '80s.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: waltzdancing on November 02, 2011, 04:55:00 PM
I love this show! I'm a sucker for fairy tales, always have been. My friend in Socorro and I text each other for hours trying to figure it out. (She so needs Skype so we can talk about it live!) We are trying to figure out if Mr. Gold knows the truth about the curse. We think the queen/mayor does. We are also waiting for Prince Charming to wake up and kick the queen out of town.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on November 02, 2011, 07:42:40 PM
Adrienne--you should check out the Fables graphic novels if you're enjoying this show. I think you'd really enjoy those if fairy tale retellings are up your alley!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: waltzdancing on November 02, 2011, 07:46:36 PM
I'm going to have to really look into these! I did a brief skim on the internet and it looks interesting. Thanks Katie!
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Post by: KatieHal on November 02, 2011, 07:48:29 PM
Added bonus, Telltale is planning a video game based on them! :)
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: waltzdancing on November 02, 2011, 08:43:29 PM
SWEET!!!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on November 02, 2011, 11:38:23 PM
I'm really enjoying this show -- it's a little hokey, I guess, but I think it kind of needs to be.

With the two fairy tale shows in their first season now (Grimm, being the other) I've been comparing the two and I am quite enjoying both of them. One thing I've noticed is how much story there is to Once Upon a Time -- a few places seem a little stiff, but it can't really be helped, there's SO much to explain!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on November 03, 2011, 12:42:02 AM
We are trying to figure out if Mr. Gold knows the truth about the curse. We think the queen/mayor does. We are also waiting for Prince Charming to wake up and kick the queen out of town.

The queen/mayor most definitely knows about the curse. She was the one who inflicted it anyway. She should be aware of what she did. I'm not sure what Mr. Gold's intentions are, but I did remember that he was 'given' Emma's name. Whatever that means. It was the price Snow White had to pay to get Rumplestiltskin's help in the fairy tale world, so I imagine that he remembered Emma when she introduced herself in the real world. It's hard to tell right now. They are definitely making him out to be an enigma.

(Posted on: November 03, 2011, 02:41:45 AM)


Added bonus, Telltale is planning a video game based on them! :)

SOLD!!!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on November 03, 2011, 07:28:06 AM
I think Mr Gold DOES know, but I'm not entirely sure if the Mayor knows.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on November 03, 2011, 11:59:36 PM
I just saw the new episode, and I have to admit, I'd be really irked if this whole story was just a figment of some kid's imagination. Oh, writers of Lost . . . you tricked me once before, but I'd be a fool to fall for it again. I can see right through you.  >:(

I don't know about the Mayor anymore. I thought she would have remembered the curse. Now I see what Katie is saying. Mr. Gold was supposed to lose his memory along with everybody else, but he definitely knows something.  :-\
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on November 04, 2011, 07:29:04 AM
They've played the Mayor very vaguely--everything she's said & done so far COULD still just be an overbearing controlling mom who's also kinda freaked she might lose her kid to his birth mom. And good for them in striking that balance.

I was let down by the fight with Maleficent, though. That should've been much more awesome.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Allronix on November 06, 2011, 11:04:59 PM
So far, so strange. It puts me in the mood to play King's Quest, and it would make a ridiculously easy crossover to do, especially if you pull in some of the Williams-Jansen-Spears mythos of The Withdrawal and how curses work. They already invoked the "spells always have a weakness" line from KQ6.

It's to the point where I picture a fellow on the fringes of town (just outside city limits, but still affected) wearing a red polo shirt and a battered up hat with a dingy feather stuck in it - maybe running a second hand shop ("Perhaps you'll find a use for it") I could also see a "Mr. Gwydion" being friends with (or maybe a former student of) Miss Blanchard.

And now I'm picturing Sean Maher and Summer Glau reprising a brother and sister role as Alex and Rose...
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on November 06, 2011, 11:57:03 PM
The new episode was awesome, but now I'm really confused. But for some reason, I can't stop watching it.  :-\

Oh crap, not again. I should have known what I was getting myself into when they said "writers of Lost". Now, I'll be addicted for seven seasons.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: dark-daventry on November 07, 2011, 11:57:08 AM
I must say that I am quite enjoying Once Upon a Time. I'm intrigued by it. As with Katie, I'm on the fence about the Mayor, but I'm leaning towards she at least knows more than she's letting on.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: waltzdancing on November 07, 2011, 05:22:52 PM
The mayor knows as well as Rumpelstiltskin, however, I think he is more of a neutral type of character, aiding both sides for the benefit of himself. Next week looks good too.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: dark-daventry on November 07, 2011, 06:07:57 PM
The mayor knows as well as Rumpelstiltskin, however, I think he is more of a neutral type of character, aiding both sides for the benefit of himself. Next week looks good too.

