Episode: 1.01 “Pilot”

Episode: 1.01 “Pilot”


  • The casting. Cast are superb in their roles from the stunning Snow White to the deliciously evil Queen. And I’m happy to say that, while most kids of his age tend to annoy me in TV shows, I’m actually quite fond of Henry! (Kudos to Jared Gilmore for not making him obnoxious but kind of lovable instead!)
  • The cinematography is beautiful. Particularly that first scene with Prince Charming racing to find Snow White in time. So glad they’re filming this in Canada! :)
  • A kick-ass Snow White! I LOVE the fact that, on her own wedding day, she draws Prince Charming’s sword on the Evil Queen. ♥


  • Some of the special effects were a bit bleh but it’s a TV show on a TV show budget, not a blockbuster movie. I’m willing to overlook that as this is really the only fault I could find!

The episode:

  • The reveal of Snow White in the glass coffin – WOW. Ginnifer Goodwin is stunning. Immediately sold on her as Snow White.
  • Something I missed the first and second time watching: it’s snowing when Prince Charming finally finds Snow White in her glass coffin.
  • I’ll also just mention here that Josh Dallas is ridiculously good looking. I mean, RIDICULOUSLY. GOOD. LOOKING.
  • Cool effect of Prince Charming ‘breaking the spell’ when he kisses Snow White and she wakes up.
  • Robert Carlyle is A-MA-ZING as Rumplestiltskin. Campy and over-the-top but in a sort of loony madman way. Totally sells it.
  • Rumplestiltskin says “The infant is our only hope.” Interesting choice of words, when talking about the unborn baby (Emma). Specifically ‘OUR only hope’. His next comment is “Get the child to safety.” It may be my imagination, but does he say that with a bit of a desperate edge?
  • I’d forgotten about the wolf that Emma swerves to avoid hitting (on her way out of Storybrooke). Is it the same wolf seen in later episode 1.07 “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”? Immediate thought is ‘no’ as the eyes look to be the same colour as each other.
  • Ooh, looky! It’s a LOST smoke/black cloud monster but bigger!
  • And in keeping with the LOST theme, how about an extreme close up on Emma’s eye opening as she wakes up?
  • Loved the jail scene with Leroy (aka Grumpy) whistling “Whistle While You Work” (from the original Disney version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)!
  • Emma seems pretty resistant in acknowledging the similarities between herself and Henry. She also has trouble saying the word ‘mother’ in regards to her relationship with Henry. She practically chokes on the word in Mary Margaret’s classroom.
  • LOL @ the ‘real world’ being “someplace horrible. Absolutely horrible.” It’s not THAT bad is it?
  • Emma’s ‘super power’ is being able to tell when someone is lying. Great scene right before the end where she asks Regina if she loves Henry. Regina’s reply is “of course I love him” but I get the impression Emma’s liar-liar-pants-on-fire spidey sense was tingling.
  • Nice scene with Regina grabbing Henry’s storybook then standing in front of the mirror.
  • OH NOES! Josh Dallas is an unconscious dude in the hospital! Wake up, Josh!
  • At the end of 1.01, it’s still mostly unclear whether Regina (aka the Evil Queen) is aware of the curse and ‘real story’ behind Storybrooke however it is implied that she has this knowledge.
  • It is also implied that Mr Gold (aka Rumplestiltskin) is aware of the ‘real story’, considering his reaction upon learning Emma’s name in their first meeting.
Things we learn:
  • Emma was left on the side of a highway as a baby.
  • Henry was adopted by Regina when he was 3 weeks old.
  • Henry’s biological father – unknown, Emma doesn’t reveal who he is – doesn’t know Henry exists.
  • Marco and his wife were never able to have children – Pinocchio doesn’t appear to ‘exist’ in Storybrooke.
  • Emma was adopted until she was 3 years old, then her family sent her back into the foster system (I agree with Emma – that is seriously sucky).
  • Granny had a heart attack, so Ruby came to live with her to help her out.
  • Mr Gold owns “the town”, according to Granny.
Rating: 8.5 / 10

Thoughts? Feel free to use the comments to discuss.

About Sez

A 30-something Aussie with a big love for various TV shows - Once Upon A Time is the latest in a very long list! Diehard Snow/Charming fan. <3

3 Responses to “Episode: 1.01 “Pilot”

  1. I agree whith pretty much everything you wrote. It hardly ever happens that I like a show right from its first episode on, but this is one of the very few exceptions.
    I'm not very fond of kids and they often annoy me, in real life as well as series/films, but I'm fine with Henry. I was surprised to hear that many people can't stand him and actually contemplate to stop watching the show because of him.

    I wish the hiatus was already over. *sigh*

  2. Are you serious?! How could they not love Henry! He's just so adorable and intelligent and… not annoyingly whiny!

    I'm with you – I SO wish the hiatus was over. I know the show is back around the first week of January but it seems like such a long wait! :-

  3. “He's just so adorable and intelligent and… not annoyingly whiny!”
    This! But many claim he's exactly that – whiny. All I see is a sad boy who senses that everything around him is just… wrong. And with that mother – who wouldn't be frustrated?

    The hiatus is particularly annoying because OUAT started later than most shows. There were only 7 episodes so far, and I'm so greedy for more. Perhaps I'll start a rewatch myself.

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