I really really REALLY wish that Emma was supposed to be 38 when she broke the curse. This would mean that instead of ‘83 they would come in '73.
WHAT IF THIS HAPPENED AND INSTEAD OF WEARING THE POWER SUITS REGINA DRESSED LIKE TRINA DECKER?! AND MARY MARGARET WOULD BE LIKE A REALLY TONED DOWN JANET! AND OMFG THIS JUST… I CANT… WHY!? AND ONE DAY REGINA DID POT. I CAN’T FUNCTION. I CANT DEAL.
Omfg! The dresses, the make up, the hair. OMFG THE HAIR!
It’s the line that had a good portion of the fandom labelling Regina forever and always a rapist, and you may be wondering what on earth would cause a person to look at that scene and see anything else. Regina took Graham’s heart, and told him that if he ever disobeyed her or tried to run away, all she had to do was squeeze the heart and it would cause him tremendous pain. Well, my dear reader, let me explain it to you. Now this may be very difficult for you to read, but here it is:
Regina and Graham are not real people.
What difference does that make? Quite a lot, actually. You see, in the real world, a real person who has sex with another real person without their consent most certainly is a rapist. Without a doubt. So your perception of the scene is very much correct and I’m not going to tell you otherwise. But real people in the real world are responsible for their very real actions. Fictional characters, not so much. But you know, dear reader, who is responsible for a fictional character’s actions? The writers.
So here’s the thing. What the writers unknowingly wrote was rape (or, more accurately, future off screen rape). And they should most definitely be called out on that, because the fact that they didn’t see what they wrote as rape is indeed very problematic. But the fact still remains that they didn’t intend to write Regina as a rapist. And if you remove that one problematic line from that one episode in early season 1, suddenly Regina is not a rapist. So we have one line, which really should never have made it into the final cut in the first place, stacked up against 39 episodes (as of Welcome to Storybrooke). There is a sizeable portion of fans who choose to simply disregard that problematic line. Now, I’m not saying that it shouldn’t be discussed, because it absolutely should be. We do live in a rape culture and that is a very big problem that shouldn’t just be swept under the rug. But what I am suggesting is that it shouldn’t be used as a defining attribute of the character and it absolutely shouldn’t be used as a basis for character hate. To completely dismiss such a layered and complex character based on one sloppily written line is just simplifying things way too much.
One of the most protagonist on OUaT is the sign. In every season we can see the famous sign at the edge of the town.
We learnt from the pilot that Emma destroyed the historic sign:
But in “Welcome To Storybrooke” (ep 2x17) there’s no sign of the “Historic Sign” and this episode it’s before all of this. The day when the curse created Storybrooke.
The sign it’s difference, we know more this than the original. It’s also interesting the choice of the name of the episode. They called “Welcome To Storybrooke” just like the historic sign. “Welcome To Storybrooke” is also the motto of many characters when someone is new in the town, for the fist time we heard it from Granny to Emma Swan. This line is recurrent in Regina.
We saw others signs:
but also difference locations:
We can see the difference, when Emma left Storybrooke with Henry the road is “open”. To me it remind me a little bit “
Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer
“ where one of the theme is the infinity .
in Season 6 the historic sign is back right to his place.