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Expect the unexpected

Okay, that was a weird twist.

I do have to say I'm glad the OUAT writers are not going for monolithic obsessive anti-magic group story line ('cause, SFF cliche). Instead, there is a magical creature behind what is probably an earnestly obsessive anti-magic group, stirring machinations, we know not what. AND that creature is Peter Pan, who is not Baelfire, nor his son, but knew about Henry's existence 100 years before the kid was born.... That is not what I was expecting.

Which OUAT seems to deliver, rather predictably.

Regina, Hook, and Rumplestiltskin all suddenly behaving themselves and feeling remorse and/or being all heroic was a bit of a stretch. An outside threat will often incite such changes, but there was nothing so pressing that any of those three *had* to be Good Guys overnight. I expect the road to redemption will be more rocky than just that.

Or maybe the writers are just trading up for a New Bad Guy? I guess Peter Pan wrote the version of his story we know and love himself for the PR?

And in conclusion, I am glad there is Moar Baelfire stories to come. Also, Mulan/Aurora/Philip were great to see again.



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May. 13th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Ha! I just had a weird thought - what if Peter Pan is literally Henry's shadow? Henry is incredibly (and insufferably) optimistic, always able to see the good in people and believing completely in stories and magic without ever grasping the downside of them. Could there have been some sort of magical time travel twist that separated Henry from his dark side and created an eternal magic-hating boy?
May. 13th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
That would certainly make things interesting, especially if the Shadow is more metaphorically a Shadow than literally one (after all, watch any sunny scene, the boy casts a literal shadow).

But I think we started to see Henry growing up. His optimism is a sign of childhood, I think, believing in fairy tales because in his world, they're very real, but also buying into the rosy-Disney version of the fairy tales and not understanding the complexity of his elders' actual lives. Henry is starting to see that complexity, and as he does, he is less optimistic and more realistic.

I think the Shadow creature wants to separate Henry from his shadow for some nefarious purpose.
May. 13th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
Is Henry growing up though? I was thinking when he was on the swing of almost doom that he's looking a bit old to still be acting so young. Any time he's been shown complexity he rejects it, like when he turned on Emma for not telling him about Neal back in New York, he keeps hugging Regina even though she's killed a tremendous number of people. It would be interesting to have a conversation between him and Owen...

I wonder what all of this shadow stuff means? Why does the one Lost Boy make it seem like losing your shadow is some kind of torture? In the original story it was more of a nuisance and easily fixed with a needle and thread. In any case I suspect Peter Pan isn't going to be a permanent Big Bad - I can't see Disney just having Neverland turned into some version of Mordor, they have themed rides and Tinkerbell dvds to worry about! Maybe all this shadow stuff is a kind of curse that needs to be broken.
May. 13th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
OMG, that swing set scene was a bit WTF. He's almost 12. Who swings on a swing set like that when they're almost 12, except maybe to swing standing up and make rude remarks with your buddies? (Of course Henry does not appear to have any friends under age 20 so there's that).

The whole "you're lying to me" thing Henry was going through with Emma this season, as well as with Charming and Snow on occasion, was, to me, part of his growing up. To see that his heroes are flawed, and sometimes do selfish things, and sometimes lie, and sometimes do outright unheroic things. Like Snow tricking Regina into killing Cora - an understandable act, unless you're 11 and you've been looking at the world through black and white fairy tale lenses. Evil Queens and Good Princes and Princesses and clear lines between the two. Henry has had to face up to--and accept--that his elders aren't all good or all evil, and that's been hard for him, but necessary.

Yes, I'm sure you're right about Neverland. Dark Menace aside, I don't think they'll give us unrelenting dark, but I must admit, the Shadow stuff so far had been ominous indeed. Partly, I suppose, because so far we know so little about it.
May. 14th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
I expect the road to redemption will be more rocky than just that.

I'll be astonished if it's not. Making the road to redemption rocky and full of fits and starts and lapses is something this show excels at as much as it does springing the unexpected on us. I will be very interested to see where Regina goes from here, though. I could see this as a major turning point for her, if not necessarily a clean and simple one. Rumple, on the other hand... Who knows? But I'll be interested to find out. :)
May. 14th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Regina redeemed, yay, Rumple not, yay yay.

Although I'm kinda hoping for various shades of gray from our resident MagicalBaddies.
May. 14th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
Shades of gray are often the very best colors:)
May. 14th, 2013 02:35 am (UTC)
Oooh, more ideas for my next SuckyIcons post.

Which won't be totally sucky, 'cause Pirate!Baelfire can never suck.
May. 14th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Yes, Pirate!Baelfilre can never not be awesome. Even if he did reject it as a lifestyle. :)
May. 14th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
Finding good screenshots of Pirate!Baelfire is proving to be a challenge. In the Storybrooke.net daylight full-body pirate suit scenes, he is blurry.
May. 14th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Poor blurry Bae!
May. 14th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
Well, he was moving fast during his Pirate Vengeance Scene.
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