Life’s Full of Tough Choices, innit?

The end goal is to get the Trident. That’s the most important thing to Ursula as it is her ticket out of the exile. To get the Trident she needs to get to Triton and the best way to him is through his daughter, Ariel. We have to surmise that this Trident won’t work if it is stolen and that it must be willingly given for its power to be accessed the bearer. For some reason, it appears that this mythical fork is bound by some kind of oceanic legal standard. (you can read more about that in my very first post on this blog!)

So she makes a deal with Ariel. This deal is pretty foolproof too and heavily weighted in her favor. Ariel has to get true love’s kiss from a dude she hasn’t technically met.  That means Eric has to know he is in love with her for the kiss to work…a regular smooch won’t cut it. It’s often tough to get guys to acknowledge they are in love after many years of dating let alone 3 days so Ursula should have been fine. However, she gets a little antsy and casts a spell on Eric. To me, this seems like overkill since she had Ariel’s voice already and apparently it’s the only thing Eric is in love with anyway. But this was her big moment and one can’t be too careful. So she plays a pointless charade which does help her complete her main objective, but also ends up contributing to her undoing. So I ask: why didn’t she just kill Eric instead of entrancing him? With him gone, there’s no kiss for Ariel and no one to pilot the ship into her gut. I mean, she had no problem having her cronies attempt to drown him once her plan was completed so we know she wasn’t against murder. And there couldn’t have been anything in the contract that would have legally inhibited her from it could there? Why would Ursula have put something like that in there in the first place knowing she would cheat if she needed too? But, we do have to hand it to Ursula, she was queen of the sea for the 5 minutes before she became calamari…or would it be a poor, unfortunate sushi roll?


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  1. Pretty much every movie ever made you can ask ‘why didn’t they just kill the bad guy?’ (or the good girl in this case). Some movie tropes you just need to have in your story to make a story. I don’t mind tropes if they aren’t leaned on too heavily and I don’t think they do here.

    1. Ahhh…but therein lies the beauty (or craziness) of this blog. I don’t allow for tropes. I look at everything with the idea that is must be plausible…and if it isn’t, then I question it. That’s probably why my wife stopped wanting to talk to me about this and told me to write a blog! 😉

      1. Yeah I guess it’s a unique way of thinking that I don’t really relate too but glad you’ve found an outlet. To me part of the value of the experience of movie watching is letting yourself go into the story but I see what you mean.

        1. Definitely agree. But when you are forced to watch them over and over and over and over with your kids, you start to ask the questions. At least that’s the way I am wired!

          1. That would be rough. I remember my younger sisters used to do that. Kind of sad if those kiddies are spoiling all these movies for you. No fun.

  2. My assumption is that Ursula herself had some feelings for Prince Eric – something she didn’t want to publically admit. Therefore she made it appear as a devilish plan of her to enchant him… That would somehow explain why she didn’t kill him 🙂 Going for the long-run version of her plan she definitely intended ‘to marry him’ and use him as an accessory; just in case she would get bored as the new queen of the sea.

    1. Good call. Didn’t think of that. Not sure she would have needed his title if she was as powerful as it appeared once she had the trident but it would make sense…

    2. This was also my mom’s solution when I was a kid and asked why Ursula wanted to marry Prince Eric!

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