The 100 Season 2 Premiere: The 48

2014-10-22-the-100The 100 is back and I couldn’t be happier! It feels good to have my Wednesday night TV back in full swing! If you haven’t watched The 100 yet, here are 6 reasons why you should be, and it’s also now on Netflix Instant, so GET WATCHING!

And now on to Season TWO!

The cold open, with Clarke in the white, sterilized room with the Starry Night painting was one of the best cold open’s that I have ever seen. What a great callback to the pilot. Clarke is right not to trust her new surroundings. Yes, everything might seem civilized and organized in Mount Weather by you don’t cast some like Raymond J. Barry (the great Arlo Givens) to be the President without giving the president a hidden agenda. Mount Weather is basically the Ark but on Earth. Clarke knows the realities of what happens when you live in isolation. I can understand why Jasper and Monty want to believe that they’re safe; all they’ve wanted was stability and Mount Weather gives that too them. Clarke, on the other hand, knows that there is always a catch to this kind of order. Which leads me to wonder, where is Anya? If you remember, Anya was capture along with Clarke at the end of the season finale.  That was the biggest question I was left with at the end of the premiere. What are the Mountain Men doing to/with her? My guess is that she has been locked up for interrogation and experimentation and that Clarke will soon find out. I have a feeling these two are going to meet up again very soon and they are going to team up to escape. At least that is my hope!

Octavia and Lincoln are still as adorable as ever. These two had some of my favorite storyline’s from last season and it’s great to see their chemistry still holds. When we last saw Octavia and Lincoln, she had been shot by an arrow, which we learned was poisonous. Lincoln being the loyal man he is turns them around and heads back to his village to get Octavia the antidote.  It is here that we get the biggest, in my opinion, reveal of the night: Lincoln’s village’s landmark is the Lincoln Memorial. That’s right; The 100 takes place in DC, or most likely, the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia corridor). My guess, Mount Weather is Camp David or Camp David adjacent, which would explain a lot. Choosing this location is actually quite perfect for this series since it’s such a strategic area; it’s near Philly and NYC which means we could see more landmarks in future episodes, and geographically it’s kind of a good place to be; next to the sea and the mountains. I can’t wait to see where they next!

Now on to the rest of the episode…

Poor Raven. That girl just can’t catch a break but she still fights on. She gets shot, by Murphy no less, and still doesn’t give up. She even manages to get Murphy to open up about himself. That’s the kind of power this girl holds. Now I am not totally on board with the Murphy redemption train but I am excited to see where this redemptive arc leads. Murphy is psychotic. Plain and simple, but he’s also a survivor. And if the Arc peeps are going to survive on this new earth, they are probably going to need him. I think that’s why I found it really interesting that we got a Raven/Murphy side-story in the premiere. These two, on a small level, are both survivors who have made something of a bad situation. Lindsey Morgan was promoted to a series regular over the summer and she was one of the main people who were seen doing press all summer so I’d say it’s a pretty solid bet that Abby is going to save Raven. It’ll be great to see these two working together again. I enjoyed their partnership in the first season and I can’t wait to see where it goes this season!

Kane is going to get himself killed. Kane has already had a superiority complex but I have a feeling it’s going to get a lot worse now that everyone is on the ground. He’s already created a divide between the Ark and the teens on the ground; arresting Bellamy is going to come back to bite him in the ass. These kids have seen things, had to learn and do things they never ever imagined and they also have a one up on how to handle the grounders. Alienating Bellamy and Finn is only going to cause problems. Kane and the rest of the people from the Ark haven’t ever seen war. Yes, things were difficult on the Ark but there was always a sense of civility and peace because they floated anyone who acted out. Those same rules do not apply on the ground. If Kane doesn’t pick up on this soon he will not only get himself killed but it is very likely he will lead others to be killed. Here is hoping Abby will knock some sense into him.

Other thoughts:

~ OMG What is happening in space with the rest of the Ark? I am soo happy to still see Issah Washington on this show! I hope they get him to Earth ASAP!

