Once Upon A Time – Season1 – Episode #3 – Snow Falls – Recap

Promotional Picture of Snow White from “ABC’S Once Upon A Time”

Original Air Date: 11/06/2011

So as a quick recap for first timers, so far Emma has been brought to Storybrooke, Maine by her son Henry who had been adopted by the town’s Mayor, Regina Mills. Storybrooke is not your ordinary town; Henry believes that all the people of Storybrooke are actually fairytale characters who’ve been placed there after an evil curse had been cast by the Evil Queen of the Snow White story. He also believes that the evil Queen is his adoptive mother, Mayor Regina Mills. He brought Emma there because she is the only one who can save them all and break the curse; he believes this because Emma is supposedly the child of Snow White and Prince Charming. Emma’s arrival in Storybrooke has caused issues specifically with Regina, who would like her to leave immediately. Regina feels threatened because of Henry’s love for his mother but also perhaps because the return of the “chosen one” may mean an end to the curse she worked so hard at casting. However, Emma chose to stay for the sake of Henry and the two women square off, Regina using manipulation to scare her off and  Emma stepping up to the challenge. The fairy tale citizens are unaware of their true identities, however, throughout the show we learn of their stories. On the previous episode we learn of the sacrifice the Evil Queen had to endure in order to cast her wicked spell. The price of her vengeance was the heart of the one person she loved the most, her father; and now for this week’s recap.

This particular episode starts in Fairytale land where the royal carriage is racing through the enchanted forest accompanied by an armed escort. Inside the carriage is Prince Charming enjoying the view, when he asks  his riding companion about the view, we see that the woman accompanying him is not Snow White, but a blonde woman who we have yet to identify. The carriage approaches a fallen tree blocking the road and the carriage comes to a stop. Charming in princely fashion gets out of the carriage to assess the situation. While he’s figuring out the tree was merely a distraction, an unknown thief steals his satchel from the carriage and escapes. Prince Charming immediately goes after the bandit. Knocking the thief off of their horse, Charming dismounts and prepares to pummel the robber. However, he holds back, discovering that the bandit is actually a woman. This woman appears to be Snow White.
(Yes, very weird and very random).  This Snow White has yet to meet and fall for Charming and clearly as there is a blonde woman in the carriage, he has not yet fallen for her either. Prince Charming is stunned to see that the outlaw is a woman, Charming hesitates. Snow White takes advantage of this and seizing a rock knocks him off of her and she escapes. Prince Charming, yells after her, “You can’t hide from me; wherever you are I will find you.” Snow White smugly looks behind her and rides away.

Back in Storybrooke, Mary Margaret is out with Dr. Whale, (Random Doctor at the hospital) at the diner. While she continues to talk about the typical date stuff, he is ignoring her while drooling over Ruby, (Red Riding Hood). Mary Margaret notices this, clears the tab and leaves. She sees Emma in her car and is elated to see that she decided not to leave town after all. Mary Margaret then offers to let Emma stay in the spare room at her place. Emma politely declines stating that she is not the roommate type.

The next day in class, Mary Margaret is on a field trip with her class. Mary Margaret volunteers at the hospital and she is taking the children to see the sick patients. Henry sees patient JOHN DOE, who is still in a coma and the real world’s version of Prince Charming. Henry asks if she knows him, unfortunately she does not and she quickly leads him out of the room.

 

Later, Henry tells Emma that he the John Doe in the hospital is actually Fairytale lands Prince Charming, thus concluding that he is her father. He suggests that they tell Mary Margaret about Prince Charming, and then hatches a plan that if Mary Margaret reads to him, perhaps he will awaken and remember who he is. Emma concedes to his plan but only under the condition that they do things her way. Emma goes to tell Mary Margaret the plan, she is hesitant at first but Emma tells her to just play along with Henry to prove to him that none of it is real. She agrees because she wants to get him to understand the truth without hurting him.

As Mary Margaret carries out the plan sitting at John Doe’s bedside reading him the story from Fairytale Land, he grabs her wrist. Startled she runs for Dr. Whale, the same guy from the previous night.  He checks the monitors and concludes that nothing has changed. She tells the Dr. that she was reading him a story and he tells her that she must have been dreaming. Mary Margaret leaves and instantly the Dr. calls Regina, (apparently everyone does this after people leave). The Dr. tells Regina everything, about Mary Margaret reading to the coma patient, his alleged movement, and the slight increase of brain activity. In her home Regina looks worried, if she really is behind the spell, Prince Charming waking up from a coma is a bad idea.  Mary Margaret has arrived home and gotten into bed, she is reading the fairytale book and we are whisked away to fairytale land again.

