The first episode of the fourth season of ABC's nonsense soapy fairy-tales-in-the-real-world tv show Once Upon a Time premiered last Sunday. And we're going to be reviewing the new season here, because why not. So let's start by catching you up on what came before moving into a sort-of review of the newest episode. Obviously there are spoilers here up to and including S4E1.
The Story So Far...
The premise is this: years ago in a fairy-tale land, a curse cast by an evil queen (real name: Regina, because every character boasts a name that is either ridiculously on the-nose or, like, Dick-and-Jane normal), sent a shedload of fairy-tale characters out of the Enchanted Forest and into the real world, to live in a little town in Maine (called Storybrooke – see what I mean?) with no memories of the past. Regina cursed everyone because she had it out for her step-daughter, Snow White, and SW's husband, Prince Charming. Her curse caused a lot of collateral damage because she’s evil, and that's how this show rolls.
Also, there's a kind of undeveloped thing about how time was basically frozen in Storybrooke and none of the fairy-tale characters have aged since Regina cast the curse, but time started up again when Emma strolled into town. Which doesn't really explain how Henry aged, if no one else did, because this show takes a really fast and loose approach to things like consistency.
Wait, you're saying. Emma who? Henry what?