~ Is it just me or did the position of the way the Ark landed look like the Arch from St. Louis? Did anyone else get Defiance vibes?

~ While I am kinda bummed to see Tristan go, it was pretty great to see Kane shoot him in the head.

~ My poor Bellamy! You need to wash your face!

~ Finn is still Zzzzzzzzz

~ Loved seeing all the art pieces! Now to go and inspect every one they showed and read their meanings.

6 Reasons Why You Should be Watching The 100

Last spring I fell deeply in love with the CW’s new show The 100.

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The 100, based off the book by Kass Morgan, tells the story of 100 teenage “criminals” living aboard a space station known as The Ark, who are sent back to Earth, 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse, to see if it has become inhabitable again. They are the test subjects because they are believed to be expendable. Yes, the adults use kids in their experiment to see if Earth is survivable again.  I used quotations around criminals because many of these kids are not criminals; on the Ark the rules are so strict that any act deemed criminal can get you killed (they float you from the space station) or sent to prison if you are under 18. This show is not afraid to go dark, which is one of the many reasons that make it so great.

The first season was only 13 episodes but what they did in those 13 episodes was way more than any of the other new show to air last year. They created a show that was complex, fascinating, intense, and then turned it on its head at the end of the season. Season 2 starts Wednesday and I feel it is my duty to convince ever more people that they need to give this show a chance and here is why…

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1. It’s one part Lord of the Flies, one part Battlestar Galactica, one part Lost, with a dash of a CW teen soap. 

This might sound like a crazy combination, especially for a CW show, but The 100 makes it work because they have taken all the good parts from each show/book and made something great. I break it down like this:

  • Lord of the Flies: Aside from the obvious, teens/children ending up in a foreign land after a nuclear apocalypse- it also takes the idea of leadership from the book. You have your classic “morally right” leader, Clarke (Eliza Taylor), vs your classic questionable rebel leader, Bellamy (Bob Morley), the one who is forced to make many of the hard choices. Bellamy in the beginning is pretty much a douche and he will, at times, remind you of Sawyer from Lost and Jack from Lord of the Flies. He was never a part of the 100 either; he got a ticket onto the drop-ship after committing a heinous crime so he could to protect his sister, Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) who is a part of the 100. But over the season he bonds with Clarke as they both navigate their way at become co-leaders of their group on the ground. By the end of the season their bond is almost unbreakable.
  • Battlestar Galactica: I say this with a lot of love but The 100 would not be possible had it not been for BSG and its success. This is a good thing because The 100 took a lot of the great themes from BSG. For example, in episode 5,  the leaders on the Ark are forced to make a terrible decision regarding cutting down the population to preserve oxygen aboard the station. After Clarke’s mother, Abby (Paige Turco), rebelliously shows a video of her husband explaining why the Ark is losing oxygen, 300 people aboard the Ark volunteer to sacrifice themselves for their loved ones survival. There is a scene where these 300 souls are sent to their death and it is so haunting yet incredibly sincere that this was when I knew this show was going to be something special. The last time I had seen something that heroic yet tragic was on BSG; so bravo to The 100 for continuing its legacy.
  • Lost: The reason I bring Lost into this is because again, like Lord of the Flies, it involves a group of basic acquaintances, at best, into an unknown world, and they are forced to explore this world and discover the mysteries that surround it. At the end of the very first episode the 100 discover that they are, not the first ones to back on Earth. In fact, a lot of others out there and we are still learning who these people are, who survived the apocalypse.
  • CW teen soap: This show is on The CW which means this cast is drop dead gorgeous. They just have to be. Also, there is romance (the square between Raven-Finn-Clarke-Bellamy), drama (the constant struggle for power between Kane, Abby, and Jaha or Clarke and Bellamy), and comedy but it’s administered at such a great level that it doesn’t overpower the plot.

