In our latest fan interview, Paige and Marissa talk about the Evil Regals and their adventures with Lana at PaleyFest.
A Fan Theory by Anthony Catalanotti
Just when we think we have figured out every Storybrooke character’s enchanted identity, we are – quite literally – swept away by a tornado of verdigris and land right back into the shoes (dare I say, Ruby Slippers?) that we have worn throughout the entire series. Which of our beloved heroes has been given a third, handcrafted, and temporary identity by Her Wickedness in green? Our Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow are quite blatantly revealed, while their Tin Man counterpart remains in question. Additional characters may even be suggested by our ever-growing plot that lends elements to support the existence of lesser known L. Frank Baum Ozians not necessarily made famous by Hollywood.
We find David/Charming in an episode-long battle against his fears, with promise of a continued storyline. He, the most king-like character with a fur-lined cape, transforms into our Storybrooke Cowardly Lion by a sip of Nightroot-spiked tea – out of a mug with décor oddly reminiscent of a roaring lion. As Zelena mentions, “I hope chamomile is okay – I hear it’s good for the nerves.” This transformative medium is undoubtedly a parallel to Baum’s wizardly cure of drinking a mysterious liquid for the Cowardly Lion to temporarily regain courage. Backwards, but similar. The addition of Charming’s symbolic hilt to Zelena’s pocket-book-inventory (how big is that bag?) seals the deal on our mane man.
We then meet Gold/Rumplestiltskin feeding “madness” and straw into a spinning wheel. This lovable villain has clearly lost his mind amid his pre-spun-gold raw materials. Brainless and covered in straw, our Scarecrow might be the most obvious parallel in the episode. While we do not yet know how this transformation occurred, it is sure to have been orchestrated by Zelena as he is currently in her control.
But where is the Tin Man to make this trio whole? Three characters present with impressive resumes when it comes to being this heartless literary archetype. First, Neal/Baelfire is missing and “stuck” somewhere – however, the mystery might be the only thing fueling this suspicion. Hook is a good contender with a hand made out of metal and a lot of unanswered questions about how he obtained this memory potion. Did he give up his heart willingly for Emma? (Lest we forget that Zelena is Cora’s daughter.) Or is Emma our Tin (Wo)Man? While it would certainly debunk all of the cute suspicions that she is “Auntie Em,” she has the strongest rationale behind her. Both David and Gold were transformed into their Wicked-identities by Zelena. Emma’s heart was broken by Walsh, one of the Lady Z’s pawns. Further, the writers draw attention to her heart with Hook’s romantic, “If it can be broken, it means it still works.” (They need to just get together already.)
A final Wicked-identity that may be surfacing is the Hungry Tiger – a character not present in the “Wizard of Oz” that everyone knows and loves. The Hungry Tiger was a character introduced in Baum’s stories after Dorothy made her way back to Kansas. He served as the protector of Ozra, one of Oz’s royals, alongside the newly courageous Cowardly Lion. In their story, the two beasts leave Ozra’s side and make a failed attempt to give into their human-eating desires. Along their journey, they come across a boy who has lost his mother, two prime meals. Instead of eating them, the Cowardly Lion and Hungry Tiger help to reunite the mother-son duo. Anything about Regina and Henry’s current fractured relationship ring a bell? But who is the Hungry Tiger? Hook? Hood? Another character who has a name beginning with three different letters?
So many questions. But wicked is growing. Time will tell.
SwanQueen - The mention of those words generates a multitude of opinions. Annie (@anniesass) shares her perspective on one of the most popular and controversial ships in the Once Upon A Time fandom.
How did you hear about Once?
There was a promo on Swedish television in February 2012 and I thought I would check it out before the show aired in Sweden. So I watched the first episode online and that was it, I was hooked. I watched all the episodes that had aired in the US and then I just waited a week like everyone else. I remember telling all my friends about this show but sadly, no one wanted to watch it with me. I had a twitter account and started to talk to other fans of the show.
What was your first impression of the show?
I was captivated by the show right from the pilot. The wedding scene where the Evil Queen interrupts the wedding is still a favorite. I remember gasping for air when the doors burst open. I loved Disney as a child and still do, so for me it was a great twist to classic stories.
A Fan Theory by Brooke Summerlin
Poor Henry—the kid just can’t catch a break. Once again all faithful Oncers should be concerned for Henry’s safety. Pan may be out of the picture for now, but there’s a new villain on Once Upon a Time, and she has it out for the truest believer. In fact, I think she’s already made at least one attempt on Henry’s life.
What did poor Henry ever do to her? Nothing, of course. In “NYC Serenade” Zelena, the Wicked Witch, makes it clear that she’s out for revenge against Regina. And as Aurora hints to Philip, if you incur Zelena’s wrath, she doesn’t just go after you—she goes after your children.
