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23 October 2011 @ 08:51 pm
Watched the sneak peek of 'Once Upon a Time'  
I had planned on watching Once Upon a Time because Jennifer Morrison was in it, and I've been a fan since her days on House. Then I started reading really good reviews about the Pilot, so I got really excited. The trailer that popped up for pre-Fall-season raised my hopes higher. Well, IMDB hosted an early look at the Pilot, and I finally got to it today. (Yeah, I beat the actual airing by a few hours, LOL!) Bottom-line, I actually loved it.

Overall, I found the premise intriguing (fairytale characters are cursed by Snow White's evil stepmother, sent from their magical world to modern times in Storybrooke, Maine where they have no recollection of who/what they are), and Jennifer Morrison -- as I expected -- was wonderful. I thought the writers did a great job in establishing the fairytale land, and modern day times. Random thoughts --

- I loved the weaving in and out of the fantasy flashbacks to the modern day happenings with Emma, Henry and the rest of the Storybrooke citizens.

- I was surprised, but I actually teared up when Snow White found Prince Charming all dead and she kept kissing him to try and bring him back to her as she had with his kiss at the beginning.

- And I did find myself sighing a little when Snow/Mary Margaret dropped the flowers off at John Doe's side in the hospital without any recognition that it was her Prince Charming.

- I really am not fond of the pixie haircut that Ginnifer Goodwin has going as Mary Margaret, but her official secondary character name is Sister Mary Margaret, so I wonder if she's supposed to be a nun. If so, then, yeah, it makes sense. At least, I have the glorious (wig, schmig, it looks real) luscious mane in the fairytale landscape.

- Jennifer Morrison gets some trash-talking, but I don't get it. It's not her fault that Zoey was annoying on How I Met Your Mother; that was the writing, not her. And so far in this, I'm loving her. She's made the character real and believable amidst the fairytale crazy. From her opening scene, through her birthday wish, to her scenes with Henry (both disbelieving, hopeful and then when she let loose with some of her anguish about her youth) to the final scene with the evil step/adoptive mother she had me feeling for her. I liked her Emma from beginning to end.

- Speaking of, I really loved how they had Emma ask the mayor if she loved Henry because of her "superpower" of truth-reading. At first, I was like 'why is she asking her that?' then was I was all 'duh' as she waited for her to answer. What I really loved is that they didn't hit us over the head with it, the door didn't close and then Emma murmured to herself 'she's lying,' or something like that. We just got the answer based off of Jennifer Morrison's expression, and then her choosing to stay in Storybrooke for the week.

- The kid playing Henry (Jared Gilmore) is doing a wonderful job. He's a cute kid without being annoying (so far).

- Not surprisingly, Robert Carlyle was a scene-stealer in his two scenes. Loved that his modern name is "Mr. Gold." Heh.

- I'm relieved that the lead villainess, Lana Parrilla, is much better in the overall show. I was worried because she really came across as over-the-top in the trailer, but that worked for the fairytale scene. And it only popped up just a bit in the threat to Emma in modern day times, and that was deliberate, obviously, since it was the same line she said to Snow in fairytale times.

- So, Irish Sheriff (Jamie Dornan) dude is Emma's love interest, yes/yes? He's cute, but I can't really tell how they'll play off of each other since a scene they did share was cut. (There are stills of the two standing outside in front of her car talking.) As always, though, hope springs eternal.

- I loved Snow's response when asked how bad the queen could get -- "She poisoned me with an apple because she thought I was prettier than her." Put that way, boy, it really does make the queen look cray-cray, huh, in a way I never even thought of in terms of the fairytale.

- Overall, I enjoyed the dialogue actually. It all worked for me. Well, almost all of it -- Snow's comment that "the glass coffin gave me pause" was a bit too modern sounding, but that's one small complaint.

- As all of the early reviews have said, Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow/Mary Margaret) was wonderful. Not really surprising if you've ever seen her in anything before (and I have).

- I do wonder how Mr. Gold/Rumpilstiltskin became owner of the town. Hmmm...

- Finally, I actually sat up and cheered with a big grin when the clock moved upon Emma staying in town, and I loved Henry's smile as he noticed it. Perfect ending to the episode.

