Jennifer Morrison in Victoria Beckham

Posted on March 19, 2012

Quick assessment this time, because we’re really using this post as an excuse to talk more about her show.

Jennifer Morrison attends celebration of her cover in Michigan Avenue magazine in a Victoria Beckham dress.

Okay, working our way down from the top:

Don’t love the hair; like the makeup and have to point out she’s got an incredible pair of brows on her. The dress is gorgeous and suits her well. The accessories make Baby Jesus cry.

Okay. About Once Upon a Time.

We’re starting to get a little more into the story because for the first time it’s starting to get a little interesting. There was perhaps too much time spent on the setup and the reveals of which characters were which. We thought the plot took a major leap forward with Red’s story and once she got the spotlight, we started realizing why the show is never as good as it could be. The cast is almost all wrong for the story. Of all the characters, Red, Rumplestiltskin, and Emma are the only ones who have any real charisma and can keep us enthralled. The two characters who are arguably at the center of the story, Snow and the Evil Queen, are both being played in the blandest manner possible. We’re particularly disappointed in Ginnifer Goodwin, because we thought she had better acting chops than this. Snow is being written in a fairly interesting manner but she can’t ever seem to give the role the oomph it needs. And since the love story is crucial to the plot, the same could be said for Prince Charming. As bland as bland gets. A walking bowl of oatmeal.

But the biggest disappointment of all is Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen. This should be a role dripping with camp and scenery chewing and she plays the character like a standard-issue soap opera villain. She couldn’t be any flatter in the role and more than anything, she’s what’s preventing the show from being as good as it could be. Without a decent villain, what good’s a fairy tale?

We like the show, but that has more to do with the writing than the acting. And you can forget about art direction. We just pretend not to see all the cheesy sets, cheap-looking costumes, and bad CGI. Maybe we should just start watching it with our eyes closed.


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  • lovelyivy

    I bailed after that tremendously disappointing fight between Maleficent and the Evil Queen some time back. If you can’t sell me on Pam from True blood, playing the ULTIMATE evil fairy, in a fight with the evil queen then you have totally lost me. Nothing I’ve read so far has made it seem like I should start watching again.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Love the color of the dress. 

    Anyway… husband and I tried watching the first episode when it aired, and at the end, we looked at each other and mutually said “ehhh”.  We didn’t continue watching it.   It seems like an interesting concept, but we were just bored by it.

  • ErinSara5

    Jennifer Morrison looks great here even if I’m not crazy about the pumps. Ginnifer Goodwin has never been a good actress. She nearly ruined Walk the Line. I haven’t watched the show in a couple of weeks. It was going nowhere.

    • VicksieDo

      I agree, Ginnifer is a terrible actress, she could ruin anything she’s in.

      • kolokOlchik

        she was wonderful on Big Love

        • VicksieDo

          I remember her sucking in “He’s Just Not That Into You” and I never saw Big Love, so I find her annoying and vacant usually.

          I DID like her in Mona Lisa Smile though.

          • kolokOlchik

            I have seen some of her movies and tend to agree with you, but Big Love was one of my favorite shows ever and she was amazing in it.

    • She’s terrific on Big Love. But that’s all I’ve seen her in, I think. I don’t even remember her in Walk The Line.

      • BarniClaw

        And I liked her in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. Before she was a Serious Actress.

      • Emily Guillory

         She was Johnny Cash’s 1st wife, the young one he was talking to when he was overseas in the Army

  • Sobaika Mirza

    I really liked the Little Red Riding Hood episode! I used the show mainly as background noise until then.

    And yeah, a lot of the ‘main’ characters/actors aren’t bringing it. And every single one of the cardboard princes. I still can’t believe they killed off the most charismatic male eye candy, the Sheriff.

    • AlexisPayne

      I know! Why did they have to kill off the hot sheriff?!?!

    • marilyn

      The Emma character is too weak.  She is supposed to be the catalyst for the show, and she is  not dynamic or aggressive enough.  I don’t think it’s the actress, but the writers.

