Why I’m against the OUAT musical episode . . . . .
I realize I’ve done a lot of bitching about this episode, but before it airs I’d like to take a rational and logical approach to my reasoning as to WHY I’m choosing to have a bias against this episode before I even see it. It’s not just that the songs are crappy
even though they are. It’s not just that it’s a corny and cheezy idea even though it is. It’s not just that they’re using it as a showcase tool for the gross and character destroying CS wedding. No, there is more to it than that, and if you are interested I’d like to share so that next time you see one of my bitchy posts and go “Oh there goes that bitch charmedrumbelle bitching again” you might stop and think that there’s more to it for me than “haters gonna hate” … … .
1) I am a musical SNOB. I don’t just mean snob, I mean:
(That is the boldest and largest I can get that font on Tumblr. Trust me it should be bigger. And bolder.)
I love musical theatre. I’m a total nerd for it. I’ve performed in and directed lots of community theatre over the years. I hold my musical stuff to a VERY high standard. And this … . just doesn’t cut it. Look, I enjoy cheese and camp as much as the next person. But only when it’s done in proper context. A musical episode in a non-musical show SHOULD be cheese and camp. And in this case it’s not. Which brings me to #2 . . .
2) A&E have no concept of how to write good meta because they take themselves too seriously.
Do any of my followers watch Supernatural? They did a musical episode (ish) in S10 – it was totally meta and cheezy and fucking BRILLIANT:
SPN has never taken itself seriously. And OUAT – takes itself TOO seriously. And you expect, after 6 seasons of no meta (their only attempt – the 4B finale – “NO SPOILERS” ha ha ha – fell flat and was more of a DIG at the audience than anything), that suddenly we’re just supposed to buy that they can do funny and cute and camp?
NO, they can’t. They can’t even string together a coherent story. Which brings me to point three … .
3) We are at the end of what could very well be the last season of the show and you’re wasting a whole episode on shit that we’ve known for SIX YEARS now?????
This musical episode is filler. It’s not moving the story along. For a show that is on its last legs, it’s a ridiculous move.
Musicals, even cheezy ones, move the story along. This episode isn’t doing that. (Unless you count the CS wedding, which I ALSO see as filler because – it’s fan service but this post isn’t about that and anyone who knows me knows where I stand there so I won’t waste your time.) I could maybe – MAYBE – enjoy and forgive this episode IF it moved things forward in the narrative. But it’s not. We are learning nothing new here, and we’re learning nothing new via song.
If they had done this episode in S2 or S3, it would have possibly been cute and fun. But now? It’s just sad. It’s like a desperate “look at me!” cry.
I get that some people enjoy the actors singing and dancing. That’s fine. But for ME – it needs to be more than that. I just can’t get behind this episode. I can’t like it, and I can’t support it. It’s out of place and it’s NOT going to hold up well. The next generation watching this show will get to this episode and say “WTF is THIS???” (If they make it this far in the series.) Think about THAT.