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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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masqthephlsphr
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.
ponygirl2000
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.
masqthephlsphr
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.