History YMMV / OnceUponATime

20th Mar '17 10:47:59 AM 4power4
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** Emma and Neal/Baelfire. Everyone from the writers to several cast members spoke in favor of Emma/Neal in the early seasons and it seemed to be the endgame relationship in the making. His unexpected death was enough to cause a huge number of fans and reviewers to leave the show. Combine this with the FandomRivalry between the Captain Swan Shippers and SwanQueen shippers and it created a very divisive fandom to be apart of.
16th Mar '17 9:32:10 PM Isaac_Heller
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** Lily from Season 4 was one of the most potentially interesting characters to be introduced on the show at that point: She was, quite literally, Emma's other half and Emma's efforts to save her from her darker impulses, as well as the quest to find her father could have made a whole subplot on their own. Unfortunately, The Dark Swan arc shoved most of this aside. Not only was it never brought up again, but Lily herself was never seen again after Season 4. a

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** Lily from Season 4 was one of the most potentially interesting characters to be introduced on the show at that point: She was, quite literally, Emma's other half and Emma's efforts to save her from her darker impulses, as well as the quest to find her father could have made a whole subplot on their own. Unfortunately, The Dark Swan arc shoved most of this aside. Not only was it never brought up again, but Lily herself was never seen again after Season 4. a



** Henry and Violet's potential relationship could have been used to give Henry a character arc. However it is quickly abandoned [[spoiler: after everyone learns that Emma broke the friendship they had in Camelot.]] and is never revisited after that. This is rectified when it returns in the Season 5B finale and is set up to continue into season 6.

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** Henry and Violet's potential relationship could have been used to give Henry a character arc. However it is quickly abandoned [[spoiler: after everyone learns that Emma broke ''Everything'' about the friendship they had in Camelot.]] and is never revisited after that. This is rectified when it returns in the Season 5B finale and is set up to continue into season 6.Land of Untold Stories qualifies (see AbortedArc).
16th Mar '17 9:29:48 PM Isaac_Heller
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** Many feel that the writers just didn't ''care'' about August's character, despite his rich backstory. [[spoiler:Particularly noticeable when they chose to revert him to human after being turned to wood, as a 7-year old boy with no memory of his adult life]]. This has a chance of being addressed in Season 4B thanks to [[spoiler:Gold re-aging him into August again, thus letting him reconnect with Emma and Henry, although so far he's only been important to the Queens/Author plot]].

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** Many feel that the writers just didn't ''care'' about August's character, despite his rich backstory. [[spoiler:Particularly noticeable when they chose to revert him to human after being turned to wood, as a 7-year old boy with no memory of his adult life]]. This has a chance of being addressed in Season 4B thanks to [[spoiler:Gold re-aging him into August again, thus letting him reconnect with Emma and Henry, although so far he's only been important and he gets to appear in several episodes during the Queens/Author plot]].second half of Season 6.]]



** Ruby disappears from the last few season 2 episodes. The producers admitted that more was planned for her, but the ever-increasing character load left them with no place to put it. The actress was then released from her contract so she wouldn't be stuck unable to get other work until they found more room for her, though she has finally reappeared for a few episodes in the second half of season 3.

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** Ruby disappears from the last few season Season 2 episodes. The producers admitted that more was planned for her, but the ever-increasing character load left them with no place to put it. The actress was then released from her contract so she wouldn't be stuck unable to get other work until they found more room for her, though she has finally reappeared for a few episodes in the second half of season 3.Season 3, and then again for two episodes in Season 5 that explain her disappearance from the show.



** Will Scarlett, the Knave of Hearts, is added to the main cast in Season 4, being far and away the best choice for a transplant from the [[Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland cancelled spinoff]]. He then proceeds to appear in little more than half the season's episodes, usually for a single scene, and have almost no role whatsoever in the story. The only thing he does that could remotely be called a plot is [[spoiler: romance Belle for a few episodes, which even then mostly supplemented Rumple's storyline anyway.]] What's worse, the writers play coy for the whole season about how exactly he ''got'' to Storybrooke, [[spoiler: which seems to have totally undone his happy ending with Anastasia from the spinoff (she's alluded to exactly twice, neither time by name), unless his stint here takes place before that ending or even that whole series, which is possible given the vagueness of the timelines.]] And now that his character has been reduced to guest role in the fifth season, fans (especially those of ''Wonderland'') are rapidly losing hope that his character will be properly served rather than just forgotten.

