Once Upon A Time there was a good show
So I gave myself a day to mull over what I had watched before I began to put fingers to keys.
Once Upon A Time premiered for its 4th season last night with its venture into the land and story of Frozen. If you recall, just the mention that the writers/producers had opted to go with a Frozen or Snow Queen story line at the end of season 3 worried me. Well all of my worries were fully justified last night. And I am just so very disappointed now.
The following is a bulleted list (in random, stream-of-consciousness order) as to my issues with the show, its writers, and the new plot:
- They didn’t even try. This was a money grab. Whoever gave the directive, whether it be the writers, producers, or studio execs, going with the Frozen story-line was simply push to ride the coattails of arguably one of Disney’s single most successful movies ever. How can I still assert this? They didn’t change a thing. Even Marshmallow made an appearance looking precisely how it did in the movie. And the troll looked exactly as they did in the movie.
The only thing missing was Olaf… (I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if he shows up.)
They didn’t try to make it any different. While every other fairy tale has been altered creatively to fit the story, Frozen was not at all. The entire plot that involves Elsa and Anna is the “this happened after the movie” manner as Anna ventured out to find out where their parents were really going on that ill-fated voyage.
SURPRISE! IT WAS THE ENCHANTED FOREST!
Why? To find a cure for Elsa. Oh, and then Anna vanishes! Dubious… Undoubtedly this will mean that Rumpelstiltskin had something to do with it. It just was not creative in any way.
- Time Travel SUCKS! I hate the time travel premise when it is introduced to free-standing sagas like this. There are only a few times that I see it as having worked. Twice was on Star Trek… of the many many times it was done. Another was the Back to the Future trilogy, as it pretty much introduced the whole ‘WHOOPS, I just caused a paradox and have to fix it!’ plot premise. A few more hit the mark, but otherwise I just hate it hate it hate it hate it. Oh, did I mention that I hate the time travel plot premise? This isn’t Dr Who, people! Once that episode happened, I got extremely worried. And rightfully so. What, couldn’t think of a way for Emma to realize that she didn’t want to leave? MAKE HER LEAVE AND WORK ON IT FROM THERE! Why introduce a time paradox in order to make it happen?!
- It’s Heroes all over again. Just like the with that show (which still ranks number 1 on greatest disappointment off of a great premise) where each season they had to save the world from it’s ultimate destruction, Once will find everyone yet again trapped in Storybrook. Blah blah blah. Repeated plot mechanisms… Prison Break meats Snow White.
- The most powerful player fizzles. Emma was built up to be so much more powerful than any magic user in that world as she was wrought out of true love, the most powerful magic. And they’ve done nothing with her in that arena. She continues to be hindered magically despite the growth she exhibits everywhere else. In this episode she gets smacked effortlessly by Marshmallow while Regina barely lifts a finger.
- No other villains… so lets keep rehashing the old ones. Well guess who is going bad again. Are there not enough villains available in fairytale land to come up with a viable threat? The fragile nature of how ‘good’ Regina is almost laughable. Now while having an arch nemesis is a viable plot point, it is poor character development to have an inherently good character go down a black path to then be brought back to the light only to be so easily pushed back to darkness then to treat them as though they are the arch nemesis of the saga.
Even Rumpel is flip-flopping. They’re stories as to their journey into darkness and then back again were well done, but now it is only becoming strange how they are behaving in the show. How I see it is that Rumpel, Regina, and now Elsa are villainous in their behaviors, though each are inherently good-natured and good at heart. In lacking a real antagonist to fight against though, just make one or all villainous again, and problem solved! Blech!
What about the Horned King from The Black Cauldron? Now that would have been badass!
There are a few more that I have, but they start to get nit-picky. Overall I am now quaking with fear that another great show will venture into a place where I will have to jump ship. I just don’t want to have to see another show with great promise get just far enough that the writers almost spaz out unable to figure out what to do with it.
I am going to stay on board this sinking ship hoping that they plug the leaks while I hold fast to my life preserver. I hope they can plug these leaks.
At least I have Blacklist if this all goes south.