*Review contains spoilers, so read at your own risk!*
I was a bit iffy on how they were going to fit in three new villains into the story who seemingly had no connection to anyone whatsoever. But after the winter premiere tonight, I have no doubt in my mind that the second half of the season is going to be one crazy ride!
The fairy tale world gave us a quick review on how they first all met and worked together as a team to get something Rumple needed. A curse that would give the villains something they've been wanting for years. Their chance at a happy ending. Though we aren't quite sure what that is to all of them and Rumple wants to keep it that way. Their business is their business. I'm sure it won't stay that way for long.
I love it when the fairy tale world and the real world collide. When they finally find a way to free the fairies from the hat (I must have missed that part from the first half of the season? Totally clueless on what they were talking about), it actually freed the evil, demon thing that Ursula, Cruelle De Vil and Maleficent were all fighting in the fairy tale world. But then they drop one of those lovely twists on us fans. That was Mr. Gold's plan all along. He knew that the only way that they could get into Storybrooke was if the villains actually made it seem that they had turned a new leaf and could be trusted and wanted a second chance by saving the town from that creepy thing. And he also let us know that it was actually Emma who the thing was after, not Regina. So, does that mean, will Emma be a possible new villain in the future?
Finally, something juicy is happening with David and Mary Margaret. Right when Mary Margaret heard who was coming to town, I knew she knew who they were well beyond just their name. She looked worried about something and that was confirmed when they had a secret meeting on the edge of town discussing that whatever happened between them to never be released or Regina wouldn't be their biggest worry. But with how this show works, everything eventually comes out in the open, so I'm sure in a matter of time, we will know what happened between them and that will just cause a family rift. Hopefully one that doesn't last too long, but it'll cause something if it's big enough.
So, I was wrong. The Sorcerer and the Author are completely different people. Well, according to the Blue Fairy, they are. Who looks mighty shaken up after having been freed from the hat. What did they have to deal with in there? The demon or something worse? Also, the Author has disappeared, but left clues in the book to where one might find him. That calls for Henry to decode the book. Emma's right, if anyone can find anything about the Author in the book, its him. I'm glad they are finding some room in the story for Henry. He seems to have been off the grid lately. Somethings I also liked to note. I loved seeing that Regina and Emma have made up and are working together again and it was cool to see everybody about their day in a normal setting in the beginning. Not fighting any mythical creature or anything. But that was just the calm before the storm.
So, it was a pretty good start to the new season and I'm actually looking forward to the next episode. I didn't feel the same about the Frozen story line until half way into the season. Don't get me wrong, I did like it, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. This second half seems to be more promising.