It’s a big Teresa day over at Tor.com today! First, there’s my weekly Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows featuring reviews of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
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In “Red-Handed,” Jane Espenson has given us an exciting, suspenseful, and ultimately heartwarming episode of Once Upon a Time that moves both plot and characters forward like a speeding train. Sure, what she did with Archie in “That Still Small Voice” was great, but Ruby is so. Much. Better. One can never look at the character the same way again after this episode, and her journey from dissatisfied waitress to discovering just how competent she is was fascinating to watch. Likewise, Red Riding Hood’s story. She is the Big Bad Wolf, and that’s when I fell in love with the character. The episode seemed to be all about the fact that we are our own worst enemies, our own harshest critics, and very often the only real obstacle keeping us from doing what we want and need to do with our lives.
I just want to give Alan DiFiore and Dan E. Fesman huge hugs, high fives, or whatever other congratulatory gestures they’d accept for their wonderful writing of Nick and Juliette’s relationship in this episode. All along, we’ve been getting bits and pieces the humor and the personality quirks that make them special, but this episode really showed us a fully-functioning (then dysfunctioning) couple. The scene where Nick has to defend himself against an accusing Juliette without telling her about his being a grimm is amazing in its total awkwardness and absurdity, and later, when Nick knows he’s going to have to go to Ariel’s home again, he makes sure to call Juliette and tell her in advance while also telling her that he’s going to take Hank with him. Rather than do the standard Male Character On TV Thing leading to more hackneyed misunderstandings later, he’s up front and prepares himself…like a real person would.
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Then, there is my write up of the Brian K. Vaughan midnight signing event at Meltdown Comics in L.A., moderated by Damon Lindelof!
When Lindelof asked him if he has the ending to Saga planned, “because fans hate it if you don’t have everything planned out,” Vaughan half-joked, “Yeah, cause it’s so irresponsible not to have every single part of your story planned out from the beginning!” For Saga, as he did with Y: The Last Man, he knows what he wants the last page to be, but he’s leaving plenty of room for him and his artist, the fantastic Fiona Staples, to play between now and then. If things diverge from a certain path, it’s because they’re supposed to. Though Lindelof did reveal that when Vaughan came in to meet about writing for Lost, and he asked “So, what is the Island?” the response was, “What do you think The Island is? I mean, we know, but just out of curiosity, what do you think?” Heh.
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And yes, there will be a less professional, more fangirly report here at the blog shortly. Stay tuned.