- I do love how the producers said the show could carry on for some time with all of the "actual" backstories of the fairytale characters. And, I hope it does well -- and stays this good -- because I really, really did enjoy it.
she was a work in progress.: kaylee fryedreamer_98 on October 24th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Very cool, I'm looking forward to watching it.
Arabian: Rose_smilearabian on October 24th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Well, everyone else who responded here liked it too, so yay!
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on October 24th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Just watched it. It's intriguing, and I adore Ginnifer Goodwin. I just wish I shared your like of Jennifer Morrison. I just ... never liked her. She annoyed me on House, and I don't think I've ever seen her in anything else, and here she is just ... grating. I will watch, but I hope she grows on me, because it's hard to go on if the main character/actor is someone that rubs your the wrong way. Sigh.
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on October 24th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm sorry you don't like Jennifer Morrison. You may never not then, but maybe it was the writing of Cameron and her interpretation that bugged, and this is a residual dislike that a better (for you) character and writing will help. Hopefully.
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traciaknowstraciaknows on October 24th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed it too- but I'm afraid that they'll cancel it. ABC has a bad habit if canceling the fun stuff and keeping the cruddy stuff.
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)01arabian on October 24th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
It's gotten a lot of praise and buzz, so I think it will do well ratings-wise tonight, but we'll see how it is long-run-nish. Hopefully, it stays good and sticks around.
Kim: (Vampire Diaries) Stefan/Elenacifan70 on October 24th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
I watched it and really liked it. I look forward to more of it. And usually I don't like this type of show. Figures how times have changed.
Arabian: Damon & Elena15arabian on October 24th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Actually, I generally don't like these types either because they go too far in the fairytale aspect, or it just feels off. They really seemed to get the right balance here, I think.

Edited at 2011-10-24 01:57 am (UTC)
Beckbeck_liz on October 24th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed it, too. Of course, I've always had a thing for fairy tale-related stuff, but it was more than that. It had good acting (you are so right about Jennifer Morrison) and you can tell that they really put some thought into it. Very well done. I'm looking forward to next week.
Arabian: JenniferMorrison01arabian on October 24th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
Yay, someone else who liked Jennifer Morrison. I agree that it really was well constructed. I liked. Glad to see others felt the same way. :)
False gods are just as good, y'know.: pirateshionthekid on October 24th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
I hope it does well and sticks around for a bit, love having Jennifer Morrison on my screen once more. Since ABC did the The New Girl thing and had it streaming on IMDB before the premiere, I'm figuring they're going to take that into account and will be more aware of the online audience for the show, so it shouldn't just be TV ratings factored in when determining whether it stays or not. (At least, I really hope that's what their experiment was all about. It worked for The New Girl so they must believe in it somewhat.)
Arabian: Annie02arabian on October 24th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, the pre-air thing seemed to work out well for The New Girl, so hopefully that helps this one too. :)
Maeve: House: Cameronmarble_rose on October 24th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
I haven't had time to watch it yet, but I'm planning to get around to it soon. I adore Jennifer Morrison, and I want good things for her. I know I'm in the minority, but Cameron was my favorite on House. I used to ship Cameron/House like burning. I just think that Cameron brought out this side of House that no other character has been able to, and I found it all fascinating.

Anyway, it's good to hear that you enjoyed this so much.
Arabian: JenniferMorrison01arabian on October 24th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, i love her, loved Cameron, LOVED House/Cameron and completely agree that she brought out the best in him (and, oh, it was so lovely that Hugh Laurie clearly shipped Cameron with House, but basically had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the horror-fest that was House and Cuddy). I stopped watching it the year before Jennifer left, but would tune in now and then for her. The show/writers never appreciated her or how awesome Cameron was, I felt. *sigh*

I think you'll like OUAT. :)
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distant_linesdistant_lines on October 24th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
This pilot was so amazing. Between this and Revenge, I am obsessed with TV this fall. I'm in love with Snow White and Prince Charming. Seeing as I'm a huge HIMYM fan, I was nervous about Jennifer Morrison, cause I freaking loathed her on that show. However, I like her in this role. I don't even know how to really process my thoughts. I'm just excited about the show.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on October 24th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, I adore JMo and Zoey was annoying (even to me). It was just further proof to me how bad HIMYM has gotten. (I gave it one episode this season, but after two years of threatening to pull the plug, I finally did it ... and I don't miss it at all).

I hoe the show stays as good with the grounding of reality and flight of fantasy that was delivered so beautifully in this episode.
Gale: CC v.2.0 (newspaper)iphignia939 on October 24th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Yes! Thank you! The trailer was amazing, but this season's been sort of underwhelming on the whole--nope! That lasted about five minutes, right up until Emma just rolled her eyes all "OH MY GOD DON'T RUN YOU ASSHOLE" and caught the guy. I just--I love her. I'm sorry, I do. Jennifer Morrison irritated the hell out of me on House--or, rather, Cameron did--but here? Nope. Please stay forever.