Yeah, Rumpelstiltskin definitely seems to be a neutral character. Personally, I like neutral characters a lot. I can't wait for next week's episode. I've been watching these on Hulu, so I don't get the preview for the next episode at the end, but it's not a big deal. The show is good enough for me right now to warrant coming back to it. As for Grimm, the jury is still out. It was definitely slow getting started, and I'm not sure I'm completely sold on it. I may have to watch another episode to get a better idea of what it'll be like.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on November 07, 2011, 06:19:03 PM
I don't know that I'd call him neutral so much as saying he is solidly on HIS side. :)

I am enjoying this more as the episodes come, though!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: tessspoon on November 07, 2011, 06:39:12 PM
dd, if you want to watch the preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9TMlJIu3RQ
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on November 11, 2011, 12:28:06 AM
I don't know that I'd call him neutral so much as saying he is solidly on HIS side. :)

I considered him to be a bit of a Trickster, a la Loki in Norse mythology. If he follows the same persona, I think he's going to be my favorite character yet.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: kyranthia on November 11, 2011, 10:46:40 PM
I'm definitely enjoying the show so far.  I think the queen has some memory of the curse, but Rumple knows everything.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: MusicallyInspired on November 13, 2011, 12:08:40 PM
My wife is in love with the show. It's her new favourite show.

There's been an awful lot of "dark fairy tale" stuff happening lately. Personally, I see this as a good thing. We're finally getting out of the vampire phase.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on November 13, 2011, 02:26:49 PM
There's been an awful lot of "dark fairy tale" stuff happening lately. Personally, I see this as a good thing. We're finally getting out of the vampire phase.

Finally. It's about time.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on November 13, 2011, 03:39:10 PM
And fairy tales are only a light stretch from the fantasy sword & sorcery stuff I love so much, so I'm very excited to see these things.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sword & sorcery television series on like a normal cable channel (not HBO, even though I LOVE Game of Thrones).... although you know what they say, be the change you want to see! I guess that means I should start writing one. :P

Speaking of which though, is anyone curious to see more of like... the fairy tales all existing in the same land? In a sort of Into the Woods kind of way, where they each accidentally affect each other? If Once Upon a Time doesn't do it, someone else is going to have to! :P
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on November 13, 2011, 03:59:20 PM
Cray--read Fables :) Seriously for anyone into the fairy tale thing, you are missing out not reading that series!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: kyranthia on November 13, 2011, 04:27:38 PM
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Speaking of which though, is anyone curious to see more of like... the fairy tales all existing in the same land? In a sort of Into the Woods kind of way, where they each accidentally affect each other? If Once Upon a Time doesn't do it, someone else is going to have to!

Are you familiar with the mini-series The 10th Kingdom?  That did have a premise on the idea of the one you described.  It is out on DVD if you might want to take a look.

 
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: tessspoon on November 13, 2011, 05:46:35 PM
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Speaking of which though, is anyone curious to see more of like... the fairy tales all existing in the same land? In a sort of Into the Woods kind of way, where they each accidentally affect each other? If Once Upon a Time doesn't do it, someone else is going to have to!

Are you familiar with the mini-series The 10th Kingdom?  That did have a premise on the idea of the one you described.  It is out on DVD if you might want to take a look.

 
<3 10th Kingdom :D
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Sir Perceval of Daventry on November 13, 2011, 06:38:50 PM
You guys might also like:
Merlin (starring Sam Neil)
Dragonheart
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: waltzdancing on November 13, 2011, 08:06:29 PM
I love both of those too! I am currently hooked on BBC Merlin as well ::)
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on November 13, 2011, 08:37:18 PM
I've been wanting to get into that one, Adrienne, but I just don't have time! I'll need to wait for the next time there's a long break in regular TV seasons!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on November 14, 2011, 12:11:10 AM
Just saw this week's episode. I lol'd when the fairy godmother blew up.  :P
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on November 14, 2011, 06:01:34 PM
I'm actually familiar with all of the above, but there's SOOOO many fairy tales out there. A long-running TV series could encompass all of them, and you could easily expand into myths and legends if you started to run out of ideas.

