Once upon a time, ABC provided viewers with excellent programming on Sunday nights. For the housewives looking for some alternate reality, there was Desperate Housewives. For the family going through some kind of arbitrary drama, there was Brothers & Sisters. And for those looking for some random comedy clips, they could tune into America’s Funniest Home Videos. Now, we can all look forward to Once Upon A Time.
The premise of the show is pretty simple: girl grows up in a foster home, finds out she’s actually the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, is told she must break a curse that’s trapping fairy tale characters in the real world. To be honest, it’s a pretty interesting show when you’re desperately seeking a distraction from that ten-page paper due at midnight.
The second season premiered September 30th, and to my dismay the show only seemed to get cheesier. You know how there are certain television shows that scream, “I should be a movie?” Well, this is one of those shows. While you might find yourself invested in the outcome of the storyline, there will always be this nagging sense that this alternate reality can’t last. There may not be a direct end game, but you can only write real-world story lines for fairytale characters for so long.
If you’re ever looking for some time consuming, slightly entertaining show, this is it. If you want to be challenged or kept guessing, look elsewhere.
- Tenaysia Fox