When you love books it’s probably a cliché to say that your favorite Disney character is Bella. How could she not be? She also loves books, she’s pretty, she is nice and can see beyond appearances. So I guess it comes as no surprise that my favorite character in Once Upon a Time is also Bella. Of course, this show is completely different from Disney movies and the characters are much deeper and complex. If there is one thing I love about Once Upon a Time is how they provide an explanation to every character’s behavior and personality. So the fact that Bella is appearing now more in the show can only make me happy.
This is not, however, the only thing that makes me think that we have a great second season ahead. Have you seen Hook? And I’m not saying that just because he is cute, although he is really cute. He is joining forces with Cora, supposedly more evil than the Evil Queen, which seems to put some interesting obstacles in the heroes’ way. And an alliance between Snow White, Mulan and Aurora is worth seeing. And, last but not least, Charming is finally being charming which is not something I could say about him last season with all the cheating and being, well, not charming.
If I find a flaw to this show it is actually Emma. For one thing, as much as I loved Jennifer Morrison in House, I don’t like her as Emma. I mean, could she please use more than two facial expressions? But I don’t care much for her character either and I can’t really explain why but I just feel like she doesn’t add much to the story, specially in this second season. However, since my favorite part of the show is seeing the fairy tale characters and finding out about their stories she doesn’t bother me too much.
All in all it seems that they have managed to keep the magic alive which, to be honest, I doubted they could. Now if they managed to include Jasmine somehow, my happiness would be complete because, although I do love Bella, Jasmine is actually my favorite princess.
This year is the 200 anniversary of the publication of Snow White by the brothers Grimm which is why they have produced two movies about this traditional fairy tale. I’m not a big fan of Snow White, probably because in the Disney movie she has short black hair and, as a child, I preferred princesses with long blonde hair (I know, I was a walking cliche) and, to this day, I just find her story quite boring. However, after watching Once Upon a Time – loosely based on this European tale, I’m starting to reconsider.
One of the things I enjoy most about the show is that they make Snow White look like a strong, independent woman and not a defenseless girl in need of a prince at all times. I mean, didn’t her parents at least teach her not to take anything from strangers? Anyway, in this show they rediscover her story and make it much more complex and interesting. They also introduce a lot of fairy tales and tell them from a more realistic point of view, which is probably why they usually lack a happy ending. My favorite so far has been Belle and I’m dying to know more about her.
Unfortunately for these characters they are all under a spell and are forced to live in the dreadful real world and they don’t remember anything except for one little boy. Henry knows exactly what is going on and goes to look for their only possible saviour, who also happens to be his birth mother. There are a lot of plots going on at the same time in this show and a lot of characters whose loyalties remain a mystery, sometimes we don’t even know their real identity. What I’m saying is, basically, mystery mixed with fantasy and fairy tales, does it get any better than that?
It is refreshing to have the Grimm tales and other traditional ones retold in a non-Disney kind of way. Not that I don’t love those movies, I grew up with them and they have very lovable characters, but I appreciate a more mature and intriguing version. A must for those of you who enjoy fantasy and I can only hope that it gets its well-deserved second season.