The Future of Once Upon a Time

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Welcome back! This is the second part of my Once Upon a Time conversation.
You can read part I here.
The Future.
So I talked about how the end of the finale showed a little girl going to a door, she knocks and claims that she is the man’s daughter, and the man is Henry Mills. So, first, it’s super cute that it’s a little girl and that she is going to be biracial, OUAT definitely needs more diversity in it’s leading group of characters. However, the set up seems to be exactly the same of as the very first episode where Henry finds Emma who is his long lost mother. Lucy, the little girl was apparently in Fairy Tale Land, as Tiger Lily showed up to her, and she is the keeper of the storybook. So it’ll be interesting.
I can’t speculate on what’s going to happen in the future, but I have some ideas that I think would be great additions, that wouldn’t be rehashing what we’ve already seen. If the show wasn’t going to end on that really perfect series finale ending, then it should get a complete reboot.
Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Gennifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), Rebecca Mader (Zelena) and Emilie De Ravin (Belle) are leaving the show for good. While I love Regina and Rumple, part of me feels that Regina should no longer be on the show either, her story I think has ended many times over. Lana Parilla is fantastic but I’m curious to see what happens to her character since she’s staying.
There’s a bit more to be done with Rumple considering how his FTL version is involved in so many stories and Robert Carlyle is fantastic but I also wonder that since his WIFE is leaving, was he raising baby Gideon on his own?? Or since it’s in the future where Henry is an adult, is Gideon a teenager now?
What about Hook? What happened to Emma? I feel like since she’s leaving that her husband should be going with her, I am not a fan of Hook, I never really was, he was sassier in the beginning and I kind of liked him before he and Emma started dating. It went downhill for me AND I blame him for Merlin’s death so he hasn’t come back from that, same as him getting the loophole from Zeus to come back to life for being a hero and that was some BS. But anyway…
According to the writers, the beginning will parallel Emma’s story in terms of Henry losing his belief along the way, especially since he has the heart of the Truest Believer and his daughter has to help him along. There’s also going to be a reveal of his one true love, in the same vein as Snow and Charming’s love, which might mean that Lucy is a product of True Love but I’m interested to see who this woman of color is lol. Also, the fairy tale characters will be in the real world trying to find their happy endings… I also hope they move away from Storybrooke since Lucy finds Henry in Seattle. I’m okay with this to see where they go with it, if it ended I would have been fine but since it’s not, I’m curious.
My Ideas/Missed Opportunties
So I can’t help but wonder what type of fairy tales or stories they will bring into the story. We branched out into literature with having Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the story, they should keep doing that.
Aladdin– I really liked Deniz Akdeniz’s version of Aladdin, when we first meet him it’s in kind of flashback but in the future of the Aladdin story. Jafar has the magic carpet and finds him, he’s weak, in pain, he’s shaking and Jafar has a monologue about the consequences of being The Savior. We never got to see more of that, we never got to see Aladdin BE the Savior. In his actual introduction episode, we see him in Agrabah, he’s a thief, a pretty good one at that, Jasmine finds him and convinces him to go with her to the Cave of Wonders to find a Macguffin that has great power. It turns out that it was a test to see if Aladdin was the great power, he was, he saves her with light magic but he’s not for having this magic, not for being used and he meets Jafar who uses Iago an oracle, to show Aladdin his future which seemed like it was dire, he puts the idea of the Three Fate’s Shears being used to cut one away from their destiny. Aladdin does manage to save the day when Jafar threatens Jasmine and he goes off on his adventures, leaving Jasmine behind and Jafar magically sends the shears to Aladdin who keeps them and we learn later that he used them. Which I thought was such a missed opportunity. He does take up the mantle of being a genie to help our heroes in winning which was cool but that also was a missed opportunity.
  • What they should have done, Aladdin should have had residual Savior magic, especially since Emma did a locator spell to find him by using their connection to the Savior magic. She still finds him. Soooo, that means to me that he should have had some magic still. But apparently that story ends in the finale, but I still think there should be a spinoff OUAT in Agrabah because I want to see how witty, and smiling Aladdin got to that broken man. We never got to see him face off with one of the greatest villains in Jafar. I didn’t mind that Jasmine became a focus because she needed that but I don’t think it should have made Aladdin take a backseat. I want to see the moment he chose to cut away his magic and what happened afterwards. I want to see his moments with the Genie, I appreciate that line they gave in reverence to Robin Williams in the show but I think they glossed over so much with his character. There should either be a spin off for him and Jasmine since she had her own adventures OR bring them back into the show. I don’t think that story is over, he never got to truly face off with a villain. If they bring him back current time, then there should definitely be some flashbacks, MORE flashbacks.
Jasmine– Karen David’s accent didn’t bother me, it wasn’t that serious as NO ONE has an accent for the origins of their character. Accents hardly matter. ANYWAY, I appreciated that they gave her a bit more to do, she’s one of the Disney princesses who is not the lead and doesn’t have a lot to do. She is the one who ultimately faces off against Jafar but for political and fear reasons which is cool. She uses a potion and turns him into a staff and I was like what? I think she should be physical fighter with daggers or something, it would allow her to have the full package of being smart, brave AND adept physically. After all, in the sequels, Jasmine kicked butt. What was she doing in the Land of Untold Stories exactly? Who else did she meet? They pretty much wrapped up the arc they gave her in the beginning but there was more there.
Merlin– Such a BIGGGG missed opportunity. Also should be a regular, would definitely bring more people of color into the show. We get a glimpse of his past, he was running away from capture with someone else, what happened before he got his magic? How was he captured? EXPLAIN! He knew the prophecy about King Arthur who shirked his duties, he faces off against Nimue who became The Dark One after choosing revenge over the love for him, but he can’t fight her and she uses his tear to turn him into a tree. Emma and the others free him after going to Camelot and he goes with Emma on a quest to find a way to restore Excalibur. He was bound to Excalibur by Arthur who tries to get him to kill the heroes but he manages to break free. When Hook is turned into the Dark One, Merlin knows what’s to happen and he killed by Hook at the prodding of Nimue in order to cast a Dark Curse.
  • So my problem with this is that Merlin is the originator of light magic, at least he’s the first person to have it. He was given this power by the Gods, which in this world I’m assuming the Gods of Mount Olympus. So it doesn’t make sense for him to actually be dead but perhaps that body of his gone, not like what Voldemort did with the Horcruxes but as he’s pure light magic, he found a way, to put his essence into something good. Perhaps something that Gold has in his shop. Once it’s found and someone with light magic (Aladdin maybe) gets a hold of it, it brings Merlin back in human form. He shouldn’t have died. Rumple is the Dark One, there should be a Savior= Aladdin (doesn’t have to be the lead) and there should be someone who is on the same level of the Dark One but good=Merlin who doesn’t have to be there ALL the time… just saying. Bring Elliot Knight back.
Bearskin– So this is a tale I read from the Grimm fairytale. In the story, a soldier returns from War, his parents are dead and his brother can’t house him so he is a wandering traveler. So a man with a hoof appears and makes a deal with him, he cannot bathe, clean himself or anything for 7 years. If he wins then he would be rich and free. If he died during the period then the Devil would have him. So he agrees, the hoofed man puts a green coat on him, as well as a Bearskin and tells him that his pockets will always refill with money but he cannot take it off. About four years into it, he meets a poor man who is facing prison for debts, Bearskin offers to help him so the man offers one of his three daughters’ hands. The oldest and middle daughters are repulsed by him, but the youngest actually talks with him and agrees to her father’s promise. Bearskin gives her half a ring and tells her he will return in 3 years. After time passes, he finds the hoofed man again and tells him to fulfill his end of the bargain. The man makes him good as new and sends him off with his money. He returns to the man, dressed nicely, and says he would marry one of his daughters. The older two run off to be cute for him but he dropped the other half of the ring in the glass of the younger daughter. They get married. The oldest sister hangs herself and the middle drowns herself and the Devil gets two souls for the price of one.
  • Dark, I know, but I think it would be a great addition to the show. I think the soldier could be Tiana’s long lost brother, perhaps he was taken, disappeared or something and he doesn’t have to be a soldier since Tiana and Naveen are set in New Orleans and there aren’t really any real wars going on around that time.
  • Instead of the “devil” the mysterious man could be the Voodoo Man Dr. Facilier especially since he was trying to collect souls for the Voodoo spirits. As Bearskin is a wandering man alone, he would be an easy target but he loses him but manages to win still by getting the two sisters, but that doesn’t mean they actually are just gone, he could reanimate them for his bidding. At least until all of his debts are repaid.
    • Or maybe he didn’t win the bet and his soul is owned by the voodoo man. I feel like I want to write this so I don’t want to go into anymore detail lol.
Tiana and Naveen- So we have not seen them at all on the show, there’s been no indication of them at all. I think if Aladdin and Jasmine don’t come back, at least as regulars, that we would need another couple in the same vein of what Snow and Charming were. I’m not sure if Henry and his mysterious lover stayed together or what, but it would be nice to have a strong couple like Snowing. It would be after the events of their movie, we could see flashbacks of that too if necessary, but they’re not older versions, but they would have been sent to the future by Mama Odie. So there could be flashbacks of their movie story if needed OR there could be moments where we see their life after the film and in their time period and what is going on in the present.
  • Tiana– It would be cool actually if the soldier from Bearskin is her brother who went missing years before and older brother, maybe her parents thought he died. My head canon is that Tiana is 19 and Naveen is 21 in the movie, so their age could vary depending on how far in the future the show would have them.

She is my choice for Tiana. Annie Illonzeh, she’s currently 33 but I think she has a youthful look about her. Or Nicole Beharie.
  • Naveen– We don’t really learn much about his past, so him being on the show would give us that chance. Plus, considering how irresponsible he started as off, it would be good to see that progression from him before the movie (in flashbacks) to how he was throughout the film. His casting is a bit harder due to the many things surrounding him. Bruno Campos his voice actor is Brazilian and exaggeration accent, his name is Indian and I’ve always considered his fictional country of Maldonia to be in South America, perhaps his mother is of Indian descent, but I came across Caua Reymond and I can’t find anyone better right now.
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He has that smile, and the hair, he’s tall. But I think it would be interesting to go a bit more into detail for him.
  • Mulan- So I don’t think we ever really got closure with her, Ruby and Dorothy got together and had their closure to an extent (which I thought was super random), but the last time we see her is when she and Ruby go to Oz and it definitely seemed like they were hinting at a Mulan and Merida thing at one point, which I’m okay with since they’re very similar. But they have to come back. I really want to know about Mulan’s past, what about her in the Chinese army? I want to know that whole story, we never go to see it and I would love to see it, what about her relationship with her parents? Was there a Li Shang? It might not have been a romantic thing but it would have been cool for her to have a friend… I think there’s a lot we haven’t explored with her. She just shows up and disappears.
  • Merida- I guess her story was over, as she ended up back home, but I thought she got a bit short changed, she was thrown in there and wasn’t really utilized much. She ended up being used by Dark Emma but meh… I think she could come back.
  • Kida and Milo– Remember Atlantis: The Lost Empire, why don’t we ever see her anywhere? Not only do I think Disney needs to a Live Action film but it would be cool to bring her into the show as well. She ends up being a Queen (I don’t even remember the sequel so ignoring that) and she doesn’t have to be in present time, they always have someone go to a different world somewhere where they need help, or they go to Atlantis for some reason and both her and Milo could be there.
  • Jim Hawkins- As an older man! In the film he’s like 16 and he gets his life together at the end, it would be so cool to involve him! If we insist on having Hook around, perhaps they could meet and be friends, since Hook doesn’t really have any guy friends. OR if Hook leaves, it would be cool to have Jim replace him.
  • Jefferson/Mad Hatter– This is wishful thinking as Sebastian Stan is in the MCU, but I would love for him to return for a few episodes. When he was reunited with Grace, he kind of just disappeared. I would love to know what really happened with him.
  • Quasimodo- I think this has been a fan favorite request as well. But again, his story is actually set in a real location of France, perhaps as in the first movie, he doesn’t get the girl, he could be one of those people in search of their happy ending as this new season is dealing with that type of thing. I knew there was a sequel but I don’t remember that or the blonde girl so it could be someone new. Plus, seeing flashbacks with Count Frollo would be everything.
  • Esmerelda- She is very memorable. What if Pheobus died and now she has to find a new happy ending. I think they had a kid in the sequel, sure that’s fine, but if Regina is still around, perhaps they could become friends (as both Snow AND Emma are gone, so her friends have left the building) and they could go off to find their true loves together. I think it would be interesting that if Pheobus dies, that Esmerelda’s new man be Jim Hawkins or maybe even the Bearskin soldier… or maybe have her “help” a villain get their life together.
  • Hercules/Meg- I’ve never been a huge fan of the animated film, but I watch it when it comes on TV most times, but I liked the actor they had for Hercules and towards the end, I liked Meg BUT they were so wasted. I understand that Herc served his purpose in Snow’s past (they were super cute though) but why didn’t we ever see him come into real contact with his uncle Hades? Even if it wasn’t that serious in the Underworld, why didn’t we see any flashbacks of them interacting? It was like they weren’t even related. I thought that was a very sad missed opportunity, plus I liked him and wanted more. His only finished business was to defeat Cerberus? I mean come on, that’s lame. He could totally be a series regular. Also could be friends with Jim lol.
Villains
There are many villains in Fairy Tales, I think there are many they could pull from that aren’t just Disney. I kind of want them to go a bit dark, not necessarily scary, but pull characters that are actually scary. As Rumple fulfilled his Savior prophecy and Regina hasn’t really done a “bad” thing in a while, who would be our new villain? I don’t see the point of having Rumple relapse again and is he still The Dark One all these years later? I would rather Rumple to no longer be the Dark One in the current time, but to maybe have a bit of magic since he was supposed to be a Savior but it not be very strong. It’s kind of hard to say since I love Dark One Rumple lol.
  • Jafar– Oded Fehr was great. His story is the only one that really connects to the OUAT in Wonderland, but he leaves Agrabah has his adventure in Wonderland, gets turned into a genie then faces off with Jasmine who uses a potion to turn into a staff. Um, he was a sorcerer and a genie, SO that staff shouldn’t be a long term transformation. Too much power would overload a janky transformation spell. He reverts back to his human form, still a genie unfortunately and plots revenge on both Aladdin and Jasmine. Jasmine for turning him into the staff and rebuffing him and Aladdin defeating him (breaking his snake staff) and for literally being the same person just whose destiny led him to a better life, he even says something to that effect to Aladdin when he saves Jasmine from him in “Street Rats”.
  • Headless Horseman– Maybe they could include this story as well, he’s a spirit, maybe a villain is controlling him.
  • Dr. Facilier aka “The Voodoo Man“- So what I’m thinking is that, yeah, he “died” in the film but he was more or less dragged away, it’s assumed he’s dead. I think the best way to handle this, without having too many loopholes from what we already know or seen, Bearskin’s soul could be owned by the Facilier, as he lost the bet. So, even though Facilier is gone, Bearskin is collecting souls for him. In the film, he barters with the spirits to give him what he needs and he promised them all of the souls in New Orleans, that’s the only reason why they agreed to help him, so sure he got dragged away but they wanted all of those souls, why? So, let’s find out why. Bearskin could be making deals (I’m sure Rumple might be aware of this even if it’s in the real world. Bearskin could have limited magic to allow him to travel in between realms, how? Meh, I don’t know, maybe they had a stash of magic beans, and he is able to converse with Facilier, or maybe his shadow is still around and in order for him to be free, they have to give a certain amount of souls in place of his. This is how Tiana and Naveen could find him. I think Facilier should definitely come back, maybe during the midseason finale, he does and then if there is a season 8 he should last into the next season. His magic is different from most of the magic we’ve seen, I think it would be interesting.
  • Horned King- The scary Skeleton dude from The Black Cauldron. That film is very underrated and that dude is scary, practical effects, no need for tons of CGI but this would allow for Taran and Eilonwy to be in the film (everyone else can stay in the animated film). He wanted to raise a dead army using the Cauldron, another dude who may or may not be dead depending on how it’s handled. I just think he’s a different villain than what we’ve seen before.
  • Count Frollo- Mostly Flashbacks, there’s really not a reason for him to be alive considering his terrible and well deserved death in the film, but if we bring Quasimodo into it, then I think there should be at least some reason to see him. If you remember the Aladdin/Hercules TV show crossover, Jafar managed to “come back alive” by making a deal with Hades, perhaps Frollo does the same? But he’s not fully alive? He and Facilier could have some type of understanding since they’re both in the real world.
The Story.
So the way I see it, I think that season 7 should push past the stories we’ve already seen and learned about. There is really no reason to keep Regina, Hook and Rumple around, if anyone should be around it would be Rumple considering his stake in almost every story but I don’t think it’s necessary going forward as the others have moved on. I love Lana Parilla and Robert Carlyle but just as there isn’t’ really a need for Zelena, there isn’t really a need for them. I think the idea of an adult Henry embarking on whatever he’s embarking on is cool as there is a familiar character, but I can’t help but wonder at how much that story will mirror Emma’s. He may not be a Savior as he’s the Truest Believer but still, his daughter has to make him believe like he made Emma believe? Eh, I’m not really into a rehash, even if the direction may change later.
I think by introducing completely new characters (Tiana, Naveen etc.) with a new story, perhaps the message is “freedom” and “connecting with your lost past” it would be a nice throwback to what OUAT has been about but by doing it in a new way with new people we’ve never seen before. It would also give the show the chance to go a bit darker like Disney itself has in the past, I don’t think anyone should be upset about it as a lot of the classic films are kind of scary. OUAT has an opportunity to revitalize their show, I think there is a lot of potential going forward and I would hate see the show get cancelled after this season without ever reaching it’s full potential.
Overall,
These are just some ideas I have for their directions. I would like to see new things, new characters, especially diverse ones. I think Tiana and Naveen would be a great regular addition to the show filling that Snow and Charming void. I think bringing back certain characters like Aladdin would put someone back into that “savior” role, someone we never really saw embrace that part of him, he cut it away before we really got the chance to see it. If Jafar never returns, I guess that’s fine as he was in Wonderland BUT we didn’t get to see Oded Fehr as much and I think it was a missed opportunity. Henry can remain to fill the “Emma Swan” role if they want someone who doesn’t believe in the beginning BUT I don’t think that’s necessary for this show anymore. Otherwise, bring a new person in who hasn’t experience magic but not be related to Emma or anyone like that. I mean, bring that kid (as an adult) from Rescuer’s Down Under and have him get thrust into the magical world lol.
I just feel like there are so many things to do and I feel like this season is going to be the last. I love how the show brought so many new ways to these well known (and lesser) stories and that’s awesome, but it’s gotten stale, sometimes they manage to reinvigorate the story but this is a chance to really put Once Upon a Time in a new line and bring it back and breathe into it fresh air. I think that’s so important. I really want them to make it feel new again.
I think these are ways that it can.
Let me know your thought below. What characters do you think they should add?
Do you think that Regina, Rumple, Hook and Henry should even still be around?
Please let me know your thoughts! I’d love to have conversations with OUAT fans about the future of the show!

