For those of you interested in the “Once Upon a Time” series and have NOT watched the April 1st episode in which we learn why Regina is such a witch, you may want to watch it before continuing to read this post as I’m about to reveal a spoiler.
I was actually trying to figure out what fairytale it was – and why the female character looked so familiar. (I didn’t realize it was Lana Parrilla until she said the name of her character; I hadn’t recognized her as that character because she was nice – likeable – not the character she became – the one we love to hate)
As she is expressing her love to the stable boy (Daniel) a horse can be seen charging with a girl rider who is screaming for help. Regina saves her. She introduces herself to the girl and learns that the girl’s name is Snow White.
The king tells Regina that Snow White is his daughter and has no mother. He has been looking for someone and tells Regina he has found her. He wishes to marry Regina.
Regina’s mother, played by Barbara Hershey, is overjoyed. She believes “power” is what brings happiness and accepts his proposal on behalf of Regina. Regina is devastated. She doesn’t love the king. Why would her mother speak for her. She loved Daniel.
Regina looks for Daniel in the stables and tells him she wants them to run away and get married. As they are kissing, Snow White enters the stable and feels like Regina has betrayed her father. But Regina explains to Snow that she does not love her father and she would like to marry the stable boy.
But Regina’s mom tricks Snow into revealing Regina’s secret. She goes into the stable to announce to Regina and Daniel that she supports their love and would like to see them be happy – and then she kills Daniel. She stabs him right in front of Regina. Regina is mortified.
Seeing Regina in her white bridal gown, Snow compliments her on her appearance and makes a comment in favor of Daniel. Puzzled, Regina explains that she is NOT marrying Daniel but is wearing the dress for the king. She seems in a sad daze until Snow mentions that she doesn’t understand as Barbara Hershey’s character said she would be happy to welcome Daniel into the family.
Yul Brynner played Rameses in 1956 movie “The Ten Commandments”. For me he started out evil. There was no love. No positive emotion. I never saw that character as anything but heartless. But in 1998, Dreamworks released the animated version “Prince of Egypt” portraying Ramses in a different light. He and Moses were friends. They had had fun together. And Rameses threw away all those emotions based on pride. It hurt to watch him change from a human being into a unfeeling or uncaring ruler. A serpent who would feast upon rats – and all mankind became his rats.
I just don’t understand these people who experience this traumatic turmoil so consumed with bitterness that they want to ruin the lives of every other living human being. And for what? After a while they seem like they are so consumed up in evil that they forget what got them there in the first place. Is there any way for any of us to get that spark back for them? Or are there hearts so hardened that there is no turning back? Not ever.
I would rather help these people than be afraid of them, or even feel sorry for them. Not that I personally know anybody who is that heartless. But I know they exist.
I guess it depends on their priorities. Unfortunately, for some of those that are in power, the focus is on making others miserable. That is the part that I don’t understand. Why do they feel that is satisfying? They are still as miserable as they were when the bitterness set in. How do we get rid of the darkness that consumes them?