In fairytale land we see Snow White leaving her hiding place in the enchanted forest. With her belongings in hand, she exits her hollowed tree trunk and prepares to hit the road. She barely takes a few steps before she is caught in what was obviously a trap set by Prince Charming. He confidently reminds her that he said he’d find her. Snow White still dangling from his trap, mockingly says, “Aren’t you a real “Prince Charming.” He attempts to tell her is name, but she stops him. His name is not really charming, he’s just called that. He demands Snow give him back the stuff she stole from him, inside the satchel was a ring that once belonged to his mother. He threatens to turn her in to the queen if she doesn’t help him. She agrees.

In Storybrooke, Mary Margaret is telling Emma and Henry what happened at the hospital.  Everyone goes to the hospital only to be met by Sheriff Graham; he tells the trio that John Doe is missing. Regina is also at the hospital and scolds Henry because he lied to her about his whereabouts. Dr. Whale, tells everyone that if John Doe is not found his life could be in danger. Regina demands John Doe be found. A man hunt ensues, leading Emma and Graham to question the hospital security guard, Leroy. Looking over the security tapes he tells them the door John Doe escaped through leads straight into the woods.

In fairytale land, Snow White is taking Prince Charming through the forest. She is playing with a miniature glass bottle filled with dust tied around her neck. He questions her about the necklace but she isn’t willing to discuss it. Prince Charming; swipes the necklace from her neck causally playing with it, she tells him it’s a weapon. He asks what kind of weapon it is, seeing that it is dust. She divulges that inside the bottle is fairy dust. The two discuss good fairy dust which is not harmful, but what’s in the necklace is not from a good fairy and is deadly. It turns whoever the dust is used on is morphed into something easily squashed. While continuing on their journey, Snow White tells him that the charges against her made by the Queen are not true. The queen wants to kill her so she’s been stealing from her to get enough money to escape, so she can never be hurt. Prince Charming asks why the Queen would go through so much trouble, and Snow White reveals that the queen blames her for ruining her life. She admits that she did indeed ruin the Queen’s life, (a version I never heard of). The pair reach a stream and Snow requests they break for water. Snow White uses this time to attempt an escape by hitting Charming in the head with a branch. He falls into the stream and she runs into a group of the Queen’s knights. Busted, they plan to kill her and give her heart to the Queen

In Storybrooke, Emma, Mary Margaret and Sheriff Graham are looking for John Doe. Searching through the woods, Henry somehow shows up and offers to help, he claims to know where John Doe is. He tells Mary Margaret that Doe is looking for her.

Back in fairytale land Snow White having been captured is about to be slain when Charming appears rescuing her, in typical hero fashion. He kills the guards and releases her, Snow is surprised by the action since she left him for dead. He replies, “It seemed like the honorable thing to do.” Charming gets back to the point and demands she help him get the jewels back.  Snow White tells him the jewels were sold to trolls not far from where they are. The two go off in search of them.

Meanwhile; Emma, Henry, Mary Margaret and Graham are still searching in the woods for John Doe; Henry tells Mary Margaret that John Doe is looking for her because she woke him up and he is in love with her. Graham finds John Doe’s discarded and bloody hospital band.

Once again in fairytale land, Snow White and Prince Charming arrive at the bridge where the trolls are. Snow White attempts a negotiation to get the jewelry back but the trolls figure out she’s Snow White a wanted fugitive and he’s Prince Charming a noted royal. Charming is almost killed by the trolls while Snow White  having dealt with the trolls before almost escapes; she doubles back to save Charming by turning the trolls into insects with the fairydust. Prince Charming thanks her and tells her his name is James. (We now know his name).

In the woods of Storybrooke the search party is still looking for John Doe. As Mary Margaret looks around she finds John Doe lying near the stream; she quickly goes to help him and begs him to return with her. Not only has John Doe been in a coma, when Mary Margaret asks who he is, it is revealed that John Doe also has amnesia.

