A couple weeks ago (here), I let you in on my goal to completely catch up on the show Once Upon a Time before the season 3 premiere which was yesterday (September 29). After my update post last week (here) in which I was on track to meeting my goal, I pretty much fell completely off the tracks. I was caught up in doing other things and I barely watched any episodes before Saturday. The result – I didn’t finish. That being said, I currently only have 2 or 3 episodes left to watch in Season 2, so I should be all caught up and on track for next weekend.
I am still completely loving this show! The characters are complicated and ever changing; the fairytale links still make me say “Oh, that’s who he/she is;” and the writers are fantastic at cultivating suspense. I find that through many episodes I am on the edge of my seat waiting to find out how a particular storyline will work out. I am really glad I decided to watch through the series in order, because I can see how missing an episode here or there could lead to a lot of confusion. I also find that I am really thankful for the opening recap – it lets you know which characters and storylines the episode will focus on.
Last week I noted that one of the things I loved about the show was the character development. Let me expand on that aspect a bit more this week. First off, I really love “complicated” characters. What exactly do I mean by that? In short, I like the characters that fall somewhere in between on the good guy/bad guy spectrum. In this type of story, you often have your characters that are clearly “good guys” (outside example: Harry Potter, Ron, Hermione). Then you have your characters that are clearly “bad guys” (Voldemort, Bellatrix). When done well both the “good guys” and the “bad guys” are complex in that they have back stories that explain why they act the way they do, the “good guys” may not always make the right decision and the “bad guys” may have good qualities.
My favourite characters (especially when they’re really well developed) are the characters that defy easy classification. They’re the characters that you are convinced are bad…until all of a sudden they do something that makes you reconsider…then they’re bad again…but would an evil character really do that?… (I think maybe you get the point now?) One of my favourite examples of this type of character is Snape (and also the Draco family but that tends to take more explanation on my part). Another example is Jack Sparrow (You never really know what side he’s on). I love how these characters demonstrate the complexity of good and evil and how they’re unpredictable. But my favourite part is hoping for their redemption – hoping that the good that shines through every so often will be allowed to break through completely.
Now you may be saying: “What does this have to do with Once Upon a Time?” So let me get to it – this show is full of characters that fall into this category. The “good guys” and the “bad guys” are all really well developed and have the complexity I was talking about earlier. But the “complicated” characters? Amazing. Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold is probably the most obvious entry in this category even though many of the characters themselves would probably classify him as a “bad guy.” Then there’s Hook (just introduced this season). Maybe even Regina/Evil Queen? (I honestly don’t know what category she belongs in). I know, I know, how can 2 or 3 characters make a show “full” of complicated characters? Many shows don’t have any…so the fact that Once Upon a Time has more than one and they’re all done really well? Major bonus.
One thing I didn’t love about this season: the resolution of the Pinocchio/August Booth story line. I understand why it happened and I can appreciate the twist. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Now I’m off to finish the last couple episodes. Let me know if you enjoy this type of post (where I talk about what I’m watching). Maybe I’ll do occasional updates on my thoughts throughout the season.
P.S. The huntsman/Sheriff Grahame appears in an episode this season. I’m still not over what Regina did to him.
“Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban