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Once Upon a Time to-do list

Thought on last night's Once Upon A Time, ep 2.16, The Miller's Daughter, here.

Now a more general musing: we've seen the Enchanted Forest, Wonderland, and B-movie Monster land. Other places that have left promissory notes by the writers:

- Neverland (multiple references, very recent ones)
- Inside-the-Computer world (Tron "space paranoids" reference in What Happened to Frederick)
- The Land of Oz (flying monkeys pics in the OUAT book)
- 1001 Nights (sort of implied with the genie in Fruit of the Poisonous Tree)
- A galaxy far, far away (Star Wars theme ring tone on Mr. Mendell's phone) [Although I seriously hope they don't do this one. Some things are sacred. Or should be.]
- Camelot (Lancelot appearance)

Not sure if all of these are doable due to copyright considerations, but then again, I suspect Disney holds the copyright to most of them, or they're long past falling into the public domain, so maybe they are.

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buffyannotater
Mar. 11th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
Oz also showed up earlier this year when Jefferson brought back a crystal ball from "another land" but failed to get the "magic slippers" and last season in the portal room between worlds. One of the doors has a green curtain in front of it, which Kitsis and Horowitz have confirmed as the Oz door. They also claimed at the recent panel that the Star Wars ringtone was actually meant to show how normal this guy was, to have a famous pop culture reference on his phone and they'd originally wanted an Adele song which would have been too expensive, so the synergy helped to make this work and make a little meta tease to the audience who'd been speculating about Star Wars.
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 11th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
I hope the only reason was to show he was a normal guy, and they played the theme song because they have rights to the StarWars-verse. But they would have to have a darned clever twist to bring SWverse characters to Storybrooke, or the FTL, or anywhere else.

Oz seems like a no-brainer, though, if they have rights to it, as much as Wonderland was.

Of course, Jefferson's hat is no more, except in flashbacks, so we'll be waiting for those Magic Portal Beans.
buffyannotater
Mar. 11th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Disney's had Oz rights since just after the MGM film came out, but have only used it twice so far: RETURN TO OZ in the 80s and the new OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL film.
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 11th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that's awesome. Now the writers just need a clever way to integrate it into the storyline, the way they have with Cora as the Queen of Hearts and Baelfire/Neal as the whom-ever-he-shall-be in Neverland.

I hope not Peter Pan, since it doesn't suit his personality and back story, but given the writer's usual tendency to going for the tightest connection, it probably is.

No spoilers if you know, Rob. ;)
buffyannotater
Mar. 11th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Heh, no, I keep unspoiled for OUaT. I wouldn't give up being surprised by this narrative for anything. Can't imagine how much less powerful Snow's actions last night would have been, for example, if I'd known before. :)

If he is Peter Pan, there'd definitely have to be a major reinterpretation of the character or an explanation for how he evolved from Bael to Peter to Neal, though I do like the idea of Peter getting lost from his parents and winding up in Neverland being reinterpreted here as Bael getting separated from his father due to Rumpel's actions. I suspect he at least ended up as a Lost Boy for a while.

Edited at 2013-03-11 08:38 pm (UTC)
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 11th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, Neal has "lost boy" written all over him, especially given Hook's definition of the term, and the fact that Hook said Emma reminded him of the lost boys. Emma and Neal's relationship was all about bonding over that shared part of their histories - being unwanted/rejected by parents.
buffyannotater
Mar. 12th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
Oh, now, that just gave me an idea. I wonder whether, if Rumpel had gone with Bael, they would've gone straight to our world, but because Bael went through alone, the magic that attracts boys who lost their parents to Neverland from the original story "took effect" and redirected him.
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 12th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)
That is an interesting idea. I mean, how did the original Lost Boys in the tale get lost to begin with? I think there was some metaphory thing about them running loose on the streets of London and disappearing off society's radar literally and literarily.

There is a scene in the first season episode where the Blue Fairy instructs Baelfire about the magical bean, saying he "must follow it wherever it leads." The promise was it would take him to the land without magic, but she never says its a direct route. What she sounds like she's saying is its a journey he needs to take.
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