Example one! In the original version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks doesn't get a chance to try out any chairs, porridge or beds - because when the bears return home to discover the little girl in their house, they rip her apart and devour her. MORAL: Don't break into a bear's house if you value your intestines.
Example two! In the Disney version of Snow White, the evil queen is so jealous of Snow's beauty, she sends her huntsman to murder her. In the Grimm version, the queen also plans on eating Snow White's liver and lungs for supper, and when she's ultimately defeated at the end of the story? She's forced to wear red-hot iron shoes, causing her to "dance herself to death." MORAL: Cannibalism is no substitute for a good plastic surgeon.
Example three! "Sleeping Beauty." (If you want to just skip this paragraph, I wouldn't blame you.) In the sanitized version, a princess is pricked by spinning wheel, falls into a deep sleep and is awoken by the kiss of a handsome prince. In the original, the King (yes, the father of the princess) kind of... you know... rapes her in her sleep. She gets pregnant, gives birth to two children (still sleeping, mind you!), and when she eventually awakes? She's all like, "Wait... suddenly I've got two kids and a rape? What's going to happen tomorrow night?" MORAL: Don't nap.
YEEESH! I'm stopping there, but rest assured, these old-timey fairy tales are chock-a-block full of gore, dismemberments, sexual assaults, and assorted pedophilia. And that's something you need to know before watching this week's debut of Once Upon a Time (ABC, debuts Sun, Oct 23, 8 pm).
Yes, it's about fairy tales - but it's also written by some of the dudes who produced Lost (Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz), so expect things to get a bit complex and freaky. In fairy tale land, an evil queen casts a spell that imprisons Snow White and other famous bedtime story characters in the modern day, REAL town of Storybrooke, Maine... with absolutely no memory of their past lives. A new gal moves to town - who just might turn out to be the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming - and starts figuring out that something just ain't right, which makes her a big target of the Evil Queen... who also lives in town, and is also a total b-hole!
So if that's not confusing and crazy enough, Once Upon a Time will also include occasional Lost-like flashbacks of fairytale land, in which we'll learn a lot more about the characters and their backstory - which, if the producers stick with the original version of Grimm, will include a goodly amount of molestations, drownings, cannibalism and bear maulings.
Note to self: Never sleep again.
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