So, in Storybrooke, there are a bunch of nuns, who used to be fairies, in a fairy tale world that was polytheistic. In season 2 the nuns will have their memories of the fairy tale world and the memories of their old belief system back. Christianity, being a monotheistic “burn the witches” type of deal, doesn’t seem like it would gel very well with people from a magical world. The fairy-nuns, I assume, will promptly defrock themselves.
What about characters like the mad hatter? Technically, his god is Lewis Carroll and Lewis Carroll has been dead for quite a while. I imagine it would be devastating to find out that all the pain and suffering in your life was because a mere mortal thought it would make an interesting story, and, what’s more, this creator is dead so you can’t make them answer for it.
In the world of Once Upon a Time does every story written become a real world? Does this include internet fanfiction? What if a person wrote a story about themselves? Rumpelstiltskin could write 100 different versions of himself to create a clone army. Regina could write a story of a world where it was impossible to be defeated.
Oh, crud, this thing is going to turn out to be one of the ages of Myst, isn’t it?
Thinking about Once Upon a Time, I came to a conclusion: the fairy tale world sucks. Only a few people get to have magic powers or be a princess. Everyone else is a peasant, dying early of disease or malnutrition, while getting caught up in the schemes of those more powerful than they.
They probably wouldn’t want to leave the real world. In the real world: food is plentiful, we have medical science that curing new things all the time, and, most importantly, for a people that are used to an oppressive feudal society, there is democracy in the real world. No more being serfs for the citizens of Storybrooke.
So, what does this mean for a character like Snow White, who will probably need a lot of help to get back to Fairy Tale Land? Why should the peasants help a person that was busy wearing pretty dresses and holding royal balls every week, while they were toiling in the fields? Will the royalty and magic users return to Fairy Tale Land without the peasants then? Could a world function filled only with princesses and witches?
Of course, I doubt any of this will actually come up in the show. It’s just interesting, sometimes, to think about the characters on the periphery of a story.
Here a some little things, you may or may not have noticed, that I hope they flesh-out in season two of Once Upon a Time.
In episode 14, Dreamy, Sneezy’s counterpart, Mr. Clark, and Sleepy’s counterpart, Walter, really want to sit together at the diner. Grumpy’s counterpart, Leroy, tells them they should have dragged their sorry asses out of bed a little earlier, implying that they both get up at the same time and, possibly, that they sleep in the same bed.
There wasn’t any implication that Sneezy and Sleepy had a romantic relationship in the fairy tale world, so how will the react in season two? How would a person feel if in one life they wear gay and in the other one straight, and then, they had those lives slammed together?
Then again, all dwarfs are male, so, maybe, it’s weird for them not to be gay.
What’s in Storybrooke’s Library?
In the the season finale of season one, A Land Without Magic, we see that Storybrooke has a closed-up library.
A library in a town full of storybook characters seems like a very dangerous thing. We don’t know how far all of the characters have reached in their own stories. What if some of them haven’t reached the ends of their stories yet? What happens if they go to the library and read their own story and they don’t like the ending?
Is That Dude in the Basement of the Hospital Pocahontas’ Dad?
In episode 12, Skin Deep, Regina Mills, on her way to visit Belle in the basement psyche ward, passes a native american man sweeping in the hallway. This is an obvious play on Chief from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But, maybe, it’s more than that. Pocahontas’ dad is a chief. Maybe Pocahontas’ tribe are enemies of Regina, so she locked their chief up, like she did Belle.
Of course, Pocahontas wasn’t actually a fairy tale character. She was a real person that we actually know a lot about. Disney continuing to treat her life like it was a fairy tale is, perhaps, unwise.