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Once Upon a Time Thoughts

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So OUAT (Once Upon a Time) has been a favorite show of mine for years. It premiered in 2011. I remember seeing the previews for it and being super excited. I love fairy tales, I love Disney and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the first episode hit and I loved it. It was a little rocky in the beginning but it found it’s footing and it led us into season two and so on. Sunday May 14, 2017 was the season six finale and it was a two parter. I always feel like this show should be two hours considering how much goes on and how much I feel is glossed over or left out.
So this is going to be a two parter to prevent it from being uber long. This post will be my thoughts on the show and the following part will be where I think the show will go in the next season as it’s been renewed by ABC. There will be spoilers ahead, of the season 6 finale as well as the entire show SOOOO if you don’t want to be spoiled be aware. If you have not caught up with the show, don’t read this because I will be spoiling all throughout INCLUDING the finale.
This is also JUST for Once Upon a Time NOT Wonderland. I might mention it but this is not about it.
Warning: This will probably also be long. Sorry Not Sorry.
The story
A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.
Season 1– The Evil Queen interrupts Snow White and Prince Charming’s wedding to gloat about the Dark Curse she’s planning to unleash on everyone, to ruin their happy endings. A majority of the characters are transported to the town of Storybrooke, Maine where they no longer remember their original lives. Emma Swan is brought to Storybrooke on her 28th birthday by her biological son Henry Mills. He hopes she would break the curse cast by The Evil Queen Regina his adoptive mother.
  • This was my favorite season. I think the first two or three episodes are kind of hard because they’re a bit slow but things start to pick up. It was fun meeting new characters in Storybrooke and working alongside Emma and Henry to figure out who they are and how their stories fit in with the others. It was the most fun and most fresh. It was also kind of a bit dark with the whole storyline of Mary Margareta and David having an affair even though he was engaged. Plus, I think it’s when Rumple/Gold is at his best and when the story was pretty straight forward and didn’t have so many holes that required even more ridiculous answers to fill the ridiculous holes.
Season 2- Emma has broken the curse but the characters did not return to the fairy tale world and now must deal with their dual identities. Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin brings magic into Storybrooke and new threats are introduced in Captain Hook and Cora, Regina’s mother (The Queen of Hearts).
It was after season 2 that they started doing the split the season into two separate arcs (which I don’t think always worked).
  • In this season everyone is dealing with the fact that they have woken up, they are finding each other, their family members and loved ones. It’s beautiful, and Emma gets to officially meet her parents. This is also when Cora, Regina’s mother comes with Hook and she is a fantastic villain. Hook was on his revenge kick, which was interesting for a while, it got a bit old but in this season it was fine as it was his introduction.
Season 3- In the first half, the main characters travel to Neverland to rescue Henry who was kidnapped by Peter Pan to obtain the “Heart of the Truest Believer”. This struggle continues in Storbrooke which sends the characters to their original worlds causing Emma and Henry to escape to New York City. In the second half, the characters are somehow brought back to a brand new Storybrooke with the last year of memories removed. Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West appears with a plan to change the past and Emma must save her family.
  • At first I was a little upset that they made Peter Pan a bad guy, but Robbie Kay was soo good that I enjoyed it. I didn’t mind this being a half a season because Neverland (while I think there was a lot to be done there), got a little old after a while. It was an emotional season as Emma and Snow, came to grips that she was alone as a kid. It also had Neal return (Henry’s father) and Emma dealing with her feelings for him, as well as the new interest Hook was giving her. I still liked Hook at this point. The only thing I didn’t really like was that Peter Pan ended up being Rumple’s father who gave up being a father by wishing to give it up and he was made a kid again leaving a child Rumple on his own. It worked out well but I still didn’t like that twist.
  • Zelena is introduced and I loved her, truly WICKED. Her storyline is also kind of sad  in her childhood, it was also interesting seeing Oz. I think it was a bad idea though to have the Scarecrow be a CGI character, they should have casted someone and made him a bigger role as he’s the Scarecrow, I mean COME ON! We do see the Tin Man in season 6 though.
Season 4- The first half included time travel events from the previous season in which Elsa (Frozen) is accidentally brought from the Enchanted Forest of the past to Present day Storybrooke. While she searches for her sister Anna with the help of the main characters, they meet The Snow Queen. Meanwhile, Regina searches for the Author of Henry’s storybook so she can have her happy ending. After being banished from the town, Mr. Gold enlists the help of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent and Ursula to change the rules of heroes and villains. Henry and Emma have to restore reality and the truth before the switch becomes permanent.
  • A lot of people don’t like the Frozen movie, nor did they like the addition of it in the show, but neither bothers me. I like the movie, it’s not my favorite but I like it and I liked it in the show, mostly because I liked the actresses they chose for Anna and Elsa and I loved the connection the Snow Queen story.
  • In terms of the second half, the Queens of Darkness was a rushed storyline and there are still lines that haven’t been completed. I didn’t think we really got to know any of them that well, they all had their flashbacks but they weren’t fleshed out enough and Maleficent’s story just ended and hasn’t been resolved yet. So that’s still hanging around.
Season 5- The characters embark on a quest to Camelot to find Merlin (who was the best ever!) to free Emma from the Dark One’s powers, while King Arthur is determined to alter the balance between light and darkness using Excalibur. Things happen and the characters must go to the Underworld where they meet souls with unfinished business and face Hades. They must attempt to restore order to the chaos that was created and a war between light and darkness begins with the separation of Regina and her Evil Queen persona. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde also join the story while bringing characters from the Land of Untold Stories.
  • So this was probably a season that had some interesting potential. We meet the people of Camelot, we met Lancelot before in an earlier season flashback. This is also where we meet one of the best “guest starring” characters: Merlin. Elliot Knight really was a gem. King Arthur is a villain, a desperate man and Emma struggles with the darkness inside as the newest Dark One. There was also some great interesting moments of Merlin’s history we didn’t learn, even with Nimue, who was also really interesting. They had great chemistry. Hook is swayed by the darkness and makes a stupid decision which solidified my already growing dislike for him.
  • The Underworld was also interesting, Hades was cool but I wasn’t into the whole “we all must go save Hook” thing. I also didn’t like how Mila (Rumple and Hook’s ex) died, it was just plain wrong. We got to see Cruella again and in the end, it was cool.
Season 6- The characters must defend Storybrooke from the combined threat of Mr. Hyde and the Evil Queen while Emma finds out about Aladdin (who was also great!) who was a Savior and must learn the fates of saviors. The battle of light and dark continue with an ultimate prophesied battle between Emma and a mysterious figure.
  • Had some interesting build up, but I honestly just wanted an entire season with Aladdin, Jasmine and Jafar as they were super interesting.
Regular Characters:
Emma Swan– In the beginning, she is a bondswoman, she does not believe in magic until she is brought to Storybrooke by Henry, her son. It takes a while to believe in his tales, but when she does, she learns that she’s powerful. She is The Savior as she is the product of true love. She has faced off against many villains. She is strong, blonde, wears an awesome red leather jacket, drives a yellow bug and is a great mom to Henry. She does have light magic, which allows for many things. She even experienced time as “The Dark One” for a bit. In each season, she has her struggles, sometimes they’re recycled (which I talk about later) but she always manages to pull through them, to find another way.
Snow White- Snow White is very different than how we know her. When we first meet her, it’s the usual storyline where she is sleep and is kissed by her Prince. When the first curse hits, she is ripped away from her happy ending with David and put into the real world as a school teacher “Mary Margaret Blanchard”. She has no memory of her past life even though she and David manage to find each other (due to intense drama) her personality is completely different from the awesome, feisty, archer that Snow White is. However, once the curse is broken, she is reunited with David, their love is beautiful, they reunite with Emma (Mary Margaret and Emma are friends and roommates) who is a bit weirded out by the idea that her parents are the same age as her. Snow White is so unyielding in her believe in hope, in her family, in that she and David will always find each other. She has so much love in her heart for everyone, even Regina who has ruined her life on many occasion. However, Snow is not perfect, she has made many mistakes, some really terrible ones but I think she is great.
Prince “David” Charming- David is Prince Charming, he is noble, brave, chivalrous and daring. He also loves his wife. When the first curse hits, he’s in a coma, “Mary Margaret” visits him as part of community service. When he wakes, he has a fiancee or wife (don’t remember) but he definitely knows she’s not the one. He and MM start an affair and it’s dramatic. When the curse breaks, he and Snow find each other. Throughout the series, his roles kind of go back and forth. Sometimes he’s just Snow’s husband, Prince Charming. Sometimes he takes the lead in storylines, sometimes he’s a bit judgmental but he’s definitely unflinching in his love for both Snow and Emma. His entire family in general, since that includes Henry Mills. I do kind of wish he had a friend though, he never really had a best guy friend, he and Hook did have rapport in later seasons which is nice, but I never got the sense that David really likes Hook even if he did marry his daughter. But the biggest thing about him is his willingness to sacrifice himself for his family.
Regina Mills- I LOVE Regina. Don’t get me wrong, she has done terrible things but she has had a great redemption arc. Regina is the Evil Queen, when she was a younger woman (I would say about 16-18) she fell in love with her stable boy, against her mother’s wishes who wanted her to become official royalty. She saves a 10 year old Snow White from getting hurt on a runaway horse, Snow catches Regina and Daniel together after Regina was supposed to be preparing to marry her father the King. Regina tells Snow to keep it a secret, but she finds out later that Snow told her mother because she thought she was helping which makes Regina upset. She marries the king, because Daniel is killed before her eyes but vowed revenge on Snow. Her flashbacks as the Evil Queen shows her hunting Snow White and before her revenge plot, she learns magic from Rumpelstiltskin. As Mayor Regina Mills, she runs Storybrooke, she started the first curse, she had her way in the town but when Emma comes in, she knocks it down and goes head to head with everyone for the longest time. She eventually starts become a hero, it takes a while but in the end, she is part of the hero squad. There’s a lot with her but she manages to find her true love in Robin Hood (which I will talk about later *mad face*), she gains a sister in Zelena (The Wicked Witch) and is happy at least.
Henry Mills- He is the one who started it all. He starts off as a 10 year old boy, he finds Emma, brings her to Storybrooke and works to get her to believe that she is The Savior in order to break the curse. Which she does. He puts a lot of things in motion. For a little while, he takes a back burner, but he becomes really important in the Neverland arc because he has the heart of the true believer even though he got on Regina a lot about using her magic to get her way. Regina and Emma will do anything for him (until… I will talk about later), he meets a girl in the Camelot arc and becomes the author later on. He believes in Emma unflinchingly and loves both his mothers, biological and adopted. We also see him grow up on the show.
Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold- He is my favorite character. He is involved in almost every storyline in pulling the strings. He was the “fairy godmother” to Cinderella, he was the Beast to Belle, he taught both Regina and her mother Cora, how to use magic,  he spends most of the first season trying to find his long lost son Baelfire. His father became Peter Pan, his mother is The Black Fairy. He is the Dark One, he is extremely powerful, he makes deals with people to give them what they want but he will come to collect at some point for what he wants. He’s very intelligent, he’s insane but he’s so great, especially with the many things he’s collected over the years that hold power. He falls in love with Belle (their first episode is one of my favorites), Emma tries to help him become a hero but he always reverts to wanting power over everything, which is why he always ends up alone. He does find his son who is living in the real world as Neal (who happened to meet Emma and fathered Henry). Rumple deals a lot with trying to figure out what he actually wants, he says he wants power but he also wants family and it goes back and forth and he makes the wrong choices, even though he has a woman who loves him. I love Rumple though. Still my favorite. Robert Carlyle is fantastic.
**Side Note: I know he cut his hair for the T2: Trainspotting  film but I don’t like it for the character lol.
Belle French- She starts off as a guest character, then a reoccurring to become a regular. Rumple shows up to help her kingdom but his price is that Belle goes with him as his maid. She chooses to do so for her kingdom as she wants to be a hero, from all of the books she’s read. Belle goes to his huge castle and in the beginning she’s afraid of him but eventually that becomes less and less afraid and wants to know him. They fall in love with each other, she happens to meet Regina who plants the idea of True Love’s Kiss in her head and she kisses Rumple and it starts to break the Dark One hold on him, but he chooses the power over her love. He lets her go and she goes. In the real world, Rumple thinks she’s dead but she’s been held in the mental hospital. When the curse is broken, they are reunited and it’s been a battle for the longest time. They do get officially married and Belle takes a backseat in a lot of storylines (to my chagrin). She works in the library which is fitting, the others come to her for research purposes, in flashbacks she has some adventures, but she spends a lot of time trying to believe in Rumple to be a good man until she eventually gives up on him because he’s stubborn. She tries to have her own life but ya know they never really let her do that. She and Rumple have a child, she names Gideon from a hero from one of her favorite books. Belle really tries to keep her baby from being corrupted by Rumple’s back and forth.
Captain “Hook” Killian Jones- He starts off as a villain, working with Cora, he’s a swashbuckling, witty, guy-liner wearing pirate. He just wants revenge against Rumple for killing his girlfriend (who was Rumple’s wife) but on the way, he ends up falling for Emma and vice versa, after he tells Neal (who decides he also wants to get Emma back) that he will fight for her. It takes everyone a long time to trust him, considering the things he’s done in the past, he even tricks Charming with a life or death situation. However, he does build a relationship and a life for himself in this new world. I don’t really find him that interesting, especially once he and Emma become a thing, (though I did like his episode where he and Emma go back in time in FTL and see how Snow and Charming met). He is harmed and dies, Emma tries to save him but in order to do so she ends up making him a Dark One, which he shows that he is easily corrupted by dark magic and gives in to Nimue (the first Dark One) and then does sacrifice himself to save everyone and he dies. In the Underworld arc, everyone spends all of their time trying to save him, he does manage to hold out against Hades, but he is given a loophole and comes back to life. In season 7, he proposes to Emma and they get married, but in there, it’s revealed that he killed David’s father in the past, he and Emma have a moment where they’re separated because he freaks out and runs when Emma tells him not to hide things and lie to her. But in the end, married.
Zelena “The Wicked Witch”-  She is introduced as Regina’s long lost older sister, she was given away by Cora because she was a baby out of wedlock whose father wasn’t royal. She wanted to be royal and she knew that having Zelena would not bring that. So Zelena grows up in a damaged household, but she shows magic experience early. It is revealed that she and Regina did meet as children but Cora uses magic to make them forget each other due to Zelena being a peasant. But Zelena knows that she was given up and that all of the good attention was given to Regina and she is extremely jealous which makes her turn green from the inside out. She becomes the Wicked Witch of the West, which has ties in with the other witches, with Dorothy (though water does not melt her). She has an infatuation with Rumple, especially when she learns that he’s teaching Regina magic, she wants him to choose her to cast his dark curse. Her main goal is just make Regina pay for being the one Cora chose. She is defeated, Rumple kills her but she manages to come back and replaces Maid Marian, kills her and tricks Robin Hood in having a baby with her. With that, she manages to come back and work with Regina and the Charming team. She struggles for a little while, especially when she meets Hades and he turns out to be her true love, she chooses Regina over her true love and destroys Hades. When Regina splits herself, she bonds with the Evil Queen, and in season 7 she gives a huge sacrifice and gives up her magic to save everyone. I love her too.
Villains:
There have been a lot of villains on the show, some have been more important than others or they’ve been on the show way more than others. I’m not going to talk about them really but I will mention them. At least the ones I remember and that stood out.
  • Regina Mills “Evil Queen”
    • Lana Parilla owns this role, I love Regina. She’s great.
  • Rumpelstiltskin/ Mr. Gold/ The Dark One
    • Robert Carlyle is iconic in this role, I love him. I definitely prefer him in his makeup because I think he’s able to have way more fun in that role. Plus, the voice, the walk, the ticks for the Rumpelstiltskin is great. I do like how he changes the cadence and tone of his voice for Mr. Gold. He’s the string in a lot of storylines, he is the catalyst for a lot of things and he always has a stake in a fight. It may not be in the forefront or obvious but it’s there. He always figures out a way and sometimes it’s so underhanded and backhanded that it’s amazing how he somehow always wins even when he loses.
  • Cora Mills/ Queen of Hearts
    • Barbara Hershey was AHMAZING in this role. Cora was so ruthless. She wanted Regina to be Queen and does whatever it takes for her to be Queen. She orchestrates the situation of Regina saving Snow on her horse, she kills Daniel (Regina’s first love) in front of Regina, even though Regina sends her to Wonderland, she still keeps her hands in the pot from away. She comes back and tries to get Regina on her side, she is very good with her words. She also had a thing for Rumple lol. She seemed like she was gonna turn it around but Snow pulls a bad decision and Cora dies. She shows back up in the Underworld and mends the bridges between herself and Regina and Zelena, it was a touching moment. Rose McGowan was also good as a young Cora.
  • Zelena/ The Wicked Witch.
    • Rebecca Mader was great, I love her delivery, I loved her expressions and monologues.
  • Malcolm/ Peter Pan
    • Robbie Kay was great as Peter Pan. I love that character and it was interesting seeing him as a villain and I loved it. I didn’t like the twist of him being Rumple’s father. A man child, who chooses to be young again instead of caring for his son. It runs in the family apparently.
  • Ingrid/The Snow Queen
    • Elizabeth Mitchell was great, she was the Snow Queen, which is what Frozen was based on, but actually having her be this broken woman who felt alone after losing both her sisters (one of them being Anna and Elsa’s mother) and she tries to find them again in Elsa and Emma who both have magic, she wants them both to embrace the extent of their powers (they’re also blondes lol). She can also be argued to more of the tragic villain who later becomes a hero as she willingly sacrifices herself to save Anna and Elsa.
  • Maleficent
    • I honestly liked her look in the beginning because it was different, they changed her appearence after the film came out, but that’s fine. She was also interesting, also a bit of a tragic villain but she’s disappeared along with her long lost daughter.
  • Ursula
    • She was a villain for a moment. Part of the Queens of Darkness arc, she is the first one to let it go, she was a mermaid who cursed herself to get back at her father but when they reconcile she goes away. It was unfortunate with her costume and that in the earlier episodes with Ariel that we never really got see Merrin Dungey play off of JoAnna Garcia-Swisher.
  • Cruella De Vil
    • She was great, definitely a favorite of mine. Not a redeemable villain, Victoria Smurfit played her to a T. She cannot kill due to The Author getting back at her for tricking him, she has the power to influence animals, and she does die and shows up in the Underworld. So great.
  • Nimue/ Original Dark One
    • Carolina Ford plays her as both Nimue pre Dark One and as The Dark One.  She loves Merlin (they’re sooo cute) but she tries to manipulate Emma into killing Merlin but is unsuccessful but is with Hook. She is able to manipulate others into doing what she wants, she is ultimate darkness and I wish we saw more of her.
  • Captain Hook/ Dark One
    • Didn’t like this, I already didn’t really care for him, this storyline made me dislike him even more.
  • Hades
    • He was great, Greg Germann was able to be menacing but also pull the humor they had in the animated film. I think it was a missed opportunity to not have any true scenes between Hades and Hercules.
  • Fiona/ The Black Fairy
    • She was a villain of season 6, I thought Jaime Murray was really good. She has this smile on her face while spewing the most ridiculous nonsense, it was so great. She also pulled a lot of strings behind the scenes, similar to her son Rumple. Fiona became the Black Fairy by choice, she had Rumple, freaked out because his Fairy Godmother Tiger Lily foresaw him being a Savior (yes Rumple was supposed to be a Savior) and she tried to learn spells and magic to protect him from that, ends up becoming the very person he was meant to defeat (which he does in the finale). She really gets her plan in motion in the finale but she stays in the shadows mostly before now.
  • Gideon
    • Mostly a pawn by the Black Fairy. He is Rumple and Belle’s son, he was kidnapped after BF attacked the Blue Fairy. His main job is to fight The Savior and kill her. He shows up in Belle’s dreams as Morpheus telling her to let go of Rumple due to him not choosing her etc. etc. same old stuff…but turns out he’s the one Emma’s been seeing in her visions. The Black Fairy has his heart, he’s good but she’s corrupting him and makes him go after Emma in the finale, he kills her, but due to her willingly dying, his life resets and he’s reverted back into a baby, since he was raise away from Bella and Rumple in a different dimension where time is faster.
  • The Author/ Isaac Heller
    • This dude is just a slime ball. I don’t even care lol, Henry took over for him. The only thing I remember him actually doing is getting his feelings hurt with Cruella and writing that she can’t kill anyone.
  • Jafar
    • There are technically two versions of him, the version in OUAT in Wonderland and the one in season 6. I don’t think they’re meant to be the same person, which is unfortunate. But he was wasted. I thought Oded Fehr was a great choice to pick up this character after Naveen Andrews who was also great. I will talk more about him later.
  • Emma Swan/The Dark One
    • Her outfit was amazing but I would argue that while she was The (A) Dark One, she wasn’t evil but it was cool to see her lurking around.
Reoccurring Characters
This means they showed up more than once. It could have been twice but it’s more than once but they’re also the ones who are most involved.
  • The Seven Dwarves– We spend most of the time with Grumpy/Leroy who is great “The CURSE! IT’S HERE!” but they’re cool.
  • Robin Hood- I loved him. I’m still upset at what happened to him and I will never forgive it. He and Regina were meant to be together, he had two kids, albeit he was tricked for the second one but still. They killed him, it wasn’t even a death, he was erased before Regina’s eyes. Then they bring him back but as a alternate version and they put Regina’s evil half “The Evil Queen” with that version of Robin. Fine but NO!
  • Widow Lucas/Granny- She owns a diner which is the center of the town basically. She has a crossbow, so when she’s involved, she’s cool.
  • Blue Fairy– She is still a mysterious figure to me.
  • Mulan- She is a warrior who starts off assisting Prince Phillip on his quest of finding Princess Aurora. Mulan has been in and out of storylines and I wish they would have done way more with her.
  • Tinker Bell- She started off as a fairy in training “Green Fairy”, she goes to help Regina find her true love, she guides her but Regina ultimately shies away from it and it causes Tinker Bell to lose her wings as she broke fairy rules. She goes to Neverland. She later comes back to help Regina even though she’s hurt and angry. She forgives Regina and manages to help more later.
  • Merida- Following her movie (which I liked her in the show way more than I did in the film), she witnesses her father’s death and becomes the Queen of her kingdom. She has to prove herself to the United Clans and does so. She ends up getting swept up in Hook’s Dark Curse and goes to Storybrooke where Emma keeps her prisoner and uses her to train Mr. Gold in being heroic to free excalibur. She also later meets Mulan and I think they had a mutual attraction but nothing ever happened.
  • Ruby/Red Riding Hood- She was a main character in season two, she is Snow’s best friend in the Enchanted Forest. Her cloak is magical, it helps keep her wolf side under control as before she would turn into a wolf at night, unknowingly, and attack so the cloak is magical. She is loyal, she is awesome and I love Ruby. She ended up disappearing after a while, but comes back in season 5 I think because she went to FTL to try and find more wolves, but ends up going with Mulan to Oz, where they meet Dorothy, who gets put under a sleeping curse and Ruby kisses her waking her with True Love’s First Kiss. I wouldn’t have minded that if it wasn’t so rushed, it was handled so sloppily.
  • Ariel- She’s a mermaid who first saves Snow White, they become friends, and go to a ball that Prince Eric is having, as Ariel is infatuated with him. She comes in and out a lot, she ends up being at the mercy of Regina, who steals her voice and it’s only granted to her with a magical bracelet that also gives her legs. Ariel finds Eric again later, she accidentally get put into a bottle with the Jolly Roger but is freed and is living with Eric on an island. I loved her involvement but I wish they handled her better, same with Eric, I didn’t like the actor they chose for Eric and I don’t like how they just kept throwing out information with them without really earning it.
  • Cinderella/ Ashley-  I guess she was more of a “guest star” than a reoccurring but whatever, I liked her. She was cute, before the curse, she’s a teenager who’s pregnant and creates a bond with Emma (who could relate). In FTL, Rumple was her Fairy Godmother lol and she’s been in and out a few times. The last time we saw her, was a dramatic turn with her stepmother and stepsisters, where one of them was nice.
  • Merlin- I will talk about him sooo much more later but I AM STILL UPSET AT WHAT THEY DID TO HIM! I loved Merlin, he was my favorite new character they brought into the show and he should have been made a regular. He should be part of this new season. He is the originator of LIGHT magic, we first meet him appearing to a young Emma, we then see some flashbacks of him fighting a Dark One and he’s turned into a tree because he wouldn’t attack. Then, Emma frees him from the tree using a mixture of light and dark magic. Then he’s sassy lol which I loved and Elliot Knight was fantastic.
  • King Arthur- He was a villain but I didn’t put him in the villains list because I thought he was more of a misguided, desperate man than a villain. He made bad choices because he felt that he was told something. He was pretty terrible but he redeemed himself in the Underworld arc.
  • Aladdin- *sighs* A lot of people had issues with the accents, it didn’t bother me as no one really has accents based on their characters. But I liked him and I wanted more of him. We first see him in a sort of flashback where he’s lived a bit of time as a Savior and now he was a shell of a man, he was hiding in a shack. Jafar comes and taunts him. Then in the past, we see him in Agrabah as a  thief, then he meets Jasmine and she talks him into going with her to the Cave of Wonders where it’s revealed that he is a Savior. Jafar shows up, taunts him and then we meet him again later. I think Aladdin had a lot of potential. It turns out that he got swept up in the Dark Curse and had been living in Storybrooke for a time, Emma manages to find him using their connection to Savior magic and it turned out that he cut away his Savior magic with shears from The Fates. He and Jasmine reunite, he then willingly becomes a Genie so he could help. The Evil Queen steals the lamp, she and David had a fight and David steals back the lamp. THEN Jasmine makes a wish and they both disappear to find Agrabah, then the happen to meet up with Hook later, they find Ariel who happened to have a bottle that holds Jafar who is a genie (which I’m assuming is after his time in Wonderland from OUAT in Wonderland), they finally kiss and they break the spell on Agrabah and Aladdin is free from the Genie life. We see him in the finale but hardly though it was great seeing him in that Prince Ali getup. So many missed opportunities.
  • Jasmine- So I did appreciate how they had her have to square off with Jafar in the end. In the flashbacks, she’s feisty and almost a little manipulative but she gets the job done. She manages to help Aladdin figure out he’s The Savior, she wants him to accept his destiny. When he leaves, she stays to be a proper leader after Aladdin makes a comment about her not knowing her own kingdom. She fails, runs off to the Land of Untold Stories and is brought to Storybrooke with the others, where she pretends to be someone else as Snow’s teacher’s assistant. When Aladdin comes back, they have their moments but never kiss, then she makes a wish when he’s a Genie to find Agrabah and they go off on their own adventure where she faces Jafar. She’s afraid of him but manages to pull through and win. I think it was great they had her face her fears but she was kind of useless for a long time, even in the Flashbacks, we don’t really see her and Jafar have many interactions for her to be so afraid of him, he also never really did anything to warrant fear personally.
  • Tiger Lily- So far it looks like we’ll be seeing more of her, but she started out as a Fairy. She was Rumple’s Fairy Godmother and we’re still learning more about her. But I’m interested and I love that her Fairy outfit has a lot of Native tribe hints to it and I love that. She also helped Hook on Neverland in the present as she’s no longer a Fairy I don’t think, similar to Tinker Bell. I don’t know why yet though.
  • Princess Aurora– Yeah, she was annoying, they probably could have used her better but meh.
  • Elsa– I know a lot of people don’t like Frozen and did not like the addition of the characters on the show but I like the movie and I didn’t mind their additions. I actually think I liked them in the show more than I liked them in the movie. Georgina Haig was really good casting for Elsa and I liked her friendship with Emma and I liked how they incorporated her character into the Snow Queen thing especially since Elsa was based off the Snow Queen story.
  • Anna– Elizabeth Lail was great as Anna, she was less annoying but she kept the fun and quirky personality of the character. The need to help her sister was great and I enjoyed it.
The Musical Episode.
They finally did a musical episode that held Emma and Hook’s wedding. Snow and Charming made a wish (in the past) to defeat The Evil Queen which the wish turned out to be making everyone sing (though it wasn’t constant singing like in Les Mis). It was pretty great to be honest, a lot of plot holes was introduced in this episode but they did the whole “you won’t remember this later” thing so those holes were filled. For example, Snow and David met Hook in the past, but when they met him in season two, they never met him before, NOT TO MENTION Snow meets him again later before she marries David when she tries to run away and buy passage on a ship. But I loved the episode, I thought it was sweet and cute. Zelena’s song was my favorite but it ends with The Black Fairy casting a Dark Curse.
Season 6 Finale.
So in the two hour finale, The Black Fairy Fiona cast her curse, everyone is more or less transported back to the Enchanted Forest, Emma is in a mental hospital due to her buying into Henry’s “delusions” about the Once Upon a Time storybook. The Final Battle that had been hyped up all season is over Emma’s belief, basically if she stopped believing in magic then Fiona would gain godlike powers and break all Laws of Magic. Meanwhile in the Enchanted Forest, the others have gathered at Regina’s castle, the other worlds are disappearing due to Emma’s belief fading and other people have escaped to Regina’s castle, including Aladdin and Jasmine. David and Hook deal with a giant dragon and a beanstalk to get a magic bean, the Evil Queen sacrifices herself to hold off the Darkness to delay everyone else being wiped away. Emma destroys the Storybook at Fiona’s prompting and when she returns to her home away from Storybrooke, she finds a hand drawn Storybook from Henry and it restores her belief just in time. Gold faces off with Fiona when he finds out she lied (She’s his mother by the way) and he kills her fulfilling the prophecy put on him as a child. The curse breaks and everyone returns to the town. However, Gideon is still under Fiona’s spell and fights Emma, but she pulls a Harry Potter move and is killed, however, this releases Emma’s light magic and the battle is won. Both Gold and Emma chose good so Gideon is changed back into a baby to give Belle and Rumple a chance to raise him this time and all of the realms are restored including anyone who might have “died”. So happy endings all around, they have a nice little dinner. Some years later, we see a little girl from the beginning of the finale, go to Seattle where she finds adult Henry who doesn’t know her and tells him she’s his daughter.
I liked the finale, I thought it was handled very well and they really tried to wrap a lot of storylines they pulled in this season. I think there’s a lot of potential still in the show, especially with most of the cast gone after this season. But if it would have ended right here, that would have been okay too, the idea of the main people we’ve journeyed with since 2011 is bittersweet and I cried. I CRIED!
I knew Emma was going to die, but I hoped it wouldn’t be a final death, especially after she’d just got married, but like I said, a Harry Potter in which she knows she would die and willingly allows it to happen, but that allows her light magic to take over. It was a beautiful scene to be honest.
I love this show so very much. I think they have dropped the ball a couple of times but I stuck with it because I couldn’t wait to see what they did next. There are so many fairy tales, so many pieces of literature they could dive into… which makes this a great transition into my next piece.
Part II: The Future of Once Upon A Time.

