TV REVIEW: OUAT, A Tale of Two Sisters

Warning: This review will contain spoilers of episode 4.01 of ABC’s Once Upon A Time.

When I saw the finale of the third season, I think I might have squealed. Ever since then, I have been avidly waiting for the debut episode of the fourth season and I was not disappointed. At all. This episode was everything that I had looked forward to, and more.

First off, there’s the brilliant opening scene – the brilliant, tragic opening scene – but I’ll let you see that for yourself.

Let’s start with the characters we know and love. Regina’s story is a tricky one. Always the villain, will she ever get her chance at the Happily Ever After she’s always dreamed of? The problem lies with Marian, whom Emma Swan brought back from the dead when she travelled in time.

In this episode, we see Regina’s heart get broken all over again when Robin tells her that he has to choose his wife. There was a lot of nervousness around whether Regina would revert back to her evil ways, but to many breaths of relief, she has come too far for that. At least we think. There seems to be a rather interesting storyline developing involving the author of the book.

Has everyone forgotten about August? Anyone else find it uncanny that he claimed to be a writer, and knew exactly how to format and make the pages of his story for Henry’s book?

And then we have Rumbelle, and their intriguing story that is being unravelled. As they go on honeymoon, we witness the most beautiful scene in Disney history. As the gorgeous music begins to play (‘’tale as old as time…”), Belle’s dress and Rumplestiltskin’s suit are transformed into the iconic costumes that have taken breaths away since 1991. This heartwarming scene is possibly the best thing I have ever witnessed, but it can only be a calm before the storm which makes me nervous.

Another interesting development in Rumple’s tale is the discovery of a little box. When Rumple waves his dagger over it, it transforms into an object just as iconic as the Beauty and the Beast ballroom scene; a hat owned by a certain Magician’s Apprentice.

And, of course, there’s Captain Swan. Although they are rather busy running around after a giant, angry snowman, they still manage to share a few precious moments. The characters are clearly infatuated with each other, and I believe possibly even in love. Hook is certainly ready to love Emma, but Emma is clearly struggling to find space for it.

But have no fear, Captain Swan shippers! There is light on the horizon yet. The sweet little kiss they share is enough evidence for that. And my favourite sharing of lines:-

Emma: You wanna go home and see what’s on Netflix?

Hook: I don’t know what that is, but sure! (He smiles adorably.)

Finally, we get to our new characters, and boy did they fulfil my expectations! Georgina Haig (Fringe) and Elizabeth Lail (Model Airplane) are absolutely perfect for their roles as Frozen’s Elsa and Anna, and Scott Michael Foster (Greek)’s Kristoff more than fits the bill, too. I cannot express just how much I love these characters, and how well these actors play them. I am truly full of nothing but praise.

And, of course, we can’t forget dear old Grand Pabbie, voiced by John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings). The animators created the rock troll absolutely flawlessly.

I feel like every single scene of this episode is a highlight. I am sure that you will all agree with me when I say that the show creators, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, have outdone themselves with this one. Well done, and thank you!

Who would I recommend this to?

  • Disney fans
  • Frozen fans
  • Anyone who enjoys becoming emotionally attached to fictional characters, because trust me, you will be.

Star Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Photoshop Fun

I seem to have developed a rather tender love for Photoshop. As far as I can remember, it began while I was scrolling through beautiful images on Deviantart. If you have never come across this website before, you are missing out. Both amateur and professional artists post their work onto the site for exposure, and can even sell their art there! I found the site a long time ago, although I didn’t post anything for a while.

Eventually, I decided to tentatively dip my toes into the waters and began posting my extremely amateur attempts at art. Over the years, I’ve become acquainted with some very interesting and talented people through the website. If you’re ever wondering how to make friends out of strangers, a compliment can go a long way.

But back to Photoshop. I was inspired by a few stunning pieces of photomanipulation. Try CindysArt and EnchantedWhispersArt – both of these artists left me in absolute awe with their art. So, me being who I am (the kind of person who wants to be amazing at everything first time), I decided to give it a go.

My first attempt left a lot to be desired.

Marius and Eponine are my Les Mis OTP and you can’t change my mind that they were meant to be.

My next go was much better although still needed work. It wasn’t based on any fandom either, so that’s good!

‘Don’t Look Back’.

My recent goes were different but I’m proudest of them, especially my Harry Potter-inspired Witch Weekly magazine (even though I used the wrong Weasley twin, as a few people have pointed out; let’s just pretend, ok?)

George Weasley on the cover of Witch Weekly post-DH.

This one probably only makes sense to Once Upon A Time fans, but I spent a long time on it and like it. It’s supposed to look like pages out of Henry’s fairytale book.

My most recent. Again, it’s a Once edit, but I’m so proud of it. I was doing a lot of experimenting with tools I’d never used before.

I’m planning on making the Witch Weekly magazine covers into a series featuring different members of Dumbledore’s Army. I hope you like them.

Here’s the link to my Deviantart profile if you want to look at the pieces of ‘art’ that I’m too embarrassed to put up here (don’t even ask about the username. I can’t change it.).

RIP Robin Williams

aladdin miss you genie me too

On 11th August, 2014, we received the devastating news that actor, Robin Williams, has died. Immediately, the internet burst into outpourings of grief and condolences from fans, friends, and everyone whose lives he had touched. It is believed that he committed suicide after suffering from severe depression.

Of course, Williams’s most memorable role for me was the Genie from Disney’s Aladdin. With such an iconic role, he inspired millions of children to be the best person that they can be. Other roles included Flubber (1997; a film that has stayed in the back of my mind since the very first time I watched it as a child), the unforgettable Mrs Doubtfire (1993) and the heart-warming Hook (1991).

As well as all of his films and comedy work, Williams also worked with charities. While supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for many years, he also worked with Comic Relief, as well as other charities.

While it is devastating that the world has lost such a remarkable, inspirational man, it is important to remember that he has left behind a legacy. He has brought laughter to generations of children, and his films will continue to bring laughter to the lives of future generations. The term ‘legend’ is thrown around rather loosely these days, but I think we can all agree that Robin Williams has more than earned this title. Robin Williams was a legend of comedy, and a spark of hope in many lives.

Watch this and enjoy.

If you feel like you need help or someone to talk to, the charity Samaritans is available to talk to at this number: 08457 90 90 90. Or you can email them at: jo@samaritans.org.

Video

Twisted Peter Pan – the Once Upon A Time version.

In my desperation for Darling Pan to come into being on my absolute favourite TV show, Once Upon A Time, my hand slipped and the following trailer was created. Also, I accidentally became the voice of Wendy Darling.