Hold the phones, I'm free of the front desk today. Mind blown. I know.
I'm stuck in a new binge watch on Netflix. The TV show Once Upon A Time. What a good concept executed fabulously. Here's the premise:
The series takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are actually characters from various fairy tales and other stories that were transported to the "real world" town and robbed of their original memories by the Evil Queen Regina, using a powerful curse obtained from Rumplestiltskin. The residents of Storybrooke, where Regina is mayor, have lived an unchanging existence for 28 years, unaware of their own lack of aging. The town's only hope lies with a bail bonds-woman and bounty hunter named Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who was transported from the Enchanted Forest to our world as an infant before she could be cursed. As such, she is the only person who can break the curse and restore the characters' lost memories. She is aided by her son, Henry, with whom she has recently reunited after giving him up for adoption upon his birth, and his Once Upon a Time book of fairy tales that holds the key to breaking the curse. Henry is also the adopted son of Regina, providing a source of both conflict and common interest between the two women.
Episodes usually have one segment that details the characters' past lives that, when serialized, adds a piece to the puzzle about the characters and their connection to the events that preceded the curse and its consequences. The other, set in the present day, follows a similar pattern with a different outcome but also offers similar insights.
I had scoffed at it when it started but it is cleverly done. And I really really enjoyed the Snow/Charming storyline ("Is this always going to be our life? Taking turns finding each other?"). I finished Season One last night. I have three more to watch. Send refreshments.
It was only ONE season over a partly-rainy weekend!! And yes, Doctor Who, I binge watched you, too, earlier this year (only the Tenth Doctor). But I'll probably be adding this as another show-to-be-watched this Fall. Dammit.
And don't worry, Deeks, you're still my top guy.
PK the Bookeemonster