Back at the hospital John Doe is being cared for by Dr. Whale, a blonde woman, (the same form the carriage in fairytale land) appears at the hospital and tells everyone that John Doe is named David. Mary Margaret asks who the woman is, and just then, Regina appears and tells our group that the blonde woman is his wife.

Having no other way to segue this, we are back in fairy tale land as Snow White and our valiant Prince Charming are heading back to their lives. He has the jewels and she gets to go back on the run now having her gold. The two clearly not wanting to leave idly talk about the ring, a bit of playful banter ends in him saying farewell; she calls him Prince Charming and when he corrects him, she maintains that she likes ‘Charming’ better. She exits, puzzled by the connection he feels for this woman, as he turns to leave, Snow White turns as well watching him go. She smiles and continues down her path. The two leave each other neither aware of what their futures hold.

At Storybrooke’s hospital, Regina is telling everyone that John Doe is David Nolan. The blonde woman now known to be Kathryn, jumps in telling Mary Margaret of how the two separated. The story behind the mystery marriage/separation is that they were not getting along, she feels responsible for their problems because she told him he could leave as opposed to trying to work it out.  Emma suspiciously asks why Kathryn hadn’t bothered looking for him, apparently the woman assumed her husband had skipped town. Dr. Whale baffled by the experience, has no idea why he woke up and considers it a miracle. While Kathryn rushes to David, Henry begins trying to explain why they found David where thye did.  Henry believes that David was looking for Mary Margaret by the troll bridge, she doesn’t believe this but when Henry says the two belong together, the thought resonates with her.

As Regina is preparing to leave (seemingly without Henry), Emma runs after her, finding it peculiar that Regina of all people would have the contact information of the David who everyone else presumed to be a John Doe. Regina claims that after Emma looked at the security tapes she decided to also go through previous tapes, where she noticed David calling Kathryn’s name. Regina used that information to find her. She uses this time to, take a jab at Emma. “How grateful I am to have Henry. Because not having someone? Well, that’s the worst curse imaginable.”

Kathryn embraces David, but while she’s hugging him, he is staring at Mary Margaret. If you’ve connected the dots, the lingering glance is the same looks shared between Snow White and Prince Charming.  While staring at the couple, Mary Margaret is playing with the ring on her finger, as we look closer, it is the same ring Prince Charming planned to give to his fiancé. Later in her apartment alone, still playing with the ring on her finger, Mary Margaret has a visitor at the door. Emma is standing at the door, asking if the room is still available. Mary Margaret happily welcomes her in, neither woman knowing that if what Henry says is true, mother and daughter have finally been reunited.

*The Once Upon A Time Recaps of this blog are written by Noel Bleu

Original Recaps can be found on http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/once-upon-a-time/episode-guide/episode103-snow-falls  Original recaps Written by: Bryan Gracia

Once Upon A Time – Episode 2 – The Thing You Love The Most

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Promotional Picture from ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”

Aired: 10/30/11

If you’ve been following along from the last episode, this is no news for you however; if this is your first time joining us then this is a quick recap for the pilot. Henry a little boy from Storybrooke, Maine, has ventured to Boston in hopes of finding and retrieving his mother Emma. Emma, who works as a bounty hunter, seems emotionally detached growing up an orphan herself. Henry believes that Emma is the key to saving a host placed on them. (Why can Emma save them all?)  Because Emma is allegedly the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and the savior of fairytale land.  We’ve already been introduced to a few of the real world counterparts, like Regina Mills, Mayor of Storybrooke reality doppelganger of the evil queen and last but not least Henry’s adopted mother. Through the course of the episode we see fairytale world sucked away by the curse and notice that the real world counterparts live as if their stories never existed. After a silent challenge with Regina, Emma Henry’s birth mother decides to stay in Storybrooke for a few days. That was the pilot quick re-cap and now for episode 2.

The episode starts the day after Emma decides to stay in Storybrooke. She is staying at Granny’s Bed & Breakfast. Mary Margaret, Henry’s teacher and the real world Snow White, is eating breakfast alone. The clock tower which started ticking from the moment Emma decided to stay has caught the attention of Mary Margaret who seems to be excited.  Zooming to Henry’s house we see he still in his pajamas staring out the window at the town who continues to move as if nothing has changed.

