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Once Upon A Time

Hmmm. Four episodes in thanks to my son's Netflix account. I'm not sure ... the comedy is good, and watching it from the beginning  - as opposed to having dropped in on one episode back during its first season and having been disappointed by the cheesiness of the "fairytale" section of the story, and the incredible blandness of a couple of the lead fairytale characters - may make me more interested in those characters.

The Emma character is good so far. The Queen/Mayor is really rather hard to take, because if she's supposed to be impressing me as either delightfully and two-dimensionally villainous, or three-dimensionally and therefore fascinatingly villainous, she's failing miserably. On the other hand, the woman playing Mary Margaret/Snow White is less boring than she struck me on that first abortive watch and seems actually somewhat less than cardboard. James, or Charming, or whoever he is, is - marginally - less uninteresting on second watch.

And if I take the cheesiness of the fairy tale world and look at it as an artistic, or thematic, or meta choice on the part of the showrunners, I suppose I could run with it.

And it is only four episodes in.

But I'm not altogether sure. So far, the fics and vids have shown far more quality than the source material.*



*The exception is, of course Robert Carlyle. So far, he and the woman playing Emma appear to me to be the strongest actors, and the only ones really holding my attention. Certainly, Carlyle's the only one who can chew scenery and still retain my respect.







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lost_spook
Mar. 15th, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, keep with it if you can, if you're not hating it too much. I was hugely attracted by the concept and really disappointed by the random episodes I saw - chiefly because of the over-Disneyfication of the fairy tales, like you. But then I watched astrogirl2 on my flist have the same sort of reaction and yet get sucked in - and she explained that they use the Diney connection really cleverly sometimes. So I got the DVD for Christmas, watched the whole thing and - yes, I do like it. And apparently S2 is far better.

It's got fairy tales and meta, non-linear storytelling, and multiple storylines of equal importance, all of which are things that I like, though, so I may be biased. But the first time I watched an ep, I thought Robert Carlyle was the only good person in it, followed by Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow, but once I started watching it properly, I soon got interested in everybody. Charming's still a bit... well.
kaffyr
Mar. 15th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thus far, you and one other person over on DW have said much the same thing, so I suppose I shall try at least another four episodes. If they can use, in any kind of way, the Disney thing, which immediately hit me (hello, an ABC production and ABC is owned by The Mouse), more power to them.

Charming's still a bit... well.

Yeah. At least on second watch, he doesn't strike me as plain stupid. He did the first time around.
lost_spook
Mar. 15th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
It's an odd one, OUaT. I think - although it would be nice if fairytale land weren't quite so sugar-coated - it's that because of the non-linear storytelling, it gradually reaches a point where you suddenly have enough pieces to realise it's more complicated that it seemed and be intrigued enough to have to keep going? Plus, there are episodes by Jane Espenson - I think it was the Jiminy Cricket one you'll have coming up shortly that was the first one that lifted it up a level for me.

The Disney refs very from being in-jokes to clever bits to interesting subversions, so that changed from a downside to an upside - and they even do have an interesting explanation for how you get storybook characters in the real world. But there's no point if you really can't get stuck into it! We all like different things.

I'm just annoyed that I have to wait so long to see S2! I don't know when we get it in the UK.

(Edited because I'm all muddle-headed and not making sense today.)

Edited at 2013-03-15 05:03 pm (UTC)
kaffyr
Mar. 15th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
You're making lots of sense. You should peek inside my head today. Sigh.

And you're the second person to talk about the fact that OUaT gets interesting once various puzzle pieces fall into place. So I'll keep at it.
lost_spook
Mar. 15th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm making sense now I've edited it! I had all the wrong words in the wrong places. Some days I blank out on stuff and get a bit dyslexic; nobody else notice much but I get frustrated and conscious about it. I hope your day improves soon, then! ♥
a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 16th, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
The first few eppies are to establish the ideas, I think...once you get deeper in and some of the actors get more settled, you might be able to see why we all love it so. Then again, I've gotten to where I love them all. Henry gets to me every now and again, but I just shrug and go on. Rumple and Gold are my main focus anyhow, lol! And I love how his story ties into everyone's stories...

They start you off slow, but before you know it, it gets tricky on you...
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