Once Upon A Time-Netflix. Five seasons. Five stars. Series One- some notes and dialogue on first few episodes along with Episodes: Twelve, Thirteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, Eighteen, Twenty One and Twenty Two. Plus brief notes and dialogue from the beginning of Series Two. With a one-off review of Series One at the end. Minor spoilers only. I am dedicating this write-up to the Belgians.

Once Upon A Time

Netflix Series Description:

“Understanding life is not a fairy tale was her reality.  Finding out it was all a lie changes everything.”

“In this fantasy series, a young woman is drawn to a small Maine town and discovers it is filled with elements of the fairy tale world.”


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Once Upon A Time


Netflix-Five series.

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First Few Episodes.

Some random notes and dialogue on first watching.

“The curse, it’s coming!”

The Queen says things like:

“Bring me my carriage!”

“I’m going to the forbidden castle!”

The Queen:

“Wolves indeed!”

So several episodes ago I seriously started getting into One Upon A time.

Here we have a rare instance of a woman kicking a door in!

Jamie McDorman is The Huntsman.

The Queen talks to her mirror.  Inside which appears to live Samuel Jackson.

The Queen has an interesting collection.

Queen to the Huntsman:

“Your life is in my hands forever!”

“Take him to my bedchamber!”…

Robert Carlyle is in Once Upon A Time.  He is brilliant and truly scarey.  As….

(Rumpelstilkskin)

Henry:

“Good cannot win over evil..”

“Because evil plays dirty and good never does.”

A (certain) King to his Knight:

“Careful, remember what happened to Frederik!”

“Magic always comes with a price..”


The evil queen:

“I’d/ I would have gone with gravy!”..

The queen checks on progress in her mirror.

Queen:

“She’s cavorting with Dwarfs now!”

Hurray.  It’s Agent Gardiner from the series Continuum.

That is some nice motorbike.

Snow White to Emma:

“Love is the worst, I wish there would be a magic love..”

Grumpy:

“She was a beautiful fairy..”

Genie to the King:

“Am I truly free?”

The King:

“You’re the Genie, you tell me!”


The Genie to the Evil Queen:

“I know all about feeling trapped!”

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Nb. Didn’t do any episode notes after the first few episodes until I reached Episode Twelve..


Episode Twelve

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

There are a lot of (blades zing) in the fairy tale part.

There are a lot of English actors in Once Upon A time. And Jamie McDorman has a lovely Irish Accent.  Robert Carlyle of course has a lovely Scottish accent.

Belle and Rumpelstiltskin.

Rumpelstiltskin:

“Let’s take you to your room”

“Sounds so much better than dungeon..”


Isabelle to Rumpelstiltskin:

“There was clothing, small..”

Rumpelstiltskin is still holding the chipped tea cup.

Belle to Rumpelstiltskin:

“Love is layered..”

Later.

Rumpelstilstikin:

“Love is like a delicate flower,..

“Once it’s gone it’s gone forever…”

“True love’s kiss will break my curse..”

You can’t help liking Rumpelstiltskin.

Belle to Rumlestilkstin:

“You’re going to regret it..”

“You will have an empty heart and all you will have is a chipped cup..”

This may well be my favourite episode of series one.

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Next episode-

Episode Thirteen.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

David is really brave and excellent on his horse.

Oh by the way you gotta love Frederik.

Kathryn to the queen:

“You know I’ve always had this fear of leaving Storybrooke”..

It’s Frederik!

Kathryn to David:

“Make haste..!”

Ha ha.  Love the Dwarf story and Leroy.

Leroy is the man.

Leroy to Astrid:

“I just know diamonds, dust and dwarfs..”

Dreamy:

“Yep.”

“Just dreamin..”

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Nb. Didn’t do notes for Episode Fourteen.

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Episode Fifteen.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Red and A.W. Booth.

Red:

“What are lemurs?”

A.W.Booth:

“They’re little animals..”

“Their eyes shine at night”.

Grammy to Red:

“And another thing, you dress like a drag queen on fleet week!”

Red:

“And you dress like Norman Bates..”

“When he dresses like his mother!”

Ha ha.

