Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Once Upon a Time" hits on moral dimensions of "courage"

I’m not the biggest fan of ABC’s “One Upon a Time”, but Sunday night, in episode 8 “Desperate Souls”, a moral lecture that Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) receives in the fairy tale alternate universe caught my ear.  He was told that no woman wants to be married to a “coward” and that failure to serve is the worst of all moral evils.  All of that reminds me of the days of the Vietnam era draft – and student deferments. And I remember we read "The Red Badge of Courage" in high school. 

Emma finds out you have to pay your dues to run for office in Storybrooke – but many people see merely running and trying to raise money as enough of a rite of passage.  There’s an impressive house fire scene near the end – and it’s scary; it can happen. 

Link for the episode is here 

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