In the real world the Evil Queen is reading Henry’s story book and reaching the end of it. She gets highly upset that the final pages of the story are missing. These missing pages have been torn out of the book. She storms into Henry’s room and demands to know what happened to the end of the story. He stares her down only opening his mouth to tell her that she is not his mother. The two exchange words, including the whereabouts of Emma at this very moment. Henry neither confirms nor denies that she has left and Regina senses there is a secret being kept. As the clock tower rings, Regina with a look of shock is distracted long enough for Henry to slip out of the bedroom.

Regina may not know what the newly working clock tower means but it cannot mean anything good if she is truly the evil queen. The clock reads 8:23, which may or may not be significant to the story. (Maybe it’s just a time.) While standing outside by the clock tower, she notices Emma’s car in front of the bed and breakfast and decided to pay a visit.  Heading straight for (how she found the room number we’re not sure), demands that she leave town immediately. Emma refuses to budge and, feeling that her intimidation tactics are failing; Regina offers a threat. “You have no idea what I am capable of.” Emma rises to this challenge and insists, “You’re gonna have to show me, aren’t you?” The two women engage in yet another stare down before Regina buckles and says, “So be it.” Regina angrily leaves the room and we are whisked away to fairytale land.

It is the wedding day of Snow White and Prince Charming and as they are standing at the altar, the Evil Queen bursts in and threatens to destroy Snow White’s happiness. (This scene is a repeat from the pilot).  Prince Charming hurls the blade of his sword towards the Evil Queen.

Elsewhere in the house we find Mayor Regina Mills, Henry’s adopted mother and then who vanishes in a puff of black smoke. The Queen transports herself to her lair livid and wreaking of vengeance. An old man heads her way, offering her a drink and trying to comfort her. The Queen, whose mere presence at this moment, invokes fear into his heart storms her way to the magical mirror that we remember from the childhood fairytale of Snow White. Determined to prove her words than a simple threat she asks the mirror about a Dark Curse that she once had, the mirror reveals she traded it away some time ago, and the Queen tells the man in the mirror that she will be going to a Forbidden Fortress to retrieve it. (Not quite sure who the fortress belongs to just yet)

Once at the Forbidden Fortress the Evil Queen, finds another sorceress who is every bit as terrifying as the Queen herself, Maleficent. (From Sleeping Beauty, of yeah, she’s here too.) Maleficent, closely portrayed as in the stories has her pet a black unicorn and the familiar scepter that we all remember. The one with the giant orb on top of it, the two greet each other, then insult each other in a fashion that can only be described as catty. (Or like high school girls). The two get down to business, the queen wants back her dark curse which she traded to Maleficent for the poisoned apple sleeping curse which failed. Maleficent could care less about the effectiveness of the curse she’s not willing to part with her found treasures, a deal is a deal.

This dark curse which the queen demands back is so powerful that Maleficent has hidden to protect the world. Growing impatient, the Evil Queen attacks, Maleficent and the two powerful sorceresses duke it out, the prize being the dark curse. Maleficent falls to the Queen and as the Evil Queen retrieves her curse Maleficent begs her to rethink her actions, “Enacting it will take a terrible toll. It will leave emptiness inside you. A void you will never be able to fill.” The queen determined to destroy everyone’s happiness take the curse anyway and leaves to start her evil deeds.

In a dark and spooky part of the forest the Queen tries casting her villainous spell over the fairytale world, adding the prized heart of her childhood pet. The curse swirls and smoke rises but nothing happens, the curse didn’t work.

Back in Storybrooke we see Regina meeting a reporter whom she clearly owns. Sidney, looks strikingly familiar, he’s the man in the magic mirror that she confides in. Apparently, they’ve been investigating Emma, unfortunately the only news he has on her is that she spent a lot of time changing foster homes and at some point got into some trouble the details of which are unknown because of her juvenile record, (Which is sealed at 18 provided you stay out of trouble) Regina disappointed tells Sidney to dig up more on the newest visitor.

 Back at Granny’s diner, Emma crosses with Graham, the town sheriff, (or the huntsman if you want to connect the dots). Graham comments on Emma decision to stay in Storybrooke before the conversation gets too deep Henry appears and asks that he and Emma go for a walk. While walking Henry beaming that she decided to stay, while walking Henry beaming that she decided to stay, tells her that he will help break the curse with her. Emma, who still doesn’t believe, indulges the young boy. He reveals to her and to the audience how the curse has affected the town. His plan to break the curse has now become a covert scheme called Operation Cobra.

