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That certain something...

…I have had trouble bonding with the second half of season three of OUAT so far, and it wasn't because of Neal/Baelfire's death, or how same in one fell swoop brought four of the most interesting relationships (to me) on the show to an untimely end (to wit, Baelfire/Rumplestiltskin, Baelfire/Hook, Neal/Emma, and Neal/Henry). I was having my lack-of-bonding issues before that.

I'm not particularly fond of this incarnation of the WW/Zelena, but that wasn't it, either. Always liked the Wicked Witch/the Wizard of Oz in general.

But I usually rewatch the current season of OUAT obsessively while waiting for the next episode to air, and I haven't been doing that. So finally I just took the plunge today. And I figured out what's been bugging me. Henry's entrapment with the Lost Boys in the first half of the season, and his memory loss in the second half, almost completely side-lined him as a character, thereby sidelining my primary 'ship on the show, Emma/Henry. You had a brief moment of connection in mid-season (tempered by the aforementioned memory loss, which made Henry less Henry).

So anyway, THANK GOD that's over. I was starting to feel like a Grumpy Sleepy Sneezy Doc (it's a Spring thing).

Awesome twist with Regina/Snow/Charming casting the curse themselves (although the split heart thing? Hokey)

Now I'm starting to wonder, since this season the show has blasted through Neverland, The Wizard of Oz, AND Robinhood, what remains for season 4 (we do get a season 4, right?) I had a kind of a thought: what if the gang succeeds in defeating Zelena, but not her attempt to magically change history? What if the plot line of season 4 is them having to, much in the fashion of Star Trek, reverse an alternate history and set things right again?



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Apr. 28th, 2014 04:50 am (UTC)
What if the plot line of season 4 is them having to, much in the fashion of Star Trek, reverse an alternate history and set things right again?

You're thinking City on the Edge of Forever, where Kirk has to allow the woman he loves to die (after a timeline in which McCoy saves her) to set history "right" again?

I could see them doing something like that, yeah. And it may not even be Zelena's doing. It's now clear that Emma has the potential to out-magic Regina, and possibly even Rumple. Suppose she gets the idea in her head to try to resurrect Neal? Not change all of history, but part of it.

And of course, yeah, that'll work!
Apr. 28th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
I think that just might be the general theme for next season, with all the emphasis on changing the past. Hmmm. Has possibilities.
I'm really glad that Henry has his memories back. It was getting awkward, trying to keep him out of the loop but still in the story.
Really clever twist on the casting of the curse. Yeah, the heart thing was hokey, but this is fairytale land, and hokey is part of the territory.
Apr. 28th, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize it until this morning, but this whole Henry-but-not-Emma memory-loss thing has had Connoresque overtones that were bugging me on an unconscious level. The child character losing a substantial portion of what made him who he was due to a well-meaning parental memory-loss spell designed to make his life better, and then the parent being unwilling to reverse it for that very reason.
Apr. 28th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
Well, City of the Edge of Forever, or Yesterday's Enterprise from TNG, although the characters there lost their memories of the old past and had to surmise it from Guinan's intuition.

But yeah.

Not that they are running out of classic tales to do remakes of, but a half-seasonal arc of righting history intercut with fairy-tale-of-the-week stories.
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