Dashing Rapscallion

I will be discussing spoilers from the latest episode of Once Upon a Time. If you have not seen that episode yet, you might want to wait until after you do. I’m going to be spoiling something fairly major that happened.

Still with me?

Okay, let’s start with the two words that sparked most of what I have to say:

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As anyone who has read my previous posts about Once Upon a Time might know, I have a thing for Hook. There’s something about him, the pirate swagger and bravado, the leather, swarthy nature, it just does it for me. It’s akin to the way that when I channel my character Yumi to write, a part of her brain just knows that Ash is attractive and she wants him. It has nothing to do with good, bad, right, or wrong. It is pure id speaking.

Now, last night, Hook shows up in the real world to try and convince the hero Emma Swan that she needs to return to Storybrooke. Emma, who has been living under the spell Regina cast for the last year with Henry, is on a date with some guy named Walsh, who I promptly entitled Captain Dweeb-face because in comparison to Hook, he pales. At least for my id, and that was pretty much the only relevant factor.

Now, an argument could be made that Walsh might be every inch a good guy, and by proxy a better “choice” for Emma. If you ignore the painful writing on the wall, you could say that. This is a television show. It doesn’t bode well for a character to be introduced as the love interest to the main character, and have been said LI for the past eight months off screen. There were no new names included in the opening credits (excluding Mader), and believe me, I looked through the names. I wanted to know if Robert Carlyle was still included in them. (He was, which makes me optimistic for his return.)

So, what could be the reasons for Emma to have a LI over the last eight months? Would it be for the sudden death of a loved one to spurn her on? Or would it be for a sudden, yet inevitable betrayal? (Thank you, Wash.) Given that the one constant for Emma is what she would do for Henry, I doubted seriously that Captain Dweeb-face was the one true love that Emma was going to lose that would break her heart. Between Neil, Graham, and Hook, she has had the opportunity to have that heartbreak, but the only person that she would be devastated over the loss of would be her son.

So, sudden yet inevitable betrayal had to be the reason. And, it was. (Which brings up all sorts of fucked up thoughts on how far had Emma let that relationship go since a marriage proposal had been on the table. I mean, Walsh turned out to be a winged monkey after all…)

What does all this have to do with the words dashing rapscallion? Not much really, but they were what spurned on my thoughts, and made me think. So much so, that I am planning another post soon for the Bad Boy vs the Good Guy. I’d like to take a closer look at what makes them tick.

Comments? Questions? Please feel free to leave them.

Happy New Year!

Okay, so I’m late. Again.

I really meant to get back to this sooner, but I had interviews, and family things, and none of that really matters. I need to do better, and that’s one of the things I am going to do my best to do this year.

So, over the past few weeks, I’ve finished my first editorial pass on my novel, and I just recently finished my second draft. It’s all very exciting, and I feel all the pieces slowly fitting together in a way that just excites me. I know I have a lot more work ahead of me, but I feel reasonably assured that I could publish sometime this year. That’s the goal, and funny enough, my New Year’s Resolution.

I’m saddened by the fact that all my favorite TV shows are mostly on hiatus until after the Olympics. The two “cliffhangers” that have me antsy the most are actually Once Upon a Time and Grey’s Anatomy (my favorite guilty pleasure show). I’m eager to see what the creative minds behind Once Upon a Time will 129300_8231have done with The Enchanted Forest, more than just bring the Wicked Witch there. Are they going to tie in Ginnifer Goodwin’s pregnancy? Are the Ogres still a problem, as was hinted last season? Is Robert Carlyle truly gone from the cast? (I will say that I think they managed to deftly handle the aging of Henry, for now. It could become problematic again if they don’t keep time moving at a good pace.) Plus, Hook. I always need more Hook on my screen.

Grey’s Anatomy though, I’m dying to find out what happened between Jackson Avery and April Kepner. I wanted to smack Jackson for doing that to her, mind you. Don’t get me wrong. I liked Jackson and April when they first got together, but the last year of their relationship has been a constant, “No, I can’t be with you!” from one or the other. Then they introduced Matt, who is adorable and perfect for April. He truly is. He’s going to be the one hurt most from all of this, which is a shame. A pure, unadulterated shame, because I don’t think he’d hurt April, and I think she does love him. (But the obvious writing is that the wedding won’t happen. She might not choose Jackson, but the wedding won’t happen. Prove me wrong, Grey’s!)

HoJosh-Holloway-Intelligencewever, in the interim, I will have a new show on CBS to ogle, er, watch. Josh Holloway, the devastatingly good-looking actor who portrayed conman Sawyer on Lost, is now playing a Chuck-esque role in Intelligence. Plus, it has Red/Ruby from Once Upon a Time. I shall be tuning in to see if that show is worth more than just its eye candy.

That’s it for today. I have a writing-related thoughtful post to come on Points of Views in a novel. For now though, thoughts, questions, comments, leave them here!

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.