Red to Snow White:

“Folks call me Red”

Snow White:

“Sn..Frosty”.

Love Red.

Grammy/ Granny to Red:

Be sure to wear your hood”..

“You know red keeps off wolves..”

The Scene setting is just gorgeous in both story-lines.

Red and Snow White at the tracks.

Snow White:

So this is a stride..”

The wallpaper in the diner is pine trees.

OK the red riding hood episode may well be another of my favourite episodes.

Granny:

A silver tipped arrow will drop them”

“They’re approaching down wind so we have a chance..”

Brilliant stuff.

Red and Granny:

Red:

“I found someone in myself..”

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Episode Sixteen.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

So Once Upon A time just gets better and better.

Ha ha.  So the dwarfs do an intervention.

Jimminy Cricket to Snow White:

“Snow, your anger towards the Queen is understandable but it’s not fair to take it out on your friends.”

A.W.Booth to Henry:

“I don’t think you’re going to find the answers in the bottom of that mug”.

Regina to David:

“I believe that evil is made not born.”

“Sometimes evil doesn’t look like evil”

“It’s staring you in the face”.

(blade zings) a lot.

Prince charming to Rumpelstiltskin:

“Name your price”

Rumpelstiltskin:

“Your cloak”

Prince:

“Why?”

Rumpelstiltskin:

“It’s draughty in here!”..

Giggles.


Prince charming:

“Snow!””

“Snow!”…

Prince Charming to Snow:

“I would rather die than let your heart be filled up with darkness..”

James:

“Snow!”

Snow:

“James!”

Snow:

“I will always find you..”

Snow White to Grumpy:

“Let’s show that king what Snow White and seven dwarfs can really do!.”

Mr. Gold to Emma:

“Something tells me you’re more powerful than you know..”


Thing/Man:

“Who are you?”

Jefferson:

“I hate Wonderland!”

Jefferson to the queen:

“Stay away from the walls”

Regina:

“I’be a better idea, the walls can stay away from me!”

(whoosh)

A horrible hedge.

Loving Wonderland.

Jefferson:

“A hat without magic..”

“Is just a hat!”

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Nb. Didn’t do notes for Episode Seventeen

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Episode Eighteen-Series One.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.


Regina to snow White:

True love, is a certain kind of magic..”

Regina’s mother (the Queen) to Regina:

“Now clean yourself up, dry your tears, you’re going to be Queen!”

Snow to Emma:

“Who’s that?”

Emma:

“The writer, wrapped around a typewriter, a motorcycle and some stubble..”

Yep.


Gepetto:

“Pinocchio!”…

The Blue Fairy to Pinocchio:

“Remember Pinocchio, always be brave, truthful and unselfish..”

“Do that and you will always be a real boy..”

Love that copper and green telephone in the writer’s hotel room.

Snow White to Regina:

“I forgive you..”

Henry to Regina:

“Snow white will have her happy ending!”

An excellent performance from the actor who played Kagame in The series Continuum.  As Gepetto, I believe.

Regina to David:

“I forgot my phone, I went back..”

Gepetto:

“It’s beautiful!”

The Blue Fairy:

“This is the last enchanted tree in the whole forest..”

Me-I love Jimminy Cricket.

A.W.Booth and Emma on his gorgeous motorbike.

Emma:

“Where are you taking me?”

A.W.Booth:

“Somewhere..”

Jimminy Cricket to Pinocchio:

“There are many temptations in this new world..”

“Remember, as long as you’re always brave, truthful and unselfish, you will not fail!”

A.W.Booth to Emma:

“We’re going on a journey so that I can tell my story..”

A.W.Booth to Emma:

“If you won’t believe about the tree, then maybe believe this?”…

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Footnotes.

I reckon A.W.Booth made that motorbike.  That is a lovely motorbike.

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The actor who plays Gepetto does an excellent Italian accent.

(He plays Kagame in Continuum I think as mentioned)

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Nb. Didn’t do Episodes Nineteen or Twenty.

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Episode Twenty One.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

(blade zings)

Words you don’t hear very often in a drama:

“We’re a go!”

“Fairies attack!”

A.W.Booth to Henry:

“Look at this, the unvarnished truth.”!

