The frustrating thing is I literally could not care any less about Mitarai as a character, because he’s hardly done a thing this entire anime.
This “tragic character” narrative they’re trying to pull with him doesn’t work nearly as well as it did with Sakakura–who was also constantly trying to help and just making everything worse for everyone.
Sakakura’s arc felt rewarding to watch him go through, but Mitarai is just…
If you were a writer on the show, what plot points or things would you 'fix'?
oooh, good question! There are a good few things so I’ll try to keep it to the big ones:
The entire Outlaw Queen arc starting in 3B - no Marian, no Zelena, no baby, no death. Instead I’d
have Regina develop feelings for Robin, him not really trusting her at
first but being attracted to her and intrigued by her, and them slowly
finding common ground and coming to trust each other like Emma and Hook
did. Actually working on their relationship in a way that helps Regina as a character, taking responsibility, learning to let things go, etc.
The Emma’s-darkness-is-in-Lily plot - either expand on it more and actually resolve it, or leave it out altogether
I’d change things so Snowing didn’t kidnap Lily because to me, that was way OOC and I just didn’t like it
Will Scarlet. Why was he there? Where did he go? Give him a plot. Explain how he got back to Storybrooke and why. I realise they had to cut it for whatever reason, but yeah, if I could, I’d fix that.
I’d have the Dark Swan arc play out very differently, I think. Less with the plot twists and more with the psychological aspect. Have Emma struggle with the darkness, since she never had any in her before. Maybe bring Lily into it. Have Emma actually confront her past and the issues, get a little selfish, struggle to choose her family over the Dark One before eventually succeeding. Maybe have her and/or Killian con the Darkness the way we thought, pretending to give into it only to defeat it for good in the end. (Or at least appear to; Rumple taking it back was awesome.)
Killian’s backstory with confronting his father. It was silly. The sleeping curse TLK thing was silly. Just have it be an illusion from Regina, and voila, fixed.
I’d have done the Underworld arc VERY differently. More characters confronting their pasts and people from their pasts, less Hades and Zelena and back-and-forth. “Last Rites” was amazing in terms of pacing and development after basically half a season of much ado about nothing, so more with the action and less with the empty threats and posturing. And some other solution than the deus ex machina moment after half a season of effort that amounted to nothing. (I would have LOVED an Orpheus-and-Eurydice type of test where Killian had to follow behind Emma and she had to trust him to because let’s face it, that is THEM. Emma leads and Killian follows. No questions, no doubts. That would’ve been so fitting and an amazing way to cement their relationship and just. Yes. Want.)
In general, more Snow and David supporting Emma, especially more Snow/Emma bonding and talking like they had in season 1. I miss that dynamic. I know it’s different now but it seems that instead of trying to fix it, they’re just forgetting about it.
Regina and Emma’s friendship. It comes across as very one-sided to me; Regina will speak up in Emma’s defence and show her support when Emma isn’t around, but when they have scenes together, it’s usually Emma trying to reach out to Regina. I’d just like to see more moments like Regina reassuring Emma that she’s plenty good enough for Killian. When I compare it to Emma/Elsa or Emma/Snow in season 1, it falls short, so when the creators/actors tell me it’s supposed to be that kind of friendship I just feel like, if that’s what they want me to see, they should try to actually show it? I know they can because they’ve done it with other characters, so.
Milah’s second death. Get her out of that river, man. Or never throw her in there in the first place. It was horrible. Do not want. Hook and Swan action rescue team go.
And, this is a purely personal thing, I’d get rid of Zelena. She annoys me. I LOVE her as the Wicked Witch and I love Bex, but please, let her be a villain or get rid of her. The whininess annoys me. Again, that’s a personal thing which comes from my personal experiences, so not a criticism of the writing or the character. Just personal preference.
you know that thing where someone’s drinking a bunch of water from a water fountain or w/e, and someone else says “leave some for the fishes”
undyne says that about everything. she says it about food at buffets and parties. she says it when somebody does really well on a hand of poker. she says it to alphys if she ever hogs the blankets. it’s her favorite joke and everyone except Sans and Toriel hates it
zelena still completely and totally selfish, am unshocked
astonished they even remotely mentioned that yes, yes the whole robin situation was a clusterfuck and z/r aren’t immediately going to be friends
aladdin is hot
new jafar is very much like the disney version
jafar is also clearly the oracle (dead parrot with evil red eyes hypnotizing emma? please jafar up ur game) predicting SAVIOR DOOMZ
what even was the rumbelleception
a wild random season 3 emma appears, wow emma you surely never had any episodes last year where you learned that keeping secrets and shutting your family out was a bad idea, or in any season really
archie hopper: still a bad therapist since 2011
at least they made it so blindingly bloody obvious that killian knows this stinks to high heaven that i doubt it will be dragged out for long
because of course he does
get some new ideas guys
dum dum dum dum da dee
is it just me or is hyde reeeeeeeeallly chewing the scenery, i wanna take him seriously but he’s just like GRAVELY VOICE BLOODY EYES I AM CLEARLY EVIL FEAR ME that, yeah ok whatevers hyde
fun episode, but not super exciting for a premiere imho
i feel like this year i am finally more or less a casual fan and it’s a good thing? weird, yeah, but it’s been 4 years of high level painstaking detail involvement and now i’m just like, sure fun hour of television, don’t feel need to analyze it obsessively, cool, same time next week then ttyl