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2. The female characters are some of the best female characters on TV

  • Clarke- Smart, Fierce, Complex, and Brave. Clarke and her mother Abby (who I will get to in a sec…) are two of the most complex characters on the show. They have both had to make tough decisions that affect their loved ones yet they don’t take these decisions lightly. They live with these decisions and let them make them stronger. Clarke knew what building a bomb would do but she still went through with using one against the grounders anyways. These decisions ware on her but she still stands tall and always looks for a better way. This is a woman to look up to.
  • Octavia- Stunning, Rebel, Bold, Brave, Loyal, Caring. She was sheltered her whole life, she lived under the floor and then was sent to prison for being an “extra” child. She isn’t afraid to be the first to go out and try something. Coming to earth has given her a second chance at freedom, life, and love. She is the sister to Bellamy and she is the only one, besides Clarke, who brings out his softer side. Her relationship with Lincoln showed just how caring she can be and is all sorts of adorable and I cannot wait to see where it heads in season 2.
  • Raven (Lindsey Morgan): Badass, Intelligent, Loyal, and Confident. Raven is my favorite female on this show. She came to us a couple of episodes into the first season as the girlfriend of Finn and as a kickass engineer who went to Earth to help the teens. That’s right, not only is she hot and female, she is also incredibly smart. She pretty much saves the 100 from destroying themselves by helping them get the comms back up, building bombs, and all while finding out Finn cheated on her with Clarke, and at the end of the season when she’s fatally injured. I am hoping and praying they do not kill her off. She needs to stay or I will be very upset.
  • Abby-Healer, Bold, Brave, Courageous, will do ANYTHING to protect her child. She’s not perfect but that’s what makes her such a compelling character. She tried to save her husband and daughter after going Jaha but she’s betrayed and she lost both her loved ones. She constantly challenges everyone to think about their actions. Clarke may still be angry at her mother but if it wasn’t for Abby’s awesomeness, Clarke wouldn’t have become the, amazing and courageous, leader she has been on earth.
  • Anya (Dichen Lachman): Warrior, Intelligent, Cunning, and Mysterious. Anya is one of the leaders of the Grounders. She has an army under her and she is as intelligent as she is fierce. There still isn’t much known about her but she’s captured with Clarke at the end of last season so I look forward to seeing her in Mount Weather!

3. The cast has incredible chemistry:

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Yes, as I said earlier, this cast is incredibly sexy but thankfully this cast is sooooo much more than their looks. Clark and Bellamy sizzle when they are on-screen together and same goes with Octavia and Lincoln (Ricky Whittle), the grounder who she falls in love with. Raven has chemistry with just about everyone on the show. And I even found myself shipping Abby and Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), the Ark’s second in command, by the end of the season, which I totally didn’t see coming. Best friends Monty and Jasper (Christopher Larkin and Devon Bostick) give the perfect source of comic relief for an otherwise dark show. This is a cast that you can tell has fun working together. I’ve watched the comic-con panels and interviews and they just seem like a really happy bunch and that translates to the screen so well. It makes watching this show that much better!

4. The story is compelling:

Ever since The 100 landed on earth and discovered they weren’t alone, the mysteries of all who stayed on earth after the Nuclear Apocalypse have surrounded the series with great intrigue. Throughout the season we learned bits about the Ark station, the Grounders, the Reapers, and finally the Mountain Men who captured Clarke and others at the end of the season. But throughout the season there were subtle hints, especially from grounder Lincoln, that these were not the only groups who survived the apocalypse. The great thing about The 100 is the writers never made this seem cheesy or like they were over-stretching their limit. Instead they created a world like Battlestar did and made us want to know more. The world is no longer what we know and they’ve the chance to create a new world. I’m excited to see where they go with it, this season, with the introduction of the Mountain Men at Mount Weather.

5. The Visual Effects:

Speaking of creating an intriguing new world; a lot of this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the incredible visual effects team who created this world. The season finale alone is a feast of spectacular visual effects that leaving you wanting more.

