The musical numbers in Frozen are Once canon! Kristoff and Anna fight back to back like John Crichton and Aeryn Sun. And Emma wonders what lip gloss Killian was wearing.
Michael’s “Always… no, no… never… forget to check your references.”
Gerda and Adgar’s wrecked ship was in the title sequence.
Anna: And I sang with you. (“Love is an Open Door“)
Pirates are better than wizards. Made me think of “Reindeers are Better than People.” And gave me some hope for the doomed Captain Killian Jones…
“Anna can save everyone!” Elsa had just the right amount of naive enthusiasm. She did it in Frozen. She can do it in Once.
There’s a line from “Fixer Upper” that pretty much encompasses Elsa’s actions (and Rumple’s and Regina’s and Snow’s… you get the idea): “People make bad choices if they’re mad or scared or stressed.” The line that follows is, “But throw a little love their way, and you’ll bring out their best.” So I’m still counting on that being the solution.
The underground caves or mines or whatever ultimately open up onto the beach and wishes come true.
The Boo Box! Red coated Blackbeard just happens to have a trunk for stuffing folks in. On the Jolly Roger. That he calls for. Even the rounded top is reminiscent.
“The Snow Queen”
The spell of Shattered Sight is the portion of the plot lifted almost unchanged from Hans Christian Andersen. It’s more melodramatic, as befits both network television and especially Once, but the principle and the origin, a mirror, are the same.
The Wishing Star, or “When You Wish Upon a Star,” weirdly implicating Ruel Ghorm in all this.
Regina: It’ll be sundown before you munchkins can finish.
Leroy: Dwarves, sister.
Regina: Like I care.
The title itself, “Fall,” is a reference to the epic poem, about the condemnation of the rebel angels. “And out of good still to find means of evil.”
“You rolled around in gold bars? Weird. And, ouch.”
Rebel Without a Cause
Ingrid: “They will tear themselves apart until everyone is dead.”
Regina: “By sundown, everyone in this town will start tearing each other apart.”
I mean, one character tells us in her scene. Then the other in hers immediately following…
Tenuous at best, this revolutionary classic from 1992 deserves a shout out simply because seven characters literally watch, with binoculars, the eponymous fall roll in on a sparkly cloud. Can I claim the sand of the sea and love through space and time as well?
Once Upon a Time
The big one this week was the callback to 4×02 “White Out,” as David reunites with his bro Kristoff and the bond over their shorn locks and “Joan” comes clean about her codename.
Erin’s Happy Shipper Moments
- Back in Arendelle, Anna, Kristoff, Hans, and the rest of the kingdom unfreeze. Hans and Franz and bros. come to take the kingdom, as they do, and attempt to arrest Anna and Kristoff. Kristoff pulls a diversionary tactic of giving up to pull two of the brothers in close so that Kristoff and Anna can smack one upside the head with an climber’s pick and steal a sword respectively, ending up back-to-back with the upper hand. It’s pretty great.
- After being led into another trap by Hans with the help of Blackbeard (who now owns the Jolly Roger!), Kristoff and Anna are tied up, put in a trunk, and thrown into the sea at the exact spot Anna’s and Elsa’s parents were lost at sea. Anna, in desperation as the water rises in the trunk, attempts to say her marriage vows so that she can at least die married to Kristoff. Kristoff, wanting to keep her motivation to survive intact, says they can get married if they survive. But he does tell her he loves her.
Kristoff: You don’t get to marry me unless we survive. Okay? So just keep your chin up and breathe.
- Regina goes to tell Robin to scatter the Merry Men because with all of their weapons, they’ll kill each other when the curse hits. She stares at him–“I’m just trying to memorize you like this”–fearing that when the curse hits, he will hate and fear her just like everyone else does. He refutes her claim, saying, “This is real. This is true.”
- After Regina seals Henry in the Mayor’s Office for his protection, she turns around to find Robin behind her. He wanted to see her again and offer to come with her now that Roland and Marian are safely away from him. He has faith the shattered sight won’t change how he sees her, that he is not afraid of her. She responds, “You should be.” She rushes to her vault to seal herself away from everyone else.
- Hook plays the villain in this episode, though not by choice. The dramatic irony of him hiding behind the counter as Emma, Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff show up to assist in a speedy counter-curse potion after he has just Magic Hat Hoovered the fairies is heartbreaking.
- Afterwards, everyone meets up at the Sheriff’s Office. Hook comes by to have a “word” with Emma. I had hoped he’d tell her some of the truth, but, really, what good would that do anyone at that moment. Instead, he just wants one last look at her. Emma says she doesn’t do good-bye kisses–“well, maybe just this once.” This good-bye kiss has the added depth of one knowing he’s going to die when this is all over, no matter how it comes out.
- Post-kiss, Emma touches two fingers to her lips as a way to remember his taste OR because she recognizes something is wrong. Perhaps missing your heart tastes like Cherry Cola Lip Smackers. Alternatively, he had magic dust on his lips from the Fairy Vacuum Massacre and it tastes like Lip Smackers. But being the savior, she can’t be distracted by that now.
- The Charmings lock themselves in separate cells in the Sheriff’s Office. (I didn’t know there were two cells.) They give Neal to Emma for care. It’s all very sad-making, but not nearly as much as when the Shattered Sight reaches them and all love drains from their eyes and faces when they look at each other. They stand in for what might happen to the other couples if they look upon each other with the curse. Thanks for taking one for the team, guys, now we’re all properly fearful for Outlaw Queen and Captain Swan.
- Rumpelstiltskin’s antics to maintain both his powers and Belle and Belle being pretty obnoxiously naive about the whole thing is making this ship sink. But, if you still have the faith, he does offer this little gem: “I’ll be back soon and then we’re gonna be together. I promise.”