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October 18, 2012  | by: LaToya Harris

(photo courtesy of Mashable) “Once Upon a Time”

We may pick up our remotes at any time and find a reality TV show that will make us laugh, cry, or shake our heads. With shows like “Basketball Wives,” “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” and “R&B Divas,” one is offered as a chance to escape “reality” and enter the household of a favorite television character. When the screams, cat fights, and shenanigans no longer satisfy our entertainment bone, we may enter into another world where  more fantastical elements thrive.  This October, the second season of ”Once Upon a Time“  which premiered on ABC.

“Once Upon a Time” takes you on a unique, elaborate, and magical journey to a place called Storybrooke where characters like Cinderella, Snow White, and Jiminey Cricket live regular lives as regular people.  The characters are unaware of their true “fairy tale” selves as a result of a curse by the Evil Queen. Although the curse is eventually broken by true love, Rumpelstiltskin unleashed magic into the characters’ “real world.”  Now, the characters are trying to get back to their original Fairy Tale Land.

The brave new adventures of “Once Upon a Time” are unpredictable  and “reality-free.”  I look forward to seeing my favorite fairytale characters work to solve a piece of the puzzle each week. One of the successful factors of the show is that a new fairy tale character is introduced almost every week.  When a new character is introduced, the viewer may have to perform a bit of detective work to identify them.  For example, when Pinocchio came to Storybrooke, he was wearing a pair of jeans and leather jacket. He rode into town on a motorcycle.  No one would have guessed his character. This is all a part of the magic of the show.

(Photo courtesy of”Once Upon a Time” Bloomingdales’ window

In September, Bloomingdales celebrated the return of “Once Upon a Time” by featuring a massive storefront window display of characters who were magically dressed up and frozen in their scenes.

I want to challenge you…The next time you are tired of the same type of shows, tune into “Once Upon a Time” and enter into the magical world of Storybrooke. You will be just in time to see this week’s episode, and you will be happy that you did.

Will you watch “Once Upon a Time”?


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