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** Will Scarlett, the Knave of Hearts, is added to the main cast in Season 4, being far and away the best choice for a transplant from the [[Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland cancelled spinoff]]. He then proceeds to appear in little more than half the season's episodes, usually for a single scene, and have almost no role whatsoever in the story. The only thing he does that could remotely be called a plot is [[spoiler: romance Belle for a few episodes, which even then mostly supplemented Rumple's storyline anyway.]] What's worse, the writers play coy for the whole season about how exactly he ''got'' to Storybrooke, [[spoiler: which seems to have totally undone his happy ending with Anastasia from the spinoff (she's alluded to exactly twice, neither time by name), unless his stint here takes place before that ending or even that whole series, which is possible given the vagueness of the timelines.]] And now that his character has been reduced to guest role in the fifth season, fans (especially those of ''Wonderland'') are rapidly losing hope that his character will be properly served rather than just forgotten. ]]



** Season 5B took place primarily in the Underworld which would've been a great time to bring back Graham, one of the show's first major characters to be KilledOffForReal. [[Series/TheFall But his actor]] [[FiftyShadesOfGrey was otherwise occupied.]]



** Lily from Season 4 was one of the most potentially interesting characters to be introduced on the show at that point: She was, quite literally, Emma's other half and Emma's efforts to save her from her darker impulses, as well as the quest to find her father could have made a whole subplot on their own. Unfortunately, The Dark Swan arc shoved most of this aside. Not only was it never brought up again, but Lily herself was never seen again after Season 4.

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** Lily from Season 4 was one of the most potentially interesting characters to be introduced on the show at that point: She was, quite literally, Emma's other half and Emma's efforts to save her from her darker impulses, as well as the quest to find her father could have made a whole subplot on their own. Unfortunately, The Dark Swan arc shoved most of this aside. Not only was it never brought up again, but Lily herself was never seen again after Season 4. a


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** Season 5B took place primarily in the Underworld which would've been a great time to bring back Graham, one of the show's first major characters to be KilledOffForReal. [[Series/TheFall But his actor]] [[FiftyShadesOfGrey was otherwise occupied.]]
16th Mar '17 9:25:57 PM Isaac_Heller
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** Tinkerbell hasn't been seen since the Neverland Arc. In fairness her actress is now quite busy as the lead star of ''Series/{{IZombie}}'', though that didn't stop her co-star in the show David Anders from making a brief return as Dr. Whale.

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** Tinkerbell hasn't been seen since the Neverland Arc.Season 3. In fairness her actress is now quite busy as the lead star of ''Series/{{IZombie}}'', though that didn't stop her co-star in the show David Anders from making a brief return as Dr. Whale. [[spoiler: She eventually returns for one episode of Season 6, "Page 23".]]
16th Mar '17 9:13:26 PM Isaac_Heller
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* AbortedArc: The Land of Untold Stories is introduced in the Season 5 finale, and a large number of its inhabitants led by Mr. Hyde are brought over to Storybrooke at the end. This lasts for the first six episodes of Season 6 before abruptly vanishing altogether, with not even a ''mention'' of the Land of Untold Stories and its residents in the following episodes.



** Season 6 has been met with scorn by many fans for [[AbortedArc abandoning the Land of Untold Stories concept a few episodes in]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting several characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]], bringing in versions of Aladdin and Jasmine that were considered underwhelming, having a [[VillainDecay much campier and less threatening Evil Queen]] as the BigBad, bringing Rumple's behavior toward Belle to ''very'' uncomfortably abusive levels, adding further unwanted {{Retcon}}s, and generally feeling like there was no coherent plot.

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** Season 6 has been met with scorn by many fans for [[AbortedArc abandoning the Land of Untold Stories concept a few episodes in]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting several characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]], bringing in versions of Aladdin and Jasmine that were considered underwhelming, having a [[VillainDecay much campier and less threatening Evil Queen]] as the BigBad, bringing Rumple's behavior toward Belle to ''very'' uncomfortably abusive levels, adding further unwanted {{Retcon}}s, and generally feeling like there was there's no coherent plot.
16th Mar '17 9:10:09 PM Isaac_Heller
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** And Season 5 has been noted to be little better. Several fans were not happy with Zelena being upgraded to regular. Merida was largely criticised for overshadowing the main arc and taking screen time away from the core characters. What's more is that the show quickly became overloaded with another KudzuPlot - with the revelation that [[spoiler: Hook is now a Dark One]] causing the season to do a complete 180 and abandon the arc it had been building with Camelot. Likewise the midseason finale ending with an AssPull ShockingSwerve was met with outrage by many fans. However it has been seen by many as an improvement (particularly in its second half) for fixing some of the problems people have with past seasons such as re-railing characters like Charming and Snow, putting more emphasis on the main cast and ensuring that the new characters do not overshadow them. Zelena also got RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for some people (see above).

