As you probably know, I'm a massive Tangled fan. It has been my favourite movie since it came out and I still love it with all my heart. When the news came out that it will have a TV show, I was beyond excited and had high hopes for it. To be honest, I already was a little bit disappointed when I saw the art style but it grew on me and now I really like it. I also liked the idea of getting to know Rapunzel's parents and of course the new character Cassandra. As my name is Sandra and next to Sani, my other nickname is actually Cassandra so I felt very blessed because of that. So on the 10th March I searched a live stream for the US Disney Channel and waited for my favourite characters to return. And.. I tried my best. I told myself that I HAVE to love it as it's Tangled and I should be grateful that it gets an own series but... I don't. I said to myself that I will get used to the new story. And yes, Before Ever After was just the first episode of the show but I don't think that I will continue watching it. The thing is, I don't want to destroy my image of my favourite movie. I can't deal with the new plot, I'm so sorry but that's the way it is. I lied to myself and to other people who asked me what I think of it, it might not be a big deal for some but for me, it truly is. Please be aware that the following content will be full of spoilers so please stop reading if you haven't watched it and don't want to know what will happen.
So, my biggest problem is Rapunzel's dad. In the original movie, he seems to be the most loving and caring creature in the universe. Even though he lost Rapunzel when she still was a baby, he loves her with all his heart, misses her and cries before they release the lanterns. He doesn't have much screen time but when you see him, it's clear that he would do everything to protect his loved ones.
In the series, it's quite the reverse. He only cares for Rapunzel becoming a good queen one day, is embarrassed by her behaviour, seems to be cold and strict as well as overprotective, in a bad way. He
actually locks Rapunzel up in the castle and is not allowed to live her life "outside" the tower and I think this is the worst. I don't recognise the king from the movie at all in the series.
Then there is Rapunzel's attitude. She's not like the Rapunzel I'm used to. In the movie, we see her as a smart, creative, dreamy and adventurous girl. I have the feeling that in the TV show, they reduced all these personality traits to "adventurous". As if she was already bored by the life in the kingdom. The first 18 years of her life, she was locked in the tower, doing the same things every day, wondring when will her life begin. In the kingdom, she has plenty of things to discover and get to know the people of Corona, but instead, she wants to know what's behind the walls of the kingdom. I'm pretty sure that the "movie king" would not have locked her up in the castle, he would just wanted her to be happy. Which I find horrible as well is that she is kind of distant towards Eugene and only does what Cassandra wants her to do. In the movie, Punzie is a determined girl and this trait gets lost in the show, which leads me to the next point...
Cassandra. As I already mentioned, I was very excited for her but she actually annoys me so much. I hate how she is trying to get between Rapunzel and Eugene like a thorn. Rapunzel's and Eugene's relationship has always been the cutest, best and healthiest relationship in the whole Disney universe to me but in the show, Cassandra makes Rapunzel lie to him for no reason and Rapunzel trusts her more than she trusts him which makes me cringe! Eugene is the reason why Rapunzel left the tower, fulfilled her dream, escaped from Mother Gothel and came back to her parents where she can live a happily ever after. I understand that Cassandra is the daughter of the guard and Eugene was a thief so their relationship is a little bit difficult BUT Eugene has done so many good things for and TOGETHER with Rapunzel while Cassandra is the reason that Rapunzel is in trouble. I also have no idea why Rapunzel would trust her more than Eugene or why she wouldn't tell him about her problems.
And last but not least, I'm disappointed in Eugene's character. Just as Rapunzel, he's not like I'm used it from the movie. Every time when he appears in the show, he is shown to be humorous or caring and I love those traits of him, but he seems like a figure of fun. In Tangled, he and Rapunzel are the perfect team but in the series, they actually don't even spend much time together. I know, I know, it was just the beginning of the show but I'm writing this all after seeing a clip from an upcoming episode which disappoints me SO MUCH.
All in all, I think I won't continue watching it. As I said before, Tangled means so much to me and I don't want to destroy my image of the movie. It would be too heartbreaking for me. I feel guilty towards Rapunzel and maybe some will think that I'm not such a big fan if I won't watch it but honestly, I don't care. Though I will still listen to the new music or buy merchandise as it's "just" the story that bothers me. Maybe I will change my mind in the future but for the moment, this is how I feel.
By the way, it seems like I'm most productive after midnight when it comes to writing.
Quote of the Day: "I've got my mother's love, I shouldn't ask for more. I've got so many things, I should be thankful for. Yes, I have everything - Except, I guess, a door. Perhaps it's better that I stay in? But tell me, when will my life begin?" -Rapunzel