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The Night Of (2016) Review

So, I have this thing where I find an actor/actress I like, I may have liked them in a role and/or they were a standout, so I watch whatever else I can get my hands on they were in. I think Orlando Bloom was the first person I did that with, but I still do it. That’s how I usually get to a lot of movies, I have seen a lot. That last person I did that with, I think was Oscar Isaac after really liking Poe Dameron in Episode VII, so I went through his filmography and found I actually seen him in a few things, but he’s such a chameleon I didn’t know it lol. So, after seeing Rogue One, I really liked Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) and I realized he was in Nightcrawler as Rick and I was impressed!  So that’s how I came across this mini series, not to mention my older sister mentioned it to me when I told her the connection with him that I figured out.
This mini series… wow. I didn’t know much about it going in, so below are my thoughts.
Summary: After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.
Pros:
Cast and Characters. So because this is a mini series, there are the “regular” characters and those who came in and out of the show. But I’m only going to focus on a few. At least the ones we saw the most.
  • Riz Ahmed as Nasir “Naz” Khan. He is a 23 year old college student. When we meet him, he just seems like a regular kid from Brooklyn, there’s nothing really “interesting” about him. He’s just cute lol. He then meets this girl that night. When everything starts happening, he’s freaking out. He runs from her house in fright when he finds her dead in her bed. Of course he gets caught and he is so adamant that he did not kill her. He maintains strongly throughout the miniseries that he didn’t do it. The pain, the fear and confusion are all in his eyes. I think Riz Ahmed does such a great job with that, he has large eyes and I think that helps with this character. Whenever he is on screen and he’s not talking, he puts everything into his eyes, and maybe some slip quips with his lips. Ahmed plays Naz in the beginning with such fear that as he begins to spend more time in Rikers the changes are subtle at first and physical, but it slowly starts to change and it becomes who he is and then it reaches his eyes. By the end of the show, I still believed in his innocence and I still loved his character, but he started making me go “smh” so much. Riz Ahmed was amazing here. Again, his eyes, wow. The subtle differences as time went on, so well done. He deserves that Golden Globe nomination.
  • John Turturro as John Stone. So this guy was interesting, he was one of those lawyers who went around to precincts to pick up cases. Normally, he does cases that are simple where the defendant takes a plea bargain because they did it. He just so happened to be in the precinct when Nasir was arrested and he ends up making himself his lawyer. He also has a really bad case of Eczema on his feet. Stone is kind of brash, it’s obvious to see that he’s smart but he also seems to be a bit of a jerk, well very much a jerk, and he really wants to help Nasir. A couple of things happen where he has reevaluate how he handles the case, but in the beginning, it seems like he believes Naz did it, which Naz picked up on but John denies that. I think he believed he did it too. But we see him change a bit too as the show goes on, this case really ends up affecting him a lot. John Turturro is a likable actor, and I think he helps make John Stone likable even though he’s definitely a jerk.
  • Bill Camp as Detective Dennis Box. I did not trust this guy, he was just doing his job but he’s that dude who knows that someone is off, even though it seems like it’s all pointed to one person. Naz, is innocent and I think he knew it from the beginning but he wanted him to admit he did it but then it seemed like he definitely though he did it. It was weird. He’d been in the business a long time, was preparing to retire and this case would be his last. It was just interesting to see how he operated. By the end of the series, it seemed like he really started to look harder at the evidence. Such an interesting character. I don’t think I’ve seen Bill Camp in anything else, but he reminded me of someone else. But, I thought he was a great, he had this thing where he would give off this expression where he looks sympathetic but his expression would switch really quick. Camp did a good job of portraying this man who had seen a lot.
  • Michael Kenneth Williams as Freddy. This dude was really interesting, he was a pro Boxer, who ended up in jail. I think it was violence. But when Naz gets into Rikers, he immediately is watching him. He watches Naz get threatened by the other inmates, as they all think he raped and killed her. He offers his protection. The way I see it, he helps Naz survive in prison but he corrupts him. I mean, I get it, but and I appreciated him protecting him but I did not like how he protected him. I think Williams is so intimidating but he’s a great actor. This scary demeanor to him makes you want to stay away but he’s also very charismatic that I see why people immediately do what he says. I mean, he lives it up in there. There’s a very interesting conversation he has with Naz, I think on the last episode or episode 7. Very interesting.
  • Amara Karan as Chandra Kapoor. Chandra shows up due to her boss, a leading lawyer, offering Naz’s parents to help pro bono as long as Naz takes the plea bargain. Chandra ends up working with him as she’s from Mumbai and it helps make them comfortable. I really liked her, not only was she beautiful, but she was smart. She really wanted to help, I don’t think she thought he did it, it may have crossed her mind but the way she was played, it never seemed like she thought he killed that girl. She handled herself really well in court, and I thought she had great chemistry with both Riz Ahmed and John Turturro.
  • Naz’s parents. Poorna Jagannathan and Peyman Moaadi play Naz’s parents. When they find out what happened to their son, they try what they can to help him, it’s a bit harder because he’s not a minor, but his father especially is on his side the entire way. His father has his own issues to deal with with his business partners, because Naz took the cab, the other two drivers want to press chargers in order to get the car released to them but Salim is loyal to his son. They have to deal with their younger son being bullied due to the news reports about his older brother. His mother seems to have a harder time with everything. It’s not hard to tell that she is beginning to doubt her son. I think both actors play these parts so well, to see the confusion on their faces when the lawyers try to explain things to them, the way they talk to their son and how they try to help him. They help add more emotion to the situation.
The Directing. The way the direction was handled, oh my goodness. There were so many good shots in certain scenes. Every time there was a good one, I would remark about it. There’s a great shot of Naz in the holding cell, a shot where he’s talking to the Detective but their on opposite sides of the bars. Man, so many great shots.
The story. So this story is interesting. Naz is preparing to go to a party but his friend (who drives) pulls out last minute, he ends up trying to go by taking his dad’s taxi. He ends up accidentally picking up this girl, they hit it off and he ends up going back to her apartment with her. He at first seems a bit unsure about drinking and engaging in the drugs she offers, but he gives in and they end up hooking up. It really picks up with him the next day, he wakes up downstairs in the kitchen and when he goes back to her, he finds her dead in her bed. He freaks out and runs. That moment is where the mistakes just start snowballing and the story takes this turn, that makes it so hard to stop once it gets started. It’s so detailed and told carefully, that I think the emotional stress takes over. The story isn’t necessarily new but the way it’s told… it adds a whole new feeling.
Naz’s Arc.  I think it’s really interesting to see how he changes over the course of the show. In the beginning, his innocence is very much presence in his entire body. The way he holds himself, the look in his eyes. It’s pretty amazing really. But by the end of the show, his posture has changed due to his time in Riker’s. He starts off by slouching a lot when we see him in holding etc, but by time the show is over, he even walks differently.
Cons:
The ending. This is not really a hit at the miniseries itself because this probably happens quite a lot. But I was not satisfied with the ending, things are found out, and we never see what happens with them. I guess you can say that we can infer due to what we saw them doing last, but it wasn’t enough for me. It’s still a great ending but it left such a bad taste in my mouth due to me feeling dissatisfied.
Cliche. I do think in some instances, the outcome and story is a bit cliche. How things were handled turned out just how I thought it. I mean, I was stressed out while watching the show, it definitely keeps you on edge but I do think there are a lot of cliche moments.
Overall, I loved this mini series. I was so stressed out watching this that I couldn’t stop. I watched it in two days I think. The characters were so interesting, I was rooting for Naz the entire time, though because he’s a well written character, he started to change due to his circumstances. His situation made him a different person, some aspects for the better and some for them worst. I thought that was handled so well. The drama was intense, soooo stressed! The direction was fantastic, the music was great and emotional, I think all of the actors did their jobs well and made their characters interesting. I do think the story is a touch cliche and I did not appreciate the ending, but that’s more of a person thing. But I still loved it.
Rating: 4.70 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen The Night Of? Remember, it’s a mini series, 8 episodes. Check it out and let me know what you think, see if you get as stressed out as I was.
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Thoughts

