This week has been a busy one for me, but luckily I was finally able to squeeze in a little bit of prerecorded TV time to catch up on a couple of my favorite shows right now. The most exciting one for me this week was the return of ABC’s Once Upon a Time!
Once Upon a Time has been one of my favorite shows since its beginning. Although a few rocky seasons here and there, the second half of Season 4 looks to be a good one! I love the intertwining of characters and creative plot twists on the classic fairy tales and stories that this show creates. And, of course, I always love when new characters from the Disney Classics emerge. This season introduces two of Disney’s most iconic villains and resurrects one from a few seasons back. These three “Queens of Darkness” include:
1. Cruella de Vil
Looking very Cruella like, Victoria Smurfit has joined the cast to take on the role of the evil Dalmatian kidnapper and fur fanatic that we all know so well. The only noticeable difference from the original Cruella seems to be her new power to possess animals into doing whatever she wants—which is fitting I suppose. I guess it wouldn’t make much sense to have a villain in Storybrooke that didn’t have some sort of magical power.
Although not the large purple octopus woman we all remember from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, I do like that they have brought in Merrin Dungey to portray Ursula. I always love when OUAT brings in characters from J.J. Abrams’ past series like Lost and now Alias. If you didn’t know, Dungey played Sydney Bristow’s (aka Jennifer Garner’s) best friend then evil clone in Abrams’ popular drama series, Alias.
Finally, as Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of the iconic Sleeping Beauty villain in her recent movie Maleficent has increased publicity and sparked interests toward this classic villain, it only seems fitting that Once Upon a Time would choose to resurrect the suddenly much more popular character (portrayed by Kristin Baeur van Straten). Although OUAT‘s Maleficent hasn’t come back quite yet, previews suggest there are some dark hidden secrets between she and Snow that will soon be revealed and stir trouble in Storybrooke.
Overall, I’m excited for this half of the season. It’s always interesting to see how the writers use creative back-stories to help develop the current stories and bring new twists to the traditional fairy tales we all know and love. I guess we will see tomorrow how these stories begin to unfold!