5. “Once Upon A Time” is one of two shows on the fall schedule (the other is NBC-TV’s “Grimm”) that draws inspiration from classic fairy tales and, of course without credit, the Vertigo comic book series “Fables,” which imagined similar fates for princes, princesses, monsters and such.
4. “House” alumna Jennifer Morrison plays Emma Swan, a bail bonds agent with the secret power to know if somebody is lying and who is secretly the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Joshua Dallas).
3. The son she gave away a decade ago, Henry (Jared Gilmore), shows up at her door and lures her back to the small town of Storybrooke, where a bunch of storybook characters live unhappy lives in the real world.
2. Henry’s adoptive mother turns out to be the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), whose curse drove away all the happy endings.
1. Morrison is wooden when she plays a tough (though she softens in later scenes), the ensemble cast engages very little and the flashbacks to the enchanted forest look and fill silly but the first episode “Once Upon A Time” earns a second chance, but only that.