 prangersbanner-625x350So in liu of the reboot film of the same name Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I decided to do a marathon of all of the series. Maybe. We’ll see what happens. I’m planning on it. They’re on Netflix.
Obviously, I started with where it all began with the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Now, I did not grow up watching this show. I knew about it, I knew the characters and the rangers etc but I did not watch it religiously. I only watched it when visiting my godbrothers and they were fans. I distinctly remember them fighting each other all of the time while the show played on their tv, I sat and watched, they fought lol.
I watched some of the later shows as I got older. I think the ones I saw the most of was probably S.P.D (black dude was the red ranger, aye) and Mystic Force.
So, this piece is me giving my thoughts on this old classic 90s show. I loved it. Just so you know lol.
The Power Rangers
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So I was just going to include the original 5 but I really like Tommy so there.
Jason Lee Scott/Red Ranger: The leader of the group. I found him to be boring sometimes compared to everyone else. He was like the “boy next door/jock” type which isn’t a bad 509ad9124ce9f523af13cedd6009b819thing at all. I thought he was a great leader, he was kind to everyone, he had a nice body (lol wink), seemed like a cool dude and I thought he was a great fighter in and out of his suit. Austin St. John was the youngest but it wasn’t easy to tell because he held himself so well and wise.
Trini Kwan/Yellow Ranger: Hard to put a label on her, but she was a mixture of things. She was a bit of a tomboy, but also feminine, she was the second smartest in the group, as she was able to understand and translate Billy’s scientific/technical jargon. She assisted him in a lot of his experiments for the team. I liked her a lot too, she was really chill, loyal and kind of passive but very much knew how to kick butt when it was required. I also liked that giphyshe was an advocate for the environment. Also yellow! It’s one of my favorite colors. Also her hair! lol I also think she was way prettier than Kimberly. I remember all of the boys having such crushes on Kimberly, or now that I’m an adult, I see people talk about how they loved Kimberly and I’m like… yeah she’s cute and cool but TRINI IS AWESOME AND BEAUTIFUL! R.I.P Thuy Trang.
Zack Taylor/Black Ranger: I would consider him to be the “second in command” and “cool dude” of the group. I liked his whole vibe. At first I was like wait… because I wasn’t sure if they were trying to be like “yeah we have a black guy as a power ranger… albeit the black ranger but ya know” or if it was just genuine either by Walter Jones as the character or a collaboration. He was very “pro black”, but it was subtle. I don’t know if anyone noticed 8b73047263d4c449a206d435fde2cdcdthat back then, or if they rewatch and notice it now. He wore black to coincide with his ranger color but he had a lot of freedom with that. He often wore the colors of the Pan-African flag, he had that low top fade (second season he had twists), he listened to and loved hip hop (he even had a martial arts style “Hip Hop Kido”). I loved all of that about him. I loved that he was so affectionate with everyone, he was kind, and so cute. I liked how he had a hard time impressing the girl he wanted to impress but he was so genuine with his affections for her. I loved Zack.
Kimberly Ann Hart/Pink Ranger: The “girly girl” of the group. Kimberly is the only one who does gymnastics (I liked that about her). Kimberly was always sweet to everyone, even at times Bulk and Skull mighty-morphin-power-rangers-the-movie(though everyone pretty much treated them the same way). She was pretty enthusiastic about everything, except being a ranger in the beginning. Along with Jason, I found her boring but she grew on me as the show progressed. I liked her faith and strong loyalty in her friends, I liked that she was optimistic and her relationships with the others, especially Trini and Tommy were so cute.
Billy Cranston/Blue Ranger: I love Billy! He is the “nerd” of the group. I really like his arc. He starts off unsure of himself physically. He ran from the Putties when they attacked and that his fighting was kind of weak (both him and Kimberly were the weakest fighters) but he grew. He would wear baggy clothes, glasses and his hair was kind of shaggy, and while tumblr_nmxw82lql91rrl5k5o1_500he has physically changed, he’s still Billy. Over the three seasons (I’m in season 3), his fighting has improved, his posture is straighter, he is definitely more confident, he’s stopped wearing glasses (though no one has commented on that unless I missed it lol) and his clothing choices have improved. Also, Billy may have been the “nerd” of the group but he pulled the ladies, even more so when he started growing up a bit more. This dude is also like a friggin genius because some of the stuff he makes, or the things he does to help out in the show I’m like “dude… how do you know how to do that?? Why are you still a high school student??” I hope they didn’t think I wouldn’t notice that Billy had a nice body under those baggy clothes they had him wear lol.
Tommy Oliver/Green(White) Ranger: Tommy is so cool. I would say he gives off this “bad boy” vibe even though he’s not a bad boy. His introduction was great, it’s in this karate competition or something and he does that kick he used to always do. He’s then put under 5daf0ef85e0b90106843e4d9aa03c4aca spell and made into the Evil Green Ranger to destroy the Rangers and Zordon and all that. Him being evil, it was pretty great because he was so mean to everyone and it cracked me up. I’m sure if I was a kid watching it I would be a bit intimidated by him. He had a nice little redemption arc and started creating friendships with the others, most notable his relationship with Kimberly (so cute) but obviously he and Jason had a hard time in the beginning. I liked that Tommy was forgetful because it almost seemed like he was perfect so that helped. He also had some emotional storylines with his green ranger powers fading. He leaves the show like two times. I was upset. However, he comes back for a final time as the White Ranger and becomes the leader of the Rangers. There was a lot of focus on him, which I didn’t mind because he’s really interesting and cute (why is his hair so long and gorgeous *swoons*).
Replacement Characters
So like upfront, I was highly upset about this change. I’m going to go into more about this later but in terms of the characters, as soon as they were introduced in the show, I knew they were going to be replacing Jason, Zack and Trini. That first episode I was like ugh. UPSET!
Rocky DeSantos/Red Ranger: To be honest, I don’t dislike Rocky but so far there’s nothing really to identify him. I can’t really say he took over for Jason in terms of his attributes a6f1fe8f2ae83388aef85eb2af4b0aeebecause Tommy is the leader so he’s not the leader, I wouldn’t even consider him second in command even though he’s the Red Ranger which automatically makes him second in command and there are times where he’s treated like it but it’s by default. There’s nothing really memorable about him other than the way he shouted “Tyrannosaurus” in the Morphin because that makes me laugh. He’s sweet though and has a nice smile.
Aisha Campbell/Yellow Ranger: She really annoyed me in the beginning, first of all, I did not like the way her hair was being styled. Once she started wearing those braids/twists, it was like her personality also changed a bit lol, I also peeped her wearing a Pan-African hat in an episode. Even though she was replacing Zack as the black character I don’t think she a6054a9a029dc4852a1b08afc57ed5d5makes up for his absence. She does seem really resourceful and I do like her sassiness that happens sometimes. She loves animals (She volunteers at an animal shelter) and her friends, especially evident in the way she got her parents to let Kimberly stay with them the rest of the school year. Aisha is closest with Adam and Rocky as they were all friends before, and became best friends with Kimberly. She grew on me.
Adam Park/Black Ranger: I like Adam. I think next to Tommy he’s the second best fighter. He seems to be kind of shy, especially with girls and has a problem with confidence. Unfortunately he’s kind 696459ab58ea8e6d7b174d99a3a629ecof a background character though he seems like he would have been really cool if he was able to get a bit more attention. At times it seems like he has a stronger friendship with Billy and Aisha but it’s hard to tell sometimes lol.
Katherine Hillard/Pink Ranger: I don’t like her. I’m not done with the season yet but she’s annoying. Maybe she’ll grow on me the way the others did but so far, nope. She’s not interesting, there’s nothing that really stands out about her. I think that’s thes3-mighty-morphin-katherine-new-pink-ranger-3_490x490 problem with the replacements, they’re not that interesting as characters. I guess as kids it’s not that important but I think the show has major replay value, so outside of nostalgia, I don’t see how anyone could really really like Kat. She started off evil, had cat powers and everything, she was under Rita’s spell, obviously has a thing for Tommy, but once she sees how things are affecting Kimberly, she starts to break out of the spell. Kimberly even forgives her. My thing is… she steals Kim’s picture of her and Tommy and she tore it in half and kept Tommy’s half. So… does she still have it? Did Kimberly not realize it was gone? Will this ever come full circle? Can Tommy know that she is a creeper and make sure he doesn’t fall for her… because just no. Tommy and Kimberly forever.
Side Characters
I mean there are many side characters, but the ones I’m going to talk about are really all that matter.
Zordon and Alpha 5: I mean I think there’s only so much I can say about Zordon lol. He’s power-rangers-alpha-5-zordon-elite-dailya big floating head. I do have to say I think it’s interesting and funny how at times, he doesn’t reveal things to the Rangers that he surely had to know beforehand. Or he says stuff can’t happen but they figure out a way… lol it’s funny. I love Alpha 5, he’s so cute and I loved how he pulled all the ladies in that Halloween episode. Also the episode where he’s reprogrammed to be evil, oh man I thoroughly enjoyed that episode.
Bulk and Skull: They are a package deal and yeah they’re fine. I mean, they’re annoying like those side characters are supposed to be but in season three they’re a bit more maxresdefaulttolerable since they’re junior police officers. I think it’s funny how many times they have found out who the power rangers are but something has happened to make them forget it. It also seems that Jason Narvy (Skull) was the better actor out of the two, especially with the accents he could pull off, surprised me each time. I like their friendship and silliness with each other.
Villains
Obviously there is an assortment of monsters but I’m just going to touch on the villains. At least the main ones.
Rita Repulsa: Oh man, I love her. She’s so funny. I think it’s funny how in the first season whenever she spoke, her words never really matched up with her mouth movements. In the third season though, they seem to which was a bit of a bummer because it was so funny but ya know, you get over it. Both actresses worked well for this character.
Lord Zedd: He looks like raw ground turkey but he started off intimidating but once he linked up with Rita, he wasn’t as intimidating because she’s so funny and them together is  really funny. But I feel like he would have been a really scary villain but ya know, the show is for kids and stuff. The episode when Tommy goes to save Kimberly after she was kidnapped, Lord Zedd and Tommy face off… that episode, that fight, could have been much more brutal. But I guess… kids tv and what not. I liked that he made his monsters out of actual stuff instead of creating monsters from… clay.
Goldar: He’s such a brown noser lol but he’s funny. I liked how when Lord Zedd came back he dropped Rita, or how he kept trying to find out why Zedd seemed to love her, and once he finds out what happens, he tries to make it go back to the way it was but Zedd comes to actually like her which he just accepts. Cracks me up. Also his antagonistic relationship with everyone… hilarious. He also has those wings but never actually uses them.
Friendships/Relationships
I think one of the strongest aspect of the show is the friendships/relationships between the characters. It’s what makes them work anyway so without the friendships, it’s not interesting outside of them being in their suits and fighting.
Trini & Kimberly: I really liked their friendship. As they were the only girls, they had each other to be “girls” with, in terms of wearing makeup, talking about boys they like and just trini-and-kimberly-mighty-morphin-power-rangers-37154648-258-195being around each other. I liked their loyalty to each other, how well they knew each other and the fact that they had each other’s backs.
Trini & Billy: Probably one of my favorite friendships. They worked so well together, I also loved the fact that Trini could understand Billy’s science/techno talk and she would translate to the others. I think this is also one of the reasons why I was upset with her leaving because there was no one left who was near the same level of Billy’s intelligence. Adam took over helping him but it wasn’t the same. tumblr_m7nhx4ucwn1r1nm57o7_500Plus, their chemistry was great, I think you could tell they were great friends. Plus, she was very protective of him.
Jason & Zack: Another favorite friendship. This one was evident that Walter and Austin were friends outside of the show because it showed. I loved how they had each other’s backs, which is why I considered Zack to be the “second in command” because he would always step up, or if Jason was power-rangers-18-punching-bagin trouble, Zack would be the first to volunteer to help him or get him. Jason taught Zack martial arts, they sparred together… it was just so natural. I love bro-ships.
Tommy/Kimberly: It was love at first sight for the two of them lol. We only saw them technically kiss twice but I think that was okay because any other time, Tommy definitely looked at her with hearts in his eyes. Or he would kiss her forehead or cheek, or he was always standing right next to her, or slightly touching her. He would always come to her aid, volunteer first to help her, he was so supportive of her and her dreams. That’s why it was so sad to me when she left because he wanted her to be anigif_original-grid-image-10555-1438966487-9happy but obviously he wanted her to be there. Kimberly always called him first (after Trini lol) if she needed support. She always looked for/to him when she was scared, she would always be near him, be slightly touching him… I can’t they’re just so cute. I was so emotional when Kimberly left because I loved them together. Like I said, it wasn’t like in your face, I don’t even think they ever went on a proper date. Plus, I like the fact that they pretty much stayed together the entire time Kimberly was on the show. I just started Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers (lol shows you that I’m writing this while watching) and there better not be a Tommy/Katherine thing. She can like him all she wants but he belongs to Kimberly!! It better not be reciprocated.
Jason & Tommy: Now, I don’t think they’re best friends or anything like the show kind of tried to push, at least to me. In the beginning, it was obvious that they were intimidated by each other and I think Tommy tried to outdo Jason at times. After doing a mission together, their friendship got stronger and I liked the fact that Jason tried whatever he could to save Tommy when he was losing his green ranger powers. I think they worked well together, being the best two fighters on the team (followed by Zack). They taught a martial arts class together and it was cute how they worked off each other to be successful.
I mean the other friendships are nice but these are the ones that stand out to me the most. Tommy and Billy would go on here next but I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that David Yost and Jason David Frank worked together for a long time and it translated.
The Costumes
Of course classic rangers suits which I love. I like their costumes outside of their suits their clothes are very much 90s teens attire. I mentioned Zack’s clothes and how he often wore Pan-African colors and that he had a bit more freedom due to his color being black. Everyone else wore colors that matched with their ranger color. Jason wore red clothes, at least red tops. Trini wore yellow outfits (sometimes yellow hair bands). Billy wore overalls a lot (baggy clothes, hiding his physique lol) and blue flannel. Kimberly wore pink colored things. Tommy wore green (sometimes green bandanas), when he turned to the White Ranger, he wore white shirts and sometimes white outfits. Same with the others that showed up, they didn’t really start wearing their colors until they became rangers. I don’t particularly care for the Power Ninja outfits they wear after they find Ninjor and get their Ninja powers, at least not with their entire faces covered.
The Music
LOL the theme song is already catchy and iconic “Go go power rangers” but it was a nice fit for the show. It used to trip me out how when Zack would fight, they would put a hip hop or electronic beat on when he was on screen but I ended up liking it. I still wonder if Walter Jones had a hand in that. Later, they started having actual singing songs during certain fights. When the rangers would fight the putties, there was a song… cracked me up. Same with the Tengas’ song. Tripped me out. All so very catchy.
The Controversy
Okay, so I find all of this so interesting. I like knowing what goes on behind the scenes just as much as I like watching what’s actually on the screen. So I knew about people leaving and all of that but I didn’t know why so once I started watching, I paid a bit more attention.
Black=black ranger, Asian=yellow ranger: These two were the most notable, I read that Austin St. James is part Native American being the red ranger was included in this particular debate. I remember thinking it was funny too, even as I got older, I wondered why that happened that way. However, I read an article with Walter Jones who stated that it wasn’t intentional, at least not on Trini’s part lol. She was originally portrayed in the pilot by Hispanic-American actress Audri Dubois who later quit after asking for more money so they began casting for another actress who just happened to be Asian. Jones also said that no one really said anything about him being a black guy playing the black ranger until Thuy Trang was cast. lol I find it funny now. I do think it’s an interesting coincidence but it doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t seem malicious. But ya know later… after the replacements came, we still managed to have an African-American actress and an Asian actor.
Zack Taylor (African-American) = Black ranger —–> Adam Park (Asian)=Black ranger
Trini  Kwan (Asian) = Yellow ranger –> Aisha  Campbell (African-American)= Yellow ranger
Jason, Trini, Zack’s departure: So, from what I read, Austin St. John, Walter Jones and Thuy Trang tried to negotiate their contracts for more pay once the show started to gain extreme popularity. You would have to be blind if you didn’t think this show was popular. But they worked long hours, they did not receive good pay and Austin St. John said Saban’s idea of “good working conditions” was having good food. They probably wouldn’t even get Christmas off and the payment could equate working the drive thru in fast food. So St. John, Jones and Trang tried to negotiate their contracts, because of the popularity, the merchandise alone, they should receive better conditions, including payment, which I understand and agree with. They wanted to be a union show once the popularity picked up but it didn’t happen, at least not while they were there so they negotiated out of the show.
  • So all of this happens and it’s so plain to see what happens when the three start getting phased out of the show. In the first half of season two, they’re there without problem but then we’re introduced to Aisha, Rocky and Adam (Who are of course competing in a Martial Arts competition and are from a neighboring city) and we hardly see Jason, Trini and Zack unless it’s in their Power Ranger suits and even then they hardly spoke.
  • Any time we saw them, it was recycled footage and it was so plain to see because in the beginning of the season Zack had twists and in the recycled footage, his hair was back in that low top fade. Or they were shot from behind in which you never saw their face.
  • There was an episode where Trini spoke but the camera was from behind and low, the stand in actually spoke and it definitely was not the real Trini, then quick cut and they show us Trini.
  • Tommy returns as the White Ranger and Zordon says he’s the new leader of the power rangers and Jason did not react to this news, which I thought was weird. Turns out, that footage was shot because when Tommy returned, he wasn’t going to be the new leader which is why Jason doesn’t react but Zordon’s dialogue was later redubbed for him to say “Tommy is the White Ranger and the new leader”.
  • Then we keep seeing Aisha, Adam and Rocky (I was annoyed because I could see it happening).
  • THEN they bring in this Peace Conference thing up and of course all of the students of Angel Grove have entered and OF COURSE Jason, Trini and Zack have all gotten chosen. OF COURSE. Then of course Kimberly, Billy and Tommy go to find them to tell them they were selected because ya know, their three other best friends are not in the Juice Bar with them like every other time and when they find them, it’s a far away shot with the sun setting so we can’t see their faces and obviously that guy was not Austin St. John because his arms and shoulders were nowhere near as big.
  • One last quest, we never see them out of their ranger costumes, maybe except once and it’s recycled footage. Then ya know, of course they have to transfer their powers to Aisha, Adam and Rocky and when this happens, they’re still in their suits, then they just teleport away. No goodbye nothing. We just see them getting out of a cab and going into the airport.
Overall
I didn’t mean to make this very long but as I’ve been binge watching and thoroughly enjoying myself, I couldn’t help it. Plus, a lot of the backstory is very interesting stuff to sift through and read. I really liked the original characters, I liked Tommy’s addition. The whole politics of the replacements was interesting, the way they phased Jason, Zack and Trini out pissed me off. I don’t find the new characters all that interesting but they grew on me, minus Kat, we’ll see if she does. The villains are all funny and fun to watch, even if their plans never work. I still wish that they took some risks, I know it was a kid’s show and they were all worried about it being too violent, but I wish they took it there with the battles and stakes.
Below are a few questions, please, if you have an answer, respond. I’d love to hear from you. Sticking to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as that’s the one I have seen all of the way through, I’m working on Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers.
1) Did you notice the phasing out of Jason, Zack and Trini? Did you see how the characters were barely in the show once Aisha, Adam and Rocky showed up?
2) Did you think about the whole African-American actor being the black ranger and an Asian actress being the yellow ranger? Did it bother you?
3) Who was your favorite ranger/character?
4) Did you ever wonder why the Yellow Ranger didn’t have a skirt but Pink did?
5) Do you prefer Tommy as the Green Ranger or White Ranger?
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Diminished TV Characters Part III