Emma   doesn’t believe anything her son is saying; in fact she thinks he’s completely delusional. Henry explains that the town is frozen town is frozen town is frozen in time, the people in it, stripped of their past and trapped in Storybrooke. Emma being the descendant of Snow White and prince Charming is the only one who can help; Henry gives Emma the missing pages of the storybook and warns her that Regina can never see them. Emma who has walked Henry to school speaks with Mary Margaret about Henry. Mary Margaret notes that Emma has chosen to stay and Emma asks about Henry’s therapist.

Emma wants to know why Henry is in therapy at his age. She heads down to Archie, (Jiminy Cricket) office. Archie spouts off a psychological response; Henry uses stories as a coping mechanism to handle complex and misunderstood emotions. It’s how he deals with his emotional issues. Emma inquires about Regina’s role in Henry’s emotional problems. Archie tells Emma that some of the problem is that Regina is trying too hard to bond with Henry, by trying so hard to bring him near she’s actually pushing him away. Archie hands Emma the file, schmoozing her and walking her to the door. When she leaves you immediately see that the entire meeting was a setup, by Regina. Whom Archie called after Emma left to let her know the file is in Emma’s hands.

 Emma is back in her room going through Henry’s file; Graham comes back under orders to arrest her for stealing. Emma gives him the file back without a problem but is arrested anyway. She tells the sheriff that she was framed. Regina satisfied that her scheme was effective heads to Henry’s school to school to tell him about Emma being arrested, for stealing his file. She spins a tale of Emma stealing the file to take advantage of them; the story falls on deaf ears and seeing through her charade Henry heads back to class.

While in jail Emma is pleading with Graham, she knows she was set up and is telling her conspiracy theory to the sheriff. He listens halfheartedly, (possibly because he works for her as well.) The conversation is put on hold as Mary Margaret arrives with Henry to get her out of jail. In a very bold and slightly psychotic move on Emma’s part, she heads straight for Regina’s house where a large apple tree sits in the front yard. Emma chainsaw in hand; begins cutting off a branch. The sounds of the chainsaw undoubtedly forces Regina from the house and two starts sniping at each other. However, though out of her element, it seems Emma still has the upper hand, threatening Regina, “You come after me one more time; I’ll be back for the rest of this tree. Because, sister; you have no idea what I’m capable of. Your move.”

The battle of wits seems to have already begun; the battle for all the happy endings seems to be brewing just beneath the surface. In the fairytale forest, the Evil Queen much like Regina is standing at the remains of her failed scheme. Staring blankly at the barren fire pit she is shaken from her thoughts by the old man, her butler, who questions why the spell didn’t work. He proposes they find Rumpelstiltskin, the creator of the curse, to find the answers. (Yes, Rumpelstiltskin created the curse that will destroy fairytale land). It seems that he so far is the only person who even she is weary of. However, seeing no other option, they leave to find him.

In his cell Rumpelstiltskin, dirty and still not quite sane, the Queen visits him. Rumpelstiltskin tells the Evil Queen that Snow White and Prince Charming also visited him. He told her as he told them; the baby growing inside of Snow White is the key to breaking the curse.  “All curses have a cure.” The Queen more preoccupied with casting the curse than stopping them from breaking it strikes a bargain with Rumpelstiltskin. Regardless of the world they end up in, she must do whatever he requests of her as long as he says please. The reason the spell didn’t work was because the sacrifice was not large enough, in order to cast the spell, she must sacrifice the heart of whatever thing she loves the most. With a truly sinister look on her face the queen vows to do whatever it takes.

 Back in the real world Emma has been kicked out of Granny’s thank to Regina. Regina is standing outside her house telling Graham to arrest Emma again, this time for destruction of city property. Graham declines, insisting that if Regina continues to try running Emma out of town that she will only end up hurting Henry.  Emma finds that her car has boot on it, of course this is no typical string of bad luck and Emma’s phone rings. Regina would like to call a truce, at Regina’s office the two women talk and Emma comments that she thinks Henry’s theory of the curse on Storybrooke is ridiculous. Once gain Emma has fallen into Regina’s trap because Henry, conveniently walks in overhearing her. He runs from the room his faith in his savior lost. Regina, proud of this plan smugly comments; “Your move,” as Emma chases after Henry.

