Monday, December 5, 2011

Fairytale Angst: Prince Charming on Once Upon A Time

I tend to gravitate toward shows with serial killers, meth addicts, and murderous ghosts. Shows where love is doomed, people die, and happily ever afters aren't forthcoming. But this television season, I have been charmed by Once Upon A Time, the hour long drama on ABC about fairytale characters trapped in the modern world with no memory of their true lives.

While the show lacks any dying teenagers or physically abusive parents, I have been charmed by the character of Prince Charming. His angst isn't dark or twisted, but it's there. (Plus, I sort of think Josh Dallas has a killer smile...)

Josh Dallas as Prince Charming and David Nolan on ABC fairytale story on Once Upon A Time
His issues of angst are limited to troubles in love and having to leave his mother forever. And while he seemed most broken up over the whole leaving-his-mom thing, it's his relationship with Ginnifer Goodwin's characters that I find really compelling.

Josh Dallas as Prince Charming and David Nolan on ABC fairytale story on Once Upon A Time
Josh Dallas on Once Upon A Time You know what they say about guys with long swords... Prince Charming OUAT
What I love about the Snow White/Prince Charming and David/Mary Margaret relationships is that they play with the original fairytale and flip the gender types on their heads. On this show, Snow White is feisty and fearless. She's an adventure girl rather than a poor princess in distress.

Josh Dallas as Prince Charming and Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White ABC fairytale story on Once Upon A Time
In the real-world timeline, while Mary Margaret is just a small step above a full-out nun, they continued the role-reversal fun by having David be the one who is asleep, in need of rescuing.

Josh Dallas as David Nolan and Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary Margaret on ABC fairytale story on Once Upon A Time
And then when he's finally woken up, it is thanks to a "kiss" (it was CPR) from Mary Margaret. She's the one with the active power of life-saving. Not so much him.

Josh Dallas as David Nolan on Once Upon A Time
Josh Dallas as David Nolan and Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary Margaret on ABC fairytale story on Once Upon A Time
The show is fun. It's light, it's whimsical, and there's a sense of adventure that I haven't come across since Firefly. While I don't expect to see Prince Charming cutting himself any time soon, I'm going to keep watching. Because I can't help but hope these crazy kids make it work. And considering that happy endings are sort of tied up in the show's overarching through line, I'm expecting to eventually get my wish.

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