Diminished TV Characters Part III
Read Part II here

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Bonnie Bennett- The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries is entering into it’s 8th season. Eight seasons and the treatment of the only black female character on the show has been annoying. The reason why I think Bonnie is diminished (or to be honest, never really given the proper treatment she deserves) is because she has “heroine tendencies” in which she literally saves everyone in the show. Why would that mean she is diminished? It’s because she’s compassionate, empathetic, helpful, extremely selfless almost a martyr, and very self-sacrificing that makes her a diminished character. I cannot even begin to think of how many time she has lost her magic, sacrificed everything or died for the idiots in this show. She started off being very bubbly, bright and optimistic but as things continued to happen to her, with the things she’s seen, had to do or had done to her, she became a more serious person. I’ve been trying to keep this one from being uber long so please bear with me.
In Season 1, Bonnie’s character starts off already interesting. She learns her family is descendent from a long line of witches and they were considered very powerful. When she first uses them in front of her best friend Elena Gilbert, there is a nice moment where she makes feathers float in the air and also has a tendency to light every candle in a room. There’s a lot that happens with her great great great great grandmother Emily Bennett, where she’s possessed and tries to prevent Damon Salvatore from releasing a bunch of “dead” vampires from a cave. While trying to help Stefan Salvatore save Elena, Bonnie and her Grams perform magic to help them escape the cave that prevents vampires from leaving. It takes a toll on her Grams and she dies causing Bonnie’s dislike and distrust of vampires to grow. So even though Bonnie does not like or trust vampires, especially the Salvatores, she decides to help them because Elena is her best friend and apparently she would do anything for her friends. This starts the cycle for Bonnie Bennett. Always doing what she can to help everyone even if she doesn’t agree at first.
Season 2
Caroline Forbes, Bonnie’s other best friend was turned into a vampire, which Bonnie has a hard time accepting. She struggles with agreeing to make a daylight ring but because she is her friend, she does. Bonnie also begins to learn the inner workings of magic and if a witch uses too much magic then it will “push back” which could explain her Grams’ death.  An Original vampire Klaus wants to use Elena’s blood to make hybrids (vampire werewolf mix) because she is a doppleganger but Bonnie is willing to die for Elena to prevent this from happening. Damon and Bonnie work together to formulate a plan to save Elena and prevent Klaus from succeeding. Bonnie dies in front of everyone to fool Klaus. Elena is emotional because she witnessed her friend’s death as it was a sacrifice for her which it was. 
  • Her death is to trick Klaus into thinking she’s dead in order for her to surprise him later and ruin his ritual. When she shows up to ruin the ritual, the scene is so awesome that the audience can truly see just how powerful she is. Such a boss witch.
Even though the plan is foiled, she’s willing to die to prevent the death of Elena and Jeremy’s Aunt Jenna. Look, I know she wants them to be happy and save them, but that’s stupid. Why does Bonnie need to die for their aunt? Sure, if she wants to save her sure, but I don’t think her life needed to be exchanged for someone else’s. Especially someone she doesn’t even have an emotional connection with. That’s two times she’s willing to die to save someone else but who’s willing to die for Bonnie? Jenna still dies though.
  • Again, she’s willing to die to kill Klaus because using that amount of magic would kill her. I mean… that’s three times to be willing to die.
  • She loses her magic due to expending so much but once she gets it back, the Salvatore brothers make her keep it a secret she would be their “secret weapon”.
  • Jeremy (Elena’s younger brother and Bonnie’s love interest) dies, so Bonnie takes him to a mansion where witches were massacred in order to channel their magic and revive him. She loves this kid for some reason now and begs her witch ancestors to help her save him and their magic helps revive him. Bonnie is such a BOSS.
Overall, this season shows us that Bonnie is powerful and very much wiling to die for those she loves. It’s quite amazing actually just how many situations they are in where it seems to require Bonnie’s death. Also, I guess it’s sweet that she and Jeremy start having a thing but it definitely seemed like she liked him more than he liked her. Bonnie does have a tendency to be harsh and judgmental towards her friends due to their company, choices and unwanted circumstances (mainly Caroline) but in the end Bonnie shows true loyalty by always having everyone’s back. I cannot even remember in this season anyone else willing to die to save everyone else.
Season 3
In this season, the veil between the “other side” and the living has fallen and certain people are able to communicate with dead loves one. Jeremy is seeing his ex-vampire-girlfriend who he definitely loved which is why I don’t believe he loved Bonnie in the way she loved him, Jeremy even kisses Anna when they’re reunited even though she’s dead.  Matt Donovan is seeing his sister Vicki (vampire) who was killed by Damon. Bonnie magically sends Vicki away to prevent her from killing Matt “to be with him”. Through a dream she finds out that Klaus is magically keeping coffins hidden and where they’re located. Along with Stefan, they find the location and discover a fourth which she tries to open but it’s magically sealed. Bonnie is reunited with her mother, she learned why she left them, and why she lost her magic. Bonnie also loses her magic  (AGAIN) temporarily. So, again, Bonnie and her mother try to help everyone by performing magic in order to help her friends, but Elena is still in danger. So Stefan and Damon reveal that either Bonnie or her mother has to die in order to save Elena, to break the witch connection that Klaus’s resurrected mother formed to murder her vampire children. Since Bonnie refuses, Damon forces her mother to turn into a vampire ending the connection.
In the midst of her mother’s transition into a vampire, Elena calls asking Bonnie to cast a spell to keep Alaric (Jenna’s exboyfriend) violent tendencies inside as he was magically turned into a vampire hunter. Bonnie is kidnapped by Klaus to remove the linking spell his mother created. She refuses at first but complies because Jeremy was being threatened. When she is allowed to leave, she calls Elena to apologize for ruining their plan, and also for leaving Damon behind as he was captured by Klaus’ sister Rebekkah. I was still trying to figure out why she was reacting that way. Shouldn’t everyone understand that she had to do what she had to in order to save Jeremy, the boy she claims she loves? I mean, he’s Elena’s brother… wouldn’t she want Bonnie to save him? She also had every right to be pissed at Damon as he didn’t even allow her to make the choice of saving her mom instead he just made it by turning her. As much as I like the idea of Bonnie and Damon together, if we’re being real, at this point in their lives, it wouldn’t have worked as he was obsessed with Elena, which we’re not even going to talk about in this thing, and she couldn’t stand him. When Damon is saved later, he tries to apologize to Bonnie but there wasn’t a choice he just had to save Elena. Bonnie says there’s always a choice. Which there is. Everyone just always chooses Elena over Bonnie. The writers choose Elena, the fans choose Elena… no one chooses Bonnie.
She ends having to do a spell that requires the stopping of a human heart in order to stop a vampire’s heart. Jeremy is the human as she casts the spell to stop Klaus’ heart. Yup, once again Bonnie is doing something that potentially could kill another person she loves just to save someone else. 
Bonnie makes a ton of sacrifices this season in order to save Elena who is becoming a damsel in distress more often. Bonnie finally reconnects with her mother personally and magically but her human/witch life is stolen for Elena and Bonnie didn’t even have a say. It’s not fair. Elena even manages to call Bonnie for a favor while she’s trying to support her mom through her transition. I mean… what?? Really?? Her mother leaves to protect Bonnie as she thinks she can’t control her new vampire tendencies, thanks Abby for actually caring about Bonnie. She is constantly threatened/forced into doing magic because someone is threatening Jeremy. I mean… can the girl just live without everyone calling her up to save them? You’d think that the show would center around Bonnie Bennett considering all of the stuff she does for everyone but nope, everyone cares about Elena, even Caroline has dramatic storylines.
Season 4
Elena is transitioning into a vampire so Bonnie drives herself crazy trying to prevent that and bring Elena back to life. She even hatches a plan to go to the “other side” to bring back her soul. Why do all this for Elena? I mean… she’s annoying at this point. Just let her be an annoying vampire too, which she definitely was. But this spell requires dark magic so when she goes through with the plan, her Grams’ spirit stops her saying that Nature will punish her if she continues to dabble in dark magic. Klaus (magically trapped in Tyler’s body) demands she restore him, threatening to kill Tyler if she refused so she relents. The spell requires Bonnie to tap into dark forces and she was once again confronted by her Grams. However, Nature decided to punish her Grams instead, leaving Bonnie distraught and guilt-ridden. Once again she lost a loved one because people want to make her do things she probably shouldn’t.
She loses her magic again because of this, Professor Shane takes advantage of her vulnerability and starts to manipulate her into using a form of dark magic “Expression”. She tries to bring her best friends together as they don’t have friend time much anymore as Elena is busy bouncing between the Salvatore brothers and Caroline is being the best vampire ever also with love triangle issues. Due to a magic ring that revives those killed by the supernatural, Jeremy is turned into a vampire hunter; he has urges to kill Elena. Bonnie helps him keep those impulses under control through the teachings of Shane. She learns “Expression” is dark magic and tries to stop but Shane continues to manipulate her. Now, Bonnie has proven in the past that she is incredibly bright and wise for her age, I know she has been through a lot but I would think that would make her even more distrustful of strange people who claim to know magic but can’t use it themselves. That’s fishy and the fact that Shane successfully manipulates her so much this season is out of character for her. It seemed like the writers just didn’t care about continuity with her personality unless it was her being willing to be the sacrificial lamb. 
She learns that Shane is connected to the Town Council massacre and she asks her father the details as he is the one who had Shane arrested. She learns Shane is responsible for manipulating Pastor Young to kill himself and eleven other people. Shane admits this to Bonnie as it was a ritual and not a massacre because they would all be revived. Bonnie freaks out but Shane tells her she can see her Grams again. Being all emotional, she starts to use “Expression” which allows Shane to manipulate the situation saying he’s the only one who can help her control it. He says Bonnie could become the most powerful witch in the world. We already know she’s awesome and powerful, she has proven that many times, so I don’t understand why anyone would fall for this rubbish. She is threatened by Kol, an Original, and uses “Expression” to escape. Her parents try to prevent her from leaving to protect her but Jeremy comes and says this matter isn’t important. Pause, I know you’re the boyfriend and everything but… can she have this moment with her parents? I mean this will be the only time we see them together again. Her parents drug her and try to wipe her memory of the Expression but she wakes up and fights back. She swears no one can control her anymore but we know that’s not true as Shane still is. 
Using Jeremy’s Hunter tattoo as a map, the group goes to an island to find the cure for vampirism. Shane accompanies to keep Bonnie from using “Expression” until she needs it. She learns Shane’s wife was a witch, who died trying to use “Expression” making her mad. Shane tells her it’s okay because he knows the warning signs and can help her better, but Damon overhears and says that Shane has manipulated the situation by being the only person who can help Bonnie if she loses control so now Bonnie can’t let Shane die. Jeremy and Bonnie go into the cave to find a stone encased Silas, the first immortal in the world, who is mind manipulating Bonnie to make her think her Grams is there. Before they can attempt to kill Silas, another vampire hunter shows up and stabs Bonnie and she watches as Jeremy’s neck is snapped in front of her. I mean, why can’t the girl just succeed for once without someone trying to kill her or someone she loves?? Bonnie is emotionally devastated and is easily tricked into helping Shane, who is a revived Silas in disguise. He wants her to commit another massacre to complete the final step in the ritual. However, she quickly deduces that Silas is posing as Shane which is why I said her being manipulated is out of character because she figured this out quickly but she is tricked into almost killing 12 witches to complete the sacrifice. Caroline tries to stop the ritual but accidentally kills the witches instead. I think this the first time someone does something in order to save Bonnie from doing something she doesn’t want to, or doing something in general. 
Jeremy dies and Elena turns off her humanity off, blames Bonnie and tries to kill her but Bonnie fights back making Damon having to stop Bonnie from killing Elena. Bonnie wants to stop Silas, so she lowers the veil to speak with the witch who imprisoned him the first time. Silas tries to stop her, Damon saves her and helps subdue him while Bonnie turns him to stone. With the veil being down, she wants to bring Jeremy back but her Grams warns her not to do it but because Bonnie loves Jeremy, she does it anyway and ends up trading her life for his. Graduation comes and Bonnie doesn’t tell anyone she’s dead, she says it’s too much for everyone but I mean… you’re dead Bonnie, and you keep worrying about everyone else. Amazing. She suggests to Caroline about cancelling graduation so she can try to accumulate power to raise the veil. But Caroline refuses. Grams tells her to say her goodbyes. Bonnie gets her diploma and sneaks away with a dead Kol, who wants the veil to remain down as he wants to live in the living world. Bonnie tricks him and traps him in the room with her lifeless body. When she is finally able to lower the veil Jeremy is able to live and Bonnie being dead is solidified.
Ultimately!! BONNIE DIES IN THIS SEASON AND NO ONE NOTICES! I don’t even have anything else to say! That one was long, sorry, but a lot of stuff happened this season. 
Season 5
As a ghost, Bonnie remains to keep an eye on her friends even though they think she’s staying with her mother. Only Jeremy and Matt can see her thanks to their previous abilities to see ghosts but Matt doesn’t know she’s dead, he finds out later. The spell she cast against Silas is broken and Bonnie is powerless as she watches Silas kill her father yep so that’s two family members killed, three if you count her mother being turned. Jeremy ends up telling Damon because everyone needs her help again. He explains there has to be a balance, people can’t be brought back without a consequence so Bonnie died so Jeremy could live. Damon tells Elena who mourns Bonnie I give her points for this because there are some nice times when Elena and Bonnie have moments. They hold an extremely emotional memorial for Bonnie and the one time the show honored her character. I sobbed it was so beautiful. Though I think it’s funny that the note she leaves for Elena pertains more to Bonnie than it does to Elena “You think you have to be there for everyone but you don’t… you can live your life” buuuut Bonnie herself couldn’t do that and she died for it.
Bonnie meets Amara (another Petrova doppleganger… not important) who is the anchor to the other side, which means dead people have to pass through her in order to move on. So Bonnie discovers in order to live again, she must become the anchor. Especially as the “other side” is going to be destroyed. As a result of a ritual, Bonnie becomes the anchor and is brought back to life though being the anchor means that every time someone dies, they must pass through her and it causes extreme pain because she feels all of the supernatural deaths. Yay. She also has, once again, lost her magic. This is also the first time she and Jeremy are intimate. Bonnie is probably the only character in the show who had a “decent” relationship with someone, where she did not flip flop between two men, and didn’t sleep with him after like two days but ya know, I still don’t think Jeremy loved her to the extent that she loved him. Besides, he basically cheated on her with his dead girlfriend so, it’s almost kind of weird. She and Jeremy have a moment but Damon kidnaps Jeremy forcing Bonnie to do a locator spell for a witch or Jeremy dies. Bonnie discovers a classmate is a witch but she seems to not control it well. She hopes to teach her so she could help her friends magically while Bonnie cannot. Bonnie continues trying to teach Liv magic but it’s all a front. Liv is very experienced.
A group of Travelers, annoying witches, sacrifice themselves for a ritual to revive Markos, their powerful leader. They have to pass through Bonnie to get to the other side, they all do at the same time causing pain and she passes out. Markos is revived unknown to Bonnie. The “other side” is dying which means as the anchor, Bonnie would also die which means, she’s preparing for her impending death… again. After talking to Liv, Bonnie says she is okay with dying, just as long as her friends are safe and whoever is on the other side that she cares about, makes it back alive. According to Liv, there is no hope and Bonnie should (once again) say her goodbyes. Later, Grams appears, angry with Bonnie about all of the lying and false hope about the life she will never have because of the death of the other side. Grams accidentally knocks over a lamp and Bonnie realizes the other side is worsening… death is close. During a bunch of traveler nonsense, Bonnie is the first one to figure out what their plans are by connecting the dots see? She is smart, which is why I don’t understand the inconsistency the writers do with her being easily manipulated by other people. Bonnie has always been perceptive. Bonnie and her friends believe there is a chance to save the other side, but instead they’re forced out of Mystic Falls and if they return, they’ll be turned human and die their original deaths. Stefan is killed and Bonnie is emotionally affected when he passes through her.
