Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Emma Swan is taken to a strange town by her son Henry, who she gave up for adoption years ago, and tells her of a curse cast by the Evil Queen.

Director:

Mark Mylod

Writers:

Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Evil Queen / Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... Prince Charming / David Nolan
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper / Jiminy Cricket (voice)
Jamie Dornan ... Sheriff Graham Humbert
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Tony Amendola ... Geppetto / Marco
Lee Arenberg ... Grumpy / Leroy
Peter Bryant ... Jailer
Warren Christie ... Ryan
Beverley Elliott ... Granny / Granny Lucas
Meghan Ory ... Red Riding Hood / Ruby Lucas
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Blue Fairy
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Storyline

Emma Swan's world is turned upside down when the son she gave up 10 years ago knocks on her door. Holding a book of fairy tales he claims are real, he tells her that she is not only in the book but that she is the only hope of freeing a town called Storybrooke from an evil curse. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

When Emma Swan wakes up in a jail cell after crashing her car, the camera only shows her eye opening as she wakes. This plays homage to the technique commonly used in 'Lost'. See more »

Goofs

While the evil Queen is at Prince Charming and Snow White's wedding, the guests can be seen altering between averting their gaze from the evil Queen to looking at the evil Queen between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doc: You're too late.
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Crazy Credits

The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »

Connections

References Lost (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Howlin' For You
Performed by The Black Keys
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User Reviews

 
Clichéd? Yes. A strong pilot? Also yes!

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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