“Selfless, Brave, and True” initial reactions – ONCE091



This may have raised more questions than it answered! What are the real agendas, and who is the Dragon?

These are just our first thoughts about this Once Upon a Time episode. We’ll share more about “Selfless, Brave, and True” in our upcoming full episode live on Wednesday, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. (EDT/GMT-4).

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While Mary Margaret goes off on her own in an attempt to come to grips with what she did to Cora and how her deed has affected her, she stumbles upon August, who has hidden himself away from the others and is completely made of wood—ashamed at the actions he has taken in life; and Emma is shocked when Neal invites his fiancée, Tamara, to come to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, before the curse was cast, August is introduced to a man of magic who may be able to prevent him from turning back into wood—but at a steep price.

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Initial reactions

Some of our interesting discussion points (in no particular order):

  • Tamara is “Her”! Good job to everyone who theorized that, even though Daniel disagreed. (Good thing he didn’t bet coffee on this, too!)
  • What does Tamara want with magic? Does Greg really know Tamara’s plans? Neal is certainly oblivious to being used by Tamara.
  • It sounded like August wants Emma and Neal back together, because he would feel redeemed by correcting how he separated them before.
  • Who is the Dragon and how did he get here? Could he be Mushu from Mulan? Has he just been helping the helpless, or those somehow afflicted by magic? How does he know August’s history?
  • Snow is losing her control as her heart is darkening. (Sidenote: we realized we’ve never seen Regina’s or Rumplestiltskin’s hearts, and Cora’s was out of her body before she turned so evil.)
  • August is now back to a real boy! WHAT?
  • Was Regina telling the truth that Kurt Flynn left town? Did he lose his memories?

We gave everything a brief overview and would love to hear your thoughts!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kasey.thacker Kasey Thacker

    I have to say, this was my least favorite episode of Once Upon a Time of both seasons. Tamara is very unconvincing bad guy. She’s a tiny skinny woman with a melee weapon. Someone should be able to karate kick that thing out of her hands easily… And where is the giant car battery she’d need to get that much voltage?The worst thing of all was August turning back into a little boy… Why would a taser work on wood? Not to mention he never really got to redeem himself… Redemption comes pretty cheap in OuaT if making a phone call counts. Regina just needs to save a kitten from a tree or something and she’s good to go.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kasey.thacker Kasey Thacker

      Okay my comment comes across a little harsh because I’d just watched the episode but still… young August do not want!

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      The writers hinted that there’s something special about the taser.