6. This Tumblr

Ok so you have to also watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine to understand most of it but still who ever came up with this was a GENIUS. After you watch BOTH shows, head over to this tumblr and take a look. It’s fantastic.http://theark99.tumblr.com

I could probably go into a bazillon other reasons why you should watch this show but seeing as I’ve written almost 2000 words about this I figured I should wrap this up. Anyways, WATCH THIS SHOW!! Season 2 premieres tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22 at 9pm on the CW and Season 1 will be available as well, tomorrow, on Netflix Instant. GET WATCHING!

Once Upon a Time Review: The Apprentice

xemmas-dress-once-upon-a-time-s4e4.jpg.pagespeed.ic.3zi8d4jB4_I am going to change up my Once Upon a Time review today because this episode gave my mixed feelings.On one hand there was a lot I really liked (Anna and the date stuff) but there was also a lot of stuff that I found incredibly frustrating. So I am going to split up the two.

First, the stuff I liked.

The Date. Yes, I loved all that went into the date between Emma and Hook. I haven’t always been a fan of the forced stuff between Emma and Hook but what they have done with them this season has been really nice. I loved that Emma was the one to go to Hook and ask him out, even after Henry begrudgingly said yes. At the moment, he’s Team Regina and Robin (like the rest of us!) I also LOVED seeing David and Snow act like parents from Snow taking a polaroid to David and Elsa bonding over being protective, to finally, David and Snow staying up to hear all about their daughters date! It was classically adorable.

Anna and all of her Badassness: Some might say there is nothing to her but I think she completely captures the essence of Anna from Frozen. The way she stood up to Rumple and used the dagger against him was amazing.

Regina and Henry: I love love love that these two are working together to find out who wrote the book. Sometimes I think we forget that Henry grew up with the Evil Regina and even though he wanted to find Emma, deep down he knew there was good in his adopted mom. Getting to see Regina be that good mother is amazing and wonderful and I love it. What’s even better? Her letting Henry go work at Rumple’s shop without asking Emma first. Way to stand tall and recognize that Henry is a teenager and can make his own decisions. I can’t wait to see how Henry and Rumple bond! Remember that prophecy! It’s Henry who is supposed to lead Rumple to his destruction. Is that where we are headed towards this season?!

The Knave, a.k.a Will Scarlett: Now I know there hasn’t been much explained about why Will is back in Storybrooke but one thing is for sure; something happened to Anastasia. For those who didn’t watch Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Wills true love is the Red Queen, Anastasia. The series ended with them together. Well they’re obviously not together anymore. And Will is not happy about this. I can’t wait to see where this leads! Hopefully we’ll get to see the return of Anastasia!

The Things I didn’t Like:

Rumple and Hook reverting back to their old ways.

Little did we know that while OUAT and ABC were promoting the addition of Frozen characters the writers slipped a whole story-line revolving around Fantasia and as you might expect, it involves Rumpelstiltskin. We are introduced to, Mickey Mouse, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice this week and we learn that every Dark One has tried to capture the Sorcerer’s hat and has failed every time. The Sorcerer’s hat contains ALL MAGIC and can set the Dark One free of the blade it’s attached to.

Back when Rumple meets Anna we see that Rumple is after the hat. No surprise. He wants to rid of the attachment to the blade because whoever holds it controls him; case-in-point, Anna uses it to have Rumple send her home and never bother her and Elsa (why didn’t she mention Kristoff? Is that poor writing or is there a point to that?) Anyways, flash to the present and Rumple finally has that damn hat and this is where things get frustrating.

Look I get that Rumple will always be a little shady. It’s just who he is. But I really honestly thought after he married Belle that he would at least become a little less manipulative. Isn’t true love supposed to conquer all on this show? Instead we see him become the kind of despicable asshole he was back in the Enchanted Forrest. He completely manipulated Hook into thinking his hand was cursed just so he could use him and con him into doing his dirty work and Hook feel for it hook, line, and sinker (pun intended, and I’ll speak on Hook more in a sec.) And now that Henry is going to be his Apprentice, I am genuinely very worried. I feel like the writers are sending Rumple down to the point of no return and I don’t want to see that.

