It's a fairy tale about alternate realities, beings who come from another reality to live in this world, and beings who are capable of magical and wondrous deeds. Some may say this is simply TV fiction, but this could also be describing Christianity and other faiths. ABC will air the premiere of Once Upon a Time's third season tomorrow, 9-29-13, with the episode "The Heart of the Truest Believer." Viewers should check local listings for exact times and channels and may enjoy this preview. The premiere will be preceded by a special episode entitled "Journey to Neverland." A listing of season 3 episode titles as they currently stand can be found on IMDB.
Where the first two seasons involved storybook characters come to life in the state of Maine, season three sees them journey back into fairy tale worlds to rescue Rumpelstiltskin's grandson, confront Peter Pan, and battle two humans from our world who are apparently seeking to destroy all magic. As viewers have already found, each fairy tale character in Once Upon a Time resembles their counterpart with whom we have been familiar, but have appeared in the series with strange and fascinating twists. Peter Pan will undoubtedly follow suit.
While some followers of Christianity have lambasted this and other shows depicting magic as being evil, viewers may well want to find discussion points that use Once Upon a Time's story and characters for spiritual reflection and discussion. What follows below are a few discussion questions that can bring Once Upon a Time home to one's spiritual journey and promote opportunity for growth and insight.