'Once Upon a Time': How about that surprising introduction?(Read article summary)
'Once Upon a Time' debuted a new character during the finale for its third season, which aired on May 11. 'Once Upon a Time' airs on ABC.
The ABC fairy tale mash-up series â€śOnce Upon a Timeâ€ť surprised many viewers with its latest season finale, which aired on May 11.
Season finales of the show often tease what new fictional world will be introduced in the next season (past universes have included the â€śPeter Panâ€ť world and that of L. Frank Baumâ€™s novel â€śThe Wizard of Ozâ€ť), and the end of the season three finale appeared to tease the introduction of Queen Elsa from Disney's animated film "Frozen."
While â€śPanâ€ť and â€śWizardâ€ť are more established fantasy worlds, â€śFrozenâ€ť is comparatively new, with the film (which was based on Hans Christian Andersenâ€™s â€śThe Snow Queenâ€ť) having just been released this past November.
Questions still remain: Will Elsa be the new villain for the next season? (The movie â€śFrozenâ€ť concluded with Elsa having harnessed her powers over snow and ice, at peace with her sister Anna, and presumably ruling over the kingdom of Arendelle). Will the princess Anna, or other â€śFrozenâ€ť characters like Annaâ€™s love interest Kristoff, be introduced? And will actress Idina Menzel, who voiced Elsa in the film â€śFrozen,â€ť play Elsa in â€śOnce,â€ť or will the role go to someone new?
Some critics seem split on whether introducing such a new character is a good idea. Washington Post writer Emily Yahr noted that â€śOnceâ€ť â€śmanaged to steal the spotlight in a huge wayâ€ť and called Elsaâ€™s introduction â€śa truly brilliant piece of product placement-engineered plotâ€ť and â€śa genius move that will only benefit both franchises.â€ťÂ
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly writer Hillary Busis found it â€śa bitÂ weird to think of Disney's newest royal almost immediately joining the ranks of old, established properties like Snow White and Belle," asking, "Is her introduction coming too soon?," though Busis noted that "we can't really answer that until we see how the show ends up handling Elsa â€“ not to mention who ends up being cast as her.â€ť