Once Upon a Time aired an episode a couple weeks back, called "Selfless, Brave and True," that saw the return of August Booth/Pinocchio. By the end of the episode, the wooden man was transformed in a way that has some fans (including me) in an uproar.
Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the latest episode of Once Upon a Time
At the end of the episode, August proved that he could be selfless, brave and true and fought with his dying breath to tell Emma the truth about Tamara. After his death, Henry wisely brought in the Blue Fairy and she waved her wand and -- poof! -- Pinocchio was alive. Only trouble was he wasn't August anymore. For some bizarre reason, he reverted back to a little boy with no memory of the man he had become. In that moment, I became very upset at what they had done to one of my favorite characters.
Here are four reasons why I'm perturbed about what happened to Pinocchio:
He Didn't Need to Revert to Childhood
This is perhaps the biggest peeve I have with what happened. August had a difficult journey and though he did things that he wasn't proud of, he did what he could in the end to fix it. When he died and magic was used to make him well, there was no logical reason for him to become a little boy again. Once magic returned to Storybrooke, it had been used a few times and not once did it cause people to return to their previous states from before the curse. Why did Pinocchio have to go back to being a little boy? It made no sense other than to help Tamara keep her secret a little longer. But that could've been accomplished another way. Death is traumatic no matter how you look at it so it would've made sense to have adult August come back to life but missing some memories.
What About August?
The other part of this storyline that perturbs me is the fact that, for all intents and purposes, August is still dead. The man we knew, the one who sacrificed himself in the end, is still gone. Perhaps he wouldn't want to remember all of his life experiences after he abandoned baby Emma, but isn't that a part of life? I'm sure we've all done things we're not proud of, but part of growing up and making amends is living with those memories. By turning August back into a little boy, they took away the man that August had become. Now we'll never get to see him making a new life for himself (I assume) in Storybrooke and reunited (as an adult) with his father and perhaps even join in the battles being fought by Emma, Mary Margaret and David.
Eion Bailey is Fantastic
Now that Pinocchio is a little boy, it looks like we're never going to see Eion Bailey on Once Upon a Time again. It's really disappointing because I think Bailey is a fantastic actor and added a lot to the show. I'll admit right now to being a bit biased towards Bailey. I had the wonderful luck to interview him during a visit to the Covert Affairs set a couple years ago and I'm not lying when I say that nearly every journalist found him absolutely enthralling. Heck, most of us talked about him on the bus ride back to our hotel. When I found out he was going to be on one of my favorite shows -- and then we found out he was playing such an important character -- I was over-the-moon excited. And now, with one fell swoop, it looks like we'll never see him again. I really hope I'm wrong and that maybe little Pinocchio will start mysteriously aging really fast and become a man again in a few episodes, but that doesn't look too promising at the moment.
No Chance of an August/Emma Hookup
Okay, so I don't know how much I was really looking forward to Emma and August hooking up, but you have to admit that the two of them had some great chemistry. I suppose it was never going to happen and maybe they were always going to be written as more brother and sister, but it's still an intriguing thought. It also would've made a really interesting love triangle with Neal (if the writers decided to rekindle that relationship once Tamara is gone). So while I can't say that I was necessarily watching every episode with August hoping for an Emma hookup, I will say that I'm disappointed that it will now never happen.
So what do you think? Were you satisfied with what they did to Pinocchio/August in the last episode of Once Upon a Time? Or are you upset about his change and want the adult Pinocchio back?
Once Upon a Time airs Sunday nights at 8pm on ABC.
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