The other day my friend and I were discussing the TV shows we are watching. After a long debate about
whether or not the new seasons of “American Horror Story” and “Hannibal” would be good, I squealed at the realization that “Once Upon a Time” was coming back for its third season. For those of you who are not familiar with the show, Once Upon a Time is a modern day fairy-tale, literally. The central characters are Snow and Prince from Snow White. The show intersects with other tales as well, like with that of Rumplestilskin, Alice and Wonderland, and all the Disney Princess stories.
The premise of the show starts with the main character Emma (the long lost daughter of Snow White and Price Charming) meets her eleven year old son Henry who just happened to be adopted by the evil queen. The evil queen had cast a spell on everyone in the Enchanted Forest, which displaced the entire community to a small Maine fishing town in the real world. In this town everyone has lost their memories, there is no magic, and those who have “true love,” i.e. Snow and Prince are separated. As the plot unfolds, everyone regains their memories, Emma and the evil queen fight over Henry, magic comes to the town, and true love guides partners back to one another. In the third season, Henry has been kidnapped to Neverland where he is hostage of Peter Pan – yes Pan is evil in this story.
As you have read my little summary, the show probably sounds like the dumbest thing ever. It is. “Once Upon a Time” is the sappiest, cheesiest, ill-written show, with the worst acting I have seen in a long time. So why do I keep coming back to it? Why is it that every Sunday night at 8 p.m. I am camped out on my sofa soaking up every cliché? The answer is True Love. Me and every other hopeless romantic have joined together to watch our favorite fairy-tales come to life and see “true love” prevail.
I think there is something comforting in the fact that there is a show so incredibly trite. It gives our generation a sense of hope. It seems that today we rush around our daily lives. There is too much going on, and to get ahead there is not much time for dating. Also, because the way we communicate is so tech centric, there is little opportunity to meet people outside your friend group. Thus we feel alone and a lot of the time we are alone. Watching something so silly and romantic is kind of refreshing.
Then for those of us who are in relationships in an age where over half of marriages end in divorce, it is gives us hope. If Snow and Prince can make it so can we.