Sydney: “You don’t remember this Marian.”
Regina: “Well, she is awfully vanilla. Can you blame me?”
“A Tale of Two Sisters” is the September 28 season four premiere of “Once Upon a Time.” This article contains spoilers, every article has a price. “Once Upon a Time” airs Sunday nights at 7 p.m. CT on ABC (KTRK).
The writers did a pretty good job with Frozen. It is still very much about Anna and Elsa as sisters. Anna is adorable with her awkward babbling. Elsa is in control of her powers, most of the time. Thankfully, the first episode does not paint Elsa as this villain who was contained for her own good. Instead, there are scenes where Elsa cringes at the word monster. What are your thoughts so far?
There are some new “Once Upon a Time” twists thrown in with the Frozen mix, obviously. Anna and Elsa’s parents were going to Mist Haven to seek help on how to deal with Elsa. Mist Haven is also known as the Enchanted Forest, who would have thought. Something happened to Anna. Elsa acts as if she maybe went searching for Anna, and that is how she ended up trapped by Rumple. What do you think happened to Anna?
Regina is decides to be evil, again. This dance is nothing new. She doesn’t just think about going dark side, she talks about traveling back in time to kill Marian. It’s a rapid switch without any debate about whether she should do this or not. As Henry says, she has come so far to lose it all now. There could have been more of her maybe thinking things through or grieving for the loss of her almost relationship.
What’s really annoying is that everyone is concerned that Regina will become evil. There’s not much discussion of how she must be feeling. Henry should have had a scene with her. It doesn’t make sense that he would be okay with her ignoring his calls. He would have run over to see if she needed cheering up. The Emma scene at the end (shot Do You Want To Build A Snowman style) is great, but there could have been more.
Marian is a little over the top in this episode. Yes, being in shock that the Evil Queen is friends with Snow White and Prince Charming is understandable, but Marian goes a little overboard. It would have been okay if she didn’t say, “maybe you’re not a monster” after Regina saves her from Marshmallow. She’s too insistent of Regina’s evilness at the beginning to be like, oh yeah it’s cool now.
The upside to Regina’s tryst with evil is that by the end of the episode, she seems to change course. The book has been a mystery that is just there. No one really pays any mind to it, so it will be great to delve into how it came to be. Whoever put it in Mary Margaret’s closet set everything in motion. Does looking for the book mean that Regina is back to being good or just seeking happy endings for villains? Also, if villains don’t get happy endings, how do we explain Rumple?
Alright, there were some pretty great Rumple scenes during this episode. The dance with Belle is perfect. What’s with the hat? It’s the Sorcerer’s hat, but why is Rumple looking at it? Hopefully it won’t be a big mystery because there is already Frozen happening this season, and now the mystery of who wrote the book. There doesn’t need to be something else.
What did you think of the episode? What should Emma introduce to Hook first on Netflix? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.