Silas, who is Stefan’s doppleganger, begins teaching Bonnie and Liv the spell to help the other side but it starts to crumble quickly. Liv begins a spell to lower the veil so ghosts can pass through Bonnie (anchor).  Silas dies and is sucked into oblivion. Elena and Damon blow themselves up killing all of the Travelers to prevent Markos from returning again. All of her friends who died pass through her: Luke (Liv’s twin), Enzo (Damon’s best friend from the 40s I think), Tyler, Stefan forces Elena through who was trying to wait on Damon. Stefan also tried to wait but accidentally goes through himself. Markos tries to pass through again but Stefan’s best friend Lexi fights him off, he disappears and she finds peace. The spell ends and Damon and Bonnie are stuck on the other side. It was actually a beautiful scene, Damon comes but he’s too late and the darkness approaches the two. They hold hands and admits that they are ready to face whatever happens together.
Bonnie obviously goes through a lot and does a lot. She went from being a witch, to not having magic, to faking her death, to practicing Expression, to actually dying and not having magic, to being the anchor to the other side only to die again. Through all of these roles, she continues to help her friends without any complaint or thought of what she wants and what is taken away from her. Yes, she grieves but it’s almost like she doesn’t truly get the chance too as someone always needs her just when she gets the chance to grieve. It doesn’t seem like her friends realize how great of a friend Bonnie is. The memorial was the only time everyone realized that she was… great.
Season 6
Bonnie and Damon survived, they are in Mystic Falls reliving May 10, 1994 repeatedly. There always an eclipse. They decide to use magic to get back home but Bonnie is still without magic. Bonnie and Damon bond and playfully bicker with each other the two actors have always had chemistry but it became more noticeable and fully realized in this season. Damon makes pancakes, Bonnie tries to finish a crossword puzzle every day. She’s frustrated about not solving a certain word and Damon is frustrated because she hasn’t regained her magic. He calls her useless and she storms off. Later, Bonnie makes dinner, she comforts Damon and they make peace, Bonnie explaining she misses their friends and family too. They discover, thanks to the solved crossword that someone else is stuck too.
It’s been a couple of months, they’re shopping and they hear a store front ride turn on. Bonnie thinks someone did it while Damon tries to be reasonable. Just because someone else may be there, doesn’t mean they’ll escape. They argue about hope and Bonnie tells Damon “Hope is the only thing that keeps me going, Damon. So if you’re really done, if you have none, then BE done …” and leaves Damon alone. Damon goes back in the store and meets Kai, who tells him his “bickering” with Bonnie’s boring and that’s witnessed Damon push Bonnie away 13 times in an argument. After a few threats and sarcasm, Damon drinks a bourbon laced with vervain. Kai tries to kill Damon but Bonnie arrives. Kai teases her a bit and Bonnie, tries once more to magically light a candle. She does. She tells Damon to run and  chants a spell casting a fire circle around Kai. Damon returns to knock Kai out and apologizes to Bonnie for calling her “the most annoying person because Kai is”. Kai wakes up, says he’s on their side but Bonnie doubts it as he tried to kill Damon. He says since Bonnie has come back she always does, like for real thirteen times, he knew she would come back to Damon and save him which would give her the proper motivation to reactive her powers because her magic is the key. Bonnie gathers items needed for a locator spell to find an item called the “Ascendent” that would help them get home. They learn that Kai’s had it all along and that he was trapped for killing his entire family. He is a witch who siphons, meaning he drains magic from others. He proves it by touching Bonnie and hurting Damon. When they get to their destination for the spell, Bonnie refuses to perform unless Kai actually teaches it to her. He never knew it and explains that since a Bennett witch created his prison, only a Bennett witch can destroy/escape it.
Due to his crime, Bonnie attempt to kill Kai to prevent him from coming, he shoots her with an arrow and Damon tries to heal her but Kai stops him and they fight for the Ascendent. She uses her magic to separate the two and forces Damon home leaving her stuck in the dimension with Kai once again, even though at this point, she and Damon have gotten really close, which I loved, she sacrifices herself for someone else. She cries, happy that Damon’s gone but sad that she didn’t make it and could be dying from her wound. Kai brought her back to the Salvatore house, he threatens her to fix the broken Ascendent. She tries to escape in Damon’s car but Kai shows up in the backseat and they go to the cave to cast the spell again. She puts her magic in her bear and sends it through time leaving them once again stuck. Bonnie is such a boss!! Kai drugs and kidnaps Bonnie and takes them to his childhood home, they have Thanksgiving dinner and agree to go their separate ways. He finds the knife his twin sister hid her magic in, absorbs it and stabs Bonnie, revealing that he’s watched her perform the spell twice, he only needs her blood. She passes out only to wake up alone.
Damon and Elena go to the dimension to bring her home but the spell was ended early and when Bonnie finally makes it back to Mystic Falls in the other dimension, they’re gone and she’s alone again. She tries to make the best of the situation and starts to decorate for Christmas but after reminiscing, she sets the tree on fire. Kai, sort of a changed man, casts a spell in the real word in order for some of the others to see Bonnie but they cannot interact with her. She makes herself breakfast, watch videos she and Damon recorded and she starts to drink a bottle a bourbon. Damon reveals it to be their “suicide bourbon” stating they made a pact where when they can’t take being stuck anymore, they’d open the oldest bottle of bourbon, drink it, and then kill themselves, which is what Bonnie is doing. She starts to commit suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning but Kai was able to send Jeremy through and while unknown to Bonnie, he tries to encourage her. After remembering the words of wisdom and strength from Grams, she wants to live but collapses. Jeremy manages to become physical and saves her, he also leaves a map marked for Silas’ magic touched headstone. She remembers Damon creating the route and drives to Nova Scotia. Before she sends herself home, she meets a mysterious woman but goes home. She and Damon have a great and emotional reunion. He recognizes the woman to be his dead mother.
Bonnie tries to adjust being back. At a rave, a man pulls her to dance with him but she burns his hand after he got to grabby. Leaving, she calls Damon “just wanting to hear his voice” *dies*and tell him what happened. He asks her if she could listen to Kai’s apology about everything but she refuses to ever forgive him. Damon comes to the rave, Bonnie is happy to see him until she sees that Kai is with him. She is upset and leaves. Damon comes to her room and tries to apologize for bringing Kai. Bonnie makes him magically feel everything Kai did to her by inflicting all her wounds but she can’t make him feel the worst one: being left alone. Elena, Damon, Bonnie and Kai go back to the spirit world. Elena and Damon go for Damon’s mom while Kai and Bonnie try to find that world’s Ascendent. Kai tries to apologize by saying he’s changed but Bonnie gets revenge and leaves him, magically traveling back to Damon and Elena with the Ascendant. She and Damon have an argument about Lily (his mother) getting her friends (who are still stuck in the spirit world but are vampires who can also do magic) out. Bonnie does not want to help but Damon already gave his mother the Ascendant. She and Damon have another argument when Bonnie tries to destroy the Ascendant she snuck away from Lily. She tells him that if he really wanted to be human with Elena (who took the cure and is now human) then he would have told Elena about the second cure by now. He leaves without taking the Ascendant. Lily confronts Bonnie about getting her friends out of the spirit world, Bonnie refuses causing Lily to attack her and get something embedded in Bonnie’s neck. Jo takes her to the hospital but Damon heals her with his blood. Kai manages to return to the real world and crashes his twin sister’s wedding (Jo and Alaric) and he kills everyone. Elena was injured but is ultimately fine, in a “coma”. Kai explains he’s linked Bonnie and Elena’s lives meaning they can’t be alive at the same time. Matt tells Bonnie to leave town but she refuses, Matt is sure that since Damon only cares about Elena *rolls eyes* he’ll kill Bonnie to get Elena back. Bonnie confronts Kai, he insults her about her friends caring more about Elena than her he’s not wrong due to the evidence in the past.
Bonnie tries to her magic and face Kai, but he siphons magic and slams her against the wall, collapsing her lung. Damon arrives, she cries out to him as she’s about to die. Kai tells Damon he can either let Bonnie die so Elena can wake up, or save Bonnie. Damon apologizes to Bonnie, kisses her forehead and leaves. Bonnie starts to cry and Kai is angry that his plan didn’t work. Damon decapitates Kai and saves Bonnie by giving her his blood. He asks her if she really thought he would leave her alone, and that he hasn’t run out of nicknames for her yet. He carries her out. Later everyone goes to the Salvatore house to mentally say goodbye to Elena. Bonnie tells Elena that she’s sorry. They talk and Elena asks Bonnie if she could do her trick one last time by levitating the feathers.
Season 6 is my favorite season for various reasons: Kai was a great addition and a great villain, I’m glad Damon killed him but I also kind of wish he was able to stick around for a bit. I loved the Bonnie and Damon dynamic and how much it’s grown and matured over the years. They started off hating each other, mostly Bonnie hated him for the things he did but over the years they warmed up to each other and learned how to respect the other. They got to spend more time around each other and care for each other in a way they hadn’t before. They became best friends on their own, no one was in the way to make them be friends, they didn’t help and care for each other because of Elena, it just happened. Bonnie continued to have hope of returning home even though it seemed like she wouldn’t ever get that chance was amazing. It showed me how much I actually love her character, her strength is one of her stronger aspects and throughout everything, she’s never lost that. I was so glad that Damon chose to save her over Elena because it shows his growth as a character. Before, he would have chosen Elena without hesitation but the fact he chose Bonnie, especially for her to live out her human life shows his growth because he knew that while he “loves” Elena he also can’t live without Bonnie. 
Season 7 (last season until season 8)
I actually enjoyed season 7 because for one: Elena was gone and I have been over her character for many seasons now. But to see Bonnie and Damon team up and their friendship carry over from season 6 was great, their chemistry is very palpable. They’re “stuck with each other” as they say. The story was also pretty interesting.
Bonnie is with Damon and Ric in Amsterdam. She checks out this mysterious stone Ric finds, with the hopes that it will resurrect his dead wife but Bonnie has a vision of people being killed and tortured and asks him to destroy it as it’s dark magic. She later finds out that while he told her he destroyed it he didn’t. I get that Ric and Bonnie haven’t been super good friends in the past but she has helped him a lot in the past too, I couldn’t believe he was so willing to look her in the face, knowing that it was painful for her with that stone around, but kept it anyway. No matter how Bonnie explains that the other side is gone, there is no veil, Jo has probably moved on, he will take any chance regardless. All I heard was “I don’t care if this affects you Bonnie, I don’t care if you don’t want to use your magic to bring her back because it may hurt/kill you… I just want my wife” which I understand being devastated and the pain but it’s just not right. But being the person she is, Bonnie is willing to endure the painful visions and tapping into dark magic for him because she cares for him and wants him to be happy.
Then flash forward, Bonnie is angry and hurt towards Damon for choosing to leave her, again. She even says while in a psych ward that she “I loved someone but they hurt her and she couldn’t handle it at first but eventually decided to live with it” or something along those lines but he had to choose someone who’s basically dead. Elena has been gone for some episodes now but the writers just couldn’t seem to let her be asleep. The actress left the show but they continued to find ways to keep her relevant when she legit no longer is. Bonnie is right there, literally right at Damon’s side, not behind him but beside him, as they are pretty much equals. They season starts off with them being in a different country together, and they’re teaming up to save their town… I mean she’s right there. Stop ghosting over Bonnie for a character who hasn’t been interesting since season 3. They are forced to work together because Bonnie is dying, due to taking magic blocking pills, they are hiding her from the organization called “The Armory” as they want her to open a magically sealed vault in order for the leader to find her sister, who is likely dead. Damon sees that Bonnie and Enzo are together and visibly is uncomfortable with it.
  • In terms of the Bonnie/Enzo relationship, when they showed it in the flash forward, I was like “Meh, I don’t like it” but then they later showed how it progressed to that point, I don’t dislike it but I’m also not shipping it. The actors do have chemistry but my main problem with that “ship” is that Enzo hasn’t been an interesting character for a long time. He was Damon’s best friend after they were captured, tortured and experimented on in Whitmore but felt betrayed because Damon was able to escape and he left Enzo after he failed to rescue him. I think the writers kept him around with the intent of making him a “less interesting” Damon as they are very similar. It’s almost like their way of giving fans who want “Bamon” in the show a “Bamon- like” relationship. It’s a cop out and a slap. If Enzo was more developed then maybe I’d be more open to it but as Enzo is kind of useless, I can’t feel emotionally attached to them at all. I don’t see any growth in Bonnie as a character with Enzo, I see her being “happy” with him and she does say to him “I’ve always wanted someone to love me the way you do” but no matter how much everyone wants to ride the Delena train, I think Damon already does. Maybe it’s Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham’s fault for having such great chemistry and them wanting their characters to be together in the show but it looks to me, quite often, that Damon does love Bonnie more than a best friend and vice versa.
Bonnie is slowly dying from the magic blocking pills so Damon and Enzo are trying to figure out how to save her. Damon finds and capture Rayna, a vampire Huntress and bargains with her to give up her last life to Bonnie (She had 7 lifetimes due to an ancient ritual), she agrees if they hunt down the vampire souls who escape her Phoenix Stone prison. They all become awesome vampire reject hunters and as Bonnie gets weaker, Damon makes a deal with the armory that if they kill the remaining 100 vamps, he’ll hand Bonnie over to them. Of course everyone is upset with him because of this deal but The Armory follows through and kills the remaining vampires. Bonnie goes to them and opens the vault, but after getting all of her friends out of the building she seals the entire building so no one could get out, including the mysterious Creature. Bonnie is still a boss witch.  Rayna tricks them just as the ritual is being completed to give Bonnie her life and she has her shaman give Bonnie her life as the Huntress too. So now, if Bonnie wakes up, she’ll want to hunt all of her friends. She doesn’t want to wake up as her new life will be to kill them all. Especially the two people who she cares about the most and who seem to care about her the most: Damon and Enzo.
  • This is the first time Bonnie is actually an antagonist in the show.
  • Caroline tries to appeal to her friendship with Bonnie in her dreams, though the writers have not really allowed them to have any screen time together this season; it was almost as if they were no longer friends. Bonnie dream kills her and marks Caroline who Stefan takes on the run.
  • Enzo tries to appeal to their love for each other, shows her the times they spent together. With her learning the guitar, him cooking for her etc but she kills him with the guitar marking Enzo, to his surprise and dismay because he couldn’t reach her.
  • Damon is the last resort to wake Bonnie, but instead of trying to appeal to her kindness, he appeals to her anger knowing it would wake her. He uses Elena as a tool to make Bonnie angry and she kills him in her dream marking him. She goes after him to kill him, she chases him to her “In memory” tree stump from when she died and Damon tells her “You’re so strong Bonnie Bennett, you have been many things: a witch, a ghost, a corpse, the anchor and you’ve stronger because of it”, he tells her that he envies her strength, admires her, believes in her and that he loves her. He eventually says the wrong thing and it reignites her anger and she almost kills him but Matt knocks her out.
    • Now, when he says all of this it seemed to help her want to try and stop. But then… he tacks on “I love you… the way Elena loves you” and I say stop right there! Why does Damon have to love anyone the way Elena loves them? Why can’t he just love Bonnie because he actually loves her? 
  • So now Damon and everyone else is trying to find out how to break this curse on Bonnie as she is actively chasing Caroline. They discover if they can burn the last body that represents Rayna’s last life, then it would sever the link between that body and Bonnie’s releasing her of the curse. They are able to do this just as Bonnie catches up to Enzo and almost kills him even as he’s prepared to die because if he dies, then at least he’ll die still loving her and with her.
    • That scene first of all, mirrored the Bamon scene before so I wasn’t truly able to feel the emotions they were trying to put forth because it just an “instead of”. The writers seemed like they were definitely trying to say ‘well here’s the next best thing to a romantic Bamon’.
  • Damon kills the last remaining body, breaking the link between the two and Bonnie stops just in time. Bonnie calls Damon to thank him and forgive him for saving her and just as he tries to leave, he hears Elena’s voice *rolls eyes* and is attacked by the mysterious creature that was supposed to remain locked in the vault and it does something to him. Bonnie and Enzo go to find out what’s happening, Enzo goes to find Damon and is also attacked by the mysterious creature. Now they’re both gone.
    • So now Bonnie loses both Enzo and Damon, Oh! She also doesn’t have her magic anymore either.