Within a day or two of being launched back into the Enchanted Forest by the “reset” curse, Regina was attacked by a flying monkey who wanted to retrieve her blood. Why Zelena needed this blood to exact her revenge upon the queen is unknown. Perhaps she hoped to curse Regina’s son through blood magic. However, Regina and Henry are related through True Love, not blood. Therefore, Zelena’s revenge curse was ineffective, prompting a need to physically enter the world without magic and get the job done.
When we last saw Emma and Henry, they were driving away from Storybrooke into their new lives. Their destination was unknown, but it’s likely that they returned to Emma’s home in Boston. Flash forward one year after the reset curse was cast and Emma and Henry are now living in Manhattan. The reason? A house fire destroyed their home in Boston, so they relocated to New York. A detail like this cannot be ignored. Recall, the Wicked Witch was something of a pyro, constantly tormenting the Scarecrow with fireballs. For this reason, it is possible the fire was real and not a false memory. Although Emma does not give a specific date, it is likely that the fire occurred a few months after the reset curse was cast.
In fact, my guess is that the fire occurred approximately eight months prior to the events of “NYC Serenade.” Why? Because Emma met Walsh eight months ago at his furniture store in NYC. When your home is destroyed in a fire, one of the few things you can replace is furniture. Was it mere happenstance that Emma found the one guy in the Big Apple who happened to be a flying monkey?
Not at all! Look closely and you’ll see Walsh has a linear scar on the left side of his neck. The flying monkey who attacked Regina was grazed by an arrow in the exact same place. Walsh is not a random fairy-tale creature; he’s a monkey on a mission. The fire in Boston was no accident. Who knows what he had planned if Emma continued her relationship with him?
Although Zelena’s first attempt to exact her revenge on Regina proved unsuccessful, I fear she has more wickedness in store for Henry and for Storybrooke. If she’s smart she’ll realize that she cannot rely on blood magic to exact her revenge. On Once Upon a Time, True Love always trumps magic. And Henry’s mother is well-armed. Both of them.
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OUAF chat with dedicated Oncer Sarah (@PhoenixHeart815) about her involvement in the Oncer Project, her fan artwork and the thrill of winning ABC's 'Save Henry' competition.
How did you hear about Once?
It was just over a year since Lost had ended and I was in need of another good show to watch. In August of 2011, I was walking past the TV and saw “From the writers of Lost” flash on the screen. Whatever task I was in the middle of no longer mattered because that commercial had my full attention. I was so intrigued with what was happening and had so many questions. I looked up which writers from Lost were involved and was excited for this show, since Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis wrote some of my favorite episodes on Lost. Since then, I have not missed a single episode of show.
What was your first impression of the show?
A modern twist to classic fairy tales trapped in our world was an idea I had never seen or heard of on TV before. It was an instant hit for me. I loved the way the stories that were told within each episode were similar to Lost the most. Also, this was the first time a TV show delved into the backstories of these famous characters, stories neither Disney nor their literary versions included.
OUAF chat with the creators of Feather of Hope, Dieuw(@Diejj), Lusiana (@Uglylusiana) & Xiluva (@Xiluvanyane), about what inspired them to create such a supportive website and all things Once Upon A Time.
How did you hear about Once?
Lusiana: On tumblr, I got captivated by a few gif sets, I am sure they were about Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen. I went looking for information about the show and then, well, it was obsession!
Dieuw: My best friend told me I had to watch it, since it was the ultimate uni-work-procrastination-activity. So naturally I was willing to try....and I have to say...yes, OUAT has kept me from studying quite often.
Xiluva: I was watching TV and during the commercials they were announcing OUAT. And Lana was there, as the Evil Queen…and I thought OMG! So afterwards I went to youtube and found several fan videos…I confess that in the beginning I thought Regina and Emma were a couple because of the SwanQueen videos that I found on YT, but then I really loved Regina so I started watching OUAT just because of Regina.
How did you first hear about Once?
First thank you so much for allowing me the chance to share some of my experiences that have come about from being involved with "Once Upon a Time" as a viewer and a hardcore fan. I first heard about "Once Upon a Time" from Josh Dallas. Since I had been following him on Twitter for a long time, he started to talk about a new TV program that he recently began filming. Then he started to explain how the series got a pickup from ABC and the next thing he knew, he was heading to Comic Con to promote the show! Buzz just built from there and the show was off and running in a big way.
Share your first impressions of the show?
I was eager to see exactly which path the show would take. Sometimes the breakdowns of a Pilot episode could be misleading or change once a show gets into its regular rythym. I was immediately intrigued about the fact that our favorite fairy tale characters had backstories and lives that we didn't know about as children. It just seemed like a real "Why has no one thought of this before?" moment. That being said, I was also floored with the cast that was assembled to bring such stories together. I had been a huge fan of Ginnifer Goodwin from her work on "Big Love" and many film roles. Her acting opposite Josh instantly had a spark that couldn't be denied. Of course, we now know that a spark like that translated into something much more than just a performance on a TV show.