  • Whaaa? I like Morrison as an actress, but you can’t honestly be saying that Emma is a good character? She’s so inconsistently written, her “power” of being able to tell a lie has been thwarted at every junction and her leather jacket fetish is hilariously awful. Say it ain’t so T&L!

    • JM Z

      I like Emma when she’s with Henry, the little boy, and when she’s being mommed by Snow White, but she fails all the time as a protagonist. I really hate that I tend to take the queen’s side when they’re fighting because Emma is just so dense and short-sighted.

    • Libby Rhoman

      Even worse than the leather jackets is her Rapunzel hair.  Aside from how unattractive and artificial-looking it is, are we really supposed to buy the tomboy sheriff wearing her waist-length hair down every single day?

  • nancymae

    “A walking bowl of oatmeal.” – BWAH!!!!!

  • Not to be annoyingly nitpicky (I hope) but it’s Lana Parrilla with two ‘r’s. And I’m fond of her so it’s disappointing to hear she’s been bad in this.

  • I like Lana Parilla a lot, she seems evil enough to me. But Ginnifer, wow, one of my favorites from Big Love is really a surpising disappointment on this show. Her hair throws me off ( I know, stupid, but it does). I keep watching, in the same way I keep watching Smash becuase I would like these shows to be successful.

  • lilibetp

    I watched the first few episodes, but then they said someone was going to die and I realized that I really didn’t care who died.  So I stopped watching.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The last episode I watched was the one with the stolen heart. I find Grimm to be much more enjoyable, though I am not a big Police-procedural fan. The Portland setting reads much more fairy-tale to me than OUaT CGI. Mr. Gold/Rumpelstilskin is the best thing about that show.

    • Jennifer Hofstetter

       I LOVE Grimm. Detective Nick is a dreamy little evil-slaying muffin. Yum.

    • baxterbaby

      I am strangely addicted to Grimm.  The writing isn’t sparkling, nor is the acting, but it all comes together in its weird little way.

    • Jessi03

       I love Grimm!  I like to pretend it’s the new Buffy, but with the addition of my favorite character on tv, Monroe the Blutbad.  Agree on the Mr. Gold love, but then again, I’ve had a ridiculous crush on Robert Carlyle since The Full Monty.

      • girliecue

        Oh, THAT’s where I’ve seen him before! Thanks, Jessi03. Yes, against my better judgment, he won my heart in The Full Monty.

      • GorgeousThings

         I’ve been in love with Robert Carlyle since “Trainspotting”. Whew! What a bad guy! And then he cemented it in TFM.

      • Pcatt

        I think Monroe is the best character on TV this season! 

      • maggiemaybe

        I got it bad for Robert Carlyle too. Currently working my way through “Hamish Macbeth” on my Netflix queue.

      • mochajava13

        LOVE Monroe.  He makes the show for me.

    • mochajava13

       I am so addicted to Grimm!  I almost gave up on it after the first three episodes, decided to give it another try with episode 4, and I am so glad I did!  One of the few shows that my husband and I both enjoy.

  • sherrietee

    see, I like Robert Carlyle a lot, but I find the “dearie” bit he uses to be really irritating.

  • It has been getting better. I think the actor playing the little boy is doing a great job, as well. But yeah, the charisma coming from the cast is lacking. I think it’s a good thing the show is on Sunday because there’s not a lot of competition.

  • BazoDee

    I watched the first 6 or so episodes but just couldn’t hang. I think you are correct about the milquetoast Snow and one note Queen. 

    The dress is stunning – but the styling is horrid – the hair, the white shoes and clutch. GAH! 

  • Breatheinthegood

    I love her hair here- or maybe I’m just biased by how much I hate her stringy extensions on Once Upon a Time.

    • Amy Ellinger

      Agreed. She loves the topknot ballerina thing, but it works here. maybe because it’s not right on top of her head this time?

      One of her best-ever looks, IMO.

    • Maybe she hates the extensions too but has to have them for the show?   So by putting her hair up she hides them all.

    • I just really miss the brown hair she had for the first few years of House. I know this is her natural color, but I think the brown just brings out so much more in her face that she should’ve kept it.

