Once Upon a Time
Pilot

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Cindy McLennan: N/A | 7 USERS: A
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Fairy Tales Can Come True

Granny says, "I'm sorry that my heart attack interfered with your plans to sleep your way down the Eastern Seaboard." Why Granny, what a big mouth you have! The better to snark at you, my dear. Emma makes her presence known and requests a room. Granny can't believe anyone would actually want to stay there and gets in a tizzy as she offers Emma either a forest view or a square view. She'll even waive the upgrade fee for the square view.

When Granny asks her name, our girl says, "Emma. Emma Swan." Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle, aka Rumplestiltskin) walks up behind her, nodding and smiling. "Emma, what a lovely name." Emma thanks him and turns back to Granny, who has grabbed a big roll of cash, and is handing it to Mr. Gold. "It's--it's all here." Gold says, "Of course it is dear, thank you." He turns back to the new girl in town. "Enjoy your stay... Emma."

Once Gold is gone, Emma asks who he was. Ruby says, "Mr. Gold. He owns this place." Emma says, "The inn?" Granny: "No. The town." When Emma looks surprised, Granny kind of shakes it off and asks how long she'll be staying with them. Emma answers, "A week. Just a week." Granny says, "Great," and hands Emma a giant skeleton key on an elaborate key chain featuring a swan.

We cut back to Henry who is still watching the town clock. It moves from 8:15 to 8:16. Henry smiles and laughs to himself. We fade to black.

In my recaplet, I mentioned that I'm not generally big on pilot episodes. They have the thankless job of setting everything up, and sometimes that can be tedious. While I wasn't sure this pilot lived up to earlier rave reviews, I thought, upon first watch, that it was better than many the less favorable reviews led me to believe. I've watched it multiple times now. When I recap, I do a lot of playing, pausing and rewinding. This episode improved with each re-watch. That seldom happens for me, but I liked this better the more I saw it. The production values are great. The acting is tight. There are also a lot of little grace notes too (for example, loaded "Our World" character names like Regina, Blanchard, Mr. Gold, and more obviously -- Ruby and Hopper). The premise intrigues me the more I think about it. My friend Denise says she thinks it has the potential hit the sort of emotional notes that will really resonate with her. I'm inclined to agree, especially after watching at the level of detail I do when covering a show. I hope you all enjoyed it and this recap, too. I'm sorry I didn't give you much snark. It's hard to muster it up for a new show. Don't you worry, though. Familiarity breeds contempt, so I'm sure that will change over time.

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