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Once Upon A Time: The Stranger Review

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  • TV Series: Once Upon A Time
  • Episode: The Stranger
  • Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla, Jared Gilmore, Joshua Dallas, Eion Bailey, Robert Carlyle
  • Written By: Ian B. Golding, Andrew Chambliss
  • Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton
  • Netwok: ABC
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Once Upon A Time: The Stranger Review

August’s true identity is revealed

By Kurt Anthony Krug     April 29, 2012
Source: Mania.com

With Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) exonerated after being framed for murder by Regina (Lana Parilla), Emma (Jennifer Morrison) wants to get her biological son Henry (Jared Gilmore) back from Regina. She enlists Mr. Gold’s (Robert Carlyle) help in doing so.

However, Mr. Gold makes it so she has no chance but to turn to August (Eion Bailey), the mysterious stranger who has been making the rounds in Storybrooke for a half-a-season, for help. In a cool twist, it turns out that August is really Pinocchio as a 35-year-old adult. From there, it flashes back to the fairy tale realm prior to the curse that the Evil Queen (also Parilla) cast that brought them into Storybrooke, unaware of their previous lives.

Pinocchio becomes a human boy and most remain honest and unselfish if he is to remain so. More is revealed from the first episode: Geppetto (Tony Amendola) agrees to make the wardrobe out of the enchanted tree to protect baby Emma from the Evil Queen’s curse and send her to modern-day America, a land without magic, with the caveat that Pinocchio goes with her and not her mother Snow White (also Goodwin).

Pinocchio is the 7-year-old who looks after the infant Emma upon arrival in America. Several months pass and he has the chance to abandon the orphanage, which he does, but leaves Emma in the process. When Emma, now 28, first arrived in Storybrooke, the clock changed and moved again to 8:15, signifying that time is moving forward. 

August explains all this to her and that was when he first felt the shooting pain in his leg. His leg is becoming wood again because he has not been unselfish with regard to his abandonment of Emma. However, he cannot get Emma to believe that she is the one who will save them all from the curse. At the end of the episode, she pretty much kidnaps Henry and leaves Storybrooke, leading into the final two episodes of the season.

Excellent performances all around from Bailey, Morrison, and Parilla. In this episode, she made Regina sympathetic – someone who is very alone and you feel for her. The only way she can make herself happy is by making other people unhappy, but it cannot fill the void in her soul. This show has been named TV’s No. 1 new drama – it certainly lives up to its hype. 



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hanso 4/30/2012 1:28:56 PM

 Good to see OUAT getting its own review.

Slight correction to your review, Geppetto agreed to make wardrobe with the caveat that Pinocchio goes with Snow White and takes Charming's place.  The situation changed later on because Emma was born ahead of time, so Pinocchio ended up taking Snow's because Geppetto didn't do what the Blue Fairy asked.

I assume you were hit up with a word count but can we get a bit more detail in the next reviews?  No mention of the whale, which was a cool scene btw, August reuniting with Geppetto at the end of the episode, Regina wanting to bang Charming, the Blue Fairy's magnificent boobs, and no mention of the Lost easter egg reference like Pinocchio spotting that Oceanic flight when he lands in America.

As to the episode itself, I liked it.  I wonder if the whale will have a Storybrooke counterpart, I know Dr.Whale has been rumored before but who knows.  I also liked that August turned out to be Pinochio, but it was kind of difficult to figure if you just based it on the rules OUAT had established (Emma had traveled alone, no Storybrooke character could leave Storybrooke), then bam they hit you this ep with, hey Pinochio left with Emma too!.

almostunbiased 4/30/2012 6:58:10 PM

I enjoy this show.  I think its really clever.

InnerSanctum 4/30/2012 9:29:11 PM

 It is silly fun.  Like Dynasty with story book characters.  

millean 5/1/2012 8:20:33 AM

There was something in this episode besides the Blue Fairy's magnicifent boobs???

Charming is a nitwit.  Of course Regina had alterior motives from the second she had car trouble.  Props to her on disabling her battery, I would have probably gone with something else.  She may have been trying to bang Charming, but we all know it was just to screw with Snow.  She knew she wasn't going to get him in the sack that easily.

Like that August turned out to be Pinocchio.  Didn't see that one coming.

gauleyboy420 5/1/2012 11:48:10 AM

I haven't read this review or comments, but I stopped watching after ep. 5 (got busy) Should I still be watching?

hanso 5/1/2012 1:56:36 PM

 Yes if you like to see the Blue Fairy's magnificent boobs.  Also, if you dig Rumplestilsken you keep watching.  You missed around 3 episodes dealing with his back story including "Skin Deep" which was a twist on Beauty & the Beast.  The series got better has it went along, so I would give it a few more eps.  At least get to The Mad Hatter episode "Hat Trick" which was pretty cool. 

DougRed4 5/1/2012 2:17:41 PM

@ hanso re: blue fairy's boobs.  My daughter (who watches this show with me) hits me every time I comment on them.  ;)

karas1 5/2/2012 11:03:03 AM

Just saw the episode and loved it.  Yes gauley, you should be watching this series.

millean 5/3/2012 7:26:09 AM

Mother Superior (aka the Blue Fairy) is called that in the "real" world because of her boobs, not because she is a nun...

InnerSanctum 5/6/2012 2:22:51 PM

 Just curious...they have some great CGI, but when it comes to the Blue Fairy it looks like it is straight out of H R Puffenstuff.  Those effects (not talking about her enhancements) are really distracting.  Considering that was some excellent CGI with Pinnochio and the whale.  

I'm officially addicted to the show.  I was embarrassed, but I can embrace the silliness.  They just took Lost and added in fairy tale characters.  When are they going to discover that they are all really dead?  



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