Once Upon a Time

Series 1 - 1. Pilot

Pilot
Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

This picturesque fantasy is the kind of high-concept endeavour you’d expect from two writers of Lost. It begins in a magical realm populated by fairy-tale folk, a kind of live-action version of Shrek’s Far Far Away. But we switch to real-world Boston, and meet Emma, a sassy bail-bond agent and Henry, a boy who turns up at her flat claiming she’s his real mother.

Do the two worlds mesh? Not yet, but the neat closing scenes suggest it could be an enjoyable ride. A slight edge means it’s not for the very young, but there are dragons, fairies and a cheerfully unrestrained Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin.

About this programme

1/22. American drama combining action fantasy with dark contemporary mystery, cutting between life in a modern-day US town and a fairy-tale realm. Emma Swan gets the surprise of her life on her birthday when the son she gave up for adoption 10 years previously arrives on her doorstep, asking for help. As she drives him back, he tells her the most amazing story - all the inhabitants of his home town of Storybrooke are fairy-tale characters under a curse and the only person who can save them is Emma - the long-lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parrilla star.

Cast and crew

Cast

Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard
Ginnifer Goodwin
Emma Swan
Jennifer Morrison
Evil Queen/Regina Mills
Lana Parrilla
Prince Charming/David Nolan
Josh Dallas
Henry Mills
Jared Gilmore
Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper
Raphael Sbarge
Sheriff Graham
Jamie Dornan
Rumpelstiltskin/Mr Gold
Robert Carlyle
Geppetto/Marco
Tony Amendola
Grumpy/Leroy
Lee Arenberg
Ryan
Warren Christie
Granny
Beverley Elliott
Red Riding Hood/Ruby
Meghan Ory
Blue Fairy
Keegan Connor Tracy
The Black Knight
James Bamford
Happy
Mike Coleman
Pinocchio
Jakob Davies
Sleepy
Faustino Di Bauda
Doc
David-Paul Grove
Dopey
Jeffrey Kaiser
Sneezy
Gabe Khouth
Bashful
Mig Macario
Bishop
Tom Pickett
Jailer
Peter Bryant
Cabbie
Keith Dallas
Woman on bus
Darla Fay
Categories
Drama

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