(promo video in this post)
Remember the fairy tales you read when you were little? Well, the creators of Lost hope to lure you back to the lands of magic and good versus evil created by storytellers like the Brothers Grimm with the upcoming ABC series Once Upon A Time. This fall, the fantasy world of characters like Snow White (played by Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and the Evil Queen (Lana Parilla) will collide with the modern day world of "lost princess" Anna Swan (Jennifer Morrison) on your TV screens. Expect a modern fairy tale with a twist - and don't mind too much if you notice that your favorite childhood tales get meshed up as one. Rumplestiltskin - who actually has his own fairy tale of the same name - is one of the main characters.
If you like cliches, you may enjoy the show, or at least the newly released trailer, which is pumped full of familiar tunes: "Time is frozen here"; "Why doesn't everybody just leave? They can't; if they try, bad things happen"; "Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing". Oh and don't forget the dark warning that's meant to put fear in us all (delivered by Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltsin: "Everything we love will be ripped from us whilst we suffer for all eternity. No more happy endings."
Wow. Powerful writing...not. The script could do with some work but I have no quibbles with the production of the promo, which is of cinematographic quality. And just for the moody tone and Robert Carlyle, I would watch the pilot. In these tough economic times, escaping into a world of make belief could prove attractive. And in all fairy tales, good triumps over evil, no? Perhaps ABC's found an old-world trick to tide us through this lacklustre economic environment.
ONCE UPON A TIME Synopsis
Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost, Tron: Legacy) invite you to a
bold new vision of the world where fairytales and the modern day are
about to collide.
Anna Swan (Jennifer Morrison) knows how to take care of herself.
She's a 28-year old bail bonds collector who's been on her own ever
since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years
ago finds her, everything will change. Henry (Jared Gilmore) is 10
years old now and in desperate need of Anna's help. Henry believes
that Anna actually comes from an alternate world... and is Prince
Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow White's (Ginnifer Goodwin) missing
daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to
protect her from the Evil Queen's (Lana Parilla) curse, which trapped
the fairytale world forever, frozen in time. Of course Anna doesn't
believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she
finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England
town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she
soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It's a place
where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close... where
fairytale characters are alive, even though they don't remember who
they once were--including the Evil Queen who is now Henry's foster
mother. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but
for good to win, Anna will have to accept her destiny and fight like
Robert Carlyle - Rumplestiltskin
Josh Dallas - Prince Charming/John Doe
James Dornan - Sheriff Graham
Jared Gilmore - Henry
Ginnifer Goodwin - Snow White/Sister Mary Margret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison - Emma Swan
Lana Parilla - Evil Queen/Regina
Raphael Sbarge - Archie/Jiminy Cricket
Production Company - ABC Studios
Executive Producer - Edward Kitsis
Executive Producer - Adam Horowitz
Executive Producer - Steve Pearlman
Executive Producer/Director - Mark Mylod
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