Well, it looks like this half-season of “Once Upon a Time” was sort of conning us in a way. It put so much focus on The Snow Queen and her quest for family that we barely noticed Rumplestiltskin putting together his plan to separate himself from his dagger at the expense of Emma. His plan got derailed this week, but Rumple won’t give up anytime soon. And now that The Snow Queen has cast the spell of shattered sight, all bets are off. Let’s dissect two hours of awesome:
This was kind of a filler episode, but it was about as much fun as filler episodes can possibly be. It was full of some cute Disney references, cemented Hook and Emma as a power couple and pushed the story forward just enough. Let’s get magical:
Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), “Once Upon a Time,” photo courtesy http://www.zap2it.com
We’re already three episodes into Season 4 and “Once Upon a Time” has finally decided to reveal our new big bad: Elizabeth Mitchell’s Snow Queen. And not only that, but we got our first (and probably last) look at Hans, who apparently was still trying to get out of his brothers’ shadow while trying to exact revenge on Anna and Elsa. Nice work buddy.
First and foremost: the “it never bothered me anyway” line was subtle but totally necessary. All of the allusions to established “Frozen” mythology so far have felt like that, more or lress. Through two episodes, “Once Upon a Time” has not only done “Frozen” and its characters justice, but it has also managed to expand that universe in unexpected directions. Let’s discuss.