There is another reason though that Rumple could want to use that hat. One that I believe might cause and solve a lot of current problems. The Sorcerer Hat is apparently ALL Powerful. Which means it could probably open the time portal again. Rumple hasn’t gotten over the death of Neal- that much is clear. I would not be surprised if he used to the hat to try and resurrect Neal or go back in time and bring him back before his death (a la Marian.) We’ll just have to wait and see.

My issue with Hook is the same issue I had last season. If he is so in love with Emma then MAN UP AND TELL HER WHATS GOING ON. We’ve been down this road before, Hook. Just TELL HER WHATS GOING ON. Honesty goes a long way. If she can forgive you for all the shit you pulled in Season 2 then I think you’re going to be OK. Tell her and go back to being all cutesy with each other.

I have no idea what is supposed to happen next week. But the Snow Queen says “I’m going to build a snowman” and I’m all sorts of worried and confused. Why has Olaf not shown up yet?

 

Till next week!

Once Upon a Time Review: White Out

Once-Upon-a-Time-White-Out-RecaReview-650x433On this week’s episode of Once Upon a Time we got an evil warlord named Bo Peep-as in Little Bo Peep, from the nursery rhyme. It’s a concept so ridiculous and inane that it could only be imaginable by Once Upon a Time and man does it pay off because I WANT MORE. And in Storybrooke she owns a butcher shop? YES. YES. YES. Please give us more!!!

We are introduced to Bo Peep in a flashback where Anna meets David. Apparently David also knows Kristoff, who told Anna about David and told her he was a friend she could trust in the Enchanted Forrest. Anna meets David way before he becomes Prince Charming-back when he is still living with his mother as a shepherd-a shepherd who is apparently being controlled by the evil warlord, Bo Peep. She is as evil as she is ridiculous and her staff can show her where her “branded” people are at all times. As I said, it’s ridiculous, but it’s also a lot of fun and actress Robin Weigert (Calamity Jane from Deadwood) is absolutely fantastic.

Anna helps David become the person he is today because back then he was cowardly and kinda annoying. I am glad it was Anna (who is still played perfectly by Elizabeth Lail) who helped him see that he could be a hero. I can’t wait to see who else she runs into in her trip through the Enchanted Forrest, especially since we know one of the characters will be Rumpelstiltskin!

The best scenes of the night come from Emma and Elsa’s time in the ice cave. Both of these characters are so similar in the way they run from their powers. It’s great for both Emma and Elsa to see that they are not alone and that they will always be surrounded by people who love and support them no matter what. It is through Bo Peep that we learn that Anna is still alive; somewhere in Storybrooke…we just don’t know where. This gives Elsa the courage she needs melt some of the ice cave she’s created that has trapped her inside with Emma. Georgina Haig really is a perfect Elsa and even though we’ve only seen her for two episodes, I would love it if she stayed on the series permanently. I also want Elsa and Emma to become the best of friends because I think they could both use a good girlfriend who they aren’t related to.

But the BEST scene of the night came at the very end of the episode when we meet the owner of an ice crème shoppe called Any Given Sundae (best name ever), played by the amazing and talented, Elizabeth Mitchell, who we can only assume is the Snow Queen. I CANNOT WAIT to see how this plays out. I am gitty with glee and anticipation at the prospect of Elizabeth Mitchell playing a villain! I really hope this plays out well!

Other Thoughts:

~ Just saw this deleted scene from last night’s episode (https://gma.yahoo.com/video/watch-cut-scene-once-upon-045411990.html): WHY did they cut this? This scene is important…so important and SOOOOO much better than the scenes we got in the power plant. Once writers, you need to think these things through sometimes…

~ We need to find a better storyline for Mary Margaret then turning the power on and having Grumpy and Grams yelling at her.

