Once Upon a Time Review: Destiny Calls

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In last week's episode of Once Upon a Time, we learned who August was NOT. Here, we finally discovered the true identity of August Booth: is no longer just "The Stranger," he's also Pinochio come to life.

But with one proviso: he'll remain a real boy... er... man, only if he is brave, truthful and unselfish. Well, now we know what that pain in his leg is whenever he lies, or do we?

I honestly thought that was August's trump card, that when he showed Emma his leg she'd begin to believe. Unfortunately, August saw his limb turn to wood but Emma saw no such thing. Was that because there's no magic in Storybrooke or because Emma was in complete denial about her destiny?

In the fairy tale world we were transported back to the moment the magic wardrobe was created and it was great to see those dramatic scenes of Emma's birth that started the show so many months ago.

Tony Amendola as Geppetto

I couldn't blame Geppetto for being a bit selfish. He was trying to save his son but in doing so he linked August's fate with Emma's. The longer she resists her place as curse buster, the harder this will be on August. What happens if he continues to turn back into a puppet. Will those in the know see it happening but those who can't see the magic simply be watching him die?

August might be highly motivated but Emma's a born cynic. I can't imagine what it will take to change her mind if she can't actually see the magic. In this Once Upon a Time quote she was pretty blunt in her reply to August:

August: You're our only hope.
Emma: Then you're all screwed. | permalink

That Emma now wanted Henry as her son was a huge step for her but to take him and run? That just seemed reckless. What's her plan and what happens if she and Henry actually leave Storybrooke?

Across town, Mary Margaret told off Regina but also forgave her, which baffled me until she explained.

Mary Margaret: Your life must be filled with such incredible loneliness that your only joy comes from destroying everyone else's happiness. | permalink

She's right in that Regina's existence is sort of sad and pathetic but it also makes her dangerous.

David was Regina's knight in shining armor when her car broke down. Ummm... did he not know that she set up Mary Margaret for murder? I suppose if Mary Margaret wasn't speaking to him perhaps not. That's the only explanation I could come up with for him being so cordial.

Thankfully he only took Regina up on her lasagna and not her offer of seduction because that would have ruined the character entirely. But if he's considering Regina a new friend that could put him on a treacherous path, especially since David known for being clueless.

Little by little, the list of people in Storybrooke who know there is a curse continues to grow: Regina, Mr Gold, Henry and August. Who will be able to convince Emma of her destiny? With two episodes left, what's your guess for the future of Storybrooke?


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Kitanishi h mcdonald

As for bored now...why so cycnical? It's a fairytale come to life with their past to remind us who they were...it's fun to try to second guess what will happen next, and not review it as a real life crime drama!
Its a consistent well-written, well-directed, well-acted drama and pretty much best drama-show on tv right now. A little bit of brainstorming does nothing else but make it even better ;]

Kitanishi h mcdonald

so maybe Emma believing brings magic...to our world.
Agreed. this is the most common idea and most likely why they put off her belief till finale. Finale being appropriately titled "Land Without Magic" most likely means that Emma's belief starts to break the curse and through S2 we see the progress on that as it offers a lot of new problems as various characters start to exhibit their FTL problems(example: Red) :3


Perhaps the biggest obstacle to winning the war against the Curse, and the EQ, will be Emma's lack of faith in herself. She may be convinced that the fairytales are true, that MM is Snow White, etc. But, it's going to take a LOT more for her to believe in herself, and we all know that the EQ will undermine her confidence every step of the way. Emma is stubborn. But, that doesn't necessarily translate to being secure in your own abilities and character.

Allison berry barbieri

One thing does confound me a bit is that the fairy somehow knew just want land Regina was sending the characters to? A land without magic (which just happens to be where Rumple's son went).... Perhaps it's implied that ours is the only one without magic? Also, who came up with the exact idea of the curse? Was it Rumple's curse...is that why he wanted to go the land without magic...to find his son? What did the fairy have to do with it's creation?

Allison berry barbieri

I really enjoyed this episode. The one thing I love about Once is that I can always trust the writers to eventually answer questions that I have...at least at some point. And they have a great sense of continuity in the story telling. The way the writers stick to the basic fairy tale while further illustrating back stories is brilliant. Currently, this show is flawless to me in terms of writing, so I hope the writers keep it up!


Episode was great. Especially Emma's response to August's "You're our only hope." Every one has commented on the Pinocchio story so I'm going to put my 2 cents in on David's actions. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that MAYBE he's trying to play double agent and get Regina to admit to her wrong-doing. As for Emma & Henry running away, I don't think they'll get out of Storybrooke, she tried once before and wasn't able to get away, not going to happen this time either.


Love this show never bored look forward to each Sunday....Love the blue fairy and seeing the little Cricket,Hey love every thing about the show,Bored go watch something else..........


Stupid, stupid show. Don't waste my time.


August needs magic...the Mad Hater needed magic...they both looked to Emma because they see her as having magic(the most powerful according to Rumple being true love and Emma being a product of true love between Snow and Charming)...so maybe Emma believing brings magic...to our world. I can't imagine her accepting her destiny and defeating Regina to just send them all back to their world since Rumple wouldn't have his son(his son refused to live with him in the other world)...so if you can't go to a magical world...find a way to bring the magic to the world you're in. Maybe Emma is Rumple's loop hole to doing just that(so to speak).


@Shae - I don't think it's bad at all that Geppetto sent his son ahead without 100% certainty. Parents in desperate circumstances have done this for centuries when they felt they didn't have any other recourse. Children as young as 8 were sent as indentured servants to the New World when it was still a British colony. During the Irish potato famine of the 1800's, same thing. During WWII, British children were separated from their parents & sent away from the big cities to protect them from the bombing raids. And when Saigon fell during the Vietnam War, Vietnamese parents were giving their kids to American soldiers so their children would have a better life, knowing they wouldn't be there to guide them. Desperate times...

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 20 Quotes

Your life must be filled with such incredible loneliness that your only joy comes from destroying everyone elses happiness.

Mary Margaret

Now where exactly would we be going on this magical, mystery tour?