It references to established strong characters but completely obliterates the structure predetermination of fate.
I loved how Jiminy Cricket (the embodiment of conscience) is turned to a shrink.
I also loved how the modern part (minus the "flashbacks") can exist on its own because the lines can make it believable the Henry is just a troubled youth who invented everything up.
Oh and the apple cider reference is a winner although the apple reference appeared to be overused thereafter.
I also loved that it was the same curse that afflicted Sleeping Beauty and Snow White as both princesses fate were brought to life with a true love's kiss.
It's also interesting who's that someone who stole the happily ever after. I don't think it's just the evil queen, someone must've enabled her to escaped her predetermined loss.
I am excited how the kisses and all the past events will be referenced ala Draco Malfoy getting Dumbledore's wand instrutmental to eventual victory of Harry over Lord Voldie. It's exciting to connect and reference and how this connections changes the complexion of the stories.