It's a great production, and I passionately love that folks are learning that fairy tales have daily relevance. And for that I am very grateful to the artists and storytellers who are engaging with the stories and thus engaging others, I really and truly am. There is so much adventurous desire to play with these themes and characters that touch us all at the core.
I am at the same time passionately grieving the loss of the metaphorical wisdom in much of the artistic community in regards to these stories. That folks are understanding that these stories are talking about inner events seems obvious in this TV series. Or is it? I'll have to watch some more to be sure, I guess.
This level of interpretation works sometimes, for our psychology as defined by the contemporary academy is one level of participation with the human "inner" experience ("inner" is in quotes since there is really no separation between inner and outer- that's just a useful idea). It's a constraining one, though, because it excludes that which is not easily defined by psychology. Metaphor, symbol, and archetype pick up where psychology leaves off.
In a heroic society like America's, we think in terms of battles, and war sells, but that's exactly the way to remain in an embattled state, as most transformational fairy tales will tell us. Psychology at its youthful core coalesced into a blame game (a typical hallmark of psychological warfare) and rarely goes beyond. Discovering the origins of states of experience is useful, always has been, but psychology's focus on personal history often sticks like a skipping record at that level since it's founded on the linear conclusions of scientific method and theory; history as we engage with it in my society is a linear construct. It's just one damn thing after another, and many of the things are ones we've seen before. Living our history in this way becomes a burden, a frustration, a suffering.
I had intended to do a few more short symbolic pieces next, like the Raven post, but here it is- as arguably the most popular fairy tale in contemporary American culture, I've just got to get it off my chest. I have written up SW before, but it will be fun to do it in multimedia form. I had been avoiding it because it's got a lot of different elements to address, but no time like the present I suppose! I am planning to e publish a collection of these interps, anyway.
Until then! Tune in to discover why the prince really isn't the point!