Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tonight's TV Talk: 'Once Upon A Time' and 'Shameless'...

TV Talk for Sunday, March 18th 2012

Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8pm) - S1, Ep16: "Heart of Darkness" - I am digging this darker Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). I know it's not who she's "supposed" to be and was only brought on by a bought of magic-- and as we know, all magic comes with a consequence. But I liked her nonetheless. I did not like how Mary Margaret's Storybrooke counterpoint did not find her own inner darkness while being questioned by Emma (Jennifer Morrison). Instead, she panicked. What happened to the strength she was supposed to be finding-- the strength that Emma was supposedly renewing in her? Well, apparently it took a backseat, buried under the prim, proper, and quiet nun that Mary Margaret started out to be. And it was okay because it was off-set by the intensity of Snow in the fairy tale world, and there she was a bad ass that actually could rival the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla). I wouldn't go so far as to say I wish Snow was the villain of this story instead, but I do like how she can prove to be a formidable match, making deals with Rumple (Robert Carlyle) and riding fearlessly through the woods, almost skinning random dudes. I liked seeing Snow deal with Rumple because I feel like it informed Emma's later dealings with Mr. Gold. It's not just the two worlds' counterparts that mimic actions; here it was Emma quite literally following in her mother's footsteps. The one thing that threw me about this episode was David (Josh Dallas) visiting Archie (Raphael Sbarge) for help-- and actually getting it. Archie put David under hypnosis, and he started to remember his "real" life. For any person in regular society, seeing images of a fairy tale "past" might lend itself to making one think he or she was going mad-- or had simply fallen asleep. But regardless of how David reacted to the memories being awakened (and he didn't react well-- why didn't he wonder why/how Mary Margaret had long hair? Wasn't that a red flag that maybe, just maybe, this wasn't a recent memory, if a memory at all?), I'm just not sure how or why the memories were awoken now anyway. Regardless of the relationship this episode showed us they did actually have in the fairy tale world, isn't true love's kiss supposed to be what breaks the curse? Well, true love's kiss didn't help Snow remember in the fairy tale world this time around. Maybe that was the show's way of saying that breaking the curse won't be so simple, though it had been the going (or at least my) theory. Emma kissed the Sheriff (Jamie Dornan), and he remembered. Not everything, but then, he wasn't necessarily her true love. When she finds it, that should do the trick. At least, that's what I think. Could it be August (Eion Bailey)? Or could "true love" not have to be romantic after all? Finding her son, Henry (Jared Gilmore) certainly unlocked love of one kind for Emma. Who's to say that's not the truest she'll find?

Also, can I spin a crazy theory on you? If Rumple created the perfect love potion out of elements from Snow-- could she have some kind of additional off-spring running around that even the Evil Queen is not aware of? Could that be who August really is? A test tube baby and additional potential savior? Too far out there? Yeah, I know. But Rumple certainly seems to be calling all the shots,with all the balls in his court, Regina keeping his beloved locked away or not!

Shameless (SHO, 9pm) - S2, Ep10: "A Great Cause" - Oh, Emmy Rossum, you break my heart. For a sliver of a minute there I saw a future for Fiona-- not necessarily a great one, but still one that she could call her own. She'd get her GED and enroll in junior college, taking classes during the day while working at the bar at night. She'd work her way up to manager, and then eventual franchise owner. Hell, maybe her GED teacher would be so impressed with her, they'd go out a few times. She'd set a good example for the rest of the Gallagher brood-- some of whom need influence and guidance more than others. She'd still be able to see the kids off to school in the morning and make them lunches and even occasionally go on her runs. Probably not the full six miles, but she's in shape anyway. But with Hurricane Monica (Chloe Webb) still floating around, that sadly could never be. Because even if you have someone to pick up the slack for a few days, a few weeks, a few months, the mess is that much greater to clean up when that someone disappears again, leaving behind physical changes but more emotional scars. It turned out, though, the person didn't even have to leave before Fiona had to step it up and pick up the pieces again. And now she has one more needy hand out to hold and help in her mother. It was so sad to see her come home, a little glimmer of hope and spark in her from her invigorating new job, only to slowly allow the realization to wash over her that her life could never actually inhabit that fantasy. Instead she'll have to keep everything on track for those who come after her, until the point they no longer need her, and then what? Will she be seen as future generations as just as sad as Monica, but for different reasons? This episode was the most depressing of them all, I think, for seeing Monica's mania spiral out of control and realizing just how much it cost those around her. Ian (Cameron Monaghan) is so broken by being rejected by the Army simply for being too young, I half expected his "we should raise it" to actually be about the kid that no one thought was his anymore. Add on top of that the terrible truth about Mandy Milkovich's (Emma Greenwell) baby (I admit, I was hoping for Lip to have two little spawn on the way!), and I just came away feeling really heavy tonight. Sheila's (Joan Cusack) off-beat brand of humanitarianism, Jody's (Zach McGowan) surprising smarts when it came to sign language, and the whole "smuggling a man in a container" ridiculousness, aside.