'Once Upon a Time': The Show's Best & Worst Fairytale Updates
"Once Upon a Time" has made it its business to offer up modern takes on classic fairytale characters (or at least the Disney-fied versions most people are familiar with). We look back at the first season to see who they did right, and who they got really wrong.
He's mischievous and devious, which is perfect, and in the Enchanted Forest he can always strike a devilish deal with consequences. He also had a complicated relationship with his son Baelfire and fell in love with Belle, but thought that she was a spy, so he screwed things up and now thinks she's dead. It hasn't been all easy for the dark one with magical powers. Plus, he just gives us the creeps when he appears out of the shadows.
He's a selfish brat, essentially. Geppetto carved him out of an enchanted tree and puppet Pinocchio was only given the gift of life because he saved his "father" from drowning. But that was his last selfless act, as when he's told to take care of baby Emma and help save the folks of the Enchanted Forest from the Evil Queen's spell, he ditches her because he didn't like his life in the real world.
Worst: Jiminy Cricket
We felt for Jiminy when we saw his terrible shifty parents conning people all over the Enchanted Forest, but he had such a meek personality that he couldn't bear to just leave his mother and father to get on with his life. So he got a spell from Rumpelstiltskin and turned two innocent people into puppets in the process, and then had to get the Blue Fairy to help him get away from his 'rents, so she turned him into a cricket. We always thought of Jiminy as such an inspiring little sidekick instead of an annoying insect who doles out advice.
Best: Evil Queen
The Evil Queen in the typical Snow White tales is a pretty one-dimensional, self-involved woman who is jealous of Snow and completely focused on her appearance. But boy, is this show's Queen a doozy. She turned on a young girl because she was manipulated by a bigger bitch than Regina herself. So she's spent her life trying to kill Snow off, has a bitter rivalry with Rumpelstiltskin and has a habit of ripping out people's hearts and keeping them in boxes. We couldn't ask for more from a Big Bad than someone who has killed their own father in order to get revenge.