ABC’s Once Upon A Time has always been a show based around magic, yet season two has introduced quite a few instances of science and technology (first with Frankenstein, most recently with the bracelet Hook tricked Regina into putting on) and will continue to be so, especially in the penultimate episode of this second season as Greg and Tamara try to get information out of Regina. So when we had the chance to catch up with the show’s executive producers in Los Angeles earlier today, we checked in on just how much letting science, technology, and magic live side-by-side on Once Upon A Time might be a theme for the final few episodes of season two into a potential season three.
“What the show’s been about from the start is magic and how we perceive magic in our world. We’re a science-based world for the most part, and that’s how we tend to attack things, but in this show we come from the magic perspective, which is the perspective of believing and faith in these things and what happens when they collide with the real world, and that will continue to be a big part of the show, but it’s less about exploring the intricacies…then it is using it as a reflection of what it means to have magic in our lives and to believe in something,” Executive Producer Adam Horowitz said to LA TV Insider Examiner.
Executive Producer Eddy Kitsis followed up on Horowitz’s point with a key example from season two at how real world elements are being introduced without overt, explicit discussion around them as to their similar uses to magic.
“When Gold was on an airplane, the reason we put him on an airplane was because here’s a man who has seen many, many worlds but is now experiencing a new one for the first time– on this world’s most magical thing. What is crazier than getting in a tin can for eighteen hours and ending up in Australia? You know what I mean? A plane is a really frightening thing, so for us it was also…how does the character of Gold, who uses magic, how does he deal with science– which is really our world’s magic?”
That being said, Kitsis was also eager to point out that with the gadgets, equipment, or seemingly scientific discoveries for the characters really are all touched by something enchanted. That even includes the now-infamous “Taser” that was used by a seemingly “real world/our world” character that didn’t really electrocute August (Eion Bailey).
“In the moment of making that decision, we never realized the backlash that would be from a Taser! We always assumed the audience would assume ‘Oh, that’s not a Taser,’ but they did not,” Kitsis said.
“If I could go back this season and change one thing, I would make it a syringe because if she just took a syringe and shoved it into the dragon, no one would be giving a sh*t…If it f*cking glowed, you’d [get it]. It robbed him of his essence, is what it did.”
So fans of Once Upon a Time should perhaps go into the next all-new episode, “Second Star to the Right,” keeping that in mind because what Greg (Ethan Embry) and Tamara (Sonequa Martin-Green) use to try to get information out of Regina (Lana Parrilla) is promised to be more than what it seems.
Once Upon a Time airs on ABC on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. “Second Star to the Right” airs on May 5 2013.
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