Fairytales come to life on the television screen

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“Once Upon a Time” there was a TV show unlike any other, in which fantasy and reality collide in the small, mysterious town of Storybrooke, Maine.

The show originated with classic fairy tale characters — including Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) — who are trapped in the modern world and their memories wiped clean from a curse cast by the Evil Queen Regina (Lana Parrilla). The show has a wonderful balance between the modern world of Storybrooke and flashbacks to the Enchanted Forest. It was always fun to see the intricate connections between each of the characters and how the familiar stories from my childhood were interpreted. However, the show has gotten much more complex after the launch season in 2011.

After the curse was broken by the savior Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), the series has seen much more conflict. In season 2, magic returned to Storybrooke with unimaginable consequences; in season 3, Henry is trapped in Neverland by a very different, darker Peter Pan and the Wicked Witch comes to Storybrooke in search of revenge.

Each season seemed to get progressively better, and none was I more anticipating than season 4, which brought the familiar faces of Disney’s newest animated film “Frozen” to life. I was not disappointed.

“Once Upon a Time” has always been superb at casting, but they’ve truly outdone themselves this go-around. Elsa (Georgina Haig) and Anna (Elizabeth Lail) are uncanny.

So far this season I’ve seen the beautiful landscape of Arendelle, the familiar story of a magician and a special hat, the budding relationship between Emma Swan and Captain Hook (Colin O’DOnoghue) and even a malicious portrayal of Little Bo Peep.

“Once Upon a Time” is certainly impressive with special effects, thrilling plot twists and intricate costume design. However, at its root the show is about the struggle between good and evil (and the realization that sometimes they are not that easy to separate), the importance of bravery, fighting for what you believe in and overall, hope.