Once Upon a Time Review: Is Redemption Out of Reach?

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There are few truly "Selfless, Brave and True" acts in this world - and Storybrooke is no exception, as August returned to Once Upon a Time this week looking for redemption.

Return of August

August never did take his task of looking out for Emma very seriously. That's all I could think when he woke up in a beautiful woman's bed in a beachside bungalow in Phuket, Thailand. Apparently his selfishness had already begun to take its toll. 

Of course, everyone thought he was a crazy person because he was the only one who could witness his dilemma. I wonder what the doctor thought when no blood emerged from that leg wound.

What I didn't expect was Neal's fiancee being wrapped up in all of this. 

How could August not realize it was a set up when she left that envelope of cash for him to watch? That seemed ridiculousm but I suppose he was just desperate enough to take it without question.

But how did Tamara kill the Dragon? How powerful was that taser? Couldn't his magic combat it?

This episode left me with lots of questions. What's Tamara's connection to the fairy tale world? How did she get involved with Owen and what's their plan for finding his father? And where the heck is Kurt anyway?

Regina had two of my favorite scenes of the night. The first was when she sniped at Mary Margaret in the diner in this Once Upon a Time quote

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Such a perfect reminder of last week's conclusion in "Welcome to Storybrooke." Then Regina remembered Owen and confronted him, warning that despite what he thought, some people can just disappear.

In the end August redeemed himself but ended up as Pinnochio once again. I'm sure some fans will be upset to lose the handsome adult version but he's never been a favorite of mine. Given a choice of the two, I'd rather have Graham back in Storybrooke but I suppose that is not to be.

Mary Margaret contemplated her own chances of redemption and decided the first step was to come clean with David about her visit to Regina and her blackened heart. 

I was with David on this one. Where August readily admitted he'd lived a life of selfishness, cowardice and dishonesty, the same can not be said of Snow. She has the heart and soul of a hero. Surely one dark moment can't change that. 

So what do you think Tamara's twisted plan is for Storybrooke? Does Regina still have Kurt? And did you miss Rumplestiltskin on this Once Upon a Time?

NOTE: Once Upon a Time is off until April 21. But look who we'll meet when the series returns:


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Okay after this episode I only have three things to say.One is Tamara needs to die now.Two is Michael Raymond James needs to be made a series regular now.An three is where was Rumple???


How did regina "remember owen?" i missed that part and dont know what ppl mean by remembered.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

While I did not care much for August and Tamara plotlines(because meh, so far, at least August got closure and Emma love geometry did not get another point), I LOVED Snow's character development in this episode. Its quite clear that by the end of episode Snow has lost hope about redemption or is unwilling to pay the price for it. This whole epsiode was reminiscent of Regina in flashbacks at the start of season, down to Snow slapping marco paralleling Regina's daydream of strangling young Snow. Add to that foreshadowing with the song Snow chose for her anger-session, her reactions through the episode and the title of 2x20 and it seems clear that Snow will go off the rails completely by that episode.


This episode was extremely confusing. My friends and I spent the entire time yelling 'Who the heck is Tamara?!?' I will miss August. Since Graham is gone, I think he and Emma would have been a great pair. I really have no idea where they're going with this whole story line. I'm glad Snow White finally got out of her funk and totally agreed with what Emma said to Charming at the very beginning. Sadly, I think my favorite part of tonight's episode was the preview of Robin Hood joining the fairytale gang. While I am extremely excited for it, I worry that he'll just be a one off like Jack because there is already so much going on with Tamara and Owen, Antone and the beans, and Hook who is supposed to be coming back.

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