Monday, 3 June 2013

Once Upon A Time (the TV show, not the card game, or the general phrase)

Once Upon A Time is now a very strange show. Full marks for going much stranger in its second season, after smashing the already fairly strange initial setup of “pretty mundane soap interspersed with LOST-style flashbacks to a fairytale world” in favour of “urban fantasy which is somewhat soapy interspersed with fairytale adventures” and a massive upswing in Weird Level overall, while adding depth to heroes and villains not afraid to go full panto at times.

It owes an enormous debt to Fables, even more so now that the heroes know who they are, but its wonky reworkings have a lot of charm, badass archer Snow White and werewolf Red Riding Hood in particular.

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