“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 to C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books, fairy tales provide us with engaging characters and stories, as well as occasional moral and spiritual lessons. “Once Upon a Time” follows that tradition by delving into the lives of just about every fairy tale character you’ve ever heard of, but with a lot more detail, complexity and backstory. The premise is that the Evil Queen, in order to get revenge on Snow White and Prince Charming, made a deal with the master of dark magic, Rumpelstiltskin, to put a curse on her entire kingdom that would transport them to a town in our world called Storybrooke, Maine, where they’re just ordinary citizens who don’t remember their pasts. The curse can only be undone by Emma, the daughter of Snow and the Prince from the fairy tale world, who they managed to save before the curse went into effect. Each episode of the series moves the story forward in Storybrooke, while also providing a look at the characters’ pasts.
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