~Speaking of Grumpy-I wouldn’t be sad in the lease if a truck ran over him.

~ Henry and Regina’s hug could have totally melted that ice cave.

~The slow pace of Hook and Emma’s relationship is actually quite wonderful. I am really glad they aren’t rushing them.

Manhattan Love Story Review: How To Ruin a Romantic Comedy

manhattan_love_story_premiere_reviewLet me start off by saying that I love Romantic Comedies. They are quite delightful. Unfortuantly the new crop of RomCom TV Shows that have graced our presence this Fall TV Season are not delightful.

I was so excited last spring when I head we were getting a few new RomCom TV shows this Fall. I was especially intrigued by Manhattan Love Story which had Evan Chambers of Greek. I just adore him. I was happy to see that he was finally getting his own show. Too bad its one of the worst shows I’ve seen in recent memory.

I wanted to like Manhattan Love Story. It has a cute premise about the beginnings of a new relationship between Peter and Dana (Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton), where you hear their inner monologues. Sometimes voice overs can be fun and cute. Other times, like this time, it can go so horribly wrong. Did you know that Men like breasts and women like purses? Or that women think if a man is crying they automatically think the guy is gay and if a guy sees a woman crying she’s crazy? These are the kind of thoughts we get and it only gets worse.

The other major problem with Manhattan Love Story is that the only likable, funny, and interesting character on the entire show is Peter’s sister. She has a few short lines where she makes fun of her brother and she is the only one who got me to actually laugh. The rest of the characters are extremely unlikable. I completely HATED Dana’s roommates and college friends, Amy and David, who’re married. Amy was annoying and David was a pushover who didn’t want to piss off his wife which is why we got the date between Peter and Dana in the first place.

I wanted to like this show. I wanted it to be better than the episode that we got last night. But I just have to face it: this show sucks. And I don’t see it getting better.

13 Years later: What Would Sydney Bristow Do?

Bristow13 years ago I was just a teenager who liked a few WB shows. It was during the final seasons of Dawson’s Creek and Felicity, the beginnings of Gilmore Girls and Smallville; the classic WB shows. Man those were the days. But at the end of September, on a Sunday night (13 years ago exactly), I sat down to watch a new show on ABC called Alias. It looked cool; all I knew was that it was about a female spy and she wore really cool wigs and outfits. I was 13, almost 14; I didn’t need much to hook me in.

To this day I don’t think there has ever been a pilot as captivating and attention grabbing as the pilot to Alias.  A covert spy turned double agent when she learns the agency she works for killed her fiancé and is in fact not the CIA. The episode puts Jennifer Garner through the ringer several times in its 66 minute run time (by the way, most network pilots are 44 minutes these days. That should give you a clue as to how awesome this pilot is). I still can’t get over the seen when Sydney is running through the parking lot trying to escape a hit squad and is saved by her dad who she learns is ALSO a double agent. I mean talk about an info dump. This was A LOT for a 13 year old to grasp. But I wanted more and I wanted it instantly.

One of the main reasons that I became so invested in Alias was Sydney Bristow. I wanted to be her sooo badly. I still want to be her.  A spy, who was also a grad student, had great friends, and a good sense of moral direction. She was someone to look up to and she continued to be someone to look up to throughout all five seasons of the show.  At 13 you think the world is stacked against you and pretty much everything around you sucks. I was a freshman in high school and everything about me was awkward. Hell I am still awkward. But looking at Sydney Bristow’s life (even though she was a fictional character) I realized how much harder my life could be and seeing the courage and strength she presented at every obstacle in her journey made me realize I could overcome my obstacles as well. She was an awesome female character and there will, probably, never be another female character like her on TV ever again. And that is not a bad thing.

So on this 13th anniversary I leave you with one simple moto, a moto I plan on using a lot more in my life now: What Would Sydney Bristow Do?

 

Also-Sydney and Vaughn forever and ever.

