It’s a good time to be a fan of fairy tales. In the past couple of weeks, two new shows have begun that deal with fairy tales in the real world: Once Upon A Time on ABC and Grimm on NBC.
Once Upon A Time
The ABC show follows all your standard fairy tale characters in our world. The catch? They don’t know they’re fairy tale characters. They all live in Storybrooke, Maine after a curse from the Evil Queen transported them here. None of them realize who they are and time has stopped in their idyllic small town. Redemption may come from Emma Swan and her biological son Henry, who was adopted by Storybrooke’s mayor. Seeing as how this show was created by the same people who did Lost, mysteries and twists will surely be a regular part of the series. More info and pictures can be found on the official website.
Initially, I wasn’t too interested in Grimm. I’m not a fan of cop shows because they tend to be too episodic with no real plot connection from week to week. Based on the premiere, Grimm looks like it might be different. It’s still a cop show, but the crimes are going to be committed by fairy tale characters. The first episode dealt with Blutbaden and mysterious disappearances of girls in red hooded sweatshirts. Set (and filmed) in the Portland, Oregon area, the show makes use of dark and overgrown forests to really add just the right mood. The website has a lot of interesting background stuff and, of course, the full pilot episode.
In terms of the way the shows look, Grimm‘s got more going for it. Or maybe I’m just a sucker for creepy forests. But I’ll be interested to see how both shows develop throughout the season and hopefully they will be able to keep my attention.