I suppose it´s only natural to write an article about the season premiere of “Once upon a time” on a blog called “Duckling´s movie tips”. Emma Swan has officially gone dark!
The ABC fantasy TV-series “Once upon a time” comes slowly, but greatly back to its roots: roles are exchanged, darkness is summoned and finally someone realizes love is not the answer for everything. During the rather (un)adventurous epiosde, one might have thought: “Oh no, is this starting again? Everybody thinks that for once she´ll be like really evil, but than her sweetheart comes and she gives it up – again“. Not that in real-life I would wish for anyone´s fate to be dark. Though, if there is a series about fairytales gone crazy, than it should include all the extremes of madness, shouldn´t it?
After enduring the slightly misplaced storyline of Merida in the whole drama and witnessing the happy family reunion, one might have been eager to sigh and turn whatever device off one was watching it on. But suddenly, the heart of the show got resurrected in the final momentum.
May we present to you: Emma Swan, the Dark One.
Why does this ring a bell in our minds and brings out all the affection we fans have for the TV-series? Because after last season´s rather deceiving villain and the weird storylines of Peter Pan and the Wicked Witch, we ultimatly got the classic bad character back we all know from our childhood´ fairytale-books. Emma Swan inpersonates everything we loathe and weren´t raised to be – the morally bad and evil. And it fascinates us, as much as the darkness seduced Emma, because we all know that we´d never really be able to become like her and seeing this ethic paradox on screen is actually true magic.
Thank you, wonderful writers of “Once upon a time” to have brought us an otherwise inexpressable challenge in each one of us, which will never be truly won by either goodness or badness.
I hope the rest of the season will follow the same path the radiant maximum of “The Dark Swan” opened up.
But you know how it is in “Once upon a time”: There is never just one way.