Check out Once Upon A Time during the Austin TV Festival.
I’m not doing a formal write up because this was totally me fun time. Which is why I went to things like the Scandal panel that morning and sighed softly in wonder at Joshua Malina (he is perfect and funny and perfect what?).
But yeah, back to the OUAT panel. A&E were there and, as most modern show runners are, they were a little less than candid.
These guys have a wonderful talent for telling you everything and absolutely nothing. So we got fun anecdotes about how Emma had three kids in their first discussion of OUAT and Charming died in the first script delivered to the network.
But then on things like, say, LBGTQ representation we got the “we’re open to telling those stories and we want them to be big and epic romances” line.
There was no elaboration on that point. No discussion of what characters they COULD queer. Which was a bummer. Such a vague answer to the question brings to mind flashbacks of just about EVERY show runner who gets asked the “queer” question.
BUT there was some very cool talk as well in regards to next season. Like that they’re treating the season split, where half airs in the fall and half in the spring, as two separate seasons with two distinct arcs.Other highlights:
Honestly sitting down I expected a lot of double speak and oblique answers, but hearing these guys talk it was clear they’re finally starting to get comfortable running a show and managing this massive cast of characters they have. They also said that their wish list for characters to cover on OUAT were already on screen. So the character bloat we saw this season could be a thing of the past—it certainly seems like the break neck and wild pacing that made season 2 so muddled could be done with finally.
I was nervous for next season going into this panel, but came out pretty stoked.
“The Queen is Dead” shines a big blinding light on that unnuanced concept of morality, forcing these two women to defend their stances on what constitutes “good” and finally, finally smudging the lines of Once Upon A Time‘s black and white world.
That was why Emma Swan was so revolutionary early on. She was that bit of gray stuck between the good and evil. She understood and empathized with Regina and Snow’s altruism freaked her out a little. Unfortunately this season has seen her go from this pretty fantastic surly fourteen year old boy in Jennifer Morrison’s body to a caboose on the the plot train."
Morrison in particular has had her character sidelined all season. Emma’s been there, but she’s been little more than a plot device disallowed to have emotions beyond what a script demands. She hasn’t been organic in quite a while and last night she came roaring back.This was the badass pragmatist bounty hunter who is horrified at the idea of responsibility or magic but desperately wants a family and a son and some measure of “happiness.” That woman who made a wish on a candle and then gave Regina a fragile smile as she explained it.
Stranger Danger! Stranger Danger!