So, here’s the story:
Prince Charming (Josh Dallas, Thor) is engaged to some beezy princess from another realm, but falls in love with Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin; He’s Just Not That Into You, Something Borrowed), who is on the run from the evil queen and tries to ambush the prince’s carriage.
The Queen is now uber pissed, Snow White eats the apple, Charming saves her, yada yada.
The wedding day arrives, and everybody is happy and celebrating.
Okay so there’s the story we all know. Here’s how it changes. On their wedding day, the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla; Swingtown, Boomtown) curses them, saying that all of the Enchanted Forest would be taken to a place where time stands still and where there are no happy endings. In their bliss, they kind of ignore it until Snow gets pregnant and freaks out. She goes to see Rumplestiltskin, who is locked up in the castle dungeons. He says there is nothing they can do to prevent the curse, but that their unborn baby would show up when she was 28 years old to save the day.
Eek! So, when they have their baby, they hide her in a magical tree (of course), which transports her to the Real World, while the rest of the Enchanted Forest is covered with a spell that makes them all forget who they are and places them in the Real World: the town of Storybrook, Maine.
Fast forward twenty-eight years. Emma, (Jennifer Morrison, House M.D.) a bounty-hunter, is confronted by ten-year-old Henry (Jared Gilmore, Mad Men), who claims to be her son whom she gave up for adoption ten years ago. He shows her a book of fairytales, which he believes are all real, and tries to convince her that she is really Snow White’s daughter.
So, long story short, Emma tries to return Henry to his home, which is, of course, Storybrook. Upon arrival, Emma meets Henry’s adoptive mother, Regina, who is the mayor of the town and the Evil Queen herself. She, and Rumplestiltskin (who gave her the curse in the first place) are the only people besides Henry who know what’s going on.
And then we meet the rest of the characters: Jiminy Cricket is a pyschiatrist, Little Red Riding Hood is a slutty bar waitress, Rumplestiltskin is still a creep, Snow White is a teacher, and Prince Charming is in a coma. Of course.
Regina tries her best to get rid of Emma, pulling stunts like booting her car and throwing her into jail. Luckily, there is a hotty mcgee for a Sheriff.
And, she has a chainsaw. Awesome.
The problem is, Regina doesn’t want to admit that Emma really is Snow White’s daughter and that she is here to break the curse. Duh. Once she realizes who she really is, her effort to get rid of Emma increases…at the same rate that Emma begins to believe that the stories are true.
We’re only four episodes in, so if you haven’t started watching yet, you still have time. Last week we were introduced to Cinderella, who also makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin (you’d think they’d learn…). And soooo much more! Can you tell that I love this show?