*WARNING: CONTAINS SOFT SPOILERS*
Hey there J1 f fans, Devildriver1313 is back! Well, how many of you have been watching Once Upon a Time? Well, the show left off with the defeat of the Dark Fairy, who was the mother of Rumplestiltskin, the Dark One. Following the finale of the sixth season, we got a sneak peek at the next chapter to the story. Like with the first episode of Once Upon a Time where the focus was on Snow White’s story, the seventh season retells the story of Cinderella who is out to kill the prince rather than marry him albeit an alternate dimension. Henry Mills takes the lead this time around as he searches for his own story to tell. This soft reboot retains all the elements that have made us want to follow the stories of familiar fairytale characters. Ever the staple, a curse has been cast that has sent fairytale characters from other realms to Hyperion Heights in Seattle, Washington. Henry Mills takes over the role his mother, Emma Swan, had when she arrived in Storybrooke as someone destined to break the curse. He also encounters Cinderella’s stepmother Lady Tremaine who wants him out of town, treating him much in the same manner as Regina Mills did to Emma. Andrew J. West portrays Henry Mills, now an adult who has had his memories altered by the new curse. Andrew does a good job of relating to the role that Jared S. Gilmore played for six years while bringing something new to the character. Dania Ramirez, known for her role as Rosie Falta on Lifetime’s “Devious Minds”, take on the role of Cinderella. It should be noted that this is a different Cinderella from the version we know from Storybrooke. Since this season is dealing with alternate realms, we can expect to see familiar characters in a different light, i.e. Cinderella is an assassin and Alice Liddle appears to be a witch of some sort. The biggest change is the absence of nearly ninety percent of the original cast. Lana Parrilla, Colin O’Donoghue and Robert Carlyle are the only remaining cast members. Other members including Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Rebecca Mader (Zelena) and Emilie de Ravin (Belle) will have recurring and guest roles.
Gabrielle Anwar has already solidified herself as the main antagonist to Henry Mills in her portrayal of Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked step-mother. She brings the same salt and vinegar demeanor that Regina Mills has come to be loved for, and since Lady Tremaine is just as cruel, there is potential to develop a love-hate relationship with this character. Gabrielle is best known for dancing the tango with Al Pachino in the 1992 movie “Scent of a Woman.” Handling the role of Drizella is Australian actress Adelaide Kane, known for her portrayal of Mary, Queen of the Scots in the CW series “Reign.” Kane seems to have made this role hers considering her previous portrayal of a ruler who conspired to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I. With the impact that Lady Tremaine and Drizella made in the first episode, it will be interesting to see how these characters develop through the season’s progression and perhaps give us a hint as to where Anastasia is hiding.
As for the overall feel thus far, Once Upon a Time season seven retains the charming elements that has made the series beloved the world over, and has once again given us an interesting take on classic fairytale characters. However, there are a couple concerns. One being the casting of Dania Ramirez as Cinderella. I fear that this may come with controversy given Cinderella’s story where she is forced to be a chambermaid and the unfortunate stereotype of Latino women as housemaids. The show had previously suffered a severe backlash when it revealed an African-American version of Rapunzel in the series’ third season. Hopefully, we can get past this and embrace this character for who she is instead of what she ‘should be.’ The other major concern is the absence of long time series cast members. While Regina, Hook and Gold will remain present, fans will surely miss the other characters who have become favorites, especially their favorite ‘power couples’, i.e. “Captain Swan” (Hook/Emma) and “Rumbelle” (Gold/Belle). Combine this with the decline in viewership and there is a recipe that puts the series in trouble. Hopefully, this season can bring the audience back with the introduction of new characters and the expansion of previous characters’ stories, most notably Aladdin and Jasmine who were introduced last season.
Let us see how the story unfolds…
Season 7 promo trailer