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The Once Upon A Time Panel at ATV 

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.





"Snow has always been a compassionate woman. She was a compassionate child who could not sacrifice a stranger for her mother. She was a compassionate woman who rescued a stranger from execution and later chose to let Regina live rather than murder her for all to see. She has been compassionate at nearly every turn (except that time she murdered Cora—shhh). What Snow has NEVER been is empathetic. She has compassion but never understanding. It’s the key difference in her relationship with Regina versus Emma’s relationship with Regina. Emma “gets” Regina because she’s been the abused kid and the angry adult and she’s had the whole world hate her. Snow never has. She never had to learn empathy the way Emma has."

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"Regina’s back as mayor (I would pay to see the moment she reinstated herself) and content to bide her time, needling Snow like the perfect asshole she is and making passes at Gregowen because he’s the only guy in town she isn’t related to or forced to spend the last twenty-eight years with. Their interactions present a whole new Regina. She’s playful like the Evil Queen at her height, but there’s a strain of authenticity in her overtures. Which makes the moment she hits on Greg really bizarre. Whether the writers like it or not the character has moved past such bald rejections of propriety. They keep trying to drag her back to a place they and Lana Parilla very ably navigated her away from."

A New Villain Elevates A Wooden Episode Of Once Upon A Time





Barbara Hershey deserves an Emmy just for how irritated she plays Cora dealing with modern technology.





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“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.

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Snow and Regina Question Good and Evil When Mrs. Patmore Flies Through Once Upon A Time





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RE: The Slut Shaming Going Down In the OUAT tags 

Over Emilie de Ravin’s character Belle wearing a short, sequined dress in the episode they’re currently shooting. The title of  the episode is “Lacey” and there is some speculation that this is Belle’s Storybrooke name.

  1. Short, sequined dresses don’t make people sluts.
  2. Being a slut is not a bad thing. 
  3. The name Lacey ≠ sluttiness/prostitution.
  4. Short, sequined dresses ≠ prostitution.
  5. If a person is a sex worker and that’s their vocation willingly and happily and they’re not forced into the work because of socioeconomic problems than that’s okay. 
  6. Sex work/prostitution is, itself, not evil or bad. 




fempopmagazine:


Once Upon A Time Defines Good And Evil With Baelfire Revelations
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.
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fempopmagazine:

Once Upon A Time Defines Good And Evil With Baelfire Revelations

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.
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"On its own, in another time slot, that could be really cool. There is a wonderful foundation built for the show to explore fairy tale characters struggling with adapting to democracy, a jury of peers and unbiased judges. Yet I worry that the show is content to shy away from really cool discussions of governance for the same reason it’s scared of queer people. It’s a “family” show and that’s too heavy. Which is why its treatment of Regina’s case for maternity is so incredibly dangerous and troubling. It’s implying that biology will ALWAYS trump law and adoptive families. And if you need further proof look at the impending reuniting of Rumpel and his son. He and Regina have both been pretty awful and abusive parents but his claim to his son is never questioned while Regina’s is deligitamized at every turn."

Once Upon A Time Returns From Break To Dump On Giants And Parental Rights





Once Upon A Time Takes Stupid Pills When FrankenWhale Toys With the Dead 

fempopmagazine:

The Storybrooke world wasn’t much better off. Everyone was yelling like that made a difference and then they all debated letting ETHAN EMBRY die which is unforgivable and then they forced Frankenwhale to fix him and he ran out of the room and Snow was like, “Maybe we should have sobered him up first?”

If I were the sort of person to head desk at every stupid decision a person made on this show I would have had a concussion after this episode.

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No Henry, you did not know. Please go up a couple of gifs to that armory you were constructing out of Crayola.

Like I’m not asking for a Parenthood level drama of storytelling as far as Henry goes. He doesn’t need to be THAT well developed (though it would be nice) but please for the love of Pete stop just putting the words you want in his mouth. Give him some sort of characterization beyond “Kid, wants a sword and horse, likes one mom more than the other.”

At this point Pongo’s better written.





ninasharpsrighthand:

The moment when the Evil Queen invented the soap opera stare.

ninasharpsrighthand:

The moment when the Evil Queen invented the soap opera stare.






Guys. I’m kind of obsessed with Jennifer Morrison’s ‘bewildered and stuck in a fantasy world’ face.





lilahfuckingmorgan:

meganphntmgrl:

brb writing a series where the male characters exist only to die and motivate the women

#this is practically ouat tho

And that’s why OUAT is the best.





Science, bitch!