Once Upon a Time Review: A Snow White Worth Fighting For

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As a young girl, I loved Star Wars because of Princess Leia. At the time, most female characters weren't much more than damsels in distress and that never appealed to me. Even though Leia was held prisoner and needed to be rescued, she soon grabbed a blaster and started fighting right alongside the boys. I was hooked.

Which was probably why I was never a big fan of the Snow White story. She always seemed much too prim and proper to be any fun. I simply never related to the dainty girl Disney showed in the movie. That was, until Once Upon a Time retold her story. "Snow Falls" had me on the edge of my seat and enjoying the ride.

When Charming Met Snow...

As usual, I loved the way this show threw us into the heart of the fairy tale world. Charming's carriage was fit for a prince with white horses and plush seats. The first surprise was the nagging blonde in the seat across from him. I'd certainly never read about her.

Then were we introduced to Snow White... as a bandit. I didn't see that coming but it made sense. Once the Evil Queen banished her and she wandered the woods, she'd have to fend for herself. But the Snow White I read about was never nearly this spunky.

I loved that she and Charming, as she insisted on calling him, didn't quite get along but the romantic chemistry was definitely there from the beginning. Still, she's stealing from the Queen to survive and he's planning on a loveless marriage for the good of the kingdom. Not exactly the fairy tale I was expecting - and I couldn't be happier about that.

Who needs seven dwarfs when you've got angry trolls?!? This girl's got guts doing business with these guys. They were truly frightening. And instead of the Prince riding in on his white steed to save the damsel in distress, we had Snow White and Prince Charming swapping the rescuing moments between them. I've always preferred equal opportunity heroics.

When the story moved back to Storybrooke, we had Mary Margaret reading to coma patient John Doe per Henry's request. Emma thought she could prove to Henry that his fairy tale musings weren't real. Talk about best laid plans going awry.

I almost expected a happy ending here when they finally found John Doe in the woods. Would he and Mary Margaret finally have their reunion? Not so fast.

Regina swoops in with his wife, the nagging blonde from the carriage. Damn. She's not just a fiance in this realm, she's a wife. Well, that will put a definite crimp in the happy ending, but then again I suppose true love never did run smoothly.

Emma was automatically suspicious, which fit her character well. After years of being John Doe, Regina found his identity and his wife on the day he woke up. That's a heck of a coincidence.

And I loved the way the show continued to play on whether or not Regina knows about the curse. When she got the phone call from the doctor about John Doe waking up, I thought it proved she knew he was Prince Charming. But then they explained that away when she said she found the injured John Doe years ago and became his emergency contact. Too coincidental? Yes, but also plausible. And why would the doctor lie to Mary Margaret about what he saw on the monitors? So again, it's anyone's guess how much the illustrious Mayor knows about Storybrooke and it's residents' alter egos.

We didn't get a lot of Emma this week and as much as I like her, I didn't mind. Snow White, the character I had the least interest in two weeks ago, held her own and then some. Heck, I was so enthralled by her story that, for the first time ever, I can't wait to learn more.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


My husband and I are both hooked, as well as my 13 year old daughter. I am so happy to have a show to share with her, that is clearly safe for her to watch and fun for her to figure out who are the right characters! @c4llum, My daughter thinks that the Sheriff is The Sheriff of Nottingham, from Robin Hood, and I think she is correct that Robin Hood is considered a fairy tale.


OMG, this was a good episode luv it. Great new show.


Loved this episode. The chemistry between Snow White and Prince Charming is great. Glad to know it got picked up for a full season. ;)


Really enjoying Once Upon a Time


Enjoying this show much more than l thought l would! l really like the richness of the effects and sets in the fairy tale world. LOVE Henry!


@Eva Keller
that's what you missed in the second ep, Emma already knows. and even in this ep, Henry kept saying that she is snow white because Jone Doe is Charming and that is why he wanted Mary to read to him. so Emma already knows


@Lara- While I respect your opinion, it doesn't seem from your post that you understand the story so far. It seems the plot and the inclusion of fairy tale lore is going right over your head. You are probably right that this is not the show for you.

Sabrina m messenger

I like this show a lot. Emma is awesome. The little boy is cute. His adoptive mother, the Mayor is about a witch and a half! I liked yesterday's episode when the Prince Charming who was in the coma grabbed the teacher's hand as she read to him.


I absolutely LOVE this show. I had to miss last Sundays episode due to a freak october snowstorm and power outages, but was not dissapointed with last nights episode even though I didn't see last weeks episode it moved along nicely and I did not find myself asking what did I miss last week. Can't wait to see how Emma reacts when she finds out that Mary Margaret is Snow White and her actual birth mother.


Well I have to admit I watched the 1st episode kind of as a "what the heck,might as well" and I am stunned by how intrigued I have become every week to have this "fairy tale" unfold for me. I am enjoying how they are merging the two worlds in a way that is a bit of a stretch of course yet still do entertaining.....am glad this is renewed already.....

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

I guess if true love was easy, we'd all have it.

Mary Margaret

I'm a teacher, not a nun.

Mary Margaret