Choosing Motherhood in a Dangerous World (a “Once Upon a Time” post)


The love of parents for their children has always been a theme on the TV series “Once Upon a Time.” Mothers and fathers have gone to great lengths – both good and evil – to keep their children safe. In the cases of the show’s villains, learning to love a child selflessly has been the [Read More...]

Believing in the Possibility of a Happy Ending: Fairy Tales, Parables and “Once Upon a Time”


Envy, jealousy and murder. All the makings of a good children’s story, no? If you don’t think so, consider the children’s classic Snow White in which the Queen, who is envious and jealous of Snow White’s beauty, tries to kill her with a poison apple. The reason the story is popular, however, is because love [Read More...]

Snow White, Prince Charming, Hearts of Darkness and the Easter Story


In keeping with its pattern of reimagining fairy tales and including new subtexts of morality, Sunday’s “Once Upon a Time” episode, entitled “Heart of Darkness,” addressed some themes relevant to the Easter season – at least for those of us who watch the show with a Judeo-Christian worldview in mind. (Read my previous “Once Upon [Read More...]

Gaining the World and Losing Your Soul on “Once Upon a Time”


“What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” is a question Jesus asked 2,000 years ago. It’s a question storytellers have explored for just as long, most recently on the ABC series “Once Upon a Time” in an episode titled “Desperate Souls.” From “Beauty and the Beast” to [Read More...]