10th Kingdom is like the best thing ever though. :P
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: MusicallyInspired on November 14, 2011, 10:47:48 PM
I quite enjoyed 10th Kingdom as well.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Rosella on November 17, 2011, 04:08:51 AM
I love how no one on earth has heard of The 10th Kingdom and then you come here and it's commonplace. :P
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on November 27, 2011, 10:19:03 PM
Saw the new episode. The more I try to keep up with the series, the more I see the storyline walking in circles around the main plot point. Whether the curse is real or not, the story makes little effort to provide any form of a conclusion. Every preview makes the next episode a "must watch", and then when you watch it, it only postpones the inevitable. I could probably miss the next five episodes, and then come back into the season without needing to catch up. Not that the episodes are not entertaining, but they are starting to do what Lost did. Ask a bunch of questions, and provide no answers. That's how they get ya, I suppose.

By the way, to anyone who saw the new episode, what was at the bottom of the mine shaft? I couldn't tell what the mayor was holding in her hand.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: tessspoon on November 28, 2011, 12:07:32 AM
By the way, to anyone who saw the new episode, what was at the bottom of the mine shaft? I couldn't tell what the mayor was holding in her hand.
I couldn't really tell either, but people on IMDB seem to think it was Snow's coffin.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: kyranthia on November 28, 2011, 08:55:11 PM
Well, the one thing that I think each episode has been doing so far is to give us the backstory of a particular character.  So thus far, no, the show hasn't answered the big questions.  It just gives little hints here and there.

I do like the backstories though.  Felt kinda badly for Dr. Hopper/Jiminy Cricket.

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I couldn't tell what the mayor was holding in her hand.

A shard of glass from the glass coffin.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on November 28, 2011, 11:05:13 PM
Well, the one thing that I think each episode has been doing so far is to give us the backstory of a particular character.  So thus far, no, the show hasn't answered the big questions.  It just gives little hints here and there.

I do like the backstories though.  Felt kinda badly for Dr. Hopper/Jiminy Cricket.

Backstory is important, no doubt. But every episode has been running in place. Henry ran away from his home to find his biological mother, so that he could save the fairytale characters from the curse. But while the show only "hints" at the possibility of Henry's accusations (for instance, James feeling a connection to Snow), it still provides the doubt that this kid could be making it all up and has a wild and active imagination. I think I am annoyed that the writers of the show are playing both fields. I still like the show, but at least make a decision. Is this kid crazy or not?

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I couldn't tell what the mayor was holding in her hand.

A shard of glass from the glass coffin.

I knew it was glass, it was hard to tell what was at the bottom of the mine shaft. At first, I thought it was the magic mirror, but the glass coffin makes sense too. It still doesn't confirm or deny Henry's assertion, it merely "hints" at it.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on December 12, 2011, 04:10:52 PM
I definitely thought it was part of the mirror....
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: kyranthia on December 12, 2011, 04:50:57 PM
Okay, i think last night's episode made it pretty clear the fairy tale life is at least partly true.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on December 12, 2011, 07:58:22 PM
Whaddaya mean "partly"? :P
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Post by: Fierce Deity on December 12, 2011, 11:54:06 PM
It pretty much confirmed that the fairytale world is real. I now take back what I said about the show. I was just worried that they were going to continue to make the fairytale world's existence more and more ambiguous. I think they are on the right track now, but I also hope that the evil witch doesn't kill anybody else. The sheriff/huntsman was my favorite character. Between that, and Michael Pitt's character being killed off of Boardwalk Empire, this week was a bad week for television.  :'(
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on December 14, 2011, 08:27:20 AM
I really liked the Sheriff/Huntsman! ;(

But glad they confirmed the fairy tales are real, and that the Mayor/Queen definitely knows that! Of course, Graham never outright said to Emma "Henry's right", but hopefully what happened and what he did say will be enough to convince her a little more.
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Post by: Fierce Deity on December 14, 2011, 10:26:43 PM
I really liked the Sheriff/Huntsman! ;(

But glad they confirmed the fairy tales are real, and that the Mayor/Queen definitely knows that! Of course, Graham never outright said to Emma "Henry's right", but hopefully what happened and what he did say will be enough to convince her a little more.