      • girliecue

        Completely agree. I can’t look at her for more than 2 seconds without wishing she went back to brown. If I lived in Storybrooke, that would be the wish I’d make. Brown hair suited her skin and eyes SO much better, and bumped her up from being just another pretty girl to a real beauty. 

      • girliecue

        Completely agree. I can’t look at her for more than 2 seconds without wishing she went back to brown. If I lived in Storybrooke, that would be the wish I’d make. Brown hair suited her skin and eyes SO much better, and bumped her up from being just another pretty girl to a real beauty. 

  • deathandthestrawberry

    No kidding about the evil queen.  There should be some Alexis Carrington/Queen Cersei level bitchery going on. My 10-year-old daughter is a huge fan of Once Upon a Time, so I’ve been watching it with her. It’s kind of a clever show, but I think it takes itself a little too seriously for my taste.

  • VicksieDo

    Have to disagree, Jennifer Morrison looks AMAZING head to toe in this look (to me).

  • sagecreek

    She looks good, minus the hair. And since I kind of hate her, that should count twice. Or something.

  • Violina23

    I think Lana Parilla is getting soap-opera writing to work with though.. her character just shows up randomly to yell at Emma and muck up people’s plans. The scene she had with Dr. Gold in the jail cell a few episodes back was chilling though…   (Although i haven’t seen last night’s episode, my DVR decided not to record for whatever reason)

    I have high hopes for this show when it gets out of perpetual exposition mode, e.g. when things start moving in the REAL world, not just the fairytale world. 

  • Jennifer Hofstetter

    I actually really liked Snow and Prince Charming in the ep where they first met in the forest, but since then? Yeah. Bland as bland can bland.

    I totally disagree about Lana Parilla though. I LOVE watching her.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i think posh spice, of all people, is turning out to be one really glorious designer. to wear her clothing you have to be of a certain size or shape [this is her, & its, failing] but if you are, those garments look totally terrific. case in point. shoes have to go, however.

    • mountainFashionista

       Yeah, if I had money, I’d wear a lot of VB’s stuff!

  • Amy Ellinger

    One of her best. She looks like Kate Bosworth’s mother, which is a good thing.  Bod is slammin’, the ballerina bun works, because its further back on her head, and not sitting right on top.  I don’t hate the shoes or clutch- thank god its not a nude platform pump….

  • Judy_J

    I love this.  The dress may be just a skosh too tight, but the overall look is lovely.

    • Farthingale

      This is how I’d like to look for an evening out.

  • Fairy tale novelizations are one of my secret vices so I’ve been sticking with this show through thin and thinner.  I’m frustrated with the story of Snow/Mary Margaret and Charming/David in both worlds – it goes a little bit forward, back, sideways, forward and back again and doesn’t MOVE much of anywhere.  I’m also having trouble seeing how the overall plot – will the characters figure out who they are, overcome EQ/Regina and get back to storyland somehow? – is going to resolve without winding up the whole series.  So since they can’t resolve the main plot (at least not any time soon) we’re stuck in Expositionland for what feels like forever.  It’s giving me some sympathy for the denizens of Storybrooke, but I’m getting close to booking it out of town and gaining back an hour of my Sunday nights.

  • SewingSiren

    I like this look head to toe. But I would most always rather see people wearing Roland Mouret than Posh Spice.
    Once Upon a Time, I missed last night , but mostly we have been enjoying it. The fairy tale costumes rely too much on Disney’s interpretations,other than that I think they’re pretty good for TV. The Prince character in Storybrooke is way too wishy washy. And I agree that the guy that plays Gold /Rumplestilskin/ Beast is one of the better actors.

  • AnaRoW

    I have to disagree. Yes the actors aren’t all well cast but my problem is with the writing or rather with the premise. There are so many ways they could have taken this story instead they went with fairy tale of the week. Except for Rumple, most of the characters are completely one-dimensional.  I don’t know how Lana Parilla can do any better with the character she’s been handed. There’s a series of children’s books called The Sisters Grimm that has similar premise (The fairy tale characters are stuck in a small town in New York.), but a much better storyline.

