Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×05
CAUTION: clips, chatter, and a spoiler warning
“Breaking Glass” – Regina reluctantly teams up with Emma to search for the Snow Queen after Sidney, who is once again Regina’s prisoner in the mirror, discovers her whereabouts and agrees to lead her to the location. With Belle babysitting baby Neal, a nervous Mary Margaret and David prepare for their first date night away from their child and find themselves on a mission to track down Will Scarlet, who has escaped from the town jail, and Elsa sees Anna in the Storybrooke woods. Meanwhile, back in the past, young Emma finds herself a kindred spirit when she befriends a girl who, like her, is a runaway orphan, written by Kalinda Vazquez & Scott Nimerfro and directed by Alrick Riley.
Here’s the promo that aired after last week’s episode:
Once again we’ve got two sneak peeks this week. In the first, Elsa exits the vehicle to investigate a voice in the fog. There’s something shimmering…
In the second, Regina, at her wits end unable to help Marian, turns to the Magic Mirror for help finding the Snow Queen.
We’ve been reflecting on the use and placement of mirrors since the first episode of the season. In “Rocky Road,” it was hard to miss them in Any Given Sundae. I’ve been suggesting that Sidney’s working with the Snow Queen as a result, but it’s been sort of intertextual fanfiction. However, it looks like even that can point in the right direction.
This still from the promo shows The Snow Queen holding something in her right hand. Something that looks a lot like a compact pocket mirror, which would be incredibly convenient if you wanted to communicate easily with Sidney Glass on the go.
It might also shine strangely in the fog. We’re fairly certain the Magic Mirror isn’t so much helping Regina as leading her into a trap. And Elsa definitely should have stayed in the car.
Given what we see in the sneak peek, though, who can blame him? He’s been trapped in the mirror again and now Regina’s reneged on, “it’s only temporary,” and resorted to further threats. It’s pretty much exactly the same stupid mistake Hook made with Rumple. And look where that got him.
Emma and Regina teaming up, even or especially under duress should shake out the a heart to heart Ms. Swan’s been trying for since the party at Granny’s.
The voiceover for the promo is, “When darkness falls and terror rules the night, magic springs from cruel desire and evil comes to light.” It sounds a bit Thriller to me, but then I’m seeing Jackson everywhere this season. Still, this is more or less the Halloween episode. Masks will come off and secrets will be revealed.
We should get flashbacks exploring Emma’s history with the Snow Queen hinted at over the last two episodes. The credits list Idun and Adgar, so here’s hoping we discover their relationship to her as well.