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I definitely maintain a love-hate relationship with Disney, and now we are back in the love corner because Once Upon a Time has become my all time favorite show. It brilliantly links the classic fairy tales together in an epic plot that jumps back and forward between our world and the fantasy world, or the past and the present. I especially favor this series because it explores the idea that there are many worlds existing simultaneously. It also dances on the theory of past lives, inner power, and the multiple aspects of ourselves. I find all of these topics fascinating, which explains why I enjoy this series.

The first episode begins with a bang as we meet our terminator protagonist Emma Swan, who is a bail bonds representative. On her 28th birthday, she makes a wish to ease her loneliness, which has become a curse of hers over the years. Her wish has been granted, and that’s when her son Henry appears. At this very moment, it is only fitting that Emma is set for a very intricate adventure.

Personally Emma grows on me. In season one, it was hard to watch her make the obvious dumb decision since we the audience know more than her. We are given constant glimpses of the character’s true selves as it relates directly to a given situation. So I can only slap my head in disappointment when she, for example, trusts Sydney Glass even though she knows he was Regina’s spy and Regina always has a bag of tricks to come out victorious. Another example of Emma not trusting her instincts is when she decides to give up Henry…again and also takes Regina’s deadly apple turnover as a goodbye treat.

However in season two, she is wise and we are given her back story to show why she guards her emotions and why she is attracted to the bad boys like The Hunter, Captain Hook, and Pinocchio. Speaking of Pinocchio has anyone else noticed that Pinocchio failed Emma twice? The first time was understandable because he was a child when he left her in the orphanage. But wow! The second time was dishonorable. He stole Emma’s money and only sent her the car key while she was in jail. This is very disgraceful because Emma probably would have kept Henry if she had that extra cash. Pinocchio definitely has more moral lessons to learn.

Mr. Gold, or Rumpelstiltskin, is a great metaphor on how people in general seek others to solve their problems, which only makes the problem more complex. Each character was resourceful enough to get out of whatever predicament if they would have took the time to think of alternatives. The best example of this is Cinderella. She is literally seeing fireworks from the Prince’s palace. Therefore, she could have made her own dress while her Step Mother and Sister were out, and attended the Royal Ball herself. But nope, she wanted a quick easy solution, which led her to the possibility of losing her child. And the full circle irony in Rumpelstiltskin’s deals is that he is unable to fix his own problem of finding his son, yet everyone goes to him to fix theirs. I definitely see this as a perfect life lesson of releasing your power to someone who uses that power for their own personal agendas.

My favorite character is easily Red. I can relate her desire to explore and break free from the life she perceives as her imprisonment. Through a twist of her being the wolf, she realizes her true nature and since she was considered the monster of her village, this symbolizes how her current thoughts and actions were destructive. She runs away from responsibility instead of conquering it. As her story progress, she gains control of how to use her power and this is also represented in her decision to stay and operate Granny’s dinner. Red’s character alone makes me ponder the very essential questions of: who am I, why am I here, what am I good at, and how does it benefit myself and my society? I definitely appreciate Red as a character especially her facial expressions. When she meets Emma and Belle for the first time it seems like she’s overjoyed like a happy puppy or enticed like a hungry wolf.

Well that raps up my thoughts, but there are some unanswered questions:

  • Is Henry a fairytale characters? Is he Regina’s father reincarnated making them relatives after all?
  • Where is Emma’s boyfriend, and what did he see to convince him to believe everything Pinocchio was saying? Did Emma not see this certain something because she was in denial initially?
  • Where and who is Rumpelstiltskin’s son?
  • Where is Pinocchio?

That’s it for now, folk. To the next episode and beyond.

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Work cited:

“The Story of Grandmother.” The Classic Fairy Tales. Ed. Maria Tartar. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1999. 10-11.

This is the one of the various folklore versions of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Warning: this version of the folk tale was recorded during a time when children were seen as adults, so The Story of Grandmother may not be suitable for younger audiences. If your an adult, and you’re ready to open your eyes to the origins of fairy tales, then please feel free to read on.

Verbatum:

The Story of Grandmother

There was once a woman who had made some bread. She said to her daughter: “Take this loaf of hot bread and this bottle of milk over to granny’s.”

The little girl left. At the crossroads she met a wolf, who asked: “Where are you going?”

“I’m taking a loaf of hot bread and a bottle of hot milk to granny’s,” [the little girl replied].

“Which path are you going to take,” asked the wolf, “the path of needles or the path of pins?

“The path of needles,” said the little girl.

“Well, then, I’ll take the path of pins.”

The little girl had fun picking up needles. Meanwhile, the wolf arrived at granny’s, killed her put some of her flesh in the pantry and a bottle of her blood on the shelf. The little girl got there and knocked at the door.

“Push the door,” said the wolf, “it’s latched with a wet straw.”

“Hello, granny. I’m bringing you a loaf of hot bread and a bottle of milk.”

“Put it in the pantry, my child. take some of the meat in there along with the bottle of wine on the shelf.”

There was a little cat in the room who watched her eat and said: “Phoney! You’re a slut if you eat the flesh and drink the blood of granny.”

“Take your clothes off, my child,” said the wolf, “and come into bed with me.”

“Where should I put my apron?”

“Throw it in the fire, my child. You won’t be needing it any longer.”

When she asked the wolf where to put all her other things, her bodice, her dress, her skirt, and her stocking, each time he said: “Throw them into the fire, my child. You won’t be needing them any longer.”

“Oh, Grandmother, how hairy you are!”

“It’s to keep me warmer, my child”

“Oh, Grandmother, those long nails you have!”

“It’s to scratch me better, my child.”

“Oh, Grandmother, those big shoulders that you have!”

“All the better to carry kindling from the woods, my child.”

“Oh, Grandmother, those big ears that you have!”

“All the better to hear you with, my child.”

“Oh, Grandmother, that big mouth you have!”

“All the better to eat you with, my child!”

“Oh, Grandmother, I need to go outside to relieve myself.”

“Do it in the bed, my child.”

“No, Grandmother, I want to go outside.”

“All right, but don’t stay out long.”

The wolf tied a rope made of wool to leg foot and let her go outside.

When the girl was outside, she attached the end of the rope to a plum tree in the yard. The wolf got impatient and said: “Are you making cables out there? Are you making cables?

When he realized that there was no one answer, he jumped out of bed and saw discovered that the little girl had escaped. He followed her, but he reached her house only afer she gotten inside.

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