I think the more the citizens of the town begin to remember their past, the more she'll be convinced. Didn't Graham practically convince Snow that it was strange how they don't remember ever meeting each other? She might be the next one to remember.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on December 15, 2011, 07:29:42 AM
Maybe...I think Snow remembering would be a season-finale level thing. Because her remembering quite probably comes with realizing Emma is her daughter and Henry is her grandson, so, there's a whole lot more tied to that!
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Post by: Fierce Deity on December 15, 2011, 08:02:52 AM
True, but at least realizing that her world isn't real (and that her fantasy world is) would be a small step in the right direction. I feel Graham's character was almost rushed in this past episode, clearly due to his imminent demise. Not only did he remember his past, but he figured out his entire story and tried to achieve his happiness. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful. Snow's story, as well as many of the other characters are much more drawn out in both worlds. We didn't even figure out who Graham was in the fantasy world until the recent episode. It shows that the writers did not have much interest in his character's potential. Or they just used him as a sacrifice to show that the fairytale world is real and to keep people watching.  :-\
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Post by: KatieHal on December 15, 2011, 09:06:00 AM
Yeah, it did feel rushed, which was unfortunate. And yeah, clearly due to that being the case. It was good to get that confirmation, though.
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Post by: waltzdancing on December 17, 2011, 11:01:34 AM
I don't think we are done with the huntsman just yet :)
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Fierce Deity on December 18, 2011, 12:09:11 AM
I don't think we are done with the huntsman just yet :)

That's awfully optimistic. I don't know what the rule for death is in this show. Technically, in the first episode, James/Prince Charming was slain by the Queen's henchmen, and then was transported to the real world in a coma. So who knows what this means for the Huntsman.
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Post by: KatieHal on January 18, 2012, 02:23:46 PM
Deleting the spam post here reminded me this thread is around :) So, are we all still caught up with the two new episodes?

These two didn't captivate me quite as well as the first half of the season. But I am still enjoying it and next week's looks good!
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Post by: Fierce Deity on January 18, 2012, 10:20:49 PM
I agree, the new episodes didn't manage to pull me in either. The first episode had pretty much built off of the semi-season finale (or break, or whatever they call it). Still, seeing Emma become the sheriff was a welcoming comeback in her rivalry against the mayor. Also, it's nice to see that Mr. Gold still has a deep hand in whatever is going on. Ceases to amaze how intrusive his character can be.

The newest episode didn't really interest me. It seemed like a filler episode. Yet another group of characters that have not be introduced before followed by there fantasy counterparts. Not to say they didn't try, at least. We did get to see where the evil queen gets the apple from. But it was still a bit lackluster. Now the mysterious biker that rides in to town is going to be next week's topic of discussion.  ;D
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Datadog on January 19, 2012, 03:29:08 AM
Ah, the show's started up again? I don't have a television to tell me when seasons pick up again, so I usually go by hear-say on this stuff. I've rather been enjoying this show myself.

Kind of funny, but when I saw this thread pop up, I had to skim through the whole thing just to see if anyone was commenting on Sheriff "Graham" yet. Putting a guy called Graham in town full of fairy tale characters - I thought that a rather clever nod. :)
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Post by: crayauchtin on January 24, 2012, 12:57:43 AM
See, I like the more episodic episodes. Sure, Hansel and Gretel were not people we'd met before but they DID have an effect on the overarching story, and I enjoy seeing the interplay between the various fairy tales.

I mean, Mary Margaret recognized Emma's baby blanket. Don't think that's not going to come up again, it will.
And aside from that, when the cop car stalled out Emma's "dammit" was more of a "dammit, Henry said I wouldn't be able to leave" than anything else.
Both of them are starting to get that something is not right in that town, pretty sure.

Personally, I can't wait for Mary Margaret to get as tough as they made Snow White.
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Post by: kyranthia on February 20, 2012, 09:20:57 AM


Personally, I can't wait for Mary Margaret to get as tough as they made Snow White.

Agreed.  The back and forth with David needs her to get tough again, I think.  I just hope this love triangle thing isn't too drawn out.  But I kinda think with Catherine missing, if she's found, David is going to feel guilty and go back to her.
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Post by: Fierce Deity on February 20, 2012, 07:27:28 PM


Personally, I can't wait for Mary Margaret to get as tough as they made Snow White.

Agreed.  The back and forth with David needs her to get tough again, I think.  I just hope this love triangle thing isn't too drawn out.  But I kinda think with Catherine missing, if she's found, David is going to feel guilty and go back to her.

