Join me in a magical place called wonderland, created entirely by CGI. But this is not the Wonderland that you’ve come to know and love from the childhood stories. And Alice, is definitely not the little blonde girl you once read about!! It’ll be totes interesting to find out the reality, or should I say alternate reality that has put this girl in the insane asylum!
We start off by meeting a young Alice, in her blue and white dress. She’s just gotten back from Wonderland and she’s thrilled to tell her father all about the people she’s met. But when she finally gets home, we realize that she’s been missing a few months and her father believed her to be dead. She is soon deemed as insane by a family doctor. While this idea of Alice being crazy and delusional has been around for quite some time, the writers did a good job of taking the idea and making the girl a victim, who constantly believed in her own sanity, despite how ridiculous it may have been. That flashback leads us to the evaluation room in the insane asylum, conducted by really creepy doctors, who are trying to convince Alice that all she’s been doing is making up this world and these experiences. Alice obviously plays along in order to get free, but unfortunately the don’t believe her as she apparently still calls out for Cyrus during the night.
We meet Cyrus in the flashbacks, the genie that Alice freed from his bottle. The two also fell in love and got engaged in wonderland before the Red Queen pushed Cyrus off a cliff into the burning sea. For most of her time in the asylum, Alice believed he was dead. During her interrogation with the psychiatrists, they convince her to sign her life away for a lobotomy, which I am assuming in those times in England, is them basically drilling a hole in one’s brain to make them “normal.” Yeah, scary right? Thankfully, just moments before the procedure Alice is saved by the sexy Knave of Hearts (possible love interest?), who has come to tell her that Cyrus was spotted alive in Wonderland. The best part of her escape from the looney bin? Obviously the part where the doctors eyes get huge because he see’s the white rabbit and Alice states, “seeing things doctor? I heard theres a procedure for that.” Priceless!!! We continue on our adventure to present day Wonderland where we will soon meet the caterpillar smoking hookah, the Chesire Cat, the evil Red Queen, and the even meaner Jafar.
Long story short. Cyrus is not dead, but he’s not roaming Wonderland either. The white rabbit is a shady fellow working for the Red Queen to prevent himself from becoming a wall piece. He lured Alice in with a lie about Cyrus, but as of right now, we aren’t sure why. What does the Red Queen want with Alice? And better yet, what does Jafar want with Cyrus. During the interaction between the Red Queen and Jafar, it is clear that Jafar is the most powerful one here and they mentioned something about getting the three wishes from Alice. But there has to be more to the story. He wouldn’t be holding Cyrus captive for some wishes, right? There has to be some kind of problem that happens if Alice and Cyrus do get their happily ever after… I mean, that’s what happens in fairy tales right?
I’m seeing a lot of things straying from the original stories as well. First off, since when does Agrabah belong in Wonderland? I mean that’s kind of weird. Surely, Jafar cannot be in two places at once. And if you put Jafar in the story, you have to put Alladin and Jasmine. Second of all, why is the Chesire Cat evil…. I wasn’t feeling that! Third of all, I understand the story is based in Wonderland and it would be rather hard to make this crazy place without CGI, but I feel like there is way too much CGI. I feel like I’m watching a cartoon or something. I feel that the original Once Upon A Time does a good job at balancing normal with CGi so there isn’t such an overload. Hopefully, we see that in Wonderland as well. And lastly, the best part of this is that all of this began in Storybrooke. What a smart way to craft a show from another show. Just brilliant. Having the knave of hearts sneak into Red’s diner only to get sucked into a portal with the rabbit was fantastic. It really felt like I was watching an extension of the show and it gives writers the opportunity to connect the shows at any time!!
BREAKING: Tyler Jacob Moore Cast as Prince Hans on OUAT
More major Once Upon A Time castings have been made. Storybrooke will be a very populated town this season!
OUAT has cast yet another Frozen character– Prince Hans. Shameless star Tyler Jacob Moore will be joining the cast as Prince Hans, Anna’s treacherous former lover. He will appear in the third episode and will be recurring throughout the season.
Photo Credit: Shameless/Showtime
When we first reported that OUAT directors were hoping to incorporate Hans in the show, we wondered if he would be as evil as he was depicted in the movie. In the Disney film, Hans tricked Anna into falling in love with him in order to become king of Arendelle. He was banished and shipped out by Queen Elsa, so it’ll be interesting to see where his character picks up on the show, considering OUAT is picking up after the movies end.
