Discussion: A look back at 1.01 “Pilot”

I’m taking the opportunity to rewatch the episodes as they air on the local network here. Just from the pilot, there are a couple of things I noted that made me go “Hmmmm…”.

  • Just after Emma crashes her bug, we see the pages of the book flip open and it shows an image of the Caterpillar from the episode “Hat Trick” .
  • After Regina says goodbye to Emma (supposedly for the last time), she comes down the stairs and stands in front of her mirror with The Book. You can clearly tell now that she’s panicking – her secret is on the verge of being revealed.

There were a couple of other things that sounded weird having now watched the entire season. I’ve placed these other spoilers behind the cut as I go a bit more in-depth.

For example:

  • When Snow and Charming are talking about the Queen’s threat, Snow says to Charming “She poisoned an apple because she thought I was prettier than her!” Well, we know now that’s not true… or at least, not the whole truth! What became apparent in the last couple of episodes of the season was that Regina wanted revenge for Snow’s part in Daniel’s death . I don’t recall at any point it being mentioned about Snow being the ‘fairest in all the land’ and sending the Queen into a jealous rage, which is what the ‘traditional’ Disney version of the story says.
  • When Snow and Charming go to see Rumplestiltskin (when he’s locked up), Rumple mentions that “the Queen has created a curse”. Weellll… that’s not true either! We find out (or are lead to believe?) later in the series that Rumple was actually the one to create the curse.

So my questions are:

Were these accidents by the writers/creators, forgetting their own canon?

Was it general canon discontinuity or something they deliberately dropped to fit their story?

OR was a it a deliberate misdirection?

Thoughts? Hit the comments.

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A 30-something Aussie with a big love for various TV shows - Once Upon A Time is the latest in a very long list! Diehard Snow/Charming fan. <3

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