Once Upon a Time

Sticking with my theme of commenting on tv shows, I feel compelled to discuss one of my favorite shows (SPOILER WARNING FOR CONTENT TO COME):

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One of the reasons I quickly fell in love with this series when it started was the fact that I adore fairy tales. More than that, one of my favorite writing exercises is to take a fairy tale and put a new twist on it. What this show has done from the very beginning for me, is exactly that one thing. They’ve taken all these various fairy tales and linked them together in new ways, and in the process, added their own new unique flares to them.

Now, we’re almost two and a half years into the show’s run, and I’m as hooked now as I was when I first started watching. As you may know, the show spent 027_Lady_of_the_Lake_episode_still_of_Henry_Mills_250pxthe better half of the season in Neverland, trying to rescue little Henry. The actor playing Henry (Jared Gilmore) does an adequate job. He’s a child actor, and they don’t quite have the range that older actors have developed. He’s also surrounded by amazing actors that just overshadow his ability. It’s not his fault, but the kid is a kid. He’s still learning, and it’ll take time to see if he can reach the same levels as say Robert Carlyle.

The fact that he is a kid is actually the problem at the moment. The show is fast closing in on its third year, but the time in Storybrooke has not moved as quickly. Henry is still supposed to be 10 or 11 years old, but the actor is obviously getting older. With his portrayal as Pan, I wasn’t sure if he was intentionally lowering his voice, or if perhaps his voice actually has started to change, deepening it from the higher register we as viewers have become accustomed to. Not only do they have to worry about the voice changes, the boy is going to hit a growth spurt sooner or later that might propel him to heights harder to imagine a pre-teen hitting. This is going to be a Lost kind of problem.

In Lost, they too had a show that was taking place over a short period of time over multiple seasons. Originally Walt, the 10ish year old boy survivor, was part of the cast, but where most of the cast was not going to age quickly, the actor playing Walt hit that moment of puberty that would not be able to be explained easily. They had to find a way to write him out. In contrast, Once Upon a Time may have hit their solution to that problem with the twist of Pan taking over Henry’s body, which places Henry in Pan’s body.

Herein lies a most intriguing possibility: what if in defeating Pan they are forced to kill “Henry” – as in Henry’s body. The actor playing Pan (Robbie Kay) has been ROBBIE KAYamazing. He’s charismatic, he’s got the look of a teenage heartthrob, and he’s been able to hold his own in scenes with these other actors. It also allows them to avoid the future problems of Henry aging too fast suddenly. Not to mention, it would be a fun twist to see play out (especially since I imagine that Rumple or Regina would have to be at the center of the “Henry” demise).

I doubt that they would do this, but it would be fun. I think based on the promo for the Winter Finale, I see what they might be getting ready to do, but they’ve surprised me from time to time. I do hope that whatever ends up happening for these exiled fairytale characters that they do something to really shake up where the show will be picking up in the new year. Many of the characters, minor as they may be, have been ignored as new characters were introduced. It would be nice to see more of the original recurring cast. Plus, some of the other character stories have stagnated.

I’m a huge “Rumbelle” fan, but their reunion left me wanting. She looked to him with tear-filled eyes, professing love, and he promised his old promises. There was nothing new between them, and for me, I think their relationship entices me the most when he’s bad trying to be good. Right now, he’s just being good, and Rumple is one of the most detailed villains that I’ve had the luxury to see on TV. I want his villainous edge back.

Anyways, that’s enough of my rambling. Thoughts? Questions? Comments? Leave them here.

Also, if you like romances, and in particular historical romances, check out my friend Caroline Lee’s A Cheyenne Christmas, here.

The Walking Dead … Again

I debated if I wanted to go this route with this week’s post, but I just had to say a few things about the Mid Season Finale for The Walking Dead.

Word of warning: This post will container spoilers. Read at your own peril.

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So, now that you’re still reading, Hershel died. It was sad, and it was gruesome, but it was kind of a let down. Scott Wilson who played Hershel was always a bright spot on any episode, even when he was struggling to cope with things. I wanted to be moved by his death, the way they had Maggie and Bethe be moved. Yet, instead, they had the Governor, who they spent two episodes trying to built a quasi-redemption story for, that really led nowhere for his character, kill him in just a gory, unnecessary way. It was done for the shock value rather than “You knew that this had to happen.”

The only reason we knew that Hershel was going to die prior to the episode was the fact that he had become the lone voice of reason. He got “Daled” for lack of better terms. He tried to talk sense and reason to the people who wouldn’t listen. We can’t have that in a zombie apocalypse! Time for Hershel to die! If they had at least decided to have him get sick from the swine flu because he chose to try and save those people, then his death would have been so much “better”. His death would have been a consequence of the current story, rather than regressing to past stories to see what they could do.

Last season, the Governor was a great villain. This season? They should have left him alone for longer, to build toward that scene. They didn’t need him to get rid of the prison (which is what that fight feels like it was used for). They had this sub-arc that was really fascinating about someone on the inside trying to subvert them with feeding rats to the fences, and maybe even something more heinous. Instead, they focus on past and going for the shock value. It’s very underwhelming to watch as a storyteller.

In a side rant about Sheriff Rick Grimes:

What the bleeding hell is wrong with you? You kick Carol out of the god damned prison because she mercy killed to sick people who were going to die? But you talk a big game about being able to live along side the Governor! What the fuck? (Rationally, I know he was trying to keep his people from dying by brokering peace, but come on! Carol never did anything as heinous as the Governor!)

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Leave them here!