In honor of the Season Three premiere of Once Upon a Time, airing tomorrow at 8pm ET, I have compiled a list of eight reasons why we love it so much. Captain Hook is not the number one reason, but goodness me, he’s up there.
1. The story. Not only is the writing fresh and relatable, it looks at the stories we grew up with in a whole new way. Snow White and Prince Charming had a baby who is destined to save the storybook world. Captain Hook is not the totally evil schmuck who can’t leave Peter Pan be. And Rumplestiltskin moonlights as the Crocodile from Peter Pan and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Those are some interesting connections, but they work!
2. Rumplestiltskin. Hands down, one of the best characters of the show. He’s that villain you love to hate, but you also just sort of love. He’s complex and well-written. His backstory is fully fleshed out, so we know why he is the way he is. He is multi-dimensional and has his own set of morals and rules to play by. Basically, he’s badass.
3. The magic. I’m not talking Harry Potter magic (although if they find a way to work in that universe I’m in fan girl HEAVEN). This magic has a complete mind of its own where everything comes with a price. Want to save your mom? You’ll have to kill someone else. More importantly, the aspect of magic creates new dilemmas for characters and transforms a sleepy Maine town into something extraordinary.
4. Girl power. Yes, Emma can be a little one-sighted at times, but how often do we get swashbuckling females on tv? Although I wouldn’t mind seeing the girl in a dress once in a while. We ladyfolk can be fierce AND beautiful, you know.
5. Plot twists. Rumple is Henry’s granddaddy? Say what?!
6. Character names. If you pay close attention, almost all the characters’ real world names are clues to who their fairytale world personas are. Regina: queen. Miss Blanchard: Miss White. Mr. Gold: DUH the dude who can spin it!
7. Sexy men (and women). Captain Hook rocks my socks. There’s no denying it. I want to see his black heart gain some romance red. Not only is he man-pretty, he has an accent, too. PERFECTION. But he’s not the only one. Our former Storybrooke sheriff/huntsman was a hunky piece of male as well. And I keep holding out for him to come back to life somehow. He has to, right?! Charming, our good ol’ Indiana boy, isn’t someone to throw out of bed, although his goody two-shoes persona is KILLING me, homes! As for the ladies, I have a serious girl crush on Belle…but that’s because she’s played by Emilie de Ravin, who’s been on our radar since Lost. Basically, she’s the shit.
8. We get to relive our childhood. Belle, Cinderalla, ARIEL, the Genie from Aladdin. The list keeps growing!
What are your favorite reasons for watching this soon to be timeless classic? Better act soon before it disappears inside the vault!!! Too much Disney reference?