‘Once Upon a Time’ meets ‘Frozen’

… And the Snow Queen.

‘Oh my gosh, Jessa,’ you say.

OUaT Season 4 Promo Poster - Once Upon a TimeI know. I know. I am late on reviewing this new season of Once Upon a Time. How could I? There is so much going on. Arrendale is invading Storybrooke: how could I not talk about this?

As a Disney cast member and Disney fanatic, I am well aware of the Frozen-mania that has ensued since last holiday season. And can see why and how it’s taken over the Disney psyche. I wasn’t sure that I agreed with slapping it into Once Upon a Time, however.

I’ve changed my mind. I’m liking where the story is going so far, and I can’t wait for more of Anna’s ‘secret mission’ back story, or to learn how Elsa ended up in a vase in Rumpelstiltskin’s possession – does she know that that is where she has been?

I waited for the second episode, primarily because I wasn’t overly impressed with the story line after the premiere. I like Elsa: I identify with her, and so really wasn’t sure what I felt about her being a villain. Then, when she did become ‘the villain,’ she was back to her shaky, nervous, pre-Frozen self: lame. I still don’t like that she needs Anna to be powerful and strong and confident – that isn’t how the story went, I thought – however, I steepled my fingers and let out a maniacal little laugh when the Snow Queen was revealed to us. Ooooh. Plot twist!

The Snow Queen's Ice Cream Shop - Once Upon a TimeYou may not be fully aware of the Snow Queen if you are not a fan of fairy tales and such, but she was the most beautiful piece in my mother’s fairy tale figurine collection when I was little, so I was intrigued.

If you are aware of her, you may be thinking, ‘Well that’s a cop-out. Elsa was based of of her, right? I don’t want two characters with the same story.’

Snow Queen Promo Poster OUaT - Once Upon a Time‘Ah,’ I say, ‘but that isn’t what we’re getting.’ The Snow Queen is a Hans Christian Andersen tale from the Danes, and the Snow Queen is not even the main character: she is the villain fae. She spirits away a little boy named Kai and holds him captive, making him forget about his family and friends. I think of her somewhat like the White Witch of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In fact, I believe the version played by Tilda Swinton is especially inspired by the description of the Snow Queen and her castle, but I digress.

The clashing of the Snow Queen and Elsa should be interesting. I can’t wait to see what Kitsis and Horowitz have planned for their story. And like the last three seasons, I am much more interested in the back story than the current happenings: perhaps that is why I am enjoying the show a bit more than some others here at Word of the Nerd – I cannot be sure.

As far as our main characters go this season, I pity Regina, just want Hook and Emma together, and am duly feeling awkward about the whole Henry’s uncle and Emma’s brother baby/family situation with the Charming/White family (that’s alphabetical, not paternalistic). I haven’t seen much else of any characters; although, getting to see Belle and Rumpel’s ballroom dance in their costumes was magical. I liked that little break in their drama, and I’ll be real, I kinda geeked out over it. Rumpel and Belle ball scene - Once Upon a Time
What character are you hoping they follow this season? What story are you looking for? Any predictions for the season? Let me know down below!



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About the author

Jessa Searles

is a novice blogger, avid reader, and, now, a professional television viewer. She has written for years for her own enjoyment, and began blogging when she studied abroad in Wales. A third generation nerd, she's followed her father's path down the force but is a Trekkie, a bit removed, on her mother's side. Some of her first passions were Tolkien and Nancy Drew, but as she discovered television, addiction has set in. Now, she watches just about everything, and is here to keep you up to date on whatever TV news you want to know! She attempts to maintain a personal blog at, and a creative writing blog at Feel free to check 'em out and let her know what you think.

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