In fairytale land, the Queen returns from her meeting with Rumpelstiltskin. The butler whose been waiting up for her asks what the problem was. She tells him that she must cut out the heart of the thing she loves the most and as we watch we see that the sacrificial lamb is the butler, himself. This man who of the entire episode seemed more like a servant and less like a useful magical ingredient is revealed to be the Queen’s father. While your mind spins around that, the queen tearfully seeks advice and he implores her to not cast the curse; he begs her to choose happiness and pleads with her to change her mind. She buries her face in his shoulder an emotional side to the Queen we’ve never seen before. She admits that she can be happy, but malevolently admits that she can’t be happy there. She rips his heart from his chest and as his body falls lifelessly to the floor the Queen, cheeks stained with her tears apologizes.

Emma goes to see Mary Margaret, to thank her and pay back the money she put up to bail her out of jail. She lets Mary Margaret know that she is leaving town to make sure that she doesn’t hurt Henry. Mary Margaret pleads with Emma to reconsider, “Who will protect Henry if you won’t?” Emma feels guilty about this.

Emma goes to find Henry at his therapist’s office, she tells Henry she only stayed there for him. Emma tells Henry, she only pretended not to believe him to throw off Regina. Henry thinks this is a great idea, and they hug each other for the first time. She tells him that not even a curse can stop her from being there for him.

The Evil Queen who is back in the woods attempting to cast the Evil Curse throws her father’s freshly procured heart into the fire. It swirls and hisses and the sky goes a dark color and black clouds gather around the area. The curse has begun and the Queen turns to leave, she places a black rose on the grave of her father paying her last respects. The name on the gravestone reads: HENRY.

In Storybrooke, Emma and Henry are walking together happily. In another part of town, Regina is paid a visit from Mr. Gold. Regina gloats about ridding the town of an unwanted nuisance. (Referring to Emma) Mr. Gold bursts her bubble by telling her he’d just seen Emma and Henry moments ago. It is revealed to the audience that Mr. Gold orchestrated Henry’s adoption. Mr. Gold asks how she picked a name for the boy; Regina insists that he set this whole thing up on purpose. Regina asks where exactly he got Henry from, Mr. Gold smiles but says nothing.  Regina inquires into how much he knows about Emma but, Mr. Gold, hints at the fact that she already knows who the young woman is.  With this bit of information he prepares to leave her, Regina stands in his way and demands to know what exactly he knows about Emma. He silently stares her down and asks her to let him pass. She refuses to budge until his maliciously adds please. She instantly moves to let him pass and Mr. Gold exits. No one is quite sure how much power Mr. Gold possesses, but what is certain is that, if Regina controls the townspeople and Mr. Gold controls her, his role is larger than we know.

Origins — Prince Charming

  

By: Noel Bleu 

For years we have read and heard stories of the princess damsel in distress and the brave and heroic “Prince Charming” that rescues them from their dreadful situations. Though stories like “The Swan Princess” and “Sleeping Beauty” had maidens wed to princes with names; stories like “Cinderella” and “Snow White” portray the women wed to unnamed royalty.

The concept of the prince as in most fairytales depicts the general idea of the hero rescuing the damsel in distress. This takes place by him voyaging on a quest, and either saving her from an evil spell or slaying some beast that holds her captive. The description fits most fairytale heroes, however, when these stories first started circulation these heroes were named after real royalty or not given a name at all.

The Prince has no distinguishing characters to separate him from other princes or men who marry the lead heroin in other stories. He is often viewed as the prize of the good-hearted maiden. In a fairytale written by Madame d’Aulnoy, a 17th century French Writer, she refers to him as Avenant  (meaning “fine” or “beautiful” in French) in “The Story of Pretty Goldilocks” and he is called  Le roi Charmant  (The Charming King in French) in the story “The Blue Bird”. Andrew Lang retold the first story in 1889, in “The Blue Fairy Book” he simply referred to the hero as Charming

Most times when speaking of Prince Charming we think of the Walt Disney depiction of traditional fairytales. It is commonly believed that the name of Snow White’s spouse was Prince Charming though the name hadn’t been attributed to the character until Cinderella. The creators of the film actually named him “Prince Charming”.

In the Charles Perrault’s version of Sleeping Beauty, published in 1697 a passage telling of Sleeping Beauty being awoken by the Prince suggests that Charming was not a name but merely a characteristic.

