Once Upon a Time: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (23 Oct. 2011)

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Emma Swan's world is turned upside down on her 28th birthday when the son she gave up 10 years earlier knocks on her door. Holding a book of fairy tales he claims are real, he tells her ... See full summary »

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Emma Swan's world is turned upside down on her 28th birthday when the son she gave up 10 years earlier knocks on her door. Holding a book of fairy tales he claims are real, he tells her that she's not only in the book but that she is the only hope her people have of being freed from an evil curse. Written by Anonymous

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The key's holder of Emma Swan's room has a swan in it. See more »

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When Regina brings a basket of apples to Emma's room at Granny's bed and breakfast, she says they are Honeycrisps. They are clearly Red Delicious. See more »

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Doc: You're too late.
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Clichéd? Yes. A strong pilot? Also yes!
12 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After I watched half of the first season's episodes on this show, I decided to watch the first ten episodes starting with this one. Later, to my surprise, it really kept me really hooked to it. While it may not be a perfect episode as there are times where the dialog can be a bit clichéd, not to mention corny, and a bit childish for the most part, this is a really good start to an interesting first season. The storyline is really perfect with a very nice concept (a modern world crossed with a fairy tale world wasn't a bad idea after all), it has some nice back-stories for the characters that are so relatable. The acting is surprisingly good and the script is very smart. Emma Swan and Henry Mills have some solid chemistry together, the side characters are solid too, but the two characters Regina (AKA The Evil Queen) and Mr. Gold (AKA Rumplestiltskin) steal the show and showed off their talent really well. The scenery is fantastic; the special effects are terrific, the music score is beautiful and atmospheric and the costumes are radical. Overall, not nearly perfect, but a good start that kept me hooked. 8/10


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