"On a scale of 1 to Once Upon a Time, how much does your retelling deviate from the original story/myth/legend?”
- a thing I often think when watching OUAT.
I've just started season 3, and actually I really enjoy it, but man do they mash up everything with zany, no-holds-barred glee. Red IS the wolf!, and Rumplestiltskin is the Beast!, and by the way Frankenstein apparently counts as a fairy tale or close enough! (hey, I'll give it to them), and so on. I thought I changed a lot about the Greek myths when writing my trilogy, but seriously, in comparison to how OUAT twists and smooshes together plots and characters, I was practically a devoted classics scholar.
Other random thoughts:
I love both Hook and Rumplestiltskin, so I kind of wish they'd get along, but their feud does make things more dramatic.
I laughed when they hauled up a mermaid and verified that, yes, on this show, even the females who live underwater have thick, flawless mascara. Really, the constantly perfect mascara on this show is over the top. Lovely to look at, but for some reason it strains credibility for me more than any of the crazy magic thrown around.
I kinnnnnd of? am warming up to Regina, but she's still murdering people a little too often and enjoying it a little too much, so...having problems there. I admit it might help if she had a Scottish accent too, since that surely softens me toward Rumple. Though really, the way he acts with Belle is probably what tips the scales toward "redeemable" for him. Dang they're cute together.
Also he got to say this, which made me laugh:
Charming: Not bad, Don Juan.
Rumplestiltskin: (dismissively) Don Juan was nothing before he made his deal with me.