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Once Upon a Time: Season 4 (2014-2015)

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Critic Consensus: The addition of a Frozen subplot feels like a marketing angle, but Once Upon a Time Season Four shines, adding more layers to an already complex story.

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Two new adventures comprise the fourth series of this fantasy series. In the first half of the season, characters from the movie "Frozen" make appearances as they try to reunite with one another. A frightened Elsa winds up in Storybrooke and initially puts the townsfolk in peril as she desperately searches for her sister, Anna. But soon Emma befriends Elsa and aids her in what turns into a complicated family reunion. In the second half of the series, an exiled Gold reunites with a dangerous trio: Ursula, Cruella De Vil and Maleficent. The three villainesses enter Storybrooke determined to get the happy endings that have eluded them for so long.

Cast

Ginnifer Goodwin
as Snow White/Mary Margaret
Robert Carlyle
as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
Lana Parrilla
as Evil Queen/Regina
Jared S. Gilmore
as Henry Mills
Joshua Dallas
as Prince Charming/David
Emilie De Ravin
as Belle/Lacey
Colin O'Donoghue
as Killian Jones/Captain Hook
Michael Socha
as Will Scarlet
Josh Dallas
as Prince Charming/David
Sean MaGuire
as Robin Hood
Victoria Smurfit
as Cruella De Vil
Lee Arenberg
as Leroy/Grumpy
Christie Laing
as Maid Marian
Timothy Webber
as The Apprentice
Keegan Connor Tracy
as Mother Superior
Rebecca Mader
as The Wicked Witch
Abby Ross
as Young Emma
Faustino Di Bauda
as Walter/Sleepy
Tony Amendola
as Marco/Geppetto
Giancarlo Esposito
as Sidney/Magic Mirror
Pascale Hutton
as Regal Woman
Jason Burkart
as Little John
Wil Traval
as The Sheriff of Nottingham
Raf Rogers
as Arendelle Servant
Oliver Rice
as Noble Man
John Rhys-Davies
as Grand Pabbie
Lee Page
as Arendelle Guard #1
Jakob Davies
as Pinocchio
Patrick Roccas
as Arendelle Guard #2
Barclay Hope
as Adoptive Father
Jessy Schram
as Ashley/Cinderella
Raphael Sbarge
as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket
Tony Perez
as Valet/Nobleman
Anna Galvin
as Madeline
Chris Gauthier
as William Smee
Milli Wilkinson
as Young Cruella
Panou
as FBI Agent
Catherine Boyoavia
as Spaghetti Lady
Morgan Tanner
as Dancer #1
Garry Garneau
as Spaghetti Man
Brighton Sharbino
as Young Ingrid
Sebastian Roche
as King Stefan
Charles Mesure
as Black Beard
Ernie Hudson
as Poseidon
Scott Augustine
as Dancer #2
Ingrid Torrance
as Severe Nurse
Tiffany Boone
as Young Ursula
Emanuel Fappas
as Bartender
Ava Marie Telek
as Young Gerda
Tony Giroux
as Dancer #3
Paul Kloegman
as Carriage Driver
Michelle Dawley
as Dancer #4
Anson Hibbert
as Policeman
Noah Beggs
as Bartender
Raahul Singh
as General
Bailey Herbert
as Young Helga
Russell J. Roberts
as Visiting Duke
Tristan Shire
as Oz Guard
Kelly Konno
as Dancer #5
Michelle Choi-Lee
as Adoption Agent
John Innes
as Older Man
Mig Macario
as Bashful
Julia Harnett
as Dancer #6
Rebecca Wisocky
as Madame Faustina
Jolene Bothwell
as Dancer #7
John Rhys-Davies
as Grand Pabbie
Phil Granger
as Landlord
Chad Cosgrove
as Carriage Driver
Zoey Siewert
as Brunette Girl
Joe Dodds
as Outrider #1
Jim Finkbeiner
as Outrider #2
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time: Season 4

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

It's rolling toward that place-you know, the one where TV goes to die. That the writers are trying to throw in new plotlines is only strategic.

October 14, 2014 | Full Review…

Longtime fans of Once Upon a Time could (or should) feel cheated by the show's latest tool to mask that it plays the same storylines over and over again.

September 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Whether Frozen ultimately helps Once Upon a Time will be a true test of the Disney movie's appeal. But we're talking about Once again, and that's a start.

September 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Overall, the latest season of ABC's fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time takes an already complex and meandering story and complicates it still further by adding in a whole host of new characters.

August 19, 2015 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Fortunately, Once Upon a Time's fourth season will not consist entirely of storylines that have to do with Frozen.

September 30, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Now it's an hour-long commercial for Disneyland with the vanilla-est plot of them all, one that seems built on marketing algorithms.

September 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time: Season 4

HarryW.

Super Reviewer

½

Once Upon a Time gets Frozen in its fourth season, being overwhelmed by Disney's newest animated sensation. Arendelle's Queen Elsa comes to Storybrooke in search of her lost sister and discovers that her aunt is there lying in wait with a nefarious scheme; meanwhile Regina begins a quest to find the Author in the hopes that he can write her a happy ending, and her efforts soon bring Ursula and Cruella De Vil to Storybrooke. Unlike with the classic Disney fairytales, the show stays quite faithful to Frozen's telling of the Snow Queen; serving more as a continuation than an adaptation. And the casting of the Frozen characters is outstanding; as they look and feel like live-actions versions. However, the regular cast and their story arcs kind of get short-shrifted. Also, the season finale, which promises an alternative reality where the villains get happy endings, is really a bait and switch that just reverses the heroes and villains (which comes off as rather lazy). Still, Season 4 of Once Upon a Time continues to deliver magical adventures that are exciting and full of thrills (even though it becomes a little more than it can handle at times).

DannM.

Super Reviewer

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