T.V. Series Review: Once Upon a Time Season 1

Once Upon a Time Season 1 Trailer

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Summary

The first season of the ABC television series Once Upon a Time premiered on October 23, 2011 and concluded on May 13, 2012.

The show is based on the theory that there is an alternate universe where every classic fairy tale character (new and old) exists—a world that has a loose connection to our world. On the night of her 28th birthday, bail bonds collector Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is reunited with Henry Mills (Jared S. Gilmore)—the son she gave up for adoption ten years previous—and takes her back to his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine. 

Henry has in his possession a large book of fairy tales and correctly suspects that Emma is the daughter of Snow White(Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), who sent her away so she would be protected from a powerful curse enacted by the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), a curse in which the queen is the only one with a happy ending.

It’s because of the curse that everyone in Storybrooke is frozen in time with no memories of their former selves—except for the Queen, who is Storybrooke’s mayor and Henry’s adoptive mother, Regina Mills. Emma refuses to believe a word of Henry’s “theory” and returns Henry home, but then decides to remain in the New England town after getting attached to Henry, which causes the hands of the clock tower to move for the first time in 28 years. Henry tells Emma that she is the only person who can leave Storybrooke, as others who try will suffer accidents.

Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

For bail bonds collector Emma Swan, life has been anything but a happy ending. But on the night of her twenty-eighth birthday, an encounter with a child claiming to be the son she gave up for adoption ten years earlier leads her to a town shrouded in mystery where fairytales are to be believed.

Season 1, Episode 2: The Thing You Love Most

Regina does everything in her power to force Emma out of Storybrooke and out of her and Henry’s lives forever while the events surrounding the completion of the Dark Curse are revealed along with a revelation that forces the Evil Queen to choose between exacting her revenge or protecting the thing she loves most.

Season 1, Episode 3: Snow Falls

Emma gets a bigger reaction than she expected after convincing Mary Margaret to read to a comatose John Doe while the events surrounding the fateful first encounter between Snow White and Prince Charming are revealed along with an enterprising quest that promises to forever change their lives.

Season 1, Episode 4: The Price of Gold

Emma tries to help a young woman after learning that her unborn child is caught in the center of a dangerous transaction while a series of events are revealed in which a servant girl turned princess struggles to break an impulsive deal she made after unearthing a sinister ulterior motive.

Season 1, Episode 5: That Still Small Voice

Emma settles into her new role as Deputy Sheriff only to find herself thrust to the front lines and Henry places his life in danger after his beliefs are shattered while a series of events are revealed in which a young man is presented with a choice that could help him become the person he wants to be, but at a price that promises to haunt him forever.

Season 1, Episode 6: The Shepherd

David struggles with his personal demons as he attempts to balance his strained marriage to Kathryn and his blossoming relationship with Mary Margaret while a series of events are revealed in which a meek shepherd receives a shattering revelation that forces him to choose between living a life of royalty or forging his own destiny.

Season 1, Episode 7: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Graham calls his well-being into question as the lines separating fantasy from reality suddenly start to blur while a series of events are revealed in which the Evil Queen recruits a heartless assassin to execute Snow White and sparks a chain of events that threaten to come with consequences for everyone involved.

Season 1, Episode 8: Desperate Souls

Emma makes the decision to run for a coveted Storybrooke public office following a devastating tragedy and Regina engages in dirty politics after Gold makes a bold move while a series of events are revealed in which a cowardly spinner embarks on a quest to help his son avert the horrors of a meaningless war.

Season 1, Episode 9: True North

Emma reaches into her scarred past as she helps two homeless children search for their biological father while a series of events are revealed in which two children are coerced into stealing a prized artifact from a witch who is more than she appears to be.

Season 1, Episode 10: 7:15 A.M

Mary Margaret grapples with her feelings for David and Emma grows increasingly suspicious of the Stranger while the events surrounding Prince Charming’s wedding are revealed along with Snow White’s struggle to ease her breaking heart and an offer that sets her on a path from which there is no coming back.

