Once Upon a Time: Dark Swan Rises

the dark oneSeason Four of Once Upon a Time was a low point for me. After absolutely loving the twists of Season Three – loving our time spent in both Neverland and Oz – I was pretty disappointed with how things continued. The Frozen arc was okay, but coming just so quickly on the heels of the movie – and adhering to so much of it when it came to characters and costumes – left it lacking in authenticity. So much of it just came across as forced and false and I could just never get over that. And then the whole Author things and the fact that everyone lost all of their agency and none of their actions were theirs anymore just…I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it and it left a bad taste in my mouth and I wasn’t all that excited for the start of the new season. There were a few things that were intriguing, I guess, and I was certainly going to keep watching, but I was far from excited.

And with just one episode, all that changed. Season Four has been forgotten and I’m pretty pumped.

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Once Upon a Time: The More the Merrier

once-upon-a-timeSometimes, when a show reports on a new story line or some other upcoming event, I get really confused by certain fan reactions. Their reactions just don’t make any sense to me. It’s almost like they’re watching a completely different show from me or maybe they just have no idea how story telling works.

Once Upon a Time is one of those shows. I feel like this happens constantly. Every time the show announces a new fairy tale or story book they’re exploring and all the characters they’re looking to bring in, hoards of people flock to comment sections of these posts to whine and complain about new characters. They want no new characters. The show has enough already. And I just…I don’t understand.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New Faces, New Friends

I suppose that since it’s June 2nd and the last of my shows aired their season (and quite possibly series) finale last night, it’s officially time to say the season’s over. Some people may like to tack on the summer to the end of their television year, but I like to follow the Emmy’s calendar (seeing as we share a name and all). So, for the next few weeks I’m going to be spending my Tuesdays looking back over the season and bringing you my thoughts on certain stand-outs from the past year.

Today, we’re starting with my favorite new characters. These are the people who have stuck with me, mostly for good reasons, but a few for being deliciously not so good. They’re the new people I’m itching to get back to now that the season’s over, the people whose stories I need more of. Probably not surprisingly, most of these new characters come from bran new shows, but there are a few newcomers to some well established shows as well.

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Once Upon a Time: At Story’s End

Whew! That series finale certainly was something, and finished up with an ending I truly wasn’t expecting. heroes and villainsWhich I find pretty exciting. I know I’ve been a little down on this season – specifically the back half with The Author’s story line – but I really do like this show. And I’m excited that the season finale has left me excited for what’s to come.

When it came to Rumpelstiltskin’s alternate universe, I had some quibbles. Namely, I don’t think any of it actually counted as villains getting their happy ending while heroes suffered. I mean, I guess Rumpelstiltskin was happy with Belle and their child, but he wasn’t Rumpelstiltskin anymore, not really. I would have thought “villains getting their happy ending” would have meant that they would still be villains when they got their happiness. That Rumpelstiltskin’s happiness would have been all the power he craved and Belle by his side. That Zelena would want to know that she was destroying the happiness of her sister by marrying her love. Instead, we’re still reinforcing that villains can’t be happy.

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Once Upon a Time: Ask for Permission, not Forgiveness

Do you ever watch something – a movie, or a tv OUAT_418_RobinHood_Robin_Zelena_kissseries, or read a book – and suddenly you’re seeing patterns and themes that you’re not sure were the intention of the authors? Because that’s how I’m feeling about Once Upon a Time this season. Especially after this past episode. So much of Season 4B has been positioned as this look at darkness and light, good and evil, heroes and villains. And if you read my last episode reaction, you’ll know the problems I’ve been having buying into those themes.

No, instead – and like I said, especially in light of this most recent episode – what I’ve really been getting out of this season is questions and issues of consent.

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Once Upon a Time: Stories and Lies

So, after last night’s episode, I think I can 411Cruelladefinitively say this: Cruella DeVil is officially my favorite Once Upon a Time villain. And I gotta say that I’m bummed she was killed off just as we were starting to really learn more about her. I’ve got some questions, and I’m a little disappointed knowing I probably won’t get them answered.

See, I’m going back and forth with Once right now. On the one hand, things happen that I just love – Cruella’s inherent darkness being one of them – but then on the other hand, I feel like there are too many loose threads that don’t seem to be coming together. The mythos of good and evil, heroes and villains, has been a complicated one almost from the very beginning on Once, and yet the latter half of the season is trying to bring those things back to a sense of black and white. And it’s not working for me simply because the show has made it so clear that good/evil and heroes/villains are never black and white. It’s hard to watch the attempt to pour that mess of gray back into the bottle.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Couples

Maybe I’m a week late since Valentine’s Day has just passed, but I thought on this inaugural edition of Top Ten Tuesdays I would start be spreading some love.

No matter what your favorite show is about – be it prison, family, superheroes, high school, or cops – someone, somewhere is falling in love. There’s no hiding from it. There’s no use telling a story without it in there somewhere. So let’s celebrate it.

Today’s list features my Top Ten Couples: canonical love stories featured on shows that have yet to reach their series finale. Not all these couples are currently together – in fact one hasn’t even managed to get themselves together yet, though their feelings for one another are definitely clear – but they’ve made a mark on their respective shows.

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