  • June Natsuyuki

    I honestly would like the show better if Red were the main character, instead of Snow White. I’m afraid that after they’ve told her story, she won’t get enough spot light anymore.

  • Jordan Kearns

    There’s also a comic book series called Fables that has a similar-ish premise (except that all the characters know who they are, and there is only one Prince Charming, which makes for a very fun relationship between Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, as they are all now ex-wives) that is completely amazing. I keep hoping that there is some interesting stuff going to happen, but so far, not so much. I love Fairy Tale settings, so I keep hoping… 

    • hac51

      I keep hearing about Fables, and I need to check it out…the idea of the one Prince Charming and three ex-wives is AWESOME.

  • unbornfawn

    She looks good here. It is just that everything, hair, dress and shoes need to be loosened up a smidgeon and she’d be working the hell out of the outfit.

    Only watching the show out of the corner of my eye when my daughter has it on. It hasn’t brought me in.

  • giiiirrrr

    I’m surprised that more celebs don’t wear Victoria Beckham’s clothes on the RC.  She really knows how to flatter a woman’s body, even one that isn’t as teeny-tiny as her own.  I’d like this dress better with the patch in some color other than white.  It starts looking a little Pan Am (the airline, not the show).  Not her fault that the dress was paired with such matchy accessories.

    • luciaphile

      I like the dress but it’s too tight on her.

  • CarolinLA

    Sunday night on ABC is the whitest night of television.  They couldn’t have cast any of the storybook characters as minorities?  At least DH has Vanessa Williams but GCB – forget it.  Apparently, good Christian bitches have no friends darker than French vanilla.

    • ampg

      The Magic Mirror is, but it does smack of tokenism, I agree.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I thought that was weird too. The whitebread casting, the postcard-type setting, and gosh-golly-gee sweetness of some of the characters make it seem very reminiscent of a 50s show… in a bad way. How refreshing would it have been to have a black Belle or something.

      The genie was black (Arab..?) on the show though.

    • Giancarlo Esposito is on Once Upon a Time, if i’m not mistaken, but point taken.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    this looks like a costume for sue sylvester.  school spirit, yay!  maybe that’s just cause my high school’s colors were blue and white.  go burbank bulldogs.  lost every football game the three years i was in high school.  dismal.

  • CarolinLA

    Red and Grumpy are the most interesting characters on that show.  Emma can be so dire at times.  And GG is portraying her IDEA of what Snow White would be in this era as Mary Margaret.  I hate that they killed off Katherine because I thought she was wonderful on the show.

  • ampg

    The hair’s unfortunate, but I like the rest of it, even the matchy accessories, which go sort of retro here.

    I’m a couple of episodes behind in the show, but I’ve really been enjoying it, and I actually like Ginnifer Goodwin when she’s playing Snow White as a kickass outlaw.  I don’t love her doe-eyes-and-communing-with-birds version of Snow White, but I do love her chemistry with Prince Charming, even if he’s a bit bland by himself.  I agree that Lana Parrilla is a huge disappointment.  Emma shouldn’t be able to stare her down so easily, and the writers keep trying to give her these complexities that are then never played out properly because they’re so poorly acted.

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  • hac51

    Slightly O/T: does Victoria Beckham actually design her own stuff, or does she, for lack of a better phrase, have a ‘ghostdesigner’?  I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I like her clothes.

  • annieanne

    I love the trend toward longer lengths in skirts but I don’t think it works that well with super form fitting dresses. This would have worked better as a knee length.

  • SignLadyB

    Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold is definitely the biggest reason I’ve been watching this. Robert Carlyle’s Rumple giggle is so perfectly evil! I’m ashamed to admit that a couple of times (like last night) when Snow was humming the WD song to the bird I bust out laughing–so cheesy, but it just brings back such memories (didn’t the dwarves do a chorus of Heigh-Ho in a previous episode?). Otherwise I chalk this show to my dirty little secret–I know I’m much too mature and intelligent to be watching it but I’m kinda hooked.

    • Robert Carlyle is the main reason I keep watching, although I do get a kick out of the reveals of new fairy tale characters.