See, I don't think Kathryn would go back to David after what he did. However, the gym teacher that Kathryn bumped into in the hallway is the guy that noticed she was missing from her car. And the gym teacher, is also the guy that played Abigail's (Kathryn's fantasy counterpart) lover who had turned into gold, Frederick. So I have a feeling that the gym teacher will find Kathryn and be her knight in shining armor (no pun intended). Thus, making David's and Mary Margaret's trysts somewhat guilt-free.

Ah, the story is beginning to be a bit predictable. But August W. Booth is still a strange one to me. I'll need some more time to figure out his agenda.  :-\
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Post by: kyranthia on February 21, 2012, 06:12:13 PM
Hmm, true.  But he'd maybe try to go back to her out of guilt. 

I'd like for her to end up with Frederick (or his real world counterpart).  But then again, the queen/mayor might try to keep them apart too.
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Post by: Fierce Deity on February 21, 2012, 08:41:08 PM
Hmm, true.  But he'd maybe try to go back to her out of guilt. 

I'd like for her to end up with Frederick (or his real world counterpart).  But then again, the queen/mayor might try to keep them apart too.

She tried already. She was trying to keep David and Kathryn together, and keep Mary Margaret out of the equation. But then when she found out that Kathryn was leaving Storybrooke, she was so supportive. The fact that Frederick was the one who stumbled upon her car means there's a bigger picture that is unforeseen. If the Hansel and Gretel episode has shown me anything, it's that Henry is right, and nobody can leave Storybrooke without some kind of a divine intervention. The queen might try to keep everybody apart, but aside from Operation Cobra, there is some kind of force that is pushing everybody into the right direction.
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Post by: KatieHal on February 21, 2012, 08:55:34 PM
I think the idea is that there's a sense of Fate to all of it--David and Mary Margaret feel pulled to one another despite not really knowing each other that well. Archie feels compelled to tell the truth and encourage honesty even though he has every reason to lie and reap the benefits of it.
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Post by: Fierce Deity on February 21, 2012, 11:14:16 PM
I think the idea is that there's a sense of Fate to all of it--David and Mary Margaret feel pulled to one another despite not really knowing each other that well. Archie feels compelled to tell the truth and encourage honesty even though he has every reason to lie and reap the benefits of it.

Despite Hansel and Gretel's father being pretty adamant that he was not going to make a good father, he was drawn to them the second he saw them. Sidney is clearly loyal to the mayor, despite her worst intentions. And Graham had his own revelations through unadulterated means. There most definitely is a fate of some kind, and it is actively breaking the mayor's curse, slowly but surely. So it only makes sense that Mr. Gym Teacher would find Kathryn's car, because they are drawn to each other. But she really should have apologized for bumping into him in the hallway. That's just rude.
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Post by: KatieHal on February 22, 2012, 07:55:38 AM
Indeed. I fear her rudeness in that one isolated incident will hang over their relationship, a pall from which they can ne'er escape, dooming them to a life of guilt, regret, and lies.
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Post by: Fierce Deity on February 22, 2012, 08:47:08 AM
Indeed. I fear her rudeness in that one isolated incident will hang over their relationship, a pall from which they can ne'er escape, dooming them to a life of guilt, regret, and lies.

Hey, that pretty much describes her first relationship, so she's bound to repeat history.  :P
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on March 02, 2012, 01:07:15 AM
Well, one way or another we can be assured that no one is going to end up with the "right" person in the first season of the show -- the mayor's curse was to prevent everyone from happiness. Until it is actually, truly, broken somehow there will be continuous complications... and even if the right people do somehow end up together, there will be some insurmountable obstacle that will make them unhappy.

Basically, what it is, is the writers made a bunch of characters and were like "What's the worst things we can do to them? And then let's put in a plot that makes it okay we're this sadistic!"

Which, as it turns out, is a genius way of putting together a show. Who knew? :P
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Deloria on March 08, 2012, 02:13:26 AM
Sleeping tablets give the best highs ever! :D
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Delling on March 08, 2012, 03:07:12 AM
... at first, I was wondering who had developed a sleeping pill habit in Once Upon A Time, but then I realized... spam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8huXkSaL7o
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on March 08, 2012, 09:46:46 AM
I could develop a sleeping pill habit. Last night I didn't fall asleep until 6 am!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Deloria on March 08, 2012, 12:58:49 PM
SWIM has a sleeping pill habit. :P The highs are really awesome. XD Jamie can attest to this. :P At one point in December as we were drifting off, he heard me run my hands over my arms and gasp: "OH MY GOD! THAT'S MY SKIN!" XD I had no recollection of this the next day. :D
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on April 03, 2012, 11:39:47 AM
Can I just say, about the end of this week's episode.... I THOUGHT so!

