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Once Upon a Time: Snow Falls

“Aren’t you a real Prince Charming?”

If this series is doing something wrong, I think I’m oblivious to it. Though this episode was devoid of the amazing plot development of the previous episode, it made up for it with some lovely back story. I really love how well the series is tackling all of the fairytales it has dealt with so far, and Once Upon a Time has already positioned itself as one of my favourite shows out there.

So far, the series has tackled all of the fairytales with remarkable flair and intelligence. While it changes the story and alters the characters to make it more feasible as a modern TV series, it never feels like it’s ruining any of the stories that we know so well. Snow White is a young rebel, and the type of girl you’d find it hard not to root for, and ‘Prince Charming’ is just that; charming, if a little devoid of an interesting personality. This episode also felt like the first time it felt like Snow was a great character in her own right, and added some much needed depth to her. I really loved all of the fairytale scenes again this week. Though they lacked the fireworks of the first two episodes, the love story held it all together nicely, and the addition of the troll bridge was pretty cool.

Over in the real world, Emma is still holding that hero flag high. The rivalry between her and Regina is one of my favourite parts of the show so far, and the not so subtle digs they make at each other are fun to watch. Again, the fairytale story blended seamlessly with the real world one, with John Doe waking up and returning back to the bridge where he and Snow first met and all the interesting parallels with 'True Loves Kiss' being what woke him up in the end. Throwing in his fiancĂ©e was another stroke of genius on the writers’ part, and I’m excited to see the bond between Snow and himself reaffirm over the course of the season. Their relationship being the defining one of the series, I’m glad it’s been established so strongly.

I’m still waiting for a major hiccup, but so far it’s been almost perfect. Although, I hope that people start to cop on to what’s going on around them, especially given the amount of blatant clues being thrown in their faces. Their narrow-mindedness could prove to be frustrating after a while; another solid episode.

Plus

There’s such easiness to Emma and Mary Margaret’s friendship. It has to work, for obvious reasons, but they just fit together so comfortably.

He Said, She Said

Snow: “Is this the only way you can catch a woman, by entrapping her?”
Charming: “It’s the only way to catch thieving scum.”
Snow: “Aren’t you a real Prince Charming?”
Charming: “I have a name, you know.”
Snow: “Don’t care, Charming suits you.”

Regina: “Since I clearly can’t keep you away from my son, I guess I’m going to have to keep my son away from you.”

Mary Margaret: “If I got through to him, if we made a connection–"
Emma: “You don’t believe–"
Mary Margaret: “That he’s prince Charming? Of course not. Somehow, some way, I touched him.”

Snow: “You saved me.”
Charming: “Seemed like the honourable thing to do.”

Charming: “If you need anything...”
Snow: “You’ll find me.”
Charming: “Always.”
Snow: “I almost believe that.”

3.5 out of 4 evil trolls.

Previously posted at PandaTV.

2 comments:

  1. A good episode. The whole Snow/Charming romance wasn't my favourite aspect of the show, but they do a good job with it here IMO. One of the things I love about the show is that although it does have some dark bits, they didn't make it all 'darker and edgier' like so many fairy tale adaptions do. Some might call it cheesy, but I'd call it a refreshing change.

    Another good thing is how later episodes have nice callbacks and tie ins to this one, like Charming's ring and Princess Abigail. Kinda reminded me a bit of Lost when it does that.

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  2. It's funny, Panda, but I spent most of the first season feeling the same way -- waiting for it to stop working for me. It didn't. I'm not much for fairy tales, but I love the way this show approaches the material.

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