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Once Upon a Time

This show is remarkably good at creating loose ends and then tying them up.

And then, you know, creating new loose ends.



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Mar. 25th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, I'd say that pretty much sums it up. :)
Mar. 25th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
I'm actually surprised we had Gepeto's confession. That's the kind of thing writers typically forget. Which makes me want to draw up a list of Stuff We Need Closure On.

Oh, there's an exercise in eternal frustration....

You know, the Old Snow of the FTL would have punched Gepeto, no apologies, I suspect.
Mar. 25th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC)
I think this show is actually a lot better at picking up on that kind of thing than most... which is why it kind of surprises me, too, every time it happens. :)
Mar. 25th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
Most shows are notoriously bad for forgetting their histories, particularly when they are some popular characters Past Sins.

Although, as a writer, I know how difficult it can be to keep track of all that stuff, especially with the pressure to Move the Story Forward. That these writers are remembering to do so is a testament to the fact that they are looking at their show as Viewers, or at least, keeping in touch with Viewers, who have the luxury of a long memory.
Mar. 25th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. A lot of shows I've been into lately seem to either be massive bundles of loose ends or to cheerfully play fast and loos with their own continuity, so every time OUaT actually picks up on something like that, I feel a little jolt of pleasure. I'm actually constantly impressed by how well various bits of backstory seem to fall into place, and how stuff we saw before makes more, rather than less, sense if you think about it again, knowing stuff that was revealed later. I was totally not expecting that from this show when I started.
Mar. 25th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
Totally a pet peeve when a story world breaks its own rules for plot reasons (Joss Whedon, I'm looking at YOU, although it's true I kept closer track of the the Buffyverse story rules than should be legally allowed).

It throws me out of the story and makes me Stop Caring. And that's the kiss of death.
Mar. 25th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
I can think of an example or two where a show somehow manages to get away with it, but in general, that can be a major source of annoyance, especially when you get the sense that the writers just don't care, or don't expect you to be smart enough to notice.
Mar. 25th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
I suspect *they* are not smart enough to notice.
Mar. 25th, 2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, that does sometimes appear to be the case, alas.
Mar. 26th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
I would love to be a fly on the wall in writers' meetings. The must have a show bible a couple inches thick, and someone whose only job is to fact-check it and search for loose ends. Srsly.
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