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Meh.
With the exception Mr. Gold (who is sympathetic, cruel, cowardly, brilliant and, frankly, stealing the show) the real life counterparts of this series are really bland and irritating. Regina is utterly ineffective as a villain (until she actually kills someone I suppose and the thing with Belle was rather cruel). While I'm sure Henry has some legitimate grievances there's no... sense of urgency to break the curse.

The good guys are... insipid. With the exception of Emma they don't do anything about their situations. It's annoying. I just want them to find out about the bloody curse already so something will actually happen other than Snow White and Prince Charming mopping over each other.

The reinterpretations of the fairy tales are clever, though. And I am rather curious about how it will play out. I just want them all to GET ON WITH IT.
Well, of course there's no urgency to break the curse, though. That's the very nature of the curse: for the entire fairy tale world to suffer in silence and total ignorance, never knowing what's wrong but always kept away from their happy endings. For everyone to find out about the curse would be to end what's basically the entire foundation of the show.

While I agree that the show could be faster paced, I don't feel the need to rush things THAT much.
comment #12903 KMA10k 19th Feb 12
If you've seen the Beauty and the Beast episode, then you should know that Regina already has killed someone: Sheriff Graham/the Huntsman.
comment #14337 TheZMage 16th May 12
Yes, that's what I was referring to. It's one of the few times she actually showed some teeth in Season 1... but the If I Cant Have You trope always bugged me.

I must say... I love Season 2 so far. Regina grew on me (I think she's better as a Jerkass Woobie than a villain), the other characters have improved enormously and it's far more exciting now.

comment #16597 Keshia 21st Oct 12
I think Regina's problem is that she's the only goddamn villain of the first season, so she had the entire weight of conflict on her back. This is part of why the tropes of The Dragon and Five Bad Band exist: Multiple villains allow them to divide between each other the weight of conflict (seeing the heroes react to The Dragon's methods in one episode, The Big Bad's methods in the other, and so forth) and play off each other in their evil acts.

Since Regina is alone, she basically has to do all the evil by herself, and has no evil comrades to interact with. Meaning she ends up quite overused: She's the only one who gloats, she's the only one who plots, she's the only one who...does anything.

I think what we need now is a Eviler Than Thou Big Bad, hopefully with more accomplices.
comment #16600 Gaon 22nd Oct 12
Totally agree. Cora and Hook would make a rather fantastic Big Bad Duumvirate and Regina and Rumple can play Anti Villain for a while.

My main problem with Regina was that she was too sympathetic to be a Complete Monster, too petty and to cruel to be likable Jerkass Woobie and she didn't have Gold's charisma or magnificent bitchness. As her backstory is coming in, she's starting to piss me off less. The Sanity Slippage, Corrupt The Cutie and sheer helplessness of her situation is more believable that "Snow didn't keep my secret, lets kill her".
comment #16613 Keshia 23rd Oct 12
I think Regina's problem is that she's the only goddamn villain of the first season

.....And Rumple/Mr. Gold wasn't a villain!? O.O

Since Regina is alone, she basically has to do all the evil by herself, and has no evil comrades to interact with. Meaning she ends up quite overused: She's the only one who gloats, she's the only one who plots, she's the only one who...does anything.

Again, Mr. Gold, especially in the frame-up plotline where they worked together (it was even his idea!)
comment #19177 CharlestonMan 28th Apr 13
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