OUAT gradually lost 4 million viewers between S2’s first episode and finale.
And they seriously think that, after S1’s huge success, changing everything completely and abandoning one of their most popular and beloved characters/actors will gain them back the lost audience?
Shouldn’t numbers ring very loud bells about OUAT’s quality drop, instead?
This is such a prime example of patriarchy, and a clear indication that the show runners don’t understand their fanbase AT ALL. They changed everything in S2; the things that made S1 one of the best seasons of network television ever were completely obliterated during S2.
1) Emma character. Holy fuckballs, what happened? She was such a BAMF in S1, but the S2 Emma was someone I didn’t even recognise anymore. Her actions were, more ofthen that not, completely irrational; she seemed to have lost her sense of independence; and don’t even get me started on the wardrobe (THAT HAT; plus, still crying over the leather jackets).
2) A million and one new characters. What drew people to the show in S1 was the core characters. Before, the show was about Emma, Regina, Snow and Rumplestiltskin, with appearances of a few other characters. Those interactions were what we tuned in for. But in S2, we had an influx of new characters at the expense of the originals. I can’t speak for everyone else, but I, for one, didn’t care about the new characters AT ALL. It would’ve been fine if they’d been featured in a few episodes, but now they just took way too much screentime away from the characters that I wanted to see. Not to mention that most of the new characters were white males. Ugh.
3) The 180-degree turn in style. IMO, the show runners didn’t quite know what to do with the magic-in-Storybrooke thing. They turned the entire idea of the show upside down, separated some of the main characters from the others for half a season (booooooring!), and then used Regina as a scapegoat for everything (seriously, Regina symphatiser or not, everyone should see how ridiculous and unfair the writing towards her was in S2).
4) Predictable writing. Remember when we were completely surprised that Ruby was the wolf? Or, how they actually broke the curse already AT THE END OF SEASON 1? Yeah, none of that ingenuity was present in S2. Instead, we got a bunch of half-assed plot “twists” that surprised no one. “You’ll never guess who Henry’s father really is!” Really? Seriously? And Emma/Neal? Wow, that was *so* original. “But look! A stranger comes into town!” Yeah, nobody cared. Lazy, awful writing, and completely underestimating the viewers & fans. Yep, I wasn’t impressed.
Truly, after the crapfest of S2, I don’t have much faith in S3.