4 Reasons to Watch: Once Upon A Time

Sunday, 15 April 2018
Looking for four reasons to watch ABC's Once Upon A Time on Netflix? Well then look no further...


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Once Upon A Time
Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitis
Lana Parilla, Robert Carlyle, Jennifer Morrison & Ginnifer Goodwin
2011 - present
American, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
PG
40 minutes
A young woman is drawn to a small Maine town and discover that it's filled with elements of the fairytale world.


THE 4 REASONS

IF YOU LOVE DISNEY AND FAIRYTALES
Big fan of classic Disney princesses and the likes? Then you're going to love this. The programme reimagines so many of our favourite fairytales in live action, with their classic settings but in such a way that breathes new (modern) life and themes into their worlds. From Snow White to Peter Pan, Rumpelstiltskin and even Merida from Brave, some of the most iconic characters in the fairytale world have their stories respectably reworked or developed further, in the most imaginative and sometimes even the darkest ways possible, for the enjoyment of adults and children alike.

THE CASTING
One of my biggest pet peeves in the world of dramatics arts is casting known names just because they are known names. This series begins with a couple of familiar faces including Jennifer Morrison (House, HIMYM), Ginnifer Goodwin (He's Just Not That Into You) and Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty), but from the get go, and as the series go on, they introduce countless new faces who are perfectly cast for their iconic fairytale roles. Personal favourites have to be Rumpel, Hook, The Evil Queen and Merida. Even better, the cast is incredibly diverse to accurately represent the characters from the wider parts of the world. If only Hollywood took a leaf out of their book when they revived Beauty and the Beast in 2017 because, let's be real, is there anything more satisfying than seeing iconic characters performed incredibly well? Nah mate.

IF YOU WANT ADVENTURE, MAGIC, HEROIC FIGHTS AND TROO LUUURVE
From sword fights to magic curses, quests and a multitude of motivations - not just in the name of romantic love but a true love that is inclusive for friends and family alike - OUAT has got it covered. Even better, the show actively represents modern inclusive attitudes to gender, race and sexuality, without making a big deal out of their normalisation of what, in 2018, should be seen as normal anyway. With the women not just being locked in towers crying for help, but often taking the fights into their own highly skilled, badass hands, diverse casting and even subtly shifting the intimate relationships between some of the characters, it's a whole new world (soz not soz) of modern fairytales.

THE MYSTERIOUS PLOTLINES 
If you love a good mystery that keeps you on your toes and steers you off in the wrong direction, only to realise the answers were there all the damn time, then yep, you'll love it. Seven series and the writers still get me until that very last moment when the penny finally drops.


Still on the fence? Check out the trailer for season 1 here:



Will you be watching OUAT?


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