I’ve had this quote taped up to my computer for several years now — Gili Bar-Hillel:
You don’t like fairy stories. Have you read them?” Said Mr. Lynn. Polly was forced to shake her head. “Please read them,” said Mr. Lynn. “Only thin, weak thinkers despise fairy stories. Each one has a true, strange fact hidden in it, you know, which you can find if you look.”
Once Upon A Time is fun, quick-paced, uneven, and utterly, wonderfully bizarre. You have to be willing to accept from the get-go that some of our favorite storybook characters have come alive, transported by a curse to modern-day Storybrooke, Maine (yup), “a truly horrible place” in the words of Snow White’s Evil Queen, who sends them there. Charlie Jane’s review of the early pilot highlighted its highs and lows: it can be rollicking and clever, or else veering too Disney or over-the-top. Once is family-friendly to a point — there’s violence enough, both physical and psychological, which rightly fits to fairy tales, though in the pilot it’s mostly low-rent Ringwraith terrors.