jump the shark

anonymous asked:

I enjoy the villains on OUAT. Even if I condemn their actions, most are very enjoyable to watch. I used to enjoy, sympathise and (sadly) even identify with Rumple a lot earlier in the series. Then why has he become a real PAIN to watch now? I mean, I even enjoyed (but condemned) the Evil Queen at the end of tonight's episode, why not him, not anymore? Not even when he's had some of his redeeming qualities back tonight? Is it the writing, the acting, or what? And when did he jump the shark?

Ah, you’ve lighted upon a great topic, PainedS6!Anon– that of how you can make villains sympathetic. There’s one simple trick OUAT uses over and over again to great effect: Find somebody to love.

Originally posted by bellefrenchs

It does if you’re a villain!

Villains can be scheming, manipulative, murderous bastards to 99.9% of the population, but as long as they get hearts in their eyes and truly, deeply love somebody else they engender some audience sympathy. But to be most effective, that love has to be for a living person. Let’s break it down:

  • Regina: Deceased Loves = Daniel, Robin, Henry Sr, S6 love = Henry
  • Hook: Deceased Love = Milah, S6 love = Emma
  • Zelena: Deceased Love = Hades, S6 love = Baby Robin
  • Cora: Ex-Love = Rumple, Ons-creen was Regina
  • Rumple: Deceased Love = Baelfire, S6 love = Belle (and son)

Conversely, if a villain DOESN’T have love in their hearts for somebody living today (on-screen), they can have the most tragic backstory in the world and nobody will cry them a creek, never mind a river. Consider:

  • Peter Pan: Deceased Love = ??
  • Snow Queen: Deceased Love = sisters
  • King George: Deceased Love = Wife, Evil Charming
  • The Author: Deceased Love = Cruella?
  • Tamara/Greg: S3 = Each other, I guess
  • Bo Peep: ???

Originally posted by maggiesiffs

What do you mean, I’m not the star of the show?

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I want a Sharkboy and Lavagirl remake where the CGI is insanely good and the acting is super emotional and intriguing, but nothing about the story changes. Sharkboy still has to sing the dream song and mister Electricidad still has to go “YOU ARE IN MY CLASS!!! NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND”

Can we just talk about Sam in this gif for a minute? That right there is the face of a guy who has wanted a baby brother for a really long time and finally has one. Just look at his face. He’s just pretty much, like, “I’m so proud of my little brother, looking at him shooting accurately.” And Dean in the background is just like, “fuck this shit, I hate everything. Sammy was my brother first, and Dad was our dad before he was yours.” And Adam’s like, “lolz, they think I’m not a ghoul." 

You know what I miss?  

Doctor Who. I miss being excited about Doctor Who.  

I miss looking forward to streaming the show every week.  I miss being excited for the Christmas special.  I miss the cliffhangers and the recurring characters and the personalities of the individual doctors.  

I just saw an ad for the new series in September and I literally thought “meh.” 

I remember a time where you’d see nothing but the show on your dash, and all the posts had 10,000+ notes because literally everyone loved it and got excited about it.  

I think the idea of fandom lost traction everywhere around the same time the show started doing plot circles, so people lost interest and it died a slow, agonizing death. 

I didn’t ever think it would get here, but it has, and somewhere it makes me sad.