We could go on and on about the reason’s we love Once Upon a Time. We could go into an in depth discussion of what we adore about Once Upon A Time and what areas we feel the series could improve on. Luckily for us, TVCzar already did that today during his weekly Power Rankings.
Since TV Czar did a great job summarizing the highs and lows of Once Upon A Time we will spare you with our take on the series [although we will take this opportunity to once again gush over Lana Parilla. Lana, why are you so brilliant? Why do you make evil look so damn good? If we are forced to reside in a town forever without happy endings we would want you as our mayor. Can you be anymore perfect in this role? The answer to that is no... But we digress].
Once Upon a Time as a series is not perfect. The series still has issues with setting the right pace and developing characters in a way that makes us genuinely concerned about their well being. Overall though we think Once Upon a Time shows a lot of promise. Occasionally, we see moments of greatness during the series and last night one of those moments occurred when the writers of Once Upon a Time decided to make a bold and unexpected choice when telling Cinderella’s story.
Here’s the set up, Cinderella is living her awful pre-princess life. Along comes her Fairy Godmother. As we expected there was a poof of magic, but there was a big disconnect between the poof we expected and the poof that actually unfolded on screen.
See what happened to Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother on Once Upon A Time here:
When we saw Cinderella’s godmother disintegrate right before our very eyes we were shocked and intrigued. In an interview with TV Guide, the writers of Once Upon A Time explained their reasoning for killing off Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.
Once Upon a Time writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz explained, “As storytellers, we just thought it would be cool if Cinderella got to the ball through a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, not the Fairy Godmother.” They went on to say that killing off the Fairy Godmother reinforced a theme of the series that all magic comes at a cost and “using magic even for good is a dangerous proposition.”
We are not sure how this theme of the cost of magic will play out or even if we will care come next week about how that theme develops. That being said, we were happy to see the writers of Once Upon A Time make an interesting and entertaining choice to reinforce that theme in the viewers minds. The writers of Once Upon a Time took an unexpected direction with Cinderella’s story. Even when the story slowed and stalled at points, we were still intrigued by the writer’s approach and the way they developed Cinderella’s narrative. We appreciate that Once Upon A Time decided against playing it safe. Especially since there are so many series and writers this season making the exact opposite choice to the viewer’s detriment.
We hope in the future the writers of Once Upon a Time make additional choices that are just as daring and unexpected as the choice they made this week with Cinderella’s Godmother. If they continue to be bold and daring, then we may be willing to stick around for the remainder of the season. Let’s be honest, we were probably going to stick around regardless of the writer’s choices just so we see Lana Parilla in all her glory.
What did you think about Once Upon A Time’s decision to kill off Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother? Are you tuning into Once Upon a Time? Tell us in the comments.