Once Upon a Time Review: A Tale of Two Sisters

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After it looked like everyone had gotten their happy endings they threw a whopper at us when they revealed that the women who Emma had brought from the past was Marian, Robin Hoods “dead” wife. But Marian wasn’t the only character Emma and Hook brought back…no…they brought back Elsa (from the mega-hit Frozen) as well. That’s right. Elsa. And Once Upon a Time went on Summer Hiatus for 4 Months and 16 days.

Talk about torture. The last time I was this antsy for a show to come back was when Alias left us with the ending of Season 2! I’m not saying the cliffhanger was just as epic, it’s not, but it sure did leave me wanting the season four premiere instantly!

xfrozen-characters.jpg.pagespeed.ic.O7vLzO35bdFrom the moment the season finale ended I was super excited to see what Once Upon a Time would do with Frozen. I LOVED Frozen and I fully believed that creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis would do this movie justice and if the premiere is any indication? It worked. The casting, the flashbacks, SVEN THE BEST REINDEER EVER…it all worked. Georgina Haig and Elizabeth Lail were perfect as Elsa and Anna and I mean right down to their mannerism; Elizabeth Lail, especially, who managed to even sound like Kristen Bell and match Anna’s awkwardness from the movie. And of course Cappie, I mean, Scott Michael Foster, perfectly captured Kristoff and all of his adorableness. I was impressed. So now that we know that Anna is off to the Enchanted Forrest, who do you think she’ll meet next?! I for one can’t wait to see. I also can’t wait to see more interaction between Elsa and Kristoff…and Sven. If we can get more Sven, I’d be very happy.

If you had asked me back in Season one if Regina would be the character I rooted for the most I would have told you to go take a hike. Her character was so despicable that I was practically counting down the days until she was eventually killed off. But thankfully that never happened and instead we got some of the best character growth of an evil character turned good that I have ever seen. Part of the reason I was so antsy for Season four was because I had fallen deeply in love with the Regina and Robin pairing. So I was pretty sad when Marian came back and Robin had to go and act all noble and dump Regina. Ugh. Why?? But I think it’s going to be OK because while Robin is off with Marian, Regina is going to be doing her own thing, and I really hope Emma is involved.

It’s been apparent from since they introduced Elsa that she and Emma would end up being pretty similar. Both are afraid of the magic they possess and have loved ones who support them unconditionally. But after tonight’s episode, it’s apparent that Emma also takes after Anna, which is a pretty great thing if you ask me. When Emma stood in front of Regina’s office door telling Regina, who was sitting down against the door from the other side, that she wouldn’t stop fighting until everyone in Storybrooke got their happy ending, I was elated. The writers had taken a key scene from Frozen and didn’t give it back to Anna and Elsa but gave it to the true two heroines of our show and found a way to make it even better. I can’t wait to see Henry and Emma help Regina stay good this season. I think this could really turn into something great.

As for everyone else, nothing really changed. The Charming’s continued on being charming with their new son, Neal, and Hook continued to chase after Emma who told him to be patient. Don’t worry, Captain Swan shippers, I am sure we are in for more crazy adventures with these two. And then there’s Rumple who seems to have gotten his hands on the Sorcerers Hat from Fantasia. UM WHAT?! Is this a preview of whats to come later this season? Color me intriqued!

Other thoughts:

~SVEN, SVEN, SVEN

~By the way, someone at buzzfeed did a pretty awesome post on Elsa and Anna vs Regina and Emma, check it out: (HERE)

~ The snow monster was kinda dumb. It just didn’t work for me. I feel like he was meant solely for the purpose of Grumpy to go screaming through the town that there was a monster in town. I would have much rather seen Olaf.

~ “He won’t smell like that forever.”

~ “You want to go home and see what’s on Netflix?” “I don’t know what that is, but sure.” ( I LOVE Hook adjusting to the real world!)

~Marian is annoying. I mean really annoying. I hope she’s gone soon.

~ So great to see Sidney Glass again. Giancarlo Espositio needs to be on my TV more.