Family and Faith: The Heart of Lost and Once Upon A Time
by Jennifer Brouillard (@Jennykate75)
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. once said, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Fans of the hit TV show Lost certainly agree. This groundbreaking ABC drama stretched the minds of its creators, writers, and viewers with ambitious, character-driven storylines told through flashbacks, flash-forwards, and even forays into side worlds. Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz relied on their experience writing Lost when they created Once Upon A Time (OUAT), with tributes to their former show in almost every episode. But these Easter eggs are more than just Apollo bars and recurrences of 815. Both shows fundamentally share the same beating heart — the same core. For OUAT, that analogy is rather literal.
Both Lost and OUAT’s antagonists were flawed individuals tortured by their pasts and parents. Regina’s transformation stemmed from her mother Cora’s manipulations while Sawyer witnessed the murder/suicide of his parents. Rumple’s father abandoned and then later had Rumple forcibly removed from Neverland. Ben, Rumple and Regina killed their fathers. The Man in Black stabbed his overbearing adopted mother after she murdered the villagers of his camp and destroyed his only way off the island. But villains weren’t the only victims of poor parenting. Jiminy’s parents forced him to cheat and steal as a child; Kate killed her abusive alcoholic father; and John Locke became paralyzed when his father pushed him out an eight-story window. Although Rumple’s father, Malcolm, showed his heartlessness in becoming Peter Pan, John Locke’s father Anthony Cooper still reigns supreme as Worst Father Ever.
By Amy Hood - @Amylia403
Hard to believe, but we have already come to the end of the third season of Once Upon a Time. Seems like just a few weeks ago we were suffering through the hiatus and now, here we are again! Like in previous years, we have created a tongue-in-cheek list of a few things we have learned from Season Three. From Storybrooke to Neverland to the Enchanted Forest we’ve traveled quite a lot this season, so let’s look back on what we’ve learned:
REGINA IS HOT -- Okay, this one is obvious, but seriously…the woman had tentacles and stark white hair in an episode this season and STILL she was smoking hot. Potato sack, couture gown, pants suit, eight legs…..makes no difference. You just can’t ugly up Regina. Momma Regal is divine.
SOMETIMES A PIRATE CAN BE A PRINCE -- So Hook didn’t literally become a prince, but he did sacrifice to get the girl. He gave up the thing that meant the most to him, the Jolly Roger, and despite multiple rejections, kept by Emma’s side. What started as a comic relief relationship grew over the course of the season and in the end he won her heart. Hook loved Neal, and felt his loss with Emma. His death became a broken piece of both of their hearts that brought them together. And the man taught her how to dance at a fairytale ball, and it was H-O-T.
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