Is it possible to do anything without it turning into unnecessary drama? Why can’t we have nice things? At some point, aren’t we supposed to become adults who worked hard to pay for nice things and who don’t invite immature children to their dinner parties for that exact reason?
Why is Tinkerbell’s name Tinkerbell and not Green? Who named her? Why is Blue called Blue? What’s Reul Ghorm, where does that name come from? Does she name all the fairies, and in that case why aren’t all of them colors? Does a color name denote anything…
I totally see this as one of the strengths of the show had it followed through with its original premise. The deceptive simplistic veneer concealing hidden depths.
I’m a fan of long form storytelling. Take Leopold for example. I am okay with him being portrayed as the best sovereign since freaking Mufasa—IF AND ONLY IF WE THEN DECONSTRUCT IT IN A LATEREPISODE. Ideally, dedicating a whole season to pulling him apart. I am also fully convinced that was plan for that character. If he had been named King Ludwig I would have chalked it up to bad storytelling. But he was named Leopold. There is only one Leopold that history cares about—and he was no saint. For a show that so carefully chose its characters names it seems like an odd oversight.
And honestly, the names are the clearest evidence to me that this show was written by someone far smarter then who’s actually running it right now, and who would have pointed this all out exactly. The seeds are certainly there, because 300 years ago the children of The Enchanted Forest knew Blue by the name of Reul Ghorm.
Now, that’s Gaelic. It points to a relationship between Blue and the old Celtic traditions. And in Irish mythology—the fae folk are not to be trusted. Their gifts always come with a terrible burden, they are cunning, and the tricks they play on mortals are often cruel and wicked because to them we are but strange amusing pets. Season one did not put things in for a lark. Season one is calculated and planned out, and season one is where we see Blue casually suggesting to the main characters all the major plot movements.
It is Blue who tells Geppetto about the tree. It is Blue who lies to the Charmings about it’s power. It is Blue who stops Dreamy from eloping with Nova, and Blue again to chooses to answer Baelfire’s cry for help and allude to the Dark Curse thus inspiring the whole drama, centuries before well over half of the main characters were even born. Also Baelfire you named a character “Evil Hellfire” gosh, I wonder what will ever happen to him.
But notice, however, that neither Blue nor Reul Ghorm is an actually name, it’s still just a title. Blue, therefore, is one of the few characters we don’t know the name of, and as we saw with the Dark One’s dagger the magical law that “names have power” is very much in effect in this universe.
So yeah, there was totally thought put into this, there’s no way they just randomly called Abigail Abigail in FTL and then Kathryn in Storybrooke.
Let me break those two names down, because this is some subtle shit.
Abigail is most likely named after the Biblical Abigail who was the third wife of—wait for it—King David. She started out married to and idiot, though she herself was wise and clever and it’s alluded to that she managed kept her husband’s house in order despite his incompetence. Shit goes down, useless husband dies and Abigail marries David.
Kathryn on the other hand, is most assuredly a reference to the Grimm tale of—wait for it—Fredrick and Kathryn. This has the distinction of being quiet possibly the most sexist of fairytales in a collection of super sexist fairytales. Kathryn is an idiot, and a bane to her husband, her stupidity making life harder for the family.
So we have a cunning Abigail who is strong and courageous, who, despite having a shepherd-turned-king named David holding a sword to her chest, calmly commands her men to let her handle shit so she can save her True Love, Sir Fredrick.
Then in Storybrooke, this same woman is Cursed to be Kathryn, who starts as a shrinking violet of a women, naive and dependent on a man who doesn’t love really love her, nor she him. Though as the Curse weakens, Kathryn begins to find her strength.
That kind of planning doesn’t just happen. Things absolutely happen serendipitously. Because whoever did do it actively chose to make that allusion, choosing to forgo the traditional name for Midas’ daughter.
I really wish I could just know if I’m right and someone else wrote the first draft of the Once Upon a Time show bible, because I swear to god, man…
It’s about two strong female characters, who so happen to be the MAIN heroes of the show, being reduced to someone else’s love interests, erasing their emotional growth and self-sufficiency to be lost in someone else’s story.