-To say the new show Once Upon a Time has ME written all over it, would be an understatement. I love make believe, I love magic, I love fairy tales, I love Ginnifer Goodwin and I love Lost. So, it's safe to say that I am destined to fall in love with this show.
Spoilers ahead! So, if you haven't yet seen the first episode of this freshman series go watch it and come back and then proceed with the rest of the blog!
On Snow White's (Ginnifer Goodwin) wedding day, the Evil Queen (Lana Parilla) interrupts as the ceremony is concluding and promises that an evil curse is coming. This curse not only freezes them in time, but puts them in our reality where they live as regular people and have no idea that they are actual fairy tale characters. There is a little more of a twist to it than that, but I will let you figure that out on your own.
I really love this concept. Each character basically has a new, modern day persona but stays true to their fairy tale selves at the same time. It was fun figuring out who each character was in the present time and it was fun to see them flash back to how they had been before the curse. In a TV show like this, there is so much room for creativity and that is a fantastic thing. The look of the city, StoneyBrook (where they all live) is quaint and homey. The look of the forest and the castles in the flashbacks are elegant and so pretty. I love the costumes and the book that they refer back to (Once Upon a Time) is very reminiscent of the big book that Bastien carries around with him in The Neverending Story.
So yeah, I liked it. But do you know what the icing on the cake was for me? The fact that this show is brought to us by Lost alums Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. That alone was reason enough for me to watch and the fact that there were no less than 5 Lost references made my fangirl heart smile happily. Even if they don't continue to do that with the rest of the episodes, I'll be ok with it because at least they had me reminiscing and squealing with delight for one night and it showed that they still care about all those Lost fans out there who miss the show. And THAT, I love.
-As most of you know, Season 2 of The Walking Dead premiered last week. I thought the 90 minute opener was a little slow but I was happy to see Rick Grimes again. For anyone out there who says this show is just about disgusting zombies, it's not. In fact, there were only a few scenes in the last episode that had zombies in them. It's more about the emotional toll an event like this can cause and how it affects the relationships with the people around you. Sure, the zombies are super gross but I will say this: no other show has made me cry this season like The walking Dead has and we are only 2 episodes in.
-Over the weekend, I watched Pearl Jam Twenty. It's a documentary by Cameron Crowe that celebrates the band's 20th anniversary. Before they got all political and whatnot, I used to really love this band. I had a huge crush on Eddie Vedder and was always mesmerized by his voice. Ten was the first CD I remember REALLY loving and would listen to it from beginning to end, over and over again. I've talked about the release of Vs. on here before and how excited Dennis and I were for it (SO excited!) and when Vitalogy was released, I remember staying up late the night before and taping the entire cd off the radio because some station (I can't remember which) was playing it in its entirety before it went on sale. After that album, I was disappointed with the rest of the stuff they put out. Every once in awhile a single would grab me and I would like it, but I was never able to listen to the CD's all the way through like I did with those first 3. Anyway, the documentary instantly had me hooked. They showed it on PBS and it was 2 hours of them telling stories from Mother Love Bone, all the way to present day. There are interviews with Chris Cornell, as well as some old footage of Kurt Cobain talking about how nice of a guy Eddie is. They discuss their dissatisfaction with all the trials and tribulations that come along with being famous and they talk about their relationships and the respect they have for one another. The "big" Ticketmaster battle is touched on as well as Kurt Cobain's death. It was interesting and entertaining and I really enjoyed it. It also made me immediately want to start listening to their music again. Which, I did. And I enjoyed. A lot. There is also a coffee table book that is for sale to go along with the documentary and the 20th anniversary CD. If you are or ever were a Pearl Jam fan, you won't be disappointed.
-Just an FYI for my fellow Chuck/Nerd Herd fans, the 5th and final season premieres THIS Friday (the 28th) on NBC at 8pm. So excited to have this show back!
-I know it's still a little early to talk about Christmas, but the She & Him Christmas Cd (<---- click on that) is out today!! Yay!
-Joss Whedon + Shakespeare? Yes, please. Check this out -------> Much Ado About Nothing