Graham was alive even though Regina had his heart. So, why wouldn't Catherine be? I KNEW IT!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Delling on May 09, 2012, 07:43:05 AM
Can I just say, about the end of this week's episode.... I THOUGHT so!

Graham was alive even though Regina had his heart. So, why wouldn't Catherine be? I KNEW IT!

See, I've been looking at the Wikipedia page to keep up with when the episodes come out, so I saw that there was going to be an episode entitled "The Return" ages ago. I've been saying that would happen for weeks. :yes:

I was slightly upset by this week's opening dream sequence tho' :-\ (but I guess that does mean the series can potentially go on for longer).
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: waltzdancing on May 11, 2012, 10:34:05 PM
It was picked up for Season 2
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: kyranthia on June 19, 2012, 06:32:04 PM
Yes, it was, though no premiere date is official yet.  I liked how they left the door open for some interesting ideas with magic now in Storybrooke.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on July 01, 2012, 11:05:25 AM
I'm concerned for Storybrook. Because, while on the upside, everyone is now aware of the curse which will no doubt help Emma....

Rumplestiltskin, Regina, and the Mad Hatter all kinda hate each other right now.
Rumplestiltskin, Regina, and the Mad Hatter all are gonna have magic back.

With the exception of the fairies (who do not have their fairy dust), none of the other characters really had magic of their own even in the fairy tale land.

So I suspect everyone is pretty much going to be caught in this war between the three of them (though, granted, the Mad Hatter's magic is pretty specific and only has to do with the hat) while trying to figure out why they're not back in the fairy tale land themselves.

I also predict that, with his memory of the fairy tale land back, Prince Charming is hopefully going to be less of a jerkface.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: jen on October 13, 2012, 03:49:42 PM
I have been watching it since the beginning and I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: waltzdancing on October 14, 2012, 12:08:14 PM
I love this show! I hope they save Prince Phillip as that is my favorite fairytale of all time.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: kyranthia on October 16, 2012, 09:17:23 AM
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I love this show! I hope they save Prince Phillip as that is my favorite fairytale of all time.

Me too.  Prince Philip is the best of the old school Disney princes.  His battle with Maleficent is just awesome. 

I think that amulet has to factor into the story again, otherwise, there really would be no point in having Aurora take it if Philip was killed off, never to be seen again, except in flashbacks.

Although, I guess it could be a plot point where his spirit is seen instead but...I really hope they don't go that route.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on October 16, 2012, 10:15:32 AM
Me as well. Both because I like Prince Philip, and I like the actor playing him (*fans self*).  :smitten:
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: waltzdancing on October 17, 2012, 05:20:28 PM
Me as well. Both because I like Prince Philip, and I like the actor playing him (*fans self*).  :smitten:

That goes double for me!  :sweetheart: :sweetheart:
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: jen on October 18, 2012, 12:48:51 AM
Me as well. Both because I like Prince Philip, and I like the actor playing him (*fans self*).  :smitten:

Does this mean you're also a fan of Pretty Little Liars, Katie? Or are you familiar with Julian Morris from somewhere else?
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on October 18, 2012, 06:27:31 AM
I first saw him in the movie Cry_Wolf, and also watched 24, he was briefly in the last season of that. And the show My Generation he was in a few years ago, which didn't last long. I sometimes watch PLL but didn't really get into it enough to be a regular viewer--kind of odd as it generally seems like a show I'd enjoy. I wanted it to be a good guilty pleasure view but it didn't quite end up being what I was looking for.

Vampire Diaries on the other hand ended up totally being that show. :)
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: jen on October 18, 2012, 11:04:57 AM
I love OUAT, PLL and Vampire Diaries.  my newest guilty pleasure is Chicago Fire, which has Jesse Spencer (Robert Chase from House MD) and Taylor Kinney (Mason Lockwood from The Vampire Diaries) in it.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on October 22, 2012, 11:51:01 AM
I love this show, but does anyone else feel like the writers are kind of like "What do we do with Regina?" now that things in Storybrook have changed?

