The problem with OUAT currently is that…
They no longer “spin” or “subvert” Their stories enough.
We started with morally grayish story full of secrets and very cool fairytale cliche subversions. We started with badass bandit Snow, we started with emotionally conflicted Evil Queen and etc.
And then it started to become less and less subverted - Snow got settled in into a role more in line with her fairytale self. “Good” and “Evil” got established with Good continuously making fairytale-dumb decisions, etc. We started with REAL people in “fairytale roles” and then we got less and less of that.
The show still tried to retain its core idea of subverting the fairytale expectations, but less and less and it feels that the last time OUAT actually had the balls to truly subvert shit was the whole “Dark Heart” storyline(which sadly seems to have been dropped?) in S2 with Cora and Snow.
After that it has been relatively tame so far. Hell even Neverland, as shocking as it might be to some viewers, was mostly “inline” with the lore - with Peter Pan that never wanted to grow up, etc.
It slowly shifted away from “subverting fairytale cliches and doing cool and unexpected shit with it" and into "taking fairytale concepts and doing our own stories with it”. And that certainly is felt with this mid-season premiere.
Its still entertaining as fuck, but something is missing. The show lacks Snow White being more than…well, Snow White, etc.
The show went from “smart modern subversion of fairytales" to "modern retelling of fairytales" and I am not sure I am okay with that.
It just struck me that absolutely NO ONE in the cast is who they say they are.
- A criminal mastermind superspy with mysterious goals.
- An FBI agent lead female with mysterious past and viewer having no clue on which parts of her life, personality and character are real and which she “made up”.
- The said FBI agent’s husband who is not who he seemed.
- A collected and by the book boss who actually hides quite a few skeletons in his closet and is a bit corrupt.
- FBI agent’s partner who was actually doing government-ordered hits in the past.
- A CIA agent who is actually a double(tripple? quadruple?) agent.
Is there ANYONE on this show who is who they say they are? I honestly doubt it.
Well that was one fucking contrived origin story for nogitsune …
Basically: Don’t trust old people.
And that is my main gripe with this season - it seems everything relies on someone being completely stupid. Always. And then show spends ~10 episodes doing fuck all but looking like music video and then actually doing something within the last few episodes. And that’s not a good way to write the plot.
We are three episodes till the end of S3 and:
- Kira is still barely a character.
- Allison got nigh to no focus.
- Half the cast is not there because its convenient.
- Half the cast does not even serve any purpose(Malia, Peter, Derek, Isaac, the twins, etc), except for standing around.
- Pacing is god awkward(Echo House was a problematic slugfest of ableism and it was followed by an episode with pretty much stuff moving at speed of light).
- Lydia is forgotten till they need a plot-device :[
- Fucking Scott is still sidelined in his own show.
Teen wolf has a brilliant cinematography and interesting lore, but written well it is no longer.
- *Sees all the amazing female-empowerment gifsets around*
- *notices some with fucking Elena Gilbert added to them*
I am sorry but that’s the same as if you included fucking Bella Swan.
Elena Gilbert’s very existence is the insult to the independence and equality of female gender. She is a walking talking sexism propaganda that pines after two serial killers and is defined solely by that. She does not decide. She does not act. She does not lead in her own show where she is a lead. She is a love interest without any agency in the narrative.An “object” in a show fueled by incredibly gross narrative of enlightened sexism.
Her role starts and ends on that and the show narrative never ever EVER provides her with right of consent to ANYTHING. And according the show that’s OKAY. That’s “how it should be”.
She is a personalityless, character-less love interest who god absolutely zero character development and does not amount to anything except for providing reasons for “heroic” male angst.
Characters like her are among the very reasons on why gender equality is still but a dream in our world.
Because for every Joss Whedon and Rob Thomas writing every Buffy Summers and Veronica Mars, there’s a Julie Plec writing an Elena Gilbert to undo all that work.
So who else is waiting for Adalind’s antichrist baby to grow up to adult in timespan of weeks?
Because you just know that will happen.
Just so we are clear
Agent Ward is pretty much Wesley to Coulson’s Angel, right?
The awkward “by the rules” one bound to eventually betray them due to his personal beliefs about their leader being dangerous, through that eventually developing into a way darker version of himself.