The title of this week’s episode was titled “Red Handed.” Within the very first few scenes, there were ominous wolves howling off in the distance. If that description reminds you of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood…then DING, you are correct. The bulk of this episode was a flashback to the history of Red. She is love, her grandmother is overprotective and the town in which she lives is being terrorized by a wolf once a month at the full moon. Okay, writers. I give you mad props for re-inventing this tale and kicking up the danger by adding werewolves. For some reason, I always assumed that the wolf was actually a wolf. But no. Werewolf.
As Red looks for the wolf, hoping to catch it in daylight and help the town, she runs into Snow White. Through the Power of Colors, Snow White and Little Red band together to solve the problem of the wolf. Along the way, they sometimes run into piles of dead bodies or find the snow streaked with gore or even find a well brimming over with blood. After watching The Walking Dead, it was nice to see ABC take a chance with a PG rating.
But what is happening in present day Storybrooke, you ask? Remember that lady that went missing. Sure you do…you know, her husband (Prince Charming) was in the coma but then he woke up and fell in love with the part-time Nun Mary Margaret/Snow White? And then the town was mad and called them sluts? Oh, do you not remember because this story line is boring? Exactly. Well, she is still missing. And people think that Charming and Snow killed her. The evidence gathered by the Sheriff confirms that maybe, in a state of confusion and amnesia, one of the two culprits may indeed have murdered Ms. Kathryn Noland. As exciting as murder seems, this plot device is actually kind of crappy.
I am also not the brightest bulb in the box (I had to watch LOST DVRed and with a group just so I could pause and get a consensus on plot points) so I am slightly confused by the time line of the past. One might think “uh, dummy, it is in the past” but with Snow, I never know if it is post-Dwarf or Pre-Charming or Post-Hunter or Pre-Daddy Dying. I feel like I need to make some kind of time-line à la CSI just to keep it straight. Oh well, I suppose complicated + complex = Amazing? Well, for Inception, yes. For Alcatraz, no.
I thought of some alternative titles and tag lines for this episode. I was considering not including them in this review because they highlight just how much of a nerd I am.
Amnesia: The Remix.
Fugue: What a State You’re In!
Where’s the Wolfsbane when you need it?
Grandmothers: Nature’s Liars.
Throw Grandma from the Cabin.
I think the last few might need explaining. There is nothing that exciting about the grandmother except that she keeps Red locked away and is an overbearing bitchy old lady. For some reason, Grannie reminds me of the Anne Ramsey, best known as the criminal mastermind mother from The Goonies and Danny DeVito’s controlling mother in Throw Momma From the Train.
I have such hope for this show. Some times I watch and am thoroughly impressed with the risks taken by the writers and producers. I really want this show to live up to it’s #1 status in its time slot. This show is beating The Amazing Race, for Christ’s sake.
I want to give a shout out to Jane Espenson. Chances are (if you are anyone worth talking to) you at least recognize the name. Jane is the lady responsible for producing and often writing episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Gallactica, Gilmore Girls, Dinosaurs, and Ellen. No joke, if anything done in Hollywood is smart, funny, edgy and fabulous, Jane Espenson has had her hand in it somehow.
Stay tuned for next week to see is indeed Jane Espenson can make this show as magical as her others.