Episode 3: Rocky Road
This episode isnâ€™t exactly bad just boring, dare I say underwhelming. We learn more about this Snow Queen Lady. She apparently knows Emma and Elsa but they have memory lost. Memory loss is such a crutch for this show but at least Rumple makes like a meta joke about it. It makes the memory loss tactic Â worse if they are aware that they are doing this plot again for the third time in four seasons.
Basically Snow Queen is Elsaâ€™s aunt who was also trapped in the urn. The whole past section of the episode involves Hans looking for the urn to trap Elsa so he can rule Arendelle. Kristoff and Elsa try to beat Hans to the punch and instead of trapping Elsa out comes the Snow Queen.
Ok, I have a nitpick. Why does Han want to rule Arendelle? It seemed like in the movie Hans just wanted to rule any place he could and Arendelle had an unwed heir and unwed Queen, seems like an ideal situation, so it makes sense. Now he just wants to conquer it for no real reason. Is Arendelle wealthy is some way? Like Ice? Trading? Precious Metals? Minerals? Reindeer? What is it show? Or is Hans butt-hurt that he didnâ€™t get his way? Itâ€™s so contrived. One line would have given him some motivation. Â Â Â Â
In Storybrooke the Snow Queen is causing deadly shenanigans so that Elsa will be blame so that everyone in town will hate her. Really? That is your plan? Are you a child? She puts a freezing spell on Marian. Robin tries to break it with true loveâ€™s kiss but it fails since we all know that Regina is his true love. Hey Idiots! Get Roland to do it. True loveâ€™s kiss has worked two times out three from the parent-child bond and both times it was Henry with his moms. Ok, now I have massive confusion, shouldnâ€™t true love be like between two people in a two way street situation? Â Henry has two true loves? Or is one way? Henry is Reginaâ€™s and Emmaâ€™s true love even though that doesnâ€™t seem right. The point is they blame the ice Â for blocking the lips or the skin as foreheads work too but they didnâ€™t think of using Roland, instead Regina removes Marianâ€™s heart to keep it from getting frosty.
B plot is Snow White is the mayor and she puts a bird on the wall of the office, which Regina hates, and Snow is super clingy with Neal. You know in other culture Mothers constantly carry their children, so this plot was dumb aside from put a bird on it part. Â Â Â Â
What else to say? Oh! Emma mentions her â€œsuper powerâ€ again. Â Writers please stop with the BS of Emma saying she has a super power because itâ€™s more like Emma has an instinct sometimes but only when the plot says she can so either have it or donâ€™t. Or at least make her not so damn confident about it. Â Â
A positive I had was Elsaâ€™s up-do was pretty. Like it was really pretty, A+ on her hair style. However I got to say in Frozen the CG work really enhanced the ice but not here, OUAT doesnâ€™t do the computer generated stuff that well, at all. Â And where is Olaf? Elsa mentions making a living Snowman but she could have been referring to Marshmellow? I demand Olaf so I regret demanding Olaf!
For all my complaints and nitpicks this was unassuming episode. It did move the plot forward but the plot points seemed hindered by the writing.
Episode 4: The Apprentice
They went and did it again! They made Hook a patsy for the villain using blackmail. This time Hook coforcesives Rumple to give back his hand by threatening to tell Belle about the fake dagger. Rumple restores Hookâ€™s hand for his big date with Emma but Rumple plants the idea that the hand holds Hookâ€™s villain mojo and reattaching it will make Hook revert to his old ways of being a villain. So when Hook starts acting out he thinks itâ€™s the hand ask Rumple to remove it. Rumple then makes Hook help him trap the sorcerer’s apprentice in the hat Â so Rumple can charge up Â the hat with magic, sure okay that makes sense. Then Â Rumple frames Hook by magical altering a videotape Â to make it look like Â that he did it all, itâ€™s so quaint that they still use video tapes. And turns out Rumple lied to Hook about the hand. So Hook is dumb because pre-hook, he was just arrogant Â pirate who had love. His villain persona happen AFTER Rumple killed Milah, so if Hook had thought about it he wouldnâ€™t have fallen prey to Rumple. Also Hook did you not learn from last season which in the scheme of things was a few days ago, tell Emma the truth and then you donâ€™t have to a pawn in this. Geez. Â
Also Iâ€™m sick of Rumpleâ€™s yo-yoing between of good and villain. Itâ€™s like all the character development you had in the past three seasons is gone. Rumple was an interesting character when he was trickster to achieve his goals but now he is tedious. Â
I guess that means we should bring out the past section. Anna meets Rumple. And if you recall last episode Rumple says that he didnâ€™t know of Anna right to Emmaâ€™s face, where is your superpower now? Anyway Rumple makes a deal with her to have her Â give some old guy who may or may not eat children a suspicious vial. This guys is the sorcerer’s apprentice. Anna canâ€™t bring herself to poison him so she doesnâ€™t do it. Turns out it was trick and Anna had the antidote to poison that Rumple gave him and sorcerer’s apprentice turns in a mouse al la Mickey Mouse. You see Rumple needs Anna to break an enchanted on a box that has the sorcerer’s hat so he be free of the daggerâ€™s control. The hat also can stripe a person of magic which is why Annaâ€™s parent were looking for it. In the end, Rumple does get what he wants from Anna, but Anna gets the dagger and she orders him to give her the box, turn the apprentice back to a man and send her back home. Rumple has to comply but he is not happy.
There is other stuff happening in this episode , like Henry and Regina mission to change the book, Emma and Hookâ€™s date, David and Snow being weird parents to their adult daughter, Elsa looking through public records for Anna, and the Snow Queen stalking Emma.
There just so many plot going on in here and yet itâ€™s mostly still just set-up for the season.
Though apparently Henry is OK with letting Marian be curse so Regina can have a happy ending. Henry is thinking like a villain. Has his character deteriorated? Apparently a former villain can get away with like that in his mind but not a hero because he went to pieces when Snow White did questionable things or when Emma bent the truth. Â I did like the date but Iâ€™m a fan of Lady and the Tramp. Hook looked good in normal clothing. Personally I was getting bored with his costume. Emmaâ€™s dress seemed a little out of character like it was too girly for her. Will Elsa get a costume change?