Regina to Snow White:

“Did you know that apples import health and wisdom?”

Oh no.

Prince charming:

“Snow!”…

Think I’m gonna stop here.

Regina:

“I do hope you like apples…”

Nb.  Regina watchers her mirror like TV.

Henry to Emma:

“You’re just sad, this happens to heroes”.

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Episode Twenty Two.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Jamie McDorman as the Huntsman,  Yey.  (sigh).

Emma:

“It’s like, magic?”


Rumpelstiltskin to Prince Charming:

“This is the infinite forest”..


David to Rumpelstiltskin:

You knew true love?”

Rumpelstiltskin:

“It was a a brief flicker of light..”

“Amidst an ocean of darkness”,.

Mr. Gold to Emma:

“True love, the only thing strong enough to..”

(a really lot is happening)


A witch to prince Charming:

“Beast?”

“That’s so harsh..”

“I prefer maleficent”

It’s all going down now.  In fairy-tale land and now.  (modern times).

But you shouldn’t have put down the sword.

Get the sword.

So slowly as we progress through the series the story in the fairy tale land catches up with itself.

No it cannot be…

C’mon Henry.

Whooshing..

(then)

“David!”

“Snow!”

Snow:

“You found me?”

David:

“Did you ever doubt I would?”

Ah.

Rumpelstiltskin:

“This is a very special place”

“It’s waters are said to be able to return that which is lost”.

Emma:

“What is that?”

Henry:

“Something bad..”


Rumpelstiltskin:

“Because magic is power..”

And the clock clanks.

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End of Series one.

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Series Two.

Some excerpts from the first episode.

Song:

Everybody better watch out.

She gonna turn you out..

Look at the mess I’m in..

Look out for Charley’s girl..


Prologue.

And a dove brings a message.

Wonderful and hilarious all at once.

Me I particularly liked the palaces .  In fairy tale land.

Ooerr.

Oh yes.  The action in each of the story-lines is playing side by side.  They blend together perfectly.

Rumpelstlkstin:

“There are many things in this shop but this is the one thing I truly cherish!”.

(swords zing)

“May you always run free..”

“Beneath the moon’s pale light”.


Ruby to David:

“You saved me!”

David:

“You saved yourself!”.

Ruby to David:

“I’m gonna do something I haven’t done in a very long time..”

Blade zings and clanks.  ha ha.

Once Upon A time is an ABC Studios Production.  Like Wayward Pines.

Loving Milan and Aurora.

So can I believe it that there is a happy ending.

But wait, what is that on the horizon..

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Review of Series One of Once Upon A Time.

Well I watched, or more correctly: began to watch this series purely on the basis of a recommendation.

In fact I would say more like a rave review.  From someone who just loved this series: Once Upon A Time.

At first I felt that Once Upon A  time was just a bit too daft: even silly.  OK- I didn’t like Rumpelstiltskin.  He was truly scary.

I had to come back to the series.  I didn’t get into it at first.  But mainly because of him-Rumpelstiltskin.

Once I overcame my initial aversion of the far too evilly real to be fair-Rumpelstiltskin.  I was away. Away into Fairy tale land..

Telling myself objectively-that Robert Carlyle is an excellent actor.  He is doing an insanely good job with that part.  And so on.

OK I will probably never get over.  Rumpelstiltskin.  With that golden glowy, snake-like skin.

Now it was probably Rumpelstiltskin, as a character, who pulls you in.  Into the story of the fairy tale land.  Along with modern day Maine.  A small town: a group of quietly happy people.

Wait- make that mostly unhappy..  A group of quietly unhappy people.

The townspeople go about their daily lives.  They are unaware of who they really are.  And that there just might be: more than one world.

More than one land.  As they would say in fairy-tale land.

The land of the Infinite Forest, Lake Nostros, the Wishing Well.

Of angular spider-like metallic sheathed palaces: that house irascible evil queens.  And fairy-tale turreted palaces: abound.

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Some dialogue from end of Series Two.


Johanna to Snow White:

“Tonight, go into the forest..”

“Look for the clearest part in the sky..”

“Wish upon the blue star..”

“If your heart is true..”

“She will grant you your wish.”

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