Once Upon A Time Review: The Stranger

TONY AMENDOLA

Once Upon A Time Review: The Stranger

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

When Emma goes to Mr. Gold to help her fight Regina for custody of Henry, August makes a last ditch attempt to convince Emma of the truth. Meanwhile, we learn who August really is.

Best Moment: Young August looking up to see an Oceanic Airlines plane go by. Also 8.15. Loving the headnods!

Verdict: My prediction for the season finale is that Emma finally BELIEVES…. finally. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

In truth, I’m not sure what to say about this episode. I suppose we did get to learn that August is really Pinocchio. It would’ve been cool if people hadn’t already been predicting it for the past few weeks. Still, at least the truth is out in the open, and we know that August was with Emma when she first arrived. Not that he stuck around, mind you. Niiccee abandonment there August!

Speaking of nice, there was some nice scheming going on with Regina as she tries and fails to hit on David. Prompted by an interesting exchange in which Mary Margaret forgives Regina. Forgives? Really? Eh, not buying. I don’t think Snow would have forgiven quite so quickly. Not the way she’s been portrayed so far. Still it was an interesting diversion that didn’t really go anywhere, nor should it. Actually, as far as Regina goes, it screams of desperation- desperate for vengeance, not to get together with David mind you!

Gosh, I’m not really sure what else to say. August tries and fails to convince Emma to see what’s really going on. I mean, seriously, a guy disappeared almost right in front of her eyes, and she still didn’t figure it out. I think that’s one of the big problems of the series. By the time season one ends, something will happen to make her believe, but that means that we as an audience are kinda right back where we were at the beginning with the only difference being that she’s willing to acknowledge it. It’s such a foolish way to tell a story, and is something that also plagued Lost to a lesser degree.

Of course another problem with the series is it’s overall blandness. Take the look of Pinocchio. Heaven forbid they should actually create an interesting look for him. Aside from the slutty Blue Fairy (seriously, what’s up with her outfit?) everyone either looks like a boring Disney creation or like someone that just left a renaissance faire. With the possible exception of Rumpel…

Well, two more episodes left. Let’s see if my prediction is right.