I think I’ve written before about how I got hooked on ABC’s show Once Upon a Time. There is, however, one thing that irritates me about the show. I don’t like how the world is divided between good and bad and there is little room for anything in between. I think this is the reason why I like the character of Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold as much as I do as the only character that is morally ambiguous. Since I’m going to talk about the current season and possibly have spoilers, I’m putting the rest behind a cut for those of you who don’t want to be spoiled/don’t want to read me rant about the show.
What really bothers me in particular is Snow White’s attitude. In the episode The Cricket Game, she and Charming captured the Evil Queen, and it was decided to execute her. Now, I’m as against the death penalty as the next bleeding heart liberal, but I saw their point. If there was no way to successfully keep her detained and their kingdom safe (though they were able to keep Rumple imprisoned) then, after a trial, I can see how the death penalty would be appropriate. NB, I’m against the death penalty in our world, in part, because we do have ways to keep people successfully detained. But in the fantasy world where some people are super powerful and evil and there’s just nothing anyone can do about it and there is no room for even a shadow of a doubt regarding her guilt, well, that’s different.
Anyway, rather than accept this, Snow decided to spare her life and release her! WTF Snow? I mean, I can suspend my disbelief for the whole forgiving the Evil Queen because Snow felt so guilty for what she did as a kid, but this is just stupid! Even with Rumpel’s spell that meant she couldn’t hurt Snow or Charming, weren’t there still citizens of the Enchanted Forest who weren’t protected by that spell that the Queen had no qualms about hurting? It’s not like Belle was locked up or anything.
So, boneheaded move, Snow.
But let’s move on.
A few episodes later In Storybrooke, Snow kills Cora. Fuck yeah someone finally realized that she has to get her hands dirty! But then she gets all whiny about it! Shut up, Snow! You should not be bitching about “oh no! Now there is one fewer person who wants my family dead!” Fucking breathe easy for once.
But she doesn’t. She whines and she goes to Regina and begs her to kill her. Because this will really help keep Snow’s family safe! Regina rips out Snow’s heart and sees, oh, what’s this?
Snow has begun to turn evil.
So killing Cora to save, um, everyone’s lives was evil. I’m not buying it.
As proof of Snow’s descent into evilness, she slaps Marco after Marco reveals that he lied to her 28 years ago. Two people could actually go through the wardrobe, so a minutes-old infant didn’t have to be dropped off who knows where alone.
Yeah, I’d be pissed too. But Snow apologizes (fine, slapping people is wrong) and says that she would have done the same thing.
WTF? How is that not evil? How is lying out of selfishness and abetting child abandonment ok but killing in self-defense and defense of others evil? As I said, tree hugging hippy here, but even I acknowledge that sometimes killing is necessary and it’s not evil to stop that shit.
So grow up, Snow! Stop making this show suck!