Also, I maybe want Robert Carlyle to end up being a good guy, just to mess with people's expectations. UGH FEELINGS NOW I HAVE THEM.
Arabian: Elena01arabian on October 24th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
Well, that's good to hear that someone who was annoyed by Morrison as Cameron loves her in this role. Yay! I think for a lot of people the issue wasn't her, but the character.

Yes, I LOVED that opening scene with her, how she just kept walking, walking in her pretty dress and heels knowing the dude couldn't get away, and then banged him in the steering wheel and then delivered the "nothing" with just the perfect amount of feigned not caring and repressed pathos. Love her.

I would love it if Robert Carlyle turned out to not be totally evil because you know I was introduced to him through The Full Monty where he was sweet, wonderfully-hearted, down-to-earth stripper boy for a night.
ancholiaancholia on October 24th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
I just finished to watch it and I really love it. It's a smart way to use fairytales. I don't know if you watched Grimm, it's a show which use fairytales too, I watch a few sneak peek and they scared me. lol.
I'm easily scared but still, I don't know, I didn't like the whole atmostphere.

I really am not fond of the pixie haircut that Ginnifer Goodwin has going as Mary Margaret
She is so beautiful with long hair! Why does she keep it so short?

Not surprisingly, Robert Carlyle was a scene-stealer in his two scenes. Loved that his modern name is "Mr. Gold." Heh.
Absolutely, he is just great. I loved the second scene even more. The way he appears and you instantly feels he's dangerous. I'm certain he does know about the curse, he didn't forget like everyone else and I'm curious about what it'll do. Will he side with the evil queen? I'm not so sure.

Anyway, I didn't thought I would be this hooked by this show but I have.
irlandesakirlandesak on October 25th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
Is it wrong to ship Jennifer Morrison's character with Robert Carlyle's character? I haven't seen the show yet but they're my favorite two actors so logic would dictate....

I love Jennifer Morrison. Loved Cameron and haven't really watched much House since she left. Zoey was a horrible character so I'm glad she wasn't permanent on HIMYM but I blame that on the writing. They haven't been able to create a likable external love interest since early in the series. Even though I'm thrilled she has the lead role for this show, I selfishly wished she were available to House after the mass exodus.

But a new hit series is a good second option. I will definitely check it out for her. Plus, Giancarlo Esposito (brilliant in Breaking Bad) is going to have a recurring role.
Arabian: JenniferMorrison01arabian on October 25th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
I don't know, I don't think you'll be shipping them. And Irish Sheriff dude is REALLY hot. I think you might like this, I do. And I pretty much agree with you re: Zoey, HIMYM and wishing for some House/Cameron happy ending of sorts. Maybe she'll show up in the finale, hah!
sorrynosorryno on October 25th, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
I liked it more than I thought I would. Def. interested in continuing. I REALLY liked Jennifer M in it.
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on October 25th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
I had high hopes, so I was a bit worried that I'd be disappointed, so yay! Jennifer Morrison is great. :)
S.: house; so close yet so farartic_fox on October 25th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the pilot too. It was prettttty.
Arabian: Sheldon & Penny - Penny Chose Sheldonarabian on October 25th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
It was VERY pretty.

(Ooh, I didn't know you were a House/Cam fan!)
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faith5by5_1013: Doctor Who: Doctor/Rose: Foreverfaith5by5_1013 on October 28th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
I may be the only one, but I didn't love it. And it's the type of show that I normally would love. Maybe that just means I need to be in the mood for it or something (which has been why some of my favorite shows now bored me the first time I tried watching them).

Honestly, I found Jennifer Morrison kind of... wooden. In this. I loved her as Cameron on House (I even shipped House/Cameron and stopped watching around when she left), so I know she's a capable actress. So I'm just hoping that whatever was off about this will change.

I know some of the acting in the fairytale parts is supposed to be over-the-top, but I found some of it so far over-the-top that it was grating... Especially Robert Carlyle's acting (in both the fairytale parts and the real world parts). I kept wondering if I was missing something because it seems like no one can stop raving about how wonderful he is.

On the plus side, I did enjoy Ginnifer Goodwin. For me, she was easily the best part about the show. I found her completely charming.

And the sheriff has a lovely accent and is very good looking...

I'm giving it a chance and hoping I was just in a hyper-critical mood when I was watching the first episode. It's been known to happen.
Arabian: Dr Who (10) - Kissarabian on November 3rd, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
My sister and bro-in-law who are big into fantasy had a big problem with the fairytale scenes, so maybe that was it for you?

Aww, I'm sad that you didn't like JMo though. :( Hopefully, the next episode was better for you.
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