This is shaping up to be an interesting season of Once Upon A Time.
Storybrooke is out of the picture for now as all of our leads have left this world on a quest to save Henry. A quest that immediately falls apart because they’re all so firmly fixed in their Breakfast Club archetypes that they can’t trust each other, much less cooperate.
Rumpy wants to do it all himself. Snow White and Prince Charming want to do everything good and right and honest. Regina wants to throw fire and kill everyone. Captain Hook doesn’t care how they accomplish their goal as long as he gets paid. They’re the worst rescue party in the world.
So, Henry is on his own. And I think that’s what it’s going to come down to. While the Storyrbooke Crack Rescue Squad is bumbling around the jungle, getting outsmarted by the Lost Boys, Henry is going to have to save himself by either killing Peter Pan or growing up and tarnishing his truest believer heart.
Other OUAT Thoughts:
- I love that Show literally sent Henry to Awkward Tween Island.
- Peter Pan is a creeper.
- Yay! The Anti-Magic Duo is dead! They were obnoxious and brought the whole show down. Yes, they were a plot device to bring the Peter Pan arc into the picture, but oh my god.
- Interestingly, their death demonstrates the dark side of true belief or blind faith or whatever you want to call it. Henry truly believed in magic and, because of that, the pixie dust allowed him to fly. The Anti-Magic Duo truly believed in magic and, because of that, he got his soul ripped out and she got her heart ripped out (and crushed. After getting shot in the back with an arrow). True belief can take you to very dark places.
- How long do we have to pretend that Emma is 28?
Lastly, I’m losing my taste for all the CG work on Show. The CG backgrounds don’t annoy me, even when they aren’t seamless (which is most of the time – it’s pretty clear which objects on set are real and which aren’t). With a show that changes locations as often as OUAT does, you need that. But, was it really necessary to do CG on the captive mermaid’s tail? All I could think of was the actress flopping around on set in green tights because you know that’s how it happened. It took me right out of the zone while watching.
I watched the Evil Dead remake recently and was struck by the effectiveness of the practical special effects. That was seriously some of the most horrifying gore work I’ve ever seen on my television and none of it was CG. I think that’s why that movie stuck with me and keeps making appearances in my nightmares: that $h!t looked real.
That came back to me while I was watching the mermaid actress flop around in the green tights that would, through CG, become a tail and fin. And I thought, “Why couldn’t they just put a prosthetic tail on her?” Show frequently does that: uses CG when something real would suffice. It’s a weakness and is honestly one of the things that irritates the hell out of me.
I get it. You need CG to portray the fantastic locations and magic within Once Upon A Time and I support that. That’s one of the things I love about Show. But sometimes, to believe in the magic, you’ve got to see something real.