Every show had a beginning, and most certainly will have an end. The end of ABC’s Once Upon a Time is here and we’re very much ready for it.
The show began in 2011, at the boom of supernatural TV demand and it was a delight to behold. We got to see, first hand, wonderful Disney characters we grew up with interwoven in ways we never thought possible. This novel interesting approach continued all the way through season 4 after which the show became a bore to follow with season 6 being the worst of the lot. Disney/ABC, understandably, still wouldn’t give up on the show and ordered a soft reboot for its seventh season, which still didn’t go well ratings wise… And here we are.
With a plot too convoluted and twists so surprisingly shocking that they cease make sense, the show made its mark. That’s what it was known for. I even find it difficult recounting all the evenings that occurred throughout this final season. But one thing I know is, it became a showdown between new, but old, more evil Rumpelstiltskin, and a redemptive storyline of some sort for Regina.
In essence, I’d like to call Once Upon a Time Regina’s story. Since Emma left, someone had to take up the reins of the face of heroism; and even though grown up Henry tried that at first, I’m happy the writers realized he didn’t have the same charm and charisma as teenage Henry, so they switched to Regina.
From Evil Queen to Good Queen 👑, Regina got her happy ending and we couldn’t be happier for her. Once Upon a Time had a nice run and now its watch has ended, time to move on to other things. 🚶 🚶 🚶.
OUAT is back! Sort of. After the run of the not so good season six, many viewers were surprised to hear the show was going to undergo a reboot of some sort, with many of its principle casts not returning. In fact, only three of the principle cast + a grown up Henry. As at that time, it seemed like rocket science, I felt the show should have ended with the 6th season since it had lost the magic that once made it special. Haha! But the season seven premiere (S07 E01) turned out to be decent, nice, and had that spellbinding magic that made the show endear to our heart, once.
It turns out there are more realms in existence than the one we’ve grown accustomed to. And possibly, various incarnations of characters we’ve already come across, as we got introduced to another Cinderella (a latina, as played by, Daniella Ramirez). This means, we can have another Snow White, Prince Charming, and even Evil Queen, though I hope the story doesn’t delve in there.
The returning cast members – Regina (who now goes by Ronin), Hook (who’s a sergeant turned detective at the end of the episode), and Rumple (Hook’s new partner). It might take me a while to stop referring to everyone by their old names, so please, forgive me. But I really got excited watching this episode, it held promise, something I haven’t seen in OUAT in a while now.
The main plot revolves around a grown Henry, who set out to discover and write his own story devoid of his family. He met and fell in love with the Cinderella of this new realm and they had a daughter. There’s a new curse, and no one remembers their former lives, save for the little girl. Does this remind you about someone? Yes. Nostalgia’a *****
Various questions pop up now, such as:
– Who cast the curse?
– Where are the other characters?
– How did the Dark One get ensnared by a curse? and…
– What happened to Storybrooke, as the new story takes place in Seattle?
This and many more will certainly be answered as the season goes forward. Until then, enjoy the rebranded show called, ‘Once Upon A Time’.
In all honesty the quality of ABC’s hit fantasy show based on popular Disney characters, Once Upon a Time has waned over time. In its earlier seasons (specifically, 1 – 4) it was a real delight to watch, and somewhere within season 5 it started to become a bore. Season 6 was mostly boring.
So, what went wrong? How does a series with fantastical elements suddenly become boring? We’re going to discuss some reasons we feel caused it, and how hopeful we are that moving forward with its plan of soft reboot the series can find its feet again.
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1. THE LOVE STORY
A large percentage of the public happen to enjoy love even in the most fantastical of stories. Do not get me wrong before I even land; I understand OUAT is built on the foundation that love is the greatest magic there is (recall season one’s finale). But, as at then love was used for specific purpose. Now, love is everywhere: if it isn’t Snow an Charming, it is Emma and Hook, Henry and Violet, Rumple and Belle, Regina and Robin, or even Aladdin and Jasmine. All these pair ups make the story look like child’s play. I do hope it’s something that’ll be taken into consideration as the series reboots itself. Enough with the excessive pairing.
2. MAKE THEM EVIL AGAIN
Yes! Wicked is sweet, but evil is greater. This is OUAT, as established in the series’ lore, there’s no light without darkness and as such every hero must have a worthy villain, and none has proven more worthy than the deadly duo, Regina aka The Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin; these two are a delight to watch in their evil ways. As the series progressed Regina and Rumpel kept getting closer and closer to the light and doing what is right, which in my opinion damaged their characterizations even though it helped the humanity of their characters. Part of what made the series epic in the first place was the unpredictability of both as wonderfully played by both actors, Lana Parilla and Robert Carlye respectively. So, bring back the evil producers… we want it!
3. A WORTHY VILLAIN
If you paid attention you’d realize I meant in the point above, Regina and Rumpel remain as recurring villains, that would leave room for a worthy villain of the season. This would be an informed choice as whoever gets to be the hero of the season would have his/her hands filled. The villain would have to go to the land of villainy and learn what made all the ones before him/her awesome. I recommend visiting the universe of Arrow to learn from Prometheus). Haha!
4. A TIGHTER STORY
This doesn’t always work, but more often than not it makes things better. If the idea of 22 episodes for a season has become more of a curse than blessing in terms of story telling, the season can be pruned, fillers reduced to the barest minimum and a more captivating story told.
5. EMMA SWAN. NO!
This is a personal opinion. I couldn’t have felt happier the day I saw the news that Actress, Jenifer Morrison was leaving OUAT. I felt the series would get better. The day I saw the news that the show was going for a soft reboot instead of a sequel season, I knew the savior has arrived for the ABC’s hit TV show (pun intended). I don’t really know if my pseudo-dislike for Emma is as a result of her characterization or the actress. I watched Jenifer in How I Met Your Mother and I loved her there; so… Be thou as it may, I feel keeping Emma’s appearance to the barest minimum will be in the advantage of this soft reboot.
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