I was a bit disenchanted (see what I did there?) with tonight’s fall finale of Once Upon a Time. We’re reminded every episode that “good always wins over evil” … but I think that’s getting old, fast. I know that this is a family show rooted in fairy tales; but as most of us know, fairy tales are much darker than Disney led us to believe (did you know that Ariel attempted to kill her beloved prince in the original Little Mermaid? And then she was so ashamed that she turned herself into sea foam, which is basically Mermaid suicide? I KNOW, RIGHT?) And yes, I’m aware OUAT is an ABC show, which means it’s a Disney show, which makes my point completely moot.
I guess my thinking is that OUAT is the brainchild of two Lost writers, so I expect magic (see what I did there?) every episode. Season 1 was innovative, and pretty ballsy when the writers killed off a series regular in the 7th episode. Very Lost-esque (RIP Boone) and appreciated for it’s shock value; and the twist worked so well because within those 7 episodes, the audience grew attached to the character and was saddened by his death (at least that seemed to be the general consensus). But this season, the old characters are treading on thin storylines, and the new characters… well, between their wooden performances (I’m looking at you, Jamie Chung / Mulan) and the zero necessity of even BEING on the show (I’m looking at you, Sarah Bolger / Aurora), I find myself missing last season more with each passing week. The only way to redeem wasting episode time with “Mulora” (I saw it on twitter) is to go OC Season 2 and finally have them act on their underlying lesbian attraction (do the writers think I can’t see it? BECAUSE I CAN. Family show my ass). If they forgo the OC-style, I hope Mulan and Aroura get trapped under an avalanche so I NEVER HAVE TO SEE THESE CHARACTERS AGAIN.
I do have good things to say about OUAT, but this is a rant so there’s no place for those feelings here. Off to watch Homeland, the show that never disappoints me.