Was this review helpful to you? Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? The story is absorbing, with a tragic scene being quite heart-breaking. Meanwhile, back in Phuket, August seeks the help of a healer known as the "dragon" when he starts to turn into wood. ", Title: Mary Margaret begins to deal with her guilt concerning the death of Cora while Neal's fiancée arrives in Storybrooke. Was this review helpful to you? Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. It is photographed beautifully and there is some make-up that suited the characters perfectly. The effects are also above average, not exceptional but not bad. Use the HTML below. Regina Mills / Evil Queen / Roni / Old Woman / Ursula (156 episodes, 2011-2018) ... Princess Aurora (18 episodes, 2012-2018) Robbie Kay. Mary Margaret encounters a completely wooden August and Neal's fiancée arrives in Storybrooke, as flashbacks show August seek the help of a healer in Phuket when he starts to turn into wood. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. Look ahead to the TV shows still set to premiere in the rest of 2020, including "Selena: The Series" and "The Stand. It is let down though by a few overly convenient plot points and especially the distractingly terrible look of the wooden Pinocchio (some may consider this a nit-pick, for me though it was far too amateurishly distracting to ignore).The characters are still very interesting with ever clearer motivations, and the episode does a great allowing one to empathise with August. Written by The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue.Concluding, very well done. Ginnifer Goodwin is charming and one roots for her and her increasingly dire situation in the Storybrooke scenes, while Jennifer Morrison continues to grow.Visually "The Stable Boy" is a very handsomely mounted episode, settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. Lana Parrilla knocks it out of the park here, injecting more nuance than seen before and she was always one of the best performers on 'Once Upon a Time'. Our fall TV preview concludes with a comprehensive guide to the new and... 2013 Fall TV Preview: Our Comprehensive Guide to the Season's New and Returning Shows. All the TV Series & Episodes I own..and those I've seen, I've rated part 2, ONCE UPON A TIME SEASON 2 (2012) (9.4/10). 1 of 3 people found this review helpful. Only wooden Pinocchio's look disappoints. 2 Not credited. Peter Pan / Henry Mills / Pied Piper (17 episodes, 2013-2018) Here in "The Stable Boy" she has a sympathetic and conflicted edge where one sees how she came to be the way she turned out, and it is very hard to not feel sorry for her. With Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas. There is far less corn and instead the humour, emotional and tense elements and the balance between them are getting stronger. The second season of the ABC television series Once Upon a Time was announced on May 10, 2012. S2, Ep18 24 Mar. "Selfless, Brave and True" is a very well done episode on the whole with a lot done right. Check box if your review contains spoilers. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.Of a solid, from personal opinion, first season, "The Stable Boy" is among the best episodes. Looking for something to watch? Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Directed by Ralph Hemecker. Directed by Milan Cheylov. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. By all means, "Selfless, Brave and True" does continue the show's growth in character development and plot progression. While other episodes are more successful at advancing its story elements and having a more seamless structure, things are balanced well, make sense and there is emotional impact (Mary Margaret's guilt is especially well done).All the acting is good to great, Eion Bailey and Ginnifer Goodwin are standouts.Furthermore, "Selfless, Brave and True" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter.