“Frozen” has invaded “Once Upon a Time.” We all knew this was coming of course. The twist ending for the previous season showed Elsa emerging from that weird magic bottle thing, and the internet was up in excitement and flames. Anyone who went to a movie in the last year knew. Turns out Elsa isn’t the only one to join the show: Anna, Kristoff, and even the reindeer Sven are going to be part of the new season. The episode opens up so many potential story threads that it’s even conceivable that the entire season will revolve solely around these characters. A lot has changed in the world since the end of season three though. Mainly in the fact that, well, people are getting sick of “Frozen.” You don’t even need to be on Twitter to know that.
Now that “Frozen” has integrated itself into another thing people love it’s once again become enemy number one. Fans of “Once Upon a Time” are claiming that “Frozen” is ‘once again ruining something [they] love.’ Some fans feel that integrating “Frozen” into the show has simply makes “Once Upon a Time” one big product placement for the movie. Now then, I’ve already written about how people need to get over themselves concerning the movies popularity (and I stick by every word even now), so I’m not going to talk about that again. I want to instead say something I that I think “Frozen” haters who like this show need to hear: This is NOT going to ruin “Once Upon a Time!” Why is this? Well, there are three reasons and we’ll take them one by one.
First, there is nothing for “Frozen” to ruin because “Once Upon a Time” is not a good show. At all. I’m not saying this as some outside hater either, I’m saying this because – *sigh* – I have to admit, I watch this show. I’ve seen every episode. Keep in mind I don’t actually like the show; I just can’t help but watch it. It’s certainly a bad show…but it’s such a unique bad show that it begs to be watched in spite of itself. Secondly, for the people who are accusing the show of selling out and becoming product placement for Disney movies, I hate to break it to you, but that’s exactly what this show is. That’s what this show has always been. Where do you think Ariel, Snow White, Peter Pan, the dwarfs, Mulan, Cinderella, and Prince Charming all came from?
They came from public domain children stories that Disney used to make their own versions of the characters. Regardless though, the characters in this show ARE modeled after the Disney movies and, for the most part, the personalities match those movie versions with minor changes involved! Except for Peter Pan… they really made him twisted. Heck, in Sunday night’s episode Belle and Rumpelstiltskin have a danced dressed those iconic clothes from the 1991 Oscar-winning film. “Once Upon a Time” has always been about Disney reselling their characters and (by extension) their movies. So including “Frozen” in the show is not any different from what this show has already been doing these last few years.
Finally, fans of the show should be happy with these turn of events. Sunday night’s episode was the highest rated episode of the series to date and was up a whole point share from last season (look it up kids). If the numbers stay solid, then the only way “Frozen” has hurt you in this scenario is that it’s guaranteed you get another season of the show. So to summarize: “Frozen” haters still need to let go of their hate, “Once Upon a Time” was never a good show to begin with, the producers aren’t doing anything different that they haven’t been doing all along, and enjoy the fifth season you are most likely going to get now. And I’ll be right there with you watching every episode. Every poorly written, awful, yet somehow compelling episode.