Once Upon a Time Review: A Snow White Worth Fighting For

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As a young girl, I loved Star Wars because of Princess Leia. At the time, most female characters weren't much more than damsels in distress and that never appealed to me. Even though Leia was held prisoner and needed to be rescued, she soon grabbed a blaster and started fighting right alongside the boys. I was hooked.

Which was probably why I was never a big fan of the Snow White story. She always seemed much too prim and proper to be any fun. I simply never related to the dainty girl Disney showed in the movie. That was, until Once Upon a Time retold her story. "Snow Falls" had me on the edge of my seat and enjoying the ride.

When Charming Met Snow...

As usual, I loved the way this show threw us into the heart of the fairy tale world. Charming's carriage was fit for a prince with white horses and plush seats. The first surprise was the nagging blonde in the seat across from him. I'd certainly never read about her.

Then were we introduced to Snow White... as a bandit. I didn't see that coming but it made sense. Once the Evil Queen banished her and she wandered the woods, she'd have to fend for herself. But the Snow White I read about was never nearly this spunky.

I loved that she and Charming, as she insisted on calling him, didn't quite get along but the romantic chemistry was definitely there from the beginning. Still, she's stealing from the Queen to survive and he's planning on a loveless marriage for the good of the kingdom. Not exactly the fairy tale I was expecting - and I couldn't be happier about that.

Who needs seven dwarfs when you've got angry trolls?!? This girl's got guts doing business with these guys. They were truly frightening. And instead of the Prince riding in on his white steed to save the damsel in distress, we had Snow White and Prince Charming swapping the rescuing moments between them. I've always preferred equal opportunity heroics.

When the story moved back to Storybrooke, we had Mary Margaret reading to coma patient John Doe per Henry's request. Emma thought she could prove to Henry that his fairy tale musings weren't real. Talk about best laid plans going awry.

I almost expected a happy ending here when they finally found John Doe in the woods. Would he and Mary Margaret finally have their reunion? Not so fast.

Regina swoops in with his wife, the nagging blonde from the carriage. Damn. She's not just a fiance in this realm, she's a wife. Well, that will put a definite crimp in the happy ending, but then again I suppose true love never did run smoothly.

Emma was automatically suspicious, which fit her character well. After years of being John Doe, Regina found his identity and his wife on the day he woke up. That's a heck of a coincidence.

And I loved the way the show continued to play on whether or not Regina knows about the curse. When she got the phone call from the doctor about John Doe waking up, I thought it proved she knew he was Prince Charming. But then they explained that away when she said she found the injured John Doe years ago and became his emergency contact. Too coincidental? Yes, but also plausible. And why would the doctor lie to Mary Margaret about what he saw on the monitors? So again, it's anyone's guess how much the illustrious Mayor knows about Storybrooke and it's residents' alter egos.

We didn't get a lot of Emma this week and as much as I like her, I didn't mind. Snow White, the character I had the least interest in two weeks ago, held her own and then some. Heck, I was so enthralled by her story that, for the first time ever, I can't wait to learn more.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Ms Orlando, I am totally with you on that point - we need spunky, feisty female characters - the old fairy stories just...dont cut it for us! *high fives*.
So let me tell you my ears perked up at this episode when Snow showed what she's made of. Jennifer Goodwin is working for me with her combo of cinammon hot chocolates and thiefy antics. Also Josh Dallas and her were convincing! And emma and henry are growing on me.. All in all, the show is pulling me in :)


@MARSHA Her name is Jennifer Morrison http://www.imdb.com/name/nm060... Is there anything significant about the Dr's name, "Whale"? The only fairy tale whales I can think of were in Pinocchio and... another book. @AYN and ALLISON About Snow White ruining the Queen's life: If I remember correctly the Queen mentioned in a prior episode that she had a person she loved taken from her (other than her father). Maybe it was a love interest that rejected her and she holds Snow White responsible. Not much of a theory, I know, but it's all I've got. Charming's wife? IMO she was just someone hired by the queen to play the role of Charming's wife. If Charming doesn't remember being married it can all be explained by claiming he suffers some kind of amnesia. I'm leaning toward the Sheriff being one of the Queen's Huntsmen. The Sheriff of Nottingham is a villain and our sheriff doesn't seem like a villain. I agree with our reviewer; I prefer a Snow White who is more than a damsel in distress.


I didn’t really care for the first two episodes (too soap opera and too much screen time with the two women at each other’s throats). This episode was going to be my last. However, I think I’ll follow it now. I thought this episode was genuinely sweet and engaging. I think the dialogue is a bit wooden and I often feel I’m watching a high school play due to its pace, spot on cues and set pieces. However, this one brought some adventure, some surprises and was a bit heartbreaking. It’s no Walking Dead. But I’m engaged and happy about it. Looking forward to following it…


If you've been watching they tell you "Only one knows" the writers aren't toying with us. they've already let the viewers know that the queen knows she cast a spell. like in last weeks episode when she was with Mr. Gold. and why would the queen make a curse and include herself in it? plus she named her "son" after her father Henry. I don't think you've been watching @C. Orlando.


I was so sure that Charming will woke up, remembering and saying something like "Snow White"! How disappointed I was! I mean not in the show, as it keeps the mysteries up but in myself. That why I never try to guess because I'm usually wrong xD Anyway, it would be great to have someone believing Henry but it's probably to soon. I also love Snow White's story as a bandit! She rocks!

Allison berry barbieri

Hmmm, I thought that the Sheriff was Robin Hood but, after reading the comments, maybe he IS the huntsman? Though, I am on the fence with this. Who is the doctor then (besides Uncle John from VD)? Isn't it possible HE'S the huntsman? And, dear reviewer, are you REALLY still questioning if or how much Regina remember of the curse? It's so obvious that both she AND Mr.Gold/Rumplestiltskin remember it all fully... Not only did Mr.Gold saying "please" last episode scare the crap out of Regina as she realized the deal they had made in the other realm, but Regina is so clearly freaked out by what Henry has sparked...right down to the lie about why she is Charming's emergency contact...it's because she is trying to keep him out of it! I am very curious as to what Snow did to the Queen to ruin her life. All in all, really starting to like this show and the direction it is taking!


It's one thing to modernize characters for today's audience, it's another to take a name and physical description and then go wild. Snow White is completely misleading and unbelievable as Snow White, her characterization as a spunky, cynically witty woman is not relatable as "Snow White", so she might as well be any old made-up princess. And the step-mother queen? PLEASE. The character development is again, completely off as they're missing the entire CRUX of her identity - her vanity. Hell the original fairy tale plot is ignited when she learns Snow White is prettier than her and while it doesn't need to be a driving motivation to world domination, it needs to at least be a resurfacing trait in the development of who she is. This series had such potential and it looks like it was blown on poor research, understanding, and writing.


please email me with the answer to this question please: i want to know the name of the actress that plays emma,(henry's mom)


Nope the Sherriff is not the Sherriff of Nottingham !! He's the huntsman from snow white!!!!! Think about it. He's one of the queen/mayor's soldiers! He does the queens bidding but guess what he has a conscience!!! The huntsman let snow white go! And the Sherriff shows good qualities!!!



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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

I guess if true love was easy, we'd all have it.

Mary Margaret

I'm a teacher, not a nun.

Mary Margaret