Once Upon A Time has the particularity to have two major story arcs each season, this years they used Frozen. The season premiere picked up right were we left off, going in the thick of the drama. The Frozen story arc kick off the fourth season of OUAT with a bang, new characters, new places and new plots. And among the newcomers, Arendalle princesses Anna (Elizabeth Lail), Elsa (georgina haig) and comedic characters like Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster) and Prince Hans (Tyler Jacob Moore).
When Elsa was first introduced in the finale last year, I was under the impression she would be a new force to be reckon with, a villain version of the shy reclusive princess we’ve seen in the animated film. At the time, I thought brilliant, they did such a great job with Peter Pan and Elsa’s powers would be great for a villain, but I was also worried that it would give me a sense of déjà vu. Anyway, if you’ve seen the episodes you know that it’s not really case, Elsa’s no villain. She’s scared, confused and wary of the inhabitant of Storybrooke but the writers have put her powers to good use, I’ll explain later.
The primary Once cast was not completely sucked into the madness the Frozen storyline brought to Storybrooke. They all had interesting subplots of their own. For instance, Belle (De Ravin) and Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) are on their Honeymoon, which by the way featured a dance sequence that brought back memories of The beauty and the Beast cartoon. It was a nice touch, a little Easter egg as we may call it. The two look happy and in love, Belle is at her kindest and Mr. Gold is believably a changed man.
Naturally, they weaved the Frozen storyline to some of the primary characters, particularly Anna’s. The common history between Belle and Anna was interesting but it sort of came out of the blue. Belle never mentioned her and suddenly she knows Anna. The history Anna shared with David was a also little weak for my taste but they bounced back with an interesting encounter with Rumplestiltskin that gave a hint that he wasn’t the changed man we thought he was.
Speaking about change, Regina (Lana Parrilla) turned a new leaf, without loosing her sass, and was well on her way to a happy ending with Robin but things quickly went awry when his Robin’s wife came back. Parilla had great memorable scenes, it was so weird and funny to see her chatting about relationship with Snow White.The whole arc had an impressive storyline for Regina that added an interesting layer to the character.
I liked what they’ve done with Hook (Colin O’Donaghue) since the beginning, he’s funny, incredibly charming and he’s a little bit of a bad guy. Hook has, hands down, the best jokes in the show, his relationship with Emma is funny to watch and is moving at the right pace.
The parent-daughter relationship Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin), Charming (Josh Dallas), and Emma (Jennifer Morrison), have is great. It’s a little bit awkward but fun to watch. It shows that we never really grow up when it comes to our parents.