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Prince Charming Saves Baby Emma From the Curse on 'Once Upon a Time' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 24th 2011 2:45AM
'Once Upon a Time' - 'Pilot'The Alphabet fired the first volley in the great 2011 war of the fairy tales with the premiere of 'Once Upon a Time' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC). The Peacock returns fire with 'Grimm' this Friday, though at first glance the two series look to be very different.

Framed much like a fairy tale itself, 'Time' sees the fairy tale characters trapped in Storybrook, Maine. There time stands still thanks to a curse from the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), who herself fell victim to the curse. That appears to be part of her plan, though. That said, it's unclear if the "human" Queen, who is the mayor of Storybrook, knows the truth or not.

At the crux of the story is Snow White's (Ginnifer Goodwin) baby with Prince Charming, Emma. Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) foresaw that this child, Emma, would be the savior of the fairy tale kingdom, or the Enchanged Forest. In a last-minute effort, Charming saved his daughter by putting her into a magical wardrobe that transported her to our world.

There she grew up to become Jennifer Morrison, who finds herself drawn to Storybrook by the son she gave up for adoption ten years earlier. We've been re-introduced to some of the characters in both flashbacks to the Enchanged Forest and our own world, like Jiminy Cricket, the Evil Queen, Snow and Charming, who's in a coma now, and even the delightfully wacky Rumplestiltskin.

It should be as much fun recognizing modern iterations of classic fairy tale characters as it might be seeing how Emma could possibly save this world she doesn't even believe in. 'Once Upon a Time' is certainly off to an intriguing start, and as Emma has given Storybrook another week to weave its magic spell on her, we should at least do the same.

Comic fans might recognize thematic similarities to Bill Willingham's long-running 'Fables' comic series from the DC Comics Vertigo imprint, but while 'Once Upon a Time' is treading on similar territory, it is definitely creating its own mythology. One could argue more similarities to ABC's late '80s series 'The Charmings,' but 'Once' certainly seems to have more legs than that one did.

Catch up with AOL TV's other 'Once Upon a Time' coverage! You can find Mo Ryan's review of the premiere here, catch her interview with the show's creators here, and join Laura Prudom on a set visit, with some cast interviews, here.

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Anh Dại Khờ

i like Comic fans might recognize thematic similarities to Bill Willingham's long-running 'Fables' comic series from the DC Comics Vertigo imprint, but while 'Once Upon a Time' is treading on similar territory, it is definitely creating its own mythology. One could argue more similarities to ABC's late '80s series 'The Charmings,' but 'Once' certainly seems to have more legs than that one did
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I liked it. I hope it stays this intriguing!

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