Also joining the OUAT family is John Rhys- Davies, who will provide the voice of rock-troll Pabbie. Executive producer Adam Horowitz announced the good news on Twitter today. Rhys- Davies is known for his work in Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones. In Frozen, Pabbie helps Elsa cure herself after she accidentally freezes her head with icy magic.
Other Frozen characters making their way to Storybrooke include Queen Elsa (played by Georgina Haig), Princess Anna (Elizabeth Lail), Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster) and Elizabeth Mitchell as the Original Snow Queen aka Elsa and Anna’s mom. Yeah, it’s a mouthful.
Thankfully, this weekend Comic Con debuted a spoiler-ey first look at the season to come! Unfortunately, if you weren’t attending, there’s no way you can get your hands on the video. Basically, the clip gave fans a frosty look at Anna and Elsa putting flowers on their mothers grave, while Elsa tells her that “mother would be so proud of her” before presenting her sister with a wedding gift. Yes, Anna and Kristoff are getting married! *Squeals!* Let’s just hope that Han’s return doesn’t put a bump in their love story… although it most likely will considering Elsa will not be getting a love interest!
Photo Credit: Once Upon A Time in Wonderland/ ABC
Veering away from Frozen, another familiar face is coming to Storybrooke– The Knave of Hearts. Michael Socha will reprise his role as the Knave, the only character from the OUAT spinoff, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, that seems to have survived. (For good reason!) I’m holding out that he becomes good friends with Hook… or that the two get some decent “bro-ey” screen time. Especially since Captain Hook is getting a new wardrobe! Ditching the pirate clothes doesn’t take the pirate out of the lad revealed Colin O’Donoghue. He might be falling in love with Emma and finally dressing like he’s living in the 20th century, but he’s still a pirate! Sidenote: hotties are taking over Storybrooke!
Once Upon A Time returns on Sunday, Sept. 28 on ABC. There’s way to many story lines for you to even think about missing the season premiere!
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Once Upon A Time In Wonderland- And They Lived… (1×13)
“Anything is possible in Wonderland”
Once Upon A Time came to an end this week and everyone lived happily ever after… well except for Jafar who totally got what was coming to him. Despite really liking the show, part of me is relieved it’s over mainly because of the satisfying finale that we were given. During a time where series finales like to do the unthinkable and use the shock factor till the very last drop, Once strayed from that model and it was perfect. They did everything by the book; the fairy tale book!! It was a perfect ending to a less than perfect time spent in the not so wonderful, Wonderland.
We began the episode where we left off last week. Jafar and Amarra were doing the spell to become the almighty and powerful and it worked. They were now the most powerful sorcers in Wonderland and nothing and no one could stop them. Obviously allowing Jafar to have this much power was a recipe for disaster. His first order of business– to make his father finally love him– something he’s wanted since he was 10 years old. But, once he got the loved he so dearly longed for, he had other ideas for daddy dearest. He wanted him to feel what it was like to get killed by somebody he loved and just like that he drowned his father–cold heartedly.
Jafar also planned to kill Amarra, but while he was distracted with his father, she escaped with her son Cyrus and Alice. Back at the rabbits house they plotted to take down the evil sorcerer. The only way would be to build an army which would be led by Alice. They would make their way down to the castle, while Cyrus and his mother would go back to the well of wonders. In order to break the curse, Amarra had to return the stolen water meaning she had to sacrifice herself. When she would die, the spell would be broken and Jafar would lose his powers. Now in theory that sounded like a brilliant plan, but Jafar had some other tricks up his sleeves. I mean, he could finally break the laws of magic– of course he was going to take advantage of it!
