As much as I love the show, am I the only one who notices the pilot has some elements of Early Installment Weirdness? I don't know, it and the episode about Snow White and Prince Charming's backstory seemed to imply the fairytale world was more...idyllic, as long as you weren't a villain. But every episode since has given me the impression that it was one big Crapsack World constantly ravaged by wars and reckless use of magic that makes the curse seem like a genuine improvement.
I have to disagree with this... We're seeing the fairytale world from the view of the focus character in each of their flashbacks... Only three characters show "bad" versions of the fairytale world, in my eyes... And those characters were either working for villains(Jiminy*
and the Huntsman) or was a villain already(the Queen)... Even so, we only see the world looking bad for the specific person... Not for everyone living in it.
And yes, the world looked really
bad during Rumpelstiltskin's flashback(What with the Troll wars, and the like)... And though we don't know how much time has passed between that point and Jiminy meeting him... I would guess that's it's a fair amount of time. Even so, it seems to me that the fairytale world has gotten better since that point(likely because Rumpelstiltskin kept his word to his son in that he'd use the power to make the world a better place
edited 11th Jan '12 5:07:21 PM by Swish