I felt like.... last week's episode, they were focusing a lot on Henry's relationship with Charming and what they needed to focus on instead was Regina's relationship with Charming or Regina's trying to earn the trust of Henry. In fact, the most important scene from last week's episode -- I felt -- was when Regina told Charming about Henry taking her keys and the fact that she has a gigantic secret vault full of human hearts. Kind of a key event, don't you think? And it's the one scene we heard about instead of seeing.

Other than though, I'm still totally in love with this show.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Delling on October 22, 2012, 05:35:20 PM
I love this show, but does anyone else feel like the writers are kind of like "What do we do with Regina?" now that things in Storybrook have changed?

I would disagree: Regina is and has always been intended to be ultimately the lovable, relatable villain. We get filled in on her backstory, why she's done everything she's done, and a character arc gets thrown her way---and bam! Instant audience empathy. :P To that end, Regina is still being Regina and demonstrating that she still has more character growth to go through, etc., etc. (Though I haven't seen the latest episode, so I could be way off and they could have done something crazy that just completely turns her around in the meantime. :P C'est la vie.)
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: KatieHal on October 22, 2012, 06:09:16 PM
I can imagine that scene with Regina & Charming was written, filmed, etc, but got cut for sake of keeping the episode within its time limit.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on October 26, 2012, 11:23:52 PM
I can imagine that scene with Regina & Charming was written, filmed, etc, but got cut for sake of keeping the episode within its time limit.
I can imagine that too, but I think they cut the wrong scene. Of the entire sequence of events in that episode, the one that was the biggest game-changing moment for Storybrook was *that* scene when Regina went to Charming for help, and where she was absolutely honest with Charming for Henry's sake, and where Charming believed her. Of all the scenes to cut in that episode, I don't think that was the right one.

I can sort of see where you're coming from, Delling, but at the same time.... we just had an episode where she was in like, what, two scenes? Followed by an episode where she was in exactly none. It's not that she's not lovable or relatable, it's just that she's not doing anything.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: kyranthia on October 29, 2012, 11:07:08 AM
I really wish this episode was a bit longer since it seemed so rushed.  The story with Daniel felt a bit shoehorned though the back story with Rumple, Jefferson and Regina was very well done.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on November 13, 2012, 09:00:48 AM
I do think they had an awful lot of story for one episode.... but it certainly absolved my complaints about not knowing what to do with Regina. :P

(Posted on: October 30, 2012, 07:35:34 PM)


Did anyone else notice that they did it again last night? Had a scene where David and Regina worked together but never showed that scene to us?
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Delling on November 13, 2012, 09:07:06 AM
I do think they had an awful lot of story for one episode.... but it certainly absolved my complaints about not knowing what to do with Regina. :P

(Posted on: October 30, 2012, 07:35:34 PM)


Did anyone else notice that they did it again last night? Had a scene where David and Regina worked together but never showed that scene to us?

Haven't watched it yet, but they are obviously having an affair. :P

Actually other options include:
...the actors just don't like each other :P
...the writers really aren't sure how to write the two of them interacting given their history
...Regina is actually passing herself off as David through magic or mind-controlling him
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: crayauchtin on November 13, 2012, 10:37:37 PM
I'm sure it's the second one -- or perhaps more likely, the writers actually don't want to advance the relationship between David and Regina yet, but they need them to be cooperating for Henry so they're hoping to gloss over it by not showing it. After all, when we did see them together in the episode last week, they were still very much at odds.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: writerlove on January 13, 2013, 08:12:59 PM
I just started the show. I'm 7 or 8 episodes in. I'm not sure what I think of Regina. People say she gets more likable but I'm not sure I'll get there. She's done some horrible stuff.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: dark-daventry on January 13, 2013, 08:34:50 PM
First, let me say that you'll love Once Upon A Time; it really is that good of a show. I won't spoil anything about the later episodes or about Regina's backstory, but there is more to her than just cold-bloodedness. It gets so much better (and it's already fantastic in so many ways) and exciting, and the plot really thickens later on.
Title: Re: Once Upon A Time (Series) - anyone watch it?
Post by: Farquhar on February 22, 2013, 08:01:15 PM
Indeed, just as dark-daventry says, the plot thickens greatly.... Without spoilers, I gotta say this last episode brought plot threads together in such a great way, raising some new questions as to where things will go from there.

Just wish they'd stop with the two week between episode delays! LOL

Although it's forgivable this Sunday, 'cause of the Oscars.... :P