Archive for August 27th, 2014

Chaos Television Awards 2014 – Part 3

Read Part One and Part Two of the 2014 Chaos Television Awards

Revitalization Award: Once Upon A Time
A lot of shows go through what is known as the sophomore slump — their first season was so good, that it is almost impossible for the second season to live up to the expectations, and on occasion, can never recapture that original inspiration (Heroes, I’m looking at you). This was certainly the case for Once Upon A Time, a stunning mix of surprise, heart and comic Gold that faltered when the creators decided to give the residents of Storybrooke their magic mojo back (and their memories to boot). Suddenly, the spark that made the show so good was diminished, and its future didn’t look bright at all. Then came Neverland (along with a conniving Peter Pan (Robbie Kay)) and voila — the magic was back. When they introduced the plot line for Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) kidnapping at the end of season 2, the whole thing just felt off somehow; as if the producers were grasping at straws. But setting that storyline up gave way to a marvelous arc over the course of the first half of the third season. Robbie Kay gave just the right amount of bite to Pan’s menacing persona and all of the story beats (introducing Tinkerbell (Rose McIver) and her connection to the fairies and Regina (Lana Parrilla), discovering that Pan is Rumpelstiltskin’s (Robert Carlyle) father, David’s (Josh Dallas) sacrifice, and the reason for kidnapping Henry) were all perfectly paced and developed. Though the second half of the season lost a step with its wicked storyline, overall, this season reminded us all why Once Upon A Time was appointment television. Let’s hope they can continue this energy into next season’s Frozen arc. See more Awards

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