Tell Me a Story’s second season premiered with all new characters and fairy tales! Here’s how the first episode, The Curse, sets up the rest of the season!
Tell Me a Story is an anthology series that takes beloved fairy tales and turns them into stories of greed, lust, murder, and revenge. Last season took us on a ride with stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, and Hansel and Gretel. This season, we’re promised a whole new outlook on Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast.
Fairy tales are no strangers to the dark side. Unlike Disney’s animated adaptions, the original stories of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others were written for adults. In Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Cinderella’s step-sisters actually chop off their toes in order to fit in the glass slipper. Real twisted, huh?
I’m really looking forward to seeing Tell Me a Story’s take on some of the most loved fairy tale princesses. The Curse may have felt slow, however, the episode definitely sets up the rest of the season, and it seems we’re going to be in for a treat.
Beauty and the Beast
Right off the bat, The Curse introduces us to the Pruitt family. From what I noticed in this episode, all introduced characters are somehow connected to this family in some way. These characters then branch off into their own subplot. For example, Maddie Pruitt’s fiance, Tucker Reed (played by Paul Wesley) is a star character in the Sleeping Beauty plot.
After performing in a concert, Ashley Rose Pruitt enters her car only to have it blow up in a car bombing. For three months she undergoes recovery and during these three months, there are still no suspects for the bombing. With a team of security keeping her safe, Ashley Rose Pruitt is released back into the world.
While attempting to leave the hospital, her security team stops a crazed fan from snapping a photograph of her. This crazed fan will most likely be an important component of the Beauty and the Beast story as he returns at the end of the episode, listening to her song while burning his skin with a candelabra.
Quickly, we are able to see the comparisons between Beauty and the Beast and Ashley Rose’s story. Ashley Rose’s anger can easily be compared to Beast’s temperament in the well-known fairy tale. Plus we have what’s bluntly laid out in front of us: Ashley Rose discovers that one of the guards is named Beau Morris (played by Eka Darvill, Jessica Jones). She then tells him that his name is French for beautiful.
I’m also pretty sure that we are being set-up for the cutest OTP: Beau and Ashley. However, anyone who’s familiar with Tell Me a Story knows that trusting anyone is a mistake.