Themes and Observations from Season 1

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen Disney’s “Once Upon a Time” and plan to, I urge you to bookmark this page and come back after you watch the first season. It’s easy to binge watch as a television show that melds fantasy and reality into a coherent, if complicated, story.

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An apple held out in a hand
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The Evil Queen’s Curse

Disney’s “Once Upon a Time” on Disney Plus starts with a very disturbing premise: The Evil Queen creates a curse to send all of the fairy tale characters to a place where there are no happy endings… modern-day Maine in the United States of America. With 2020 dropping bombs on the American public and no leadership available to right the ship, “Once Upon a Time” may seem prescient in its supposition. However, the first episode was aired in 2011, which means this little-illuminated commentary on the state of America was meant for some of the country’s most recent best days. …


Shad Engkilterra

Earned a Master’s in Creativity and Innovation from Malta U., author of “Disneyland Is Creativity” and other books, other works available at

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