    • Agreed-I love Robert Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin. But I think I love his portrayal of Mr. Gold even more. Rumple-over the top indulgence. Mr. Gold-simmering badassness.

  • I tried to watch it, but I honestly started forgetting it was on. Plus they went and killed (IMHO) the hottest guy on the show, so I didn’t see a point in watching anymore. I find “Grimm” much more interesting. 

  • well if your eyes were closed, you’d miss the evil queen’s outfits, which really are the best thing about her. she has a KILLER wardrobe. red needs to be a series regular.

    • ampg

      Oh God, I can NOT stand the half-skirt-over-leather-pants outfit she wears in all of the flashback sequences!  With the lace headbands, even!  But I agree that the Mayor’s wardrobe is well done.

  • beebee10

    Or just read it since the acting and sets are so bad. HA

  • GorgeousThings

    Thank you! My kids watch this show, but I have been incredibly bored by it, until last week’s episode about Red. I never could get Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow. Lana Parilla needs to spend about 8 hours watching Susan Sarandon’s scenes in “Enchanted”. Now THERE was an evil queen!

    • Lisa

      God, the Red episode was amazing!  During the big “reveal” (you know… poor Peter!), I actually gasped.  Great, great episode!

  • ccm800

    I quit this show weeks ago – partly because every time  Lana Parrilla was on screen I could only think What the hell is Katie Couric doing on here?

  • turtleemily

    I’m too glad she’s at a healthy weight to care about what she’s wearing. What was that, the third season of House where she looked like she wasn’t eating at all?

  • Diana Martinez

    I agree with you completely about the actual filming of the show.  The first or second episode, I remember watching and there was a fight scene that was so fake I thought I was back in 1982.  Yikes.  But I love the show anyway. =)

  • marilyn

    She either needs one size larger, or some Spanx.  She is a skinny girl, but this dress makes me look at her protruding tiny stomach.  I am undecided about this dress. It is supposed to be very retro. It gives her a good shape, but I am not crazy about the colors. Hmmmm…….

    I am on the fence about the show, but it is very interesting to see which fairy tale characters are going to show us in modern situations, and acting like real human beings in fairy land.

  • What bugs me about the Evil Queen is how repetitive her actions are: she meddles in other people’s business, especially Emma’s, then WARNS them that they better WATCH OUT! while twirling her moustaches. Then she screws them over in such a way that no one can prove it. Every time. I wish they gave that actress more to work with, script-wise. She’s so predictable that it could easily be a drinking game. 

    ETA: Ms. Morrison looks OK, but the dress is just a tiny skosh too tight across her lower abdomen.

    • MilaXX

       but even though she screws them over, it’s boring. There’s never any real fear or worry. Even with Charmings wife I get the feeling that she s indeed alive and well and that’s someone else’s heart in the box. I don’t seriously worry about anyone.

      Agree Jen’s dress is a bit too tight,and I actually like the hair . Makeup is gorge.

      • Lisa

        But there *is* fear and worry – she pulverized poor Graham’s heart into dust!  I think the main problem the show seems to have with her is – they need to have her doing stuff like that more often to really get the “wicked” point across!

        • MilaXX

           I completely forgot about that so yes I agree, she needs to be more evil.

  • MilaXX

    Completely agree, especially regarding the wicked queen. Still, like a bad habit I tune in every Sunday faithfully.

  • Lisa

    Really?  You guys don’t like Lana Parilla?  I think she’s a fabulous scenery chewer!  The only thing that’s getting on my nerves about her is *where* they place her – how during some nice normal scene, she comes stomping in, all fury and hatred.  Like last week – David’s in the hospital, Dr. Whale is looking after him, and all of a sudden, REGINA comes blowing in, demanding to know what the HELL is going on, her face all twisted with rage.  It’s like, “Jesus, lady, unclench – he was unconscious in the woods 10 minutes ago!”  I know that sounds like I don’t like the scenery chewing after all, but I do – just in the proper context, if that makes any sense.

    As for Sherriff Emma, she really needs some gays on her payroll!