Season 1, Episode 11: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

Emma finds herself forced to work with Daily Mirror editor Sidney Glass after he offers to help her expose Regina’s corruption while a series of events are revealed in which a Genie is freed from the confines of a magic oil lamp and provokes an undeniable passion that threatens to destroy his chance of finding love.

Season 1, Episode 12: Skin Deep

Emma sets out to prevent Gold from seeking vigilante justice after one of his most prized possessions is stolen and Mary Margaret plans a Valentine’s Day-themed girls’ night out while a series of events are revealed in which a courageous noblewoman makes a fateful deal and forges a personal bond that blossoms into something more.

Season 1, Episode 13: What Happened to Frederick

David faces a difficult decision about his future; Regina sets a plan in motion to keep David and Mary Margaret apart; and Emma becomes more intrigued with the Stranger while the events surrounding Prince Charming’s search for Snow White are revealed along with a mission to help his ex-fiancée recover something precious that was lost to her.

Season 1, Episode 14: Dreamy

Mary Margaret works with resident drunk Leroy to organize the Miner’s Day Festival and Emma questions whom she can trust as she looks into Kathryn’s disappearance while Grumpy’s backstory is revealed along with a forbidden romance that forces him to choose between loyalty or love.

Season 1, Episode 15: Red-Handed

Emma struggles to help resident party girl Ruby discover what she’s good at in life and David exhibits behavior that forces him to question whether or not he hurt Kathryn while Red Riding Hood’s backstory is revealed along with a series of dangerous events involving her devoted sweetheart, her determined grandmother, and a ferocious wolf on a relentless killing spree.

Season 1, Episode 16: Heart of Darkness

Emma arrests Mary Margaret for Kathryn’s suspected murder after the investigation turns into something infinitely more sinister; David questions everything and everyone he thought he could trust; and Gold convinces Mary Margaret to accept his legal services while the events surrounding Prince Charming’s search for Snow White continue to be revealed along with his quest to prevent her from assassinating the Evil Queen.

Season 1, Episode 17: Hat Trick

Emma and Mary Margaret struggle to stay alive when a cartographer with an affinity for hats and a sinister ulterior motive abducts them while a series of events are revealed in which a man of magic is coerced into stealing a prized artifact from the villainous Queen of Hearts.

Season 1, Episode 18: The Stable Boy

Emma searches for evidence that will prove Mary Margaret’s innocence and Regina initiates the final stage of her vendetta while the events surrounding the fateful first meeting between Snow White and the Evil Queen are revealed along with a devastating betrayal that promises to forever define their relationship.

Season 1, Episode 19: The Return

Gold sets out to learn more about August after unearthing a connection to his past; Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn’s disappearance; and David tries to reconcile with Mary Margaret while a series of events are revealed in which Rumplestiltskin agrees to help Baelfire find a way to safely give up his powers.

Season 1, Episode 20: The Stranger

August makes it his mission to help Emma break the curse while a series of events are revealed in which Geppetto agrees to help devise a plan that will protect Snow White and Prince Charming’s unborn daughter from the Evil Queen’s Dark Curse on the condition that his son be spared as well.

Season 1, Episode 21: An Apple Red as Blood

Henry takes drastic measures to prevent Emma from leaving Storybrooke and Regina devises a last-minute scheme while a series of events are revealed in which Snow White spearheads a quest to save her true love and defeat the Evil Queen in one fell swoop.

Season 1, Episode 22: A Land Without Magic

Emma and Regina forge an alliance in an attempt to save Henry’s life; Mary Margaret and David face a difficult decision about their future; and Gold makes a bold move while the events surrounding Prince Charming’s search for Snow White reach a dramatic conclusion.

Once Upon a Time Season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you love fiction, fairytales or Disney, Once Upon a Time is a must watch series. Once Upon a time takes a modern spin on the classic fairytales and puts them all in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine. It is a Disney T.V series meant for adults but it is okay for 6 and older to watch. Some points may go over their heads but nothing in appropriate happens that you should be concerned on. Think of it like a 7 season version of Into the Woods, without all the singing.

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