I really tried to do this one without making it long but I just couldn’t and I hope you’ve made it through this post. This one needs the information to understand my point. Considering there are so many fans who dislike Bonnie, or who did hate before, or want her off the show (which I really don’t understand), I had to do it this way to show that Bonnie Bennett is amazing character whose potential is not realized.
I understand Elena Gilbert was the main character and the show revolved around her, which would have been fine, if Bonnie’s character hadn’t gotten smaller and smaller over the seasons. You would think with everything I’ve outlined here she would have a larger role but this is literally all she does. Outside of dying and sacrificing over and over, what else has happened to her? Nothing. Matt Donovan who is the most useless person ever on this show is still around and he even gets more storylines than Bonnie does. Caroline, who is also one of my favorites became a large focal point in a lot with the show when she started off being the most annoying girl. She had the storyline in being Damon’s toy (which she has ever right to hate him and never forgive him), of being turned into a vampire against her will, the choosing between Matt and Tyler, the choosing between Klaus and Tyler, her mother’s death, being the last vampire to turn off her emotions, having a relationship with Stefan, having to carry Alaric’s magical twins because Jo died… I mean there’s variety for her but Bonnie keeps getting the same story retold over and over again and her life and happiness is always at stake.
The “relationship” she had with Jeremy seemed one sided for a very long time, the relationship she has with Enzo currently seems like a carbon copy of what she could have Damon Salvatore and it did seem like Kai started to have romantic feelings for her and that could have been okay if handled properly, but he was killed. Even the friendship between Caroline, Bonnie and Elena weakened over the course of the show, it started off strong but due to Elena’s back and forth between the brothers, anyone else who wasn’t involved in some sort of ridiculous romantic plot, got sidelined and Bonnie is the biggest victim of that.
We know she’s powerful because she has taken on the Original vampires who are considered to be the strongest vampires, she took down Silas, she suffered through being the anchor where those killed by the supernatural have to pass through her, her family has died in one way or another, she’s watched Jeremy die many times, only for them to not even end up together. It’s just a cycle. No one seems to be grateful for everything Bonnie does for them.
I continue to watch this show for Bonnie’s character (among Damon, Caroline and Stefan) and with these past two seasons, she was able to grow in different ways. Her strength remained and will always be there, but she was able to push past her dislike for Damon and allowed herself to really care for him when before they hated each other. He grew as a character on his own while in her presence. He didn’t grow for anyone but himself and Bonnie continues to be who she is.
I just hope the writers quit messing around and with this last season, treat her well. If Nina Dobrev (Elena) indeed returns, I hope there is a way around this curse preventing Elena and Bonnie from being alive at the same time because if Bonnie dies prematurely just so Elena can live… I will throw my TV at the wall. She deserves to actually be happy. Not in the ‘she can’t have Damon so here’s Enzo’ way, or a false sense of security, or hopelessly hopeful… she deserves to be rewarded for everything she’s done and gone through by having the best send off a character should have.
Bonnie Bennett deserves the world from this show and so much more.
P.S. I will probably do a companion piece directly to this about Bonnie and Damon because I need to talk about that too.

