Sensational Sundays on ABC

*Note: This entry may contain spoilers, so if you’re a OUAT/Revenge/666 Park Avenue fan and aren’t currently caught up, please do not read.

With the debut of ABC’s Fall television lineup, my derriere was glued to the couch cushions on Sunday night, after a long day of work. My original plan was to get ready for the busy week ahead, but that plan was completely wrecked the moment I remembered that the 2nd season of Once Upon a Time was about to air. As I sat through the (pretty cheesy) recap of the 1st season, I was overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation, wondering what was to become of the fairy tale characters in Storybrooke.

If you aren’t a follower of the show, it would be practically impossible for me to explain all that happened in Season 1, but I guess I could give it a try. The show goes back and forth between the fairy tale land, which is the home of such classic characters as Snow White and Cinderella–and of course, the Evil Queen and wicked witches. It all begins with Snow White and her Prince Charming. They fall in love, have their picture-perfect wedding and then live happily ever after. Or do they? The Evil Queen casts a spell that transports all of the fairy tale characters to the present day; to live as “normal” people in our non-magical world. In order to break the spell, the “Savior,” who just happens to be Snow and Charming’s daughter, Emma, must save them. Emma has grown up in our world and doesn’t believe in fairy tales or magic; to her, they are just stories in a book. That is, until the son that she gave up at birth finds her. Watching the first season unravel was enchanting, to say the least. And it left the viewers wanting nothing more than a happy ending. Luckily, in the last episode, Emma manages to use true love to break the spell. But a begrudging Rumpelstiltskin (a.k.a. Mr. Gold) introduces a new dilemma to the town.

Season 2, Episode 1: Although I was fascinated with each of the characters and their individual stories throughout the original season, I feel that 2nd season hasn’t exactly started off with a bang. The writers manage to fulfill their audience’s desire for the spell to be broken, only to yank away that feeling of relief as soon as Emma and Snow White disappear back into fairy tale land, during an attempt to save Evil Queen Regina’s soul/life. It will be interesting to see what happens to these two, especially since Emma has barely begun to swallow the “reality” of the fairy tales being more than just tales. When the show ended, a preview for the season played and alluded to a few more “non-traditional” characters coming into the picture. Not to be fussy, but couldn’t we just keep it confined to the classics? For instance, I don’t know that I was a fan of Mulan being featured in the season premiere. It’s great that the writers are including other people who we’re familiar with, (mostly because of Disney films) but is casting a wider net going to interfere with the organization of the storyline? Between Jimmeny Cricket, Little Red Riding Hood, the Seven Dwarves and The Mad Hatter…I honestly think that there are enough people to keep track of! Then again, this is merely my opinion, and who knows? Maybe it will all together quite nicely in the end.

So thus far, I give the new season of Once Upon a Time 7.5 out of 10 stars. I had higher expectations, but I’m hoping that things will improve as the show progresses.

As if my night couldn’t get any better…

Revenge made an appearance at OUAT’s end. I hadn’t watched this series from the start, but through word of mouth and some curiosity, I discovered just how convincing Emily Thorn could be. After an intensely dramatic season finale, Revenge’s viewers were definitely hungry for more; ready for answers, but of course, those answers will not be easy to come by. Watching Emily (who used to go by the name of Amanda) deviously plot and take down each of her enemies became an addiction. Her brilliant blend of patience and cunning helped her to successfully get close to the Graysons, the family who was responsible for her father’s death.

This show offers all the good stuff–romance, scandal, seduction and an unquenchable thirst for vengeance, all made prettier when set upon the backdrop of the highly affluent and powerful residents of the Hamptons.

Season 2, Episode 1: There are too many unanswered questions at this point, that we can only hope will be resolved in this next season of Revenge. What will Emily do about Jack? What has become of her mother? How far will Amanda’s lies take her?

Does Daniel still love Emily?

And what does the ever-resilient Victoria Grayson have hiding up her sleeve? I rate the first episode 9 out of 10 stars. This one is still as thrilling as it each jaw-dropping episode from S1, and to be completely honest, I might end up setting the DVR for Once Upon a Time, but I will not miss a moment of Revenge.

To top off my epic one-night-of-television review, I’ll add in a quick word and rating for the brand new 666 Park Avenue. Seeing previews throughout the past few weeks for this show certainly caught my attention, but I didn’t intend to actually watch it. But something about the spooky setting and seriously dark and mysterious characters convinced me to give it a shot. A young, good-looking couple applies for the property manager position at the prestigious Drake building on Park Ave. It’s the place to reside; an old building with beautiful architecture and a lot of history. The couple, Jane and Henry, meet a few of their neighbors–and they seem nice enough, but a few are a bit…odd. Strange things are happening and they take notice, but don’t bother to show too much concern because thanks to their new job, they are living the life.

Gavin and Olivia Doran are the penthouse suite tenants and also the proud owners of the Drake. At first, Gavin brushes Jane and Henry off, but gives them a second chance once he comes to find out about Jane’s knowledge and background in architecture. The Dorans invite their new property managers to accompany them to the symphony, and Olivia even gifts Jane a lavish red dress that she’d had her eye on in the store, to wear to the event. Little by little, their desires to have wealth and luxury are revealed to not only us, the audience, but also to Jane and Henry themselves.

Mysteries Episode 101

What would you give to have the one thing you desire most? 

This is the burning question that the Dorans, specifically Gavin, poses to all of the tenants of the Drake. He is determined to fulfill their utmost desires; of course, for a steep price. In the first episode, we witness a few characters who fall victim to the consequences of failing to satisfy Mr. Doran’s requests. What happens to these individuals? They seem to become consumed by the Drake itself. The building, and also its inhabitants are full of dark secrets. They are just waiting to be discovered.

And so, we must continue to watch and find out what will become of the young, completely broke new couple who has just taken up residence at the building. (If anything, I’ll stay tuned in just to see what happens to Robert Buckley! Ah, how I’ve missed him since Lipstick Jungle). It’s pretty hard to make a good judgement at this point, but I’ll give 666 7 out of 10 stars. It has potential.

*Note: all images in this entry are courtsey of abc.com

 

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