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ONCE UPON A TIME : the reboot
by drew and menelaos

season 1, episode 1 : The Land Without Magic

present : On the eve of her birthday, bail bonds agent Emma Swan takes a man into custody and then returns to her apartment to celebrate in solitude. A knock at the door reveals a surprise visit from a boy named Henry, who reveals he is the son she gave up adoption nine years ago. Henry presents Emma with a birthday gift: a necklace with a silver origami swan pendant. The next day, Emma takes Henry back home to Storybrooke, Maine and she crosses paths with Henry’s school teacher, Mary Margaret Blanchard, a mousy young woman who gives him books to read, and Emma learns that he has been desperately trying to locate his birth mother. Although resistant at first to developing a relationship with Henry, when Emma is faced with a threat from Henry’s adoptive mother, Regina Mills, the town’s mayor, she knows for a fact that she has come to Storybrooke for a reason. When Emma makes the decision to stay in town, Henry watches in delight as the town’s broken clock tower moves its minute hand for the first time in decades.

past :  In the Land of Ever, Snow White and Prince Charming rule as the High Queen and King over the eight kingdoms. A little over a year after Charming awakens Snow White with a kiss of true love and their happily ever after begins, they receive word that Snow White’s stepmother, the incarcerated former Queen, has begun exacting a plan of revenge: a Dark Curse that will collapse the Land of Ever, wipe the memories of its inhabitants, freeze time, and banish them all to a Land Without Magic. The pregnant Snow White and her husband pay a visit to the imprisoned Rumpelstiltskin, who reminds them that their child belongs to him through a deal they have made, and offers up a chilling prophecy regarding the baby’s true destiny: she will be their Savior from the coming Curse. The king and queen hold council with the Blue Fairy, Red Riding Hood, and other familiar fairy tale characters regarding the protection of Snow White and her coming baby, and the Blue Fairy and Geppetto devise a plan to protect one person from the Curse by creating an arc from an enchanted tree, with the intention of protecting Snow White and, by proxy, the child within her belly. But when the baby is born early, the royal couple is left with no choice but to seal the infant princess in the arc by herself and hope that one day, she will return to save them. They are just in time – for no sooner have they locked baby Emma away than Regina’s Curse sweeps through the realm, collapsing and consuming the Land of Ever and reforming it as the town of Storybrooke, Maine…

‘once upon a time’ stars : Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen/Regina Mills, Emily Rose as Emma Swan, Jaimie Alexander as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard, Henry Cavill as Prince Charming, Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket, Richard Madden as Sheriff Graham Buchanan, Naveen Andrews as the Magic Mirror, CJ Adams as Henry Mills, and Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin

guest stars include : Cate Blanchett as the Blue Fairy, Tony Amendola as Geppetto, Jakob Davies as Pinocchio, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood, and Beverly Elliott as Widow Agatha Lucas

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