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):
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 the 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 amazing. 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.