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Once Upon a Time…There was a Town Called Storybrooke

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Come with me to Storybrooke, a New England town that is much more than it seems. For it is here that Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison, House, Star Trek) may well meet her true destiny as an epic battle for the future of all worlds is about to begin on the new ABC series Once Upon a Time, premiering Sunday, October 23.Jennifer Morrison-Photo Courtesy ABC

The new fantasy-mystery series was created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, long-time writing partners, probably best known for their work on Lost and Tron Legacy. The hour-long drama fuses fantasy with mystery—fairy tale with thriller.

Set in the New England town of Storybrooke, the story centers on Emma Swann, a 28-year old bail bonds collector and her son 10-year old son Henry. Having given up Henry as an infant, Emma is shocked when one day he turns up on her doorstep urgently seeking her help.  You see, Henry believes that Emma is really the missing daughter Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin, Big Love) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas)—and that his hometown is inhabited by fairy tale characters come to life in modern New England.

Emma wants nothing to do with Henry’s fantastic tale, and not especially interested in what he has to say, Emma returns Henry to Storybrooke. Despite her best efforts, Emma finds herself drawn to Henry and strangely attracted to the outwardly sleepy little town. It is, in fact, a small town with a big secret, and I do mean a big secret. Welcome to Storybrooke.

There’s only one hitch. None of the characters, from the Snow White’s Evil Queen (also known as Regina, mayor of the town) to Jiminy Cricket (also known as Archie, Henry’s tutor), actually know they’re fairy tale personages. They are completely modern characters, clueless of their origins.

So, join me as we unveil the magic of the town and its cast of characters, familiar fairytale characters now living alive and well in Storybrooke (well maybe not so well, since they can’t actually remember they’re fairytale characters in modern New England!). Keep checking back all through the month of October as Blogcritics previews this new series from the creators of Lost.

Images courtesy ABC Medianet.

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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse is now out from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."
  • Sally

    I’m so excited for this show, can’t wait to finally see the pilot! I like Jennifer Morrison very much and still miss her as Cameron on House, so of course, I’ll tune in.

  • Jordan Richardson

    My wife digs the fairy tales like there’s no tomorrow, so I’ll be tuning in for this one. Looks okay.

  • sara

    Thank Barbara! I’m a huge fan of Jennifer Morrison so I’m so happy for her! She have a great career! 🙂

  • Casper

    Jennifer Morrison? No thanks. I had enough of her and boring portrayal of zooy in HIMYM last season

  • TobyB

    can’t wait to watch it! amazing cast 🙂

  • Kat

    @Casper i think Zoey was a great character but i agree with you, Jennifer didn´t deliver. I´m not saying she is bad. She was ok in House. But she is not made for comedies IMO.

  • Tammy

    I love Robert Carlyle and Jennifer Morrison.I miss her on House. So excited !!!

  • Sandy

    Jennifer Morrison has an unparalleled ability to make her characters incredibly annoying. It worked on House, because Cameron was supposed to be self-righteous and sententious, but failed everywhere else. She doesn’t add anything to her characters to round them up, just brings out specific traits outlined by writing, which makes them one-dimensional and irritating. Wrong casting decision that will prove to be costly. IMHO, of course.

  • MH465

    @sandy: I saw the pilot and Jennifer Morrison is perfect for the role! All the cast is great

  • Cindy

    @Sandy First, all dramas would be boring if the characters were perfect.Especially on House, in my opinion all characters have traits who annoy me from time to time.
    Cameron had her strengths and weaknesses, i liked that she stood her ground and tried to defend her points, allthough she was not allways right. It is not a reason to call her self righteous. If she were the other way around ppl would call her inconsistent and weak. It is allways in the eye of the beholder, i guess. I think Jennifer brought a lot of natural warmth and sympathy to her damaged & troubled character what made Cameron special. I realized first last season that i miss her and her moral compass (who some ppl find annoying) very much on houses team.

    About Zoey: The writers of the show tried very hard to make Zoey unlikable and unfunny. I don`t wanna say that jen is a great comedy actress but she could only loose with the written material she got. I`m not sure if a well-received comedy actress could have managed it.Just saying!!

    I have one request. It is well known for several month that Jen was casted for Once. I don`t understand why some ppl (mostly the same ppl) still jump on every internet-page and feel the need to spread their Jen-hate. Get over it!!
    I´ve only heard good things about the show, her character and Jen`s portrayal. I`m looking forward to it and Barbara thanks for the review.