I grabbed this from TV Line and there are spoilers here so beware.
Did someone wish upon a star? Because ABC’s Once Upon a Time
is back with new episodes this Sunday at 8/7c, and this time around the
series is going to dive deep into Archie’s backstory – that is, the
origin of Jiminy Cricket – by literally burrowing beneath the surface of
Storybrooke. Here, we have a Q&A with Raphael Sbarge (who plays
Archie) as well as some bonus scoop on Ruby/Red Riding Hood and a big
loss coming in the winter finale (airing Dec. 11).
TVLINE | You’ve previously done a lot of straight drama, including 24 and Prison Break,
as have Lana Parrilla (Regina/Evil Queen), Robert Carlyle (Mr.
Gold/Rumplestiltskin)…. What drew actors such as you to this slightly
Look, at heart every actor fancies himself a storyteller and hopes for
that opportunity to be a part of a good story. And every actor who read
this pilot said they fell completely in love with the story and the
characters and the opportunity to kind of tell two stories – in
a fantasy world and in a modern world. To then counterpoint them is
just an actor’s dream. Before this show aired, I found myself trying to
explain it to people and their eyes would glaze over, but I keep saying,
“You’ve got to watch it!”
TVLINE | I found myself doing the same.
What’s so thrilling is that in the execution they’ve done something
quite magical. I was equating it early on to Harry Potter or The Princess Bride,
where there’s a magical quotient to the storytelling that is done in a
very heartfelt and untreacly kind of way. I’ve watched now the first
season of Lost, and this is sort of from that handbook, where
they take a couple of characters and go out in the jungle with a
suitcase and do a deep dive into who those people are, and then pull
back and have everyone else there. It’s sort of a novel in a way, or a
wonderful short story.
| What’s going on in this week’s episode?
Essentially Sheriff Graham makes Emma a deputy, and then this sinkhole
appears in town. Henry goes to try and figure out what’s in the
sinkhole, knowing in his heart that there’s a clue about the other
[fairy tale] world. Archie, being his therapist, is very concerned and
follows him, and a journey ensues. What we also then do get a chance to
learn about how Jiminy Cricket came to be.
TVLINE | I understand that Jiminy Cricket wants to “leave the family business.” What is the family business?
I’m not allowed to actually say what it is, because it will give some
things away. But what they carved out is akin to the way
[mythologist/writer] Joseph Campbell would talk about “a hero’s
journey.” Jiminy Cricket wasn’t just a noble guy because he said so.
What you get to see on this trip are the fire rings he had to walk
through to get to a place where he could evolve to develop a sense of
doing the right thing.
TVLINE | And he’s a human in this backstory, because I see two or three younger actors playing you at different ages.
Right, there are two other actors, and then there’s me, and then that evolves into Archie.
TVLINE | I’m not familiar with Jiminy Cricket lore, but I assume we’ll see how he became a bug?
That specific moment is actually captured on film, yes.
| Why do you think Archie was fashioned as a child psychiatrist? Is it because Pinocchio in a way had Jiminy Cricket’s ear?
It’s interesting, because you’ve got a character named Jiminy Cricket
and he’s a conscience – what the heck would he do in a modern way?
Having him be a therapist was inspired, because in a world that is
fraught with shades of grey, what a therapist does is sit with you
one-by-one and essentially help you decide what doing the right thing
is. He tries to help you find what your path is, without any judgment or
any imposition of a particular philosophy. Obviously it has huge echoes
to Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket in the original  movie. In the
original book, Jiminy Cricket was a ghost and didn’t really speak at
all, but Walt [Disney], when he saw the first screenplay, wanted to
bring the character to the foreground and make him more central to
TVLINE | Is there a Pinocchio in Storybrooke? Is he someone’s mailbox or something…?
[Laughs] Well, we saw Geppetto in the pilot [in the jailhouse
scene], but I’m not sure about Pinocchio yet. I can’t answer that
question. But they are trying to tell these stories and reinvent them.
Once Upon a Time Bonus Scoop:
IN THE HOOD |
Viewers this week will get another taste of Storybrooke’s Ruby, who thus
far, save for some scenes in the Cinderella episode, has remained a
you see is what you get with her,” teases Meghan Ory, who plays the
diner waitress and her fairy tale counterpart, Red Riding Hood. As for
Ruby’s tendency to dress and act in a way that draws attention —
including, as we saw, from the doc played by David Anders — she says,
“Yeah, you see little glances exchanged here and there. She might be a
little bit in heat!” But will Ruby at some point cross a line and bait
the wrong kind of creature? “I sure hope so!” says the actress. “I hope
there’s a Big Bad Wolf in the near future.” Until things get hairy for
the lass, TVLine hears that during an Episode 10 flashback, we’ll get a
hint of Red’s past — specifically how it involves Snow White.
| Two weeks from Sunday, Once Upon a Time
will air its winter finale, and according to the synopsis from ABC,
“Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own.” Asked to tease that
twist, Ory at first quipped with a laugh, “Maybe Granny’s Diner closes
down?” Pressed further, she was quite mum, explaining, “I know you want
to know things but it would be like showing you your Christmas presents
early!” She then allowed this much: “Let’s just say that it will be a
very, very memorable episode. There are lots of cliffhangers,
and it’ll be a good teaser to get you wanting to come back when we start
[Season 1] up again in January.”