Diminished TV Characters II

Part II of Diminished TV show Characters.

Read Introduction Here

Read Part I here.

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Lacey Porter- Twisted

This one was actually a major sore spot for me because it was ridiculously blatant. The writers of this show could not even try to act like they didn’t sabotage her character. Please bear with me on this one because while this show only lasted one season, the information provided is essential to why Lacey Porter’s character was diminished.
Twisted was marketed as this mystery/thriller drama on ABC Family with three leads, two being people of color! Twisted centered on Danny Desai, a 16-year-old alleged sociopath and murderer who reconnects with his two childhood best friends, Jo Masterson and Lacey Porter when he returns to his hometown to attend high school.
This show had promise. Lacey starts the show as the popular girl, she’s dating the most popular boy in school and as they hear news of Danny’s return, Jo and Lacey speak to each other after drifting apart. Danny immediately finds the girls in the hallway and speaks to them like old times even though Lacey coined the phrase “socio” for Danny while being interviewed. But Danny is drawn to her first (He looks her right in her eyes, it was beautiful), he and Jo manage to become friendly again quickly but Danny has to work for Lacey’s friendship. While things are still rocky between them, they always managed to be alone with intense and reminiscent conversations. They almost kissed in the pilot! I was down for the cause.
The problem comes when Lacey and Danny finally get together, it takes a while for Lacey to admit her feelings but she does. She goes to reconcile with Danny and spends the night with him, both ignorant to the fact that someone records them. The recorder shows his friends the video, Jo’s best friend Rico confronts them, Lacey decides not to fight it because she figures her friends will forgive her and Jo will understand. However, Rico tells Lacey that Jo is “in love” with Danny (lol whatever). So she can’t know about the video because it would devastate her.
At that moment, I knew it was bull because there were no indications that Jo liked him romantically, at least enough that everyone is worried about her feelings. Lacey already felt bad for keeping her relationship with Danny a secret but felt like she needed to because people would react negatively due to his past, so this wasn’t fair to put on her as well. She’s a 16-year-old girl! I mean come on. Lacey goes out of her way to get that video deleted so Jo wouldn’t see it, but it was sent out anyway.
After an extremely awkward public romantic confession from Jo (at a public hearing discussing expulsion for an incident Danny didn’t cause), Lacey and Jo talk. Jo tells her of her feelings about Danny and proceeds to say “I should have told you” Lacey says she would understand because it would have been weird with the three of them and their friendship and Jo says “plus, I know he doesn’t feel the same way about me… but even if he did, I hope you know I never would have dated him without talking to you first. I care about you so much Lacey, about us” and right there I called FOUL because why would they do that?? It makes Lacey look like this horrible person because she didn’t tell Jo (the show would have hashtags every episode but most of them would be: #JoisinlovewithDanny, #PoorJo) whereas now suddenly Jo is saying she would have told Lacey. It wasn’t right. Once Jo sees the video, she gives both Danny (who didn’t know about the video because he had more pressing matters to deal with like being expelled!!) and Lacey the cold shoulder and the two of them GO OUT OF THEIR WAY to apologize to her. I’m sorry (not sorry), I find that absolutely ridiculous. A private moment between them was spread around the school, why are we worried about Jo’s feelings? What about their parents? Why hasn’t someone done something about this?
They wanted to make Lacey look like the bad guy from the beginning. When they were younger, Lacey shut Jo out due to her being constantly depressed and bringing up Danny when Lacey just wanted to move on. I mean, imagine being 12 and dealing with the fallout of your best friend allegedly killing his aunt while you’re at his house. She also convinced a friend when they were 13, not to invite Jo to her sleepover due to her depressing behavior. I’m not giving Lacey a pass for being mean towards the only other person who might understand her feelings but I can imagine being a pre-teen, feeling betrayed by your best friend, having your life bombarded by reporters and therapists and just trying to be normal. That’s a lot for a kid. But none of that mattered because Lacey was set up as this snooty popular black girl and Jo set up to be the blonde haired, blue eyed damsel who should be with Danny and is the most important.
What makes matters worse is that Lacey began to get less and less screen time now that Jo’s random feelings for Danny is out in the open. Even DANNY, the main lead of the show was getting less screen time because we’re all supposed to be #Team Jo. Danny never shows any romantic interest in her at all but they wanted their viewers to believe he suddenly had feelings for her. #TeamJo. No. I was never Team Jo because there was no Team Jo. They were friends and it just so happened that Danny and Lacey discovered they could be more. I don’t think that makes them bad people, nor did they have to tell Jo.
Another example: Jo comes to Lacey’s invisible younger sister’s birthday party. She and Lacey I guess got back on good terms and a big secret is revealed about Lacey’s father. He’s gay. Who discovers this? Jo Masterson. Why? Why did she have to be the one to walk in on Lacey’s dad making out with another man? Why couldn’t Lacey discover them? Or I don’t know… the man’s ex-wife? Then for some reason, Jo was present during this family discussion. Um… why? I also did not appreciate how Jo’s Caucasian parents and Danny’s Caucasian mother got to be regulars but Lacey’s African American parents were only present maybe three times in total throughout the season. I would have loved to know Mrs. Porter’s reaction to finding out her 16-year-old daughter had a “sex-tape” spread throughout her school.
Last example: In the second half of the season, Danny’s cellmate Charlie was introduced. He seemed to show interest in Lacey when they first meet, which I was not for because he was weird and she and Danny were not over. Later he switches his romantic manipulative interest to Jo (who at the time was sort of kind of dating some other boy) and turns her against Danny with a bunch of obvious lies. So, overall Jo Masterson became many things in one season.
  1. Damsel in Distress (Somehow she got involved in drama with Danny and his supposedly dead father, and ended up being the reason why Danny kind of killed his dad. I mean, that would have been a great plot if it only dealt with Danny and his father.)
  2. The Angel and everyone should be #Team Jo because #Jo Is the One
  3. Irresistible to different guys but continues to have feelings for Danny who now suddenly has romantic interest in her. It looked like Avan Jogia couldn’t even fake being romantically interested in her.
  4. Stupid and Naïve. She was always kind of naïve but dang, Charlie turned her against Danny so quickly it was amazing she called herself his best friend.
Jo became all of these things whereas Lacey Porter just continued to become less than what she was. She had her confidence issues but she was a character with a lot of inner strength that SHOULD have been explored more.
  • We should have gotten to know Lacey’s family, including her sister (they didn’t even cast her). We should have known what happened in the Porter household when Danny was arrested those years ago. Clara was turning 14, did she have a hard time in school too? When did Mr. Porter start sleeping with the gym teacher? Or whatever he was.
  • Lacey and her parents should have talked about what happened between her and Danny, with the video and it being set out to everyone. There were no serious repercussions of it.
  • When Charlie came into town and showed interest in Lacey, he should have stuck with that, since Danny and Lacey were actually together and actually had unresolved feelings. Him trying to get close to Jo to hurt Danny didn’t hold as much weight. It would have taken a lot of time and lies for him to turn Lacey against Danny unlike how quickly he did it with Jo. It would have made a more interesting story.
  • Danny and Lacey should have been able to reconcile what was going on between them. Danny started to get broody because he was being haunted by what he did to his father, there should have been a moment where they should have talked. I think there was something after/during a dance but it wasn’t enough.
I’m sure there is more, but it’s been a long time I’ve watched this show. If I ever decide to watch the season again, I could probably add to this. Outside of what the writers did to Lacey’s character and even to Danny’s character all for the sake of putting Jo on a pedestal, she didn’t deserve, there were a lot of story lines that should have been explored, fleshed out differently, built up more. I don’t know how it looks now, but Twisted fanfiction featured a lot of Lacey Porter, fans on the Facebook page, IMdB page were upset, including myself, by this however the writers did not listen to us. Instead they listened to the small portion of fans who for some reason wanted Jo to be in the forefront, or they just ignored us and continued their own agenda. It didn’t work obviously as the show never made it to the second season.
Lacey Porter deserved better.
The next part will hopefully come faster then this one did lol. It will be the last part of this segment for now.

Diminished TV Characters I

Part I of this character segment.

Nathaniel Archibald- Gossip Girl

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(look at him, ain’t he so cute? 😍😍😍😍)

I liked most of the main characters but I really liked Nate. I know a lot of people found him boring and useless (gorgeous though) but I thought he was a light spot in this world of sabotage and deception. I know this might be tl:dr but please read it 😀
The “Golden Boy of the Upper East Side” and throughout the show he’d been involved in numerous romantic relationships though none were successful. He wanted to escape the plan his parents mapped out for him: attending an Ivy League college, law school and marrying Blair Waldorf. He felt trapped in a shallow world. His father is discovered to be using drugs again and he’s accused of embezzling money and fraud. With his father in rehab, Nate is able to breathe.
I think that after a few plot threads were tied up with him the writers didn’t know what to do with him. He was a good guy (with problems) and they didn’t seem to want to put him into storylines that didn’t deal with women. I haven’t read the books so I don’t know his story in the series but in the show they swapped him out for Chuck Bass and Dan Humphrey. Chuck I understand because he was the bad boy, charismatic and while Nate’s best friend, his link to Blair began to grow, not to mention his many dysfunctions. He was interesting. Dan on the other hand… he was annoying, fake, a wannabe and whiny. I did not understand why Nate was glossed over for good writing for Dan friggin Humphrey.
Nate was paired with cougars, married women, or put into stupid situations with uninteresting women. Vanessa started off okay but she got mixed up in the world he was trying to get away from, so that went down the toilet. He had feelings for Serena van der Woodsen and dated her for a while but kept bouncing back and forth between her and Blair. I’m not even going to talk about Jenny Humphrey (or Sage). I’m just glad those did not continue. He kept getting new girlfriends, or meeting new women and for a while that’s all it was. Nate started off with a good story dealing with his family, having to deal with an overbearing father, a quiet “submissive” mother, frozen assets and choosing to live in an empty house by sleeping on the floor to prevent his friends from knowing. It didn’t have to go on forever but dang that was good. Where did the person who wrote those lines go?
Juliet Sharpe (Katie Cassidy) came in season four. She was different, I liked them together and they were good for each other. He was actually given a reason to be with her instead of it being a catalyst for more unnecessary relationship drama. Juliet was a mystery and there were so many ways to go about it, she could have been running from someone causing Nate to save her. Or something happened with him that would cause her to ask his friends (something he wouldn’t do on his own) to help her since they thought she wasn’t good enough for him. There were so many possibilities they could have explored but everything had to be about Serena, Nate was being used to get closer to Serena. Juliet fell for him and later broke up with him because of it. They could of went in a different direction with why she had to break up with him. Ultimately, it didn’t end well and Juliet was gone. Outside of my irritation with how this storyline went, the moment when Nate, Blair, Serena and Chuck take her down is probably one of the best take down moments on Gossip Girl.
This is how it went pretty much. Over and over again.
I wanted Nate Archibald to be given a storyline that would have kept him involved in this world instead of him being the “pretty boy”who messed with women and was Chuck Bass’ less interesting best friend. Compared to the other main characters of the show (even friggin Dan!) he didn’t get love and it bothered me. There’s nothing wrong with good guys, but after a while watching the whirlwind that was Chuck and Blair, and the annoyance of Serena and Dan, it would have been nice for Nate to actually be more than what they reduced him too. They could have kept him involved with his own storylines that did not involve women, everyone else got all of these scandals, they betrayed each other (though Nate was the only one who did NOT send anything to Gossip Girl). Below are some ideas they could have explored with Nate Archibald.
  • The storyline where the FBI investigates his father due to him wanting to hold Nate and his mother hostage for ransom money (from the mother’s side) could have been explored more. It was discovered and closed in one episode.
  • In season 3 he romantically likes a girl who is from the Archibald’s rival political family and his grandfather disapproves. They could have explored that aspect more. Obviously the Archibald men have control issues.
  • In season 5 Nate manages to run a magazine, his grandfather chooses him over his cousin for a retreat causing Tripp (cousin) to be jealous. Tripp sabotages Nate’s car to get him “out of the way”. That plot point went over to Chuck and Blair (because we needed another reason for them to be apart) and once again plot lines that could have gone somewhere was pushed aside for other characters. Nate was the one who found out it was the cousin and helped “take him down”.
  • In season 6, while running his magazine, he has trouble financially and Chuck’s father Bart Bass tries to use Nate against Chuck aaaaand that didn’t go anywhere either. Definitely could have explored that more.
He does get the honor of investigating Gossip Girl in order to finally find out who “she” is and he was rather good at it. Just because this is getting long, I feel that the treatment of his character wasn’t right. If you agree that he was boring, then that’s fine, but I think that might be different if they wrote more for him. Yes, he was good looking (the best looking one personally) but that’s not all that was needed for his character. He was involved in too little plots that were wrapped up too quickly in favor for other prolonged plot lines for other characters that were unnecessary (Charlie/Lola, Ivy, Dan, Rufus).
The show wrapped in 2012 but it’s just been on my mind ever since Season 1. Nate deserved better.
Stay tuned for part II.