  • formerlyAnon

    Snow goes back and forth between person-with-a-brain and personality-deficient witless idiot. It’s unnerving.

    Evil Queen can’t seem to project evil-under-the-smiling-surface in modern dress. When she’s a costumed evil queen gloating evilly, yes. In a suit, the evil only comes through when she’s actively plotting-cum-threats. And even then there’s a tendency to go whiny.

    Unless he’s at the center of things, Mr. Gold pulls his scenes out of whack because he’s so much stronger than most of the other actors.

  • I gave up after the Beauty and the Rumpelstiltskin episode partly because it was annoying but mostly because I realized that the curse didn’t take away anyone’s happy ending because there had never been any happy endings even in the fairy tale world. The revisions all show darker, pettier, tawdrier, and completely incestuous back-stories for every single fairy tale version — no one is happy, no one gets what they want. And then the curse falls, and somehow the town is worse? Eh.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Oh, I love this show. Yes, bits are cheapy, but I think Ginnifer Goodwin is doing very well, especially as Snow White (Mary Margaret isn’t as interesting). I don’t know Lana Parilla from Minnie Mouse, but I think she’s pretty campy, and I LOVE her costumes. And Prince Charming is adorable. I’d take him over the meathead in the other post anytime.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I do agree about this – Snow White is much more interesting than Mary Margaret.

  • mrspeel2

    I love the show and I make it a point to never miss an episode. That said, I like Grimm even better but they’re both addictions for me!

    I’m wondering where the big Fairy-Tales-For-Adults lately, originated. I mean, did light bulbs go off in all the various writer’s heads at the same time and producers all decided to put 2 TV series on air and to release two movies of the same – though very different – genre, on the public during the same time span? Well whatever caused these worlds to collide, I plan to enjoy every minute of it!

  • TomBord

    is that liz claiborne? 

  • Linderella

    So weird to see someone actually smiling while wearing Victoria Beckham.  What an odd combination.  Somewhere, VB herself is extra, extra frowny at the blasphemy.

  • GTrain

    It really bugs me that I like Victoria Beckham’s designs so much!

  • mochajava13

    OK, I love Lana as the Evil Queen!  I think she’s got just the right amount of camp for the role.   She and Rumplestiltskin make the show for me.  My husband hates the show, but every time Rumplestiltskin is on it, he comes to watch those scenes.   I’m not too fond of Emma’s acting; I think she’s rather bland.   Agree that Snow and Charming are bland.  I’m getting sick of the Twuu Lurve theme.

    I think the show is finally taking off, and has found some plot line for the real world.  It was too disjointed for a while there.

  • mochajava13

    Oops, put this in the wrong place.

  • Wrenaria

    I’m a sucker for fairy tales, so I adore this show, even if I occasionally get annoyed by the lack of forward movement in the plot. Rumplestiltskin definitely rules the screen and Red is my second favorite. I’ve enjoyed the fairytale Snow/Charming story, but don’t particularly enjoy their modern day counterparts – particularly Charming. In the modern tale he lacks any charm at all as a lying, cheating, untrusting modern man. Nothing to admire there.

    I’m interested in learning more about the writer that breezed into town. He’s the most interesting modern day character for me.

  • bondsinseconds

    I don’t want to play the “LOST” card, but man, this show had so much potential to unravel the story in a Lost-ian fashion, and dropped the ball hard. I keep watching it, but certain things about the acting/writing drive me crazy. I think Ginnifer Goodwin is a terrific actress, but her “innocent face” is KILLING ME. Mary Margaret was much more like her fairytale counterpart in the first few episodes, but has devolved and lost all of her edges. I actually think Lana Parilla is great, but I don’t think the writing
    for her is dynamic enough. Too much hitting the audience over the head
    with apples also. WE GET IT. APPLES. The writing is just terrible at times. No depth, convenient explanations, the same Emma Vs. Queen confrontations over and over. The last couple of episodes have been picking up though, so hopefully they are finding their footing. I want this show to be as good as I know it can be, but when it’s not it really bums me out because I see so much potential.