ABC Network’s Once Upon A Time mixes science, magic and contemporary American life, as fairytale characters like Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White are banished, without memories of their old lives, by the Evil Queen to a place where, she says, there are no happy endings. A place that turns out to be a town in Maine called Storybrooke.
At this point in the series the characters have their memories back from their fairytale lives and magic has grown stronger.
In the most recent episode, “In the Name of the Brother,” a moral dilemma arises between some of the main characters over whether or not to help save the life of an outsider whose life is in danger after a car accident. One of the characters was wielding magic at the time of the accident and it is feared that this stranger will reveal the secrets of Storybrooke to the outside world.
The arguments go on about sacrificing his life in order to spare the town. Another character says that there is no real threat now and that any upcoming threats will be dealt with as they arise.
In our real world we are facing similar problems over upholding the dignity of every human life and the temptation to be only concerned with how we are inconvenienced.
Once Upon A Time is also very strong on the themes of the desire for love, the hope of redemption and the dangers of magic.
What have you seen on television recently that dealt with end-of-life issues? Was the dignity of every human life upheld?