“‘Est-ce vous, mon prince?’ lui dit-elle, ‘vous vous êtes bien fait attendre’. Le Prince charmé de ces paroles… ne savait comment lui témoigner sa joie”.

The passage which in English means, “’Are you my prince… you’ve kept me waiting a long time’. The prince charmed by her words… did not know how to express his joy.” A possible interpretation of the passage is that the term, “Prince Charming” had been inspired  by this passage despite the fact that the prince had been charmed (charmé) as opposed to being the one who was charming (charmant).

In other languages, like Spanish and Italian, he is called the “Blue Prince” and in Portuguese, a translation mistake occurred and he is called “Prince Carmed” (Príncipe Encantado; the correct term for “Carming” should be Encantador or Charmoso), coincidentally closer to the sense in Perrault’s story. The Prince had really been called Prince Carming in the book but in the film they changed it to Prince Charming.

In the more modern telling of fairytales such as “Mirror Mirror” and “Shrek” Prince Charming is not portrayed as the hero. This may be due to the disillusionment of today’s society and the idea of a hero who saves damsels.

In “Mirror Mirror”, the prince is not the hero but an accessory to the heroin. He at one point in the movie is in need of being rescued from a wicked enchantment which coincidentally is broken by a kiss. In the Shrek series Prince Charming is actually the villain, arriving too late to save Fiona, he is villainous, self-centered, spoiled and less than charming.

Over the course of history the character of the Prince has evolved in many ways, one thing is for certain he has come a long way from the French depiction of his inception and only has room to improve. It is commonly believed that the prince in “Sleeping Beauty” was named Prince Charming, but his name is actually Phillip.

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Charming

http://www.wisegeek.com/who-is-prince-charming.htm

Grimm Origins: An Investigation Behind the Fairy Tales #2

 

By: Neena O.

“Death stood behind him and said: ‘Follow me, the hour of your departure from this world has come.”

Originating from the German fairy tale “Die Boten des Todes,” “Death’s Messengers” is number 177 of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales. It is also the quote from the latest episode of NBC’s Grimm, and the first quote I’ll be discussing.

The tale is of a young man who comes across a terribly beaten Death and aids him. Death tells the man that even though he will not be able to spare him because all must die, he will however send messengers to warn him before he comes to claim his life. The man is grateful and goes on “and was cheerful and carefree, and lived one day at a time.” As time goes on the young man begins to age, get sick, and be deprived of sleep. However knowing that Death has promises to send messengers he brushes these things off and continues to live his life cheerfully. Then one day he is tapped on the shoulder and turns around to find Death standing behind him, and Death says, “”Follow me. The hour of your departure from this.” The man becomes upsets and questions if Death has broken his word to send messengers to warn him. Death tells the man, “Have I not sent you one messenger after another? Did not fever come and strike you, and shake you, and throw you down? Has not dizziness numbed your head? Has not gout pinched your limbs? Did your ears not buzz? Did toothache not bite into your cheeks? Did your eyes not darken? And furthermore, has not my own brother Sleep reminded you every night of me? During the night did you not lie there as if you were already dead?” Upon hearing this, the man resigns to his fate and goes without further fuss.

Source: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm177.html

Grimm Origins: An Investigation Behind the Fairy Tales

Promotional picture of Grimm Season 2

 

Written By: Neena O.

“There once was a man who lived his life so strange, it had to be true. Only he could see what no one else can–the darkness inside, the real monster within. And he’s the one who must stop them. This is his calling. This is his duty. This is the life of a Grimm.” – NBC TV show Grimm

Over the last few years the world has become obsessed with fairy tales, ( my preference are the ones with a bit of a twist,)  the world of media has also joined in on this obsession (and is even feeding in on occasion), with movies like Red Riding Hood, Snow White & The Huntsman, and shows like Once Upon A Time, and my favorite Grimm. We can all retreat into a world of fantasy.

Since discovering that he comes from a long line of Grimms (supernatural police), Detective Nick Burkhardt has been faced with creatures and “stories,” from almost every fairy tale you could imagine.

Each week the episode opens up with a quote from a different fairy tale, to go with the theme of the episode. So in honor of my love for fairy tales and this show, each week Grimm Origins: An Investigation Behind the Fairy Tales will join in on the mystery investigating the quote and associated fairy tale for you.