Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Once Upon a Time

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day yesterday. I know I did. I’m talking about it here. My husband knows me very well.

I figured that I should discuss an element of love today. Hopefully you’re not all hung over from romance. Specifically I want to talk about the television show Once Upon a Time. How many of you watch it? I’m a huge fan and I even convinced my husband to watch it, as well. With all the writing, editing and reading going on around here, it’s hard for me to remember to watch television shows unless my husband goes out of his way to flag down my attention.

So we started from the beginning. First of all, I love the premise. The actress that plays Snow is one of my favorites and I recognized the main actress from How I Met Your Mother. Things started out well. Quickly I realized the storylines would string me along week to week. Several times I predicted what would happen before the end of an episode, but I think that mainly has to do with being a writer and always looking for the next twist. Even my husband called a few things and he’s allergic to books. But I think it is okay that there’s predictability involved since they are based on fairytales.

There was an episode I consider the episode that didn’t happen. I won’t tell you what the writers did, but it was horrible. I even stopped watching the show until my husband convinced me to watch the recorded shows. Luckily, the show regained my loyalty. But I noticed they are bringing more romances into the storylines.

Has anyone else noticed this? Do you think that the viewers of Once Upon a Time want to see more romance? I know I do . . .  Of course when I asked my husband, he said he didn’t notice there were more romance storylines, which is exactly my point. If the romance enthusiasts want more romance and the other people don’t even realize what’s happening, I think the show should give us the romance!

What do you think? Do you think it’s smart for television writers to throw in romantic storylines to shows that might not be targeted for romance readers? It does hold my attention better.
Kinley Baker @kinleybaker

12 comments:

  1. I love Once Upon A Time. Ruple for President....

    Well, you have the company that turned fairy tales into cute, cartoons with happily ever afters making fairy tales for adults. Of Course there is romance. This is the first ABC show I've wanted to watch in years. I remember the Disney movies that used to be on TV each week and loved them. So glad to see them back to something along those lines.

    My worry is that they are throwing so many of the stories together in this first season...what's going to be left for a second one. Because I don't think I'd like to have the thing dragged out anymore than it is.

    Not that I don't like the side storylines and all but really, lets move the Queen's demise along please. I want to see her squashed like a bug...so long as it's not a cricket.

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    1. Lol, Beth. Yes, let's not squash any crickets. :-)

      I agree. At first I wasn't sure how they were going to make this work. I like that they've gone into the side stories. But you're right. How long can they drag out the evil queen story? There are other characters that could play the villain. I'm hoping they'll figure it out.

      Great feedback! Thanks for visiting today.

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  2. I think adding romance is one of the techniques to have characters interact with each other, allowing the plot to go deeper. It's a natural progression. What bothers me is that Henry has lately taken a back seat. I enjoyed his viewpoint.

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    1. Good point, Marsha. I really like Henry. I don't think the forced separation thing is working. Hopefully they will figure out a way for Emma to get something on the queen so they can visit again.

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  3. Agree that Henry needs to be brought back into the forefront of things. The queen really needs a setback. I loved the Beauty and the Beast episode.

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    1. Hi Ana! I loved the Beauty and the Beast episode, too. The queen does need a setback! Here's hoping for next week.

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  4. TO be fair I just began watching ONCE UPON A TIME yesterday and so far it has my attention. I'll keep watching ... but well, if you say it lacks romance, I hope it builds up on romance, because I'm all for it. Come on, what's a nice story without a great romance? =P

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    1. Hi Juliana! I'm glad you're watching. There's definitely more romance as it goes along. Some of the really good episodes don't have as much romance but they are well done.

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  5. Okay Kinley - you're killing me with the episode that 'didn't happen'. I think I know what it was - since I'm still pretty bummed over it too! And while I dislike the evil queen, I'm not sure there is anyone that can really replace her. They've made Rumplestiltskin too sympathetic, so I'm not sure we'll be saying good-bye to the queen anytime soon. But I will watch and see :)

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    1. I owe you an e-mail anyway, Sasha! Lol. I'll e-mail you the scene :-)

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  6. They made Rumple sympathetic-somewhat. He won't risk his power for love. He may rescue Belle but he's going to mess it up. Anyway, I'm all for romance on the show. I'm glad Snow put the brakes on the not so charming Prince Charming though.

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    1. Hi Stormie! Agreed. Not so charming Prince. Card thing was not cool. Yeah, Rumple could go either way at this point but Belle won't remember him, so he'll probably go in the evil direction.

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