“Hey, anyone got a tissue? Or an ice scraper?”
What does it take to gain your trust? Are you someone who is easily won over? All it takes is a pretty face, a warm smile or a few moments of bonding over a sweet treat, and you are already convinced you’ve met a friend for life.
Do you tend to give people the “benefit of the doubt,” and view them in the best light possible, until they prove to be otherwise?
Or perhaps you are a bit more discerning in the people with whom you choose to share your secrets? You often find yourself skeptical of the motives of others. You play your cards close to your chest. Those who don’t know you well may even call you aloof, standoffish, or, dare I say . . . frosty . . .
Though one could argue that the theme of every episode so far of Season 4 of Once has been “how to milk the Frozen franchise for all its worth,” I would argue that this particular episode . . .
. . . had that theme too . . .
. . . but it was also about “Trust.”
For people like Elsa and Emma, who have been hurt and mistreated in their past, it is difficult to open up and trust others . . .
For people like Regina, Rumpelstiltskin and Will Scarlet, who have been stereotyped and marginalized for their past deeds, it is difficult to regain the trust of the people who may have already written them off.
And for people like the Snow Queen, this general lack of trust amongst the good people of Storybrooke proves to be a fertile playground for manipulation, control, and all sorts of other activities that tend to frequent the To Do Lists of every self-respecting Big Bad.
Let’s review, shall we?
Actually, before we begin . . .
A Little Background on The Snow Queen
What’s fun about Once Upon a Time, is that most of the fairytale characters we meet here are fairly recognizable to pretty much anyone who has ever read a fairytale or . . . more likely . . . seen a Disney movie based on a Fairytale. Most of us grew up knowing at least the basic stories of Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood.
But Once seems to have waded a bit deeper into the Fairytale Pool for The Snow Queen, a story that probably didn’t make a lot of your first grade teachers’ Must Read list . . . basically because its super dark, and a little gross . . .
You see, The Snow Queen’s modus operandi was basically to shove broken pieces of glass mirrors into people’s eyes (ouch!) and distort their vision of the world. She’d make them hate everything and mistrust everyone except for . . . wait for it . . . The Snow Queen herself.
This was a step-by-step process. First she’d make her victims act like total douchebags to all their friends. Then, when they had no friends left, she’d have them come live with her. Then she’d make out with them (even if they happened to be little prepubescent boys . . . ewwwww), causing them to not only mistrust and hate their former friends, but to forget their existence entirely.
In short, The Snow Queen was the “If I can’t have you, no one can,” abusive boyfriend / mistress in every Lifetime Movie you ever saw . . .
A burner of bunnies . . . among other things.
So, with that in mind . . .
(You can read the rest of my recap for Once Upon a Time’s Rocky Road here . . .)