Review: Once Upon A Time Season 4 Episode 6
Season 4 Episode 6 of ABC’s Once Upon A Time premiered last night, and boy was it full of twists! The episode was titled “Family Business,” because it went deeper into the family history of Elsa, Belle, Emma, and the Snow Queen herself.
WARNING! This post contains spoilers for the episode, but I will try to keep them to a minimum; just enough to review.
Rated TV-PG. Episode includes breaking and entering, mild violence and peril, sorcery and magic, suggestive female clothing, and discussions of infidelity.
The episode begins with a flashback to the Enchanted Forest, where we see Belle’s kingdom attacked during the Ogre Wars. Belle loses someone close to her, and the tone for the episode is set.
“Family Business” is all about family: from loss, to discovery, to betrayal. In typical Once Upon a Time fashion, the people of Storybrooke are more than they appear, and their paths cross constantly.
Not only is Once Upon A Time famous for their intertwining characters, but also for the drama and romance that accompany these intersections. This episode is no different. Robin Hood and Regina are still in relationship limbo, Killian and Emma are all googley-eyed for each other, and Anna and Kristoff get to share an on-screen kiss. However, the main plot of the episode hinges on Mr. Gold, Belle, and their plot-twisting “squabble.”
I’m a major fan of this show; I watched the entire first two seasons in a week. What’s absolutely fascinating to me are the characters’ journeys. I love how they are all connected—that I can relate to their struggles. I love that I grew up with these fairy tale characters, and now they’re growing and becoming deeper with me; we’re growing up and enduring struggles together. Some of the characters are conflicted with their pasts, while others are determined to create their own futures. Some of them you love to hate, and others you hate to love. And some of them are just light-hearted and funny, like a certain familiar face in tonight’s episode.
Once Upon a Time is graced with a stellar cast of actors. While admittedly, sometimes the stories are lacking, the actors more than make up for the bumpy plots with brilliant portrayals of characters we’ve grown up with. They’re still the same beloved characters, but presented in such a unique way that we get timeless, classic tales told in fresh light. Unfortunately, the fairy tales of our childhoods could only go so deep, because they were meant to entertain children. But now, with Once Upon a Time, we as adults can still be entertained, and learn more about the stories. We get to feel like kids again!
Last night’s episode started off with action, but quickly slowed down. Some people may argue that it wasn’t fast-paced enough. The opening scene had poor CGI, but the scenes that followed improved in quality. The story’s progression was gripping, and could keep my attention (though, I’ll admit, a couple of scenes were a little dry). The only other flaw is that if you haven’t kept up with the show, you may get lost easily. The show is very dependent on fans keeping up with every episode; each one adds something more to the show and to the plot. Luckily, Netflix is currently streaming the first three seasons, and Hulu Plus has every episode of the season so far!
Get ready for more magic from this season of Once Upon A Time… but remember, it always comes with a price!
Be sure to watch every episode as they air at 8PM EST, Sunday nights on ABC! And also, keep up with my reviews right here on Geeks Under Grace!
+ Great use of characters
+ Gripping plot twists
- Poor CGI in introduction
- Difficult to keep up with