Not sure if this show is one that will have enough interest in an episode thread or not, but here is one anyway.
has always been based on the Disney versions of the fairy tales. I don't think there's any doubt. Still, they've hinted at the Disney origins here and there, but haven't been particularly blatant about it - until this episode. One anvil was the dance between Belle and Mr. Gold to the instrumental theme to "Beauty and the Beast." Both of us here (almost simultaneously) went "Really!??!" when that started playing.
Then, the whole Frozen
storyline. It wasn't "Here's this plot that was sort of inspired by the Snow Queen fairy tale," it was "This is basically Frozen 2: Frozen Boogaloo
." The characters -- all of them, from the king and queen, to Elsa and Anna, to Sven and Kristoff, even the trolls and the Snow Monster -- are almost exactly
as they were in the movie, and the plot line basically starts off following the events of the movie. And if that wasn't anvil-icious enough, the scene with Emma and Regina on each side of the door was basically cribbed from the end of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"
I'm not sure how I feel about that. A part of me thinks this is a bit Frozen
overload. Yes, it was a good movie, but this feels a bit much. Still, I thought they did a decent job at casting Anna. She did remind me of Kristen Bell's voice performance. Elsa seemed to go in a slightly different direction from that in the movie, though.
Other random thoughts:
- Interesting to see Sidney pop back up. Convenient that he pops back up as soon as Giancarlo Esposito's other series got canceled.
- Why have I never noticed how girly Hook's earring is before now? Yes, I know, he wears guy-liner, so I suppose he's allowed.
- The hat at the end reminded me very strongly of The Sorcerer's Apprentice
. I wonder where they're going with that. Hopefully not another anvil-icious reference to the Disney world...