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** And The first half of Season 5 has been noted to be was considered little better. Several fans were not happy with Zelena being upgraded to a regular. Merida was largely criticised for overshadowing the main arc and taking screen time away from the core characters. What's more is that the show quickly became overloaded with another KudzuPlot - -- with the revelation that [[spoiler: Hook is now a Dark One]] causing the season to do a complete 180 and abandon the arc it had been building with Camelot. Likewise Likewise, the midseason finale ending with an AssPull ShockingSwerve was met with outrage by many fans. However it has been However, the season was seen by many as an improvement (particularly to improve in its second half) for fixing some of the problems people have half.
** Season 6 has been met
with past seasons such as re-railing scorn by many fans for [[AbortedArc abandoning the Land of Untold Stories concept a few episodes in]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting several characters like Charming Dr. Jekyll and Snow, putting more emphasis on the main cast Mr. Hyde]], bringing in versions of Aladdin and ensuring Jasmine that were considered underwhelming, having a [[VillainDecay much campier and less threatening Evil Queen]] as the new characters do not overshadow them. Zelena also got RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for some people (see above).BigBad, bringing Rumple's behavior toward Belle to ''very'' uncomfortably abusive levels, adding further unwanted {{Retcon}}s, and generally feeling like there was no coherent plot.
10th Mar '17 9:21:00 PM GoldenKeyblade
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** Fans were hugely upset over how Robin Hood became [[spoiler: DeaderThanDead while in the same episode, Hook was revived through a literal DeusExMachina]]. In an interview afterwords, the WordOfGod stated that they choose to believe that [[spoiler: Hades was lying about what the Olympian Crystal does to your soul and that Robin Hood is in the better place now hinting he wasn't truly DeaderThanDead]]. The premiere of Series 6 has Henry and Regina decide to believe the same thing.

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** Fans were hugely upset over how Robin Hood became [[spoiler: DeaderThanDead while in the same episode, Hook was revived through a literal DeusExMachina]]. In an interview afterwords, the WordOfGod stated that they choose to believe that [[spoiler: Hades was lying about what the Olympian Crystal does to your soul and that Robin Hood is in the better place now now, hinting he wasn't truly DeaderThanDead]]. The premiere of Series 6 has Henry and Regina decide to believe the same thing.thing, [[spoiler:and the mid-season premier heavily hints at them being correct, with the implication that Wish-Realm!Robin contains some portion of Real!Robin's soul]].
10th Mar '17 9:15:45 PM GoldenKeyblade
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** There's a sense that despite being an AscendedExtra, the writers weren't entirely sure what to do with Belle in the second half of season 2. Her [[spoiler: amnesia plot kinda plodded along without much change, and her time as Lacey lasted only 3 episodes before being undone. Both of these could have been used more creatively, but the ongoing feud between the Charmings and Regina and the introduction of Tamara sort of derailed much chance to use Belle effectively in the second half]].

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** There's a sense that despite her being an AscendedExtra, the writers weren't entirely sure what to do with Belle in the second half of season 2. Her [[spoiler: amnesia plot kinda plodded along without much change, and her time as Lacey lasted only 3 episodes before being undone. Both of these could have been used more creatively, but the ongoing feud between the Charmings and Regina and the introduction of Tamara sort of derailed much chance to use Belle effectively in the second half]].
22nd Jan '17 11:35:41 AM Lullaby22
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** Lily from Season 4 was one of the most potentially interesting characters to be introduced on the show at that point: She was, quite literally, Emma's other half and Emma's efforts to save her from her darker impulses, as well as the quest to find her father could have made a whole subplot on their own. Unfortunately, The Dark Swan arc shoved most of this aside. Not only was it never brought up again, but Lily herself was never seen again after Season 4.
21st Jan '17 2:32:41 PM Isaac_Heller
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A common complaint from audiences ever since midway into this show's fourth season is that it no longer lightens up and allows the characters to have moments of peace and happiness, making all the talk about having hope and finding one's own happy ending to seem pointless.
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