Once Upon a Time 2 Seasons 2011

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Season 1
(278) IMDb 8.3/10
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1. Pilot AGES_12_AND_OVER

Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself, a bail bondsperson who's been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry - the son she gave up years ago - finds her, all that changes. Henry, now 10, is in desperate need of Emma's help.

Ginnifer Goodwin,Jennifer Morrison
41 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Mark Mylod
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison
Supporting actors Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge
Season year 2011
Network Disney ABC
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By NicolaA on 31 May 2012
Format: DVD
The story is set in "real" world Storybrooke and fairytale land every episode contains flashbacks between both worlds the story's of the past and present.

The central story of Once upon a time focus's primarily on the main characters Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) Henry (Jared Gilmore) Prince "Charming" James (Josh Dallas) And Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) However expect almost every one of your favourite characters to appear at some point;
Geppetto, Pinocchio, Maleficent, Jiminy Cricket, Genie of the Lamp, Pongo, Red Riding hood, Hansel and Gretal and many, many more.

The story begins with Prince Charming finding Snow White in her glass coffin, He kisses her, she wakes up, now in the books, and movies this is as far as we get, but what happens next?, we are about to find out.... The Evil queen interrupts their wedding and says she will enact her revenge by casting a curse on everyone, she will take away everything and everyone they love, So that she is the only one who gets her happy ending. I will not go into further detail as I do not want to spoil it for anyone. The running theme is focused around this, however every episode is made fresh as we meet a new character in detail and see how their story is linked. I was personally waiting for the Red Riding Hood story and it was fabulous!.

The story is solid, the series well cast, but it's what you expect from the writers and creators who are none other than Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz the makers of the series Lost, For those of you who are Lost fan's there are some lovely little reference's to the show within Once upon a time, such as The Evil Queen's/Regina's Door number, Oceanic Airlines, MacCutcheon Whisky, and Apollo candy bars.

All in all a great show. it's 22 episodes long so good value for money and it's been renewed for season two where there have been hints of new realms....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 24 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first encountered this series on tv while flicking through the channels, and thought it was terrible. Over-acting, weak dialogue and implausible relationships.

Cut to four months later, and all my friends are raving about it. So, with a bit of time off from work I bite the bullet and decide to give the box-set a go, figuring I might have just been in a bad mood the first time I saw it.

But here's the thing...I wasn't actually wrong. There are sequences of over-acting, stylised dialogue and fairytale exuberance. There is a sickly emphasis on the importance of 'love's true kiss'; and the "real world" characters (notably our hero Emma Swan) display some thinly developed intentions and behaviour. HOWEVER I love it. I got totally addicted. When you have the luxury of not waiting for a week or more for the next episode, you can get caught up in the momentum of the story, enjoy how they've re-imagined the source tales and find out the answer to their (many) cliff-hangers without losing interest. The villains are particularly well done, and the writers have enough skill to keep you guessing.

A guilty pleasure - just add wine.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Miss Samantha A. French on 5 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
I love this show! my favourite by far, created & written by 'Lost' alum Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz this show is awesome! it definitely has 'Lost' esque nuances, one being a timeline that twists & turns through two timelines whilst never losing the thread & becoming confusing.

Extremely well written, you need to watch it to understand but the actors in the show have two sides let's say. Personally I think the characters in the show are the strongest aspect, the writing in general is brilliant, a show is nothing without a script after all however the casting is also so strong, none more so then the character of Rumpelstiltskin sublimely played by Robert Carlyle, both of his characters are compelling & so very watchable. The whole cast is strong & you will find at least one that you love in no time.

Filmed in beautiful Vancouver in stunning locations, being a keen rider myself you've no idea what I'd give to canter through that enchanted forest, the set design & costumes are magnificent, the whole show has such high production values as you would expect with a Disney production, with I imagine a fairly generous budget. It has wonderful & creative storytelling, romance, drama, action, intrigue, it's truly a very special show.

I saw an earlier comment that said it's not up to the standard of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones', I personally prefer this as the sex & violence of GOT doesn't appeal to me, that does not make this show second rate!
If you enjoy creative, wonderful storytelling, a struggle between good & evil, compelling characters & above all a love story then give this a try & become spellbound like the rest of us 'Oncers', cannot wait for the second season, bring it on!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2012
Format: DVD
ONCE UPON A TIME is ultimately about reality and fairytale meeting together. The basic synopsis of the series is that Storybrooke, where ONCE UPON A TIME is set, is in modern day America. The population of Storybrooke are all characters from fairytales that we all know and love - you have the evil Queen, Snow White, Prince Charming and so on. But, because of a curse by the evil Queen, none of the characters know that they either Snow White or Prince Charming. Apart from one little boy, who knows that the people in his favourite book are actually the population of his own town. And he is determined to make them all remember.

In order to translate this synopsis onto the screen, ONCE UPON A TIME shifts from the fairytale land where the characters are in their true form to modern day Storybrooke, where we are able to see the characters in modern America. These parallel worlds have some similarities between them - Snow White and Prince Charming are drawn to each other, whilst Rad Riding Hood lives with her Grandmother. But, when the focus turns to the fairytales, there are also stark differences. We are able to learn how the magic mirror came into being, and the tale of Red Riding Hood is very different to the traditional tale. But, it is this updating of the tales that makes the appeal of this series.

As the series has progresses, there is definitely a darkening essence to it. Whilst each individual episode focuses on one main fairytale character, there are recurring stories which are also developed slowly and returned to. The obvious one is that of Snow White and the evil Queen. Rumplestiltskin is also a character who is a running thread through most of the stories.

So, overall, I am enjoying it. Some episodes are better than others, naturally.
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