Unfortunately, the fifth season is already on a downward spiral, and in all honesty, it was hard to get through the first hours. Below are my five reasons why five is too high a number for Once Upon a Time.
#1- Most of the characters are extremely annoying. Snow White and Prince Charming, for example, are way too nice for their own good, and while they are the “good guys,” their words remind me of things I hear on children’s shows. There a few characters that are bearable like Hook or Henry, but the majority, good or evil, have become campy. Also, why Merida in the opening episode? Did any children even truly enjoy Brave because I thought it was a total flop?
#2- The writing for episode one was terrible. The writers were obviously trying too hard to be current and funny, but instead, they created a script that was borderline cringe-worthy. My favorite ridiculous line was one of Granny’s: something crazy about holding condiments and turning off the fryer. A few times, my mom and I just looked at each other as if to say, “What are we watching?” It seemed like a totally different show than the one we fell in love with five seasons ago.
#3- The storyline is old. Something big happens, the characters got to the Enchanted Forest, and suddenly, they’re back in Storybrooke with no memory whatsoever. It’s been done! It’s almost as if a viewer could predict the entire outline of a season. Personally, I understand that this creates continuity or whatever, but I would like a fresher idea. Also, going along with the plot, I think this Zelena pregnancy is just weird. Who came up with that?
#4- The best part of the show, Emma’s and Hook’s relationship, is now basically non-existent now that Emma is the Dark One. I enjoyed them together (I’m the type of person to get involved with fictional relationships), and now, they can’t really be together considering Emma is crazily evil. No one likes it when the best couple in the whole show is broken up.
#5- Overall, the show has lost its spark. It’s still attempting to be uplifting, which it doesn’t succeed in because everything comes off corny, but it’s missing the fairytales that we all know and love. I loved discovering OUAT’s version of Snow’s and Charming’s story, but now, it’s focused on Brave and previously, Frozen. I just feel like the show has become childish whereas before it was all about adult fairy tales.
I hate to have to say this because I loved this show before last season, but I really think that OUAT should be on your not-watch list. I’m sad to see it go downhill. Happy kommenting :)