Monday, December 30, 2013

Binge Watch: Once Upon a Time Edition

Honestly, this was the last series that I expected to revisit through binge watching on Netflix, especially after what I considered to be a rather lackluster 1st half for season three. But the reset the curse storyline that emerged in the mid-season finale inspired me to re-familiarize myself with how the story originally developed in Season One. Now OUAT is not Breaking Bad/Mad Men/Game of Thrones quality television, but it has remained compelling enough to for me continue watching through the third season. The decline in quality is not on par with Heroes, which declined rapidly through the 2nd season. Strong performances by Robert Carlyle, Lana Parilla, Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin have offset script logic and continuity problems that have emerged. The rules of magic often seem to be rather haphazardly applied, and the decision to create so many familial connections between the different characters borders on the absurd. The first season had the whole question of Emma Swan’s (Morrison) ability to believe in the curse and magical realms, not to mention the question of whether or not she would be able to fulfill her prophesied role of breaking the curse, to generate dramatic tension. One gets the impression that they have reset the curse for exactly that reason, to bring back that suspense. Let’s hope they do something more interesting than just retelling that story. Perhaps Swan will regain her memories of Storybrooke rather quickly and it will be Henry (Jared Gilmore) who needs convincing that there is a curse and that he is the key to breaking it.

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