So here’s a photoset of Regina being sad and I may have missed some. On the left hand side you have nearly the last frame of what it is Regina is looking at. And on the right side is the very last frame that scene ends on. There’s several things I want to discuss about these photos - The writers’ intent, Regina, and Henry
I think it’s beyond clear that it has been the writers’ intent this season to show Regina’s point of view. If last season we saw the Storybrooke storyline through Emma’s eyes, this season it’s through Regina’s eyes. Most often than not when there’s a confrontation we’re left to linger on Regina and her reaction. This choice, from a story standpoint, is so that the audience will identify more with Regina and become sympathetic towards her. From my personal experiences watching this with other people, this trick has worked. People I watch with (who aren’t super fans and aren’t Evil Regals) make comments like, “poor Regina. How sad” etc etc. This boggles my mind because I reply back, “But.. she tried to kill him/forced him to stay with her/almost tried to kill them/about to brainwash him/kidnapped him.” But, since we leave off on Regina’s reaction, the audience’s last thought for that scene is her emotion. And in all honesty, I would be OK with that if it wasn’t every single time.
Which brings me to Henry and his character and how I think the above photos represent what a disservice the writers have done to Henry’s character. Every single time Henry leaves Regina, we never focus on him and what he went through. He’s a child and has gone through a insane amount of trauma in a short amount of time. But, they don’t focus on that. They barely acknowledge it. And since they don’t acknowledge Henry’s feelings and emotions, audiences are left thinking, “What a bratty child not staying with Regina!” Because we see Regina sad and blame Henry. We, as an audience, have been duped by the show in thinking that Henry doesn’t even have emotions or reactions because we rarely ever see them. Let’s talk about what Henry is going through in these photos and the only glimpse into his psyche and thought process that we have is of him as he walks away…
Photo 1 - He discovers that his mother and grandmother are gone. Disappeared. Who knows where. He doesn’t know if they’re alive or dead. They’re just gone. He just witnessed his adoptive mother about to murder his newly found grandfather. Regina is sad because he walked away. What about Henry? Is he scared? Is he relieved that Gramps is OK? Is he crying as they walk out that door because he doesn’t know where Emma and Mary Margaret are? Is he angry at Regina? Is he sad for leaving her? What is going on with Henry? Who knows… because we see him walk away and that’s that.
Photo 2 - Earlier in the day he witnessed his adoptive mother throw fireballs at people in townhall and toss them across the room. He bravely goes with the woman who can start fire with a snap of her fingers for the safety of the entire town and is then held prisoner in what was his own home. He tries to leave but is physically restrained by magical moving tree branches. This is a child, though believed in fairytales, still grew up in a world “without magic.” That must have been odd. He feels like a prisoner and then his Gramps comes to get him and they walk away. What is going through his mind? Was he scared? Relieved? Sad? Confused? What? I don’t know. We never know.
Photo 3 - He’s been separated from his mother and grandmother for weeks now and his grandfather just woke from a voluntary sleeping curse and just reunited with them. This is the first time they are going to all be together since the curse broke. Earlier, he was almost witness to his mother and grandmother dying. They were going to die if that barrier didn’t come down. He convinced his adoptive mother with everything he had to not let it happen. As they walk away, what’s going on with him?
Photo 4 - Life has been kind of crazy for him lately and his mother is breaking the news to him that his shrink and good friend is dead and that his adoptive mother is responsible. Though we see a reaction with him hugging Emma, it’s from far away that we’re not meant to really know his reaction. Is he saying anything? Is he crying? Does he believe Regina did it? Does dismiss it? Resist it? Accept it? How does he react to Archie’s death? We don’t know because we watch Regina cry about it instead of him.
Photo 5 - Everything has been so insane lately that he’s resorted to trying and blowing up a well to get rid of magic. His adoptive mother wanted to rip out his grandmother’s heart so that she could brainwash him. She had a fireball in her hand ready to throw it at his family. His grandfather had a gun trained on his adoptive mother. He was in the middle. And as he walks away, what’s going on with him? Scared? Nervous? Relieved? Was he terrified? Is he happy to be safe? What’s going on? Don’t know. Regina is sad though.
The last photo is with Owen but that is a beast all in itself. Basically the same thing though.
You know, I understand from a story standpoint to want to explore the villains and Regina in particular. I understand wanting to make her sympathetic at a certain point (though personally, I would have waited with this storyline until season 3). But, what I don’t understand and it’s really bothered me is that they want us to be sympathetic for her as she continues to do bad things and make poor choices.
And more than that, it bothers me that they don’t explore Henry’s character with all of these situations and they’ve ignored him and his emotions.
That was long… but I had to do it. Sorry but not.
This is something I hadn’t quite put a finger on, but it’s perfect. I wish all the Henry haters would read this.
I love how he looks at Belle. Like he can’t believe half the time that she is a real person who exists. She’ll say something to him, and he just completely stops in his tracks and gives her these utterly gobsmacked looks, at a total loss for words.
today’s Shortpacked. This is…this is pretty perfect, really.
The Enchantress is clearly the Blue Fairy, or her older sister.
Flashback: 2011 Oscars with Host Anne Hathaway
And then Les Miserables happened
This is my favorite video on YouTube.
This is the best thing
reblogging this again because this is still my favorite video on YouTube
I don’t understand people who don’t like new fans.
When I meet someone who is new to one of my fandoms, my first instinct is to be like “HERE HAVE EVERY BOOK, ARTICLE, AND FANFICTION EVER WRITTEN AND ALSO WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF EVERY SCENE/EPISODE/SONG AND ALSO HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER LETS DISCUSS THIS WHAT INSIDE JOKES CAN I EXPLAIN TO YOU LET’S BE FRIENDS.”
Professor Morton N. Cohen, author of Lewis Carroll, a Biography
I really dislike when people insist that Lewis Carroll was on drugs. It’s like when Tolkien writes “Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! My darling! Light goes the weather-wind and the feathered starling” he’s a literary genius.
But when Carroll writes “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!” OMG HE MUST BE HIGH.
how to walk like a queen [x]
This is the best acting lesson I have every seen in my life
I didn’t recognize who she was till the last gif.
Banner: But why me and why Sesame Street?
Coulson: Well, they are colorful creatures. You know… like… the Other Guy.
i love how intently clint is watching it, nodding along and going “yeah, wow, empathy is a great word…”
this is probably my favorite scene in the movie because of the look of held-back horror on hiccup’s face after he takes that deep breath and just stares at Toothless, like he’s asking if it’s actually real, that he really doesn’t have his leg anymore
and then Toothless just looks down at his leg and up at him and helps him walk out the door with his fucked up tail and they’re broken on the same side and gOD it was so gOOD