Once Upon a Time recap: 'Heroes and Villains'

December 15, 2014 4:56 AM

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That's about where tonight's midseason finale—which may as well have been titled "Falling Action"—leaves us. The Snow Queen has been vanquished; the ice wall around Storybrooke has been KO'd; the rest of the Frozen folk have retreated back to the Disney store, where they belong; season 4B's secondary antagonist, Rumplestiltskin, has gotten what he deserves; Hook has regained both his heart and his mojo, if that concluding kiss with Emma is any indication. Even infrequently-mentioned Operation Mongoose has been partially successful: Henry and Regina have discovered the Author's house, if not the Author himself.

"Heroes and Villains" isn't quite as definitively conclusive as last year's midseason finale—an hour that would have functioned perfectly well as a full series wrap-up—but it did have the whiff of a hand firmly closing a storybook called The One With the Frozen Tie-In. Which isn't to say that we'll ...

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