Zuleikha November 5, 2014 Share November 5, 2014 (I'm watching Once Upon a Time for the first time and got permission to open threads for old episodes as I watch them. I am unspoiled for the events of S1, so if you feel like joining in with my newbie observations, please don't spoil me) I love Abigail and Katherine. I hate David. Does the show want me to hate David? Is there a David twist coming? Aren't I supposed to be rooting for Snow and Charming? I've been trying to wank the things I like least about David as curse related, but watching this episode made me realize I'm not the hugest Charming fan either. I don't know what the writers were thinking with having him interrogate Abigail about why she didn't want to marry him instead of just being grateful that she was giving him an out. Maybe the actor delivered the lines poorly and the writers intended him to be more in happy shock and less like he couldn't believe she wasn't falling at his feet. But I also didn't like the way he fled the marriage without even believing Snow loved him when so much rode on the marriage. I know he didn't ask for any of it, but the suffering of peasants, his mother's life, Abigail's pride... all of that depended on him going through with it. If he had at least talked to Abigail privately to see what she thought about the marriage, I could have respected him more. I also give King George a pass on some of his a-holeness because, while it's easy to forget, King George is secretly grieving for his son while every day dealing with a lookalike and trying to find a way to improve people's condition. It's understandable that George is jerky with Charming... it must be very painful for George to deal with him. To me, heroism is more like Belle--sacrificing her own life and interests to protect her people. Charming may have slain a dragon, but I don't find him heroic when he's willing to let other people suffer just so he can avoid an arranged marriage. It's the same selfishness I see in David being unwilling to make an actual choice between Katherine and Mary Margaret. I've also realized that I'm having a tough time with the basic premise in that Storybrooke seems so much more real to me than the Enchanted Forest. I am VERY Team Regina (even after Graham), and I think it's because I don't really believe that the Enchanted Forest characters have free will or any moral culpability for their actions. The only way I can swallow Charming's existence as the hidden twin brother, raised as a farmer, yet super special with a sword (despite no formal training) and the first man to see through the siren, is to take that as a fairy tale conceit. But then I can't take it as a real. They're just fairy tale characters doing what they're written to do, even if that varies a little from the stories as we've read them. To me, it feels like Regina gave them all a fresh chance to be real when she moved them to Storybrooke (albeit accidentally since she intended to freeze them in time and the fresh chance only became meaningful when Emma entered Storybrooke), and their lives, in general, just seem so much better to me (still! I know some of you were trying to convince me otherwise in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, but more episodes down the line and the Enchanted Forest still sucks!) Finally, I am so ready for Emma to freaking know about the curse. I don't understand the writer's decision to keep her in the dark. It just makes her and Henry look bad for how they treat Regina, whose known actions are all fairly minor. Link to comment
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