First he brought Ana back from the dead, just like he promised. But, it didn’t come without a consequence. Ana returned but was cursed into thinking she actually loved Jafar. The whole idea was disturbing, especially seeing these two exchange tongues…. I was probably more disgusted than Will. Than, Jafar went about bringing soldiers back from the dead to fight and defend the honor of Wonderland. Resurrecting his army was the only way he’d make sure that they stayed loyal to him. And they did… they attacked any intruders that got in the way of finding Amarra. They brought Alice back to the castle, where Jafar threatened to make her forget ever meeting Cyrus unless she told him where Amarra and Cyrus were. Clearly, Alice has never been one that was easily threatened so when Jafar gave a speech about his power would erase her memory and make her suffer a fate worse than heartbreak, she responded with a beautiful speech about how her love was more powerful than any type of magic– even a sorceress one. His magic would never be able to hurt the love her and Cyrus share. Hey, after all, he tried it once already and it didn’t work.
Unfortunately, Ana babbled and told Jafar where Amarra and Cyrus were headed and pretty soon, Jafar caught up to the mother-daughter duo, killing Amarra in cold blood. Truthfully, her death was inevitable but still really sad to have to watch Cyrus see his mother die. The good part was that Jafar was pretty oblivious to how the well of wonders worked and why Amarra was there in the first place. I guess power doesn’t get you everything.
Meanwhile, back at the castle, the rabbit came to help Alice and the Knave, but Anastasia saw and got furious that someone was trying to harm her lovers plans. Will tried desperately to convince Ana that she wasn’t really in love with Jafar; that it was just a curse. The only way to do that properly in a fairy tale is obviously through a kiss. He risked sticking his arm out through the portal that kept him enclosed and pulled Ana towards him hereby breaking the curse. Alice was able to get the rabbits help and teleport over to the well of wonders, just in time as Jafar was about to harm Cyrus.
Cyrus tried to push the remainders of his mother’s borrowed water into the well but Jafar used his magic to steal it out of his hand. And that’s how the battle for Wonderland was won. The water, was never Jafar’s to steal. He basically committed the same crime that got Cyrus and his brothers banished to a bottle for thousands of years. As a result, the guardian placed cuffs on Jafar, stripped him of his magic and off into the bottle he went. It was karma– good karma!!! Silly Jafar, haven’t you heard good always trumps evil!
But it was Ana who really had the hardest day, er week, in Wonderland. First she was killed by Jafar in front of Will’s very eyes. Than she was brough back but put under a spell that made her believe she was in love with Jafar. Will than broke the curse, but once Jafar was banished to his bottle and stripped of his powers, Ana died once again. Thankfully, the guardian of the well realized it wasn’t Ana’s time to go and gave them some water from the well of wonder’s as a gift to bring back Ana, who was resurrected for a third time. Finally, a happy ending for the almost-doomed couple! These two have really had an adventure trying to be together.
With the storm gone, Cyrus and Alice decided to go back home… Alice’s home that is. In a satisfying and tasteful ending, Alice returned back to England to reconcile with her father. We flash forward and see Alice in a lovely white wedding dress. Her father is recalling his time spent in Wonderland and thanking his daughter for proving to him that forgiveness is possible. He walks Alice down the aisle and gives her away to her magical genie Cyrus and the two are made husband and wife by the rabbit. Wonderful touch really. It makes the whole story come full circle and provides evidence to her father and his new wife that everything Alice went through was real. Cyrus’s brothers and happy couple Will and Anastasia are all in attendance for the ceremony. When the ‘I do’s’ were said and done, everyone went back to Wonderland to start a new, peaceful and wonderful life… everyone except Alice and Cyrus. (I’m not surprised, would you want to go back to Wonderland after that experience??) One of the most successful moments during the finale wasn’t the marriage between Alice and Cyrus, nor the reconciliation of Will and Anastasia, but the goodbye between Will and Alice. A true measure of their friendship. We started this show off day one with these two friends, who have grown and evolved. It was sad to see them part ways. Sometimes, I sort of rooted for them to be together…. Nah!!
Yet the best part of it all was the fast forward a couple of years later. Alice was having tea time with her daughter while reading her a book about Wonderland and all of the adventure’s she had there. The daughter, completely mesmerized by the stories asked her mom if they were all true? How could they be possible?? “Anything is possible in Wonderland,” Alice replied, just as Cyrus turned the corner to join his lovely ladies for tea. The rabbit chucked from behind a tree knowingly fairly well, all was right in the world. And what was that story Alice was reading her daughter? Well, it was titled, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A fitting title for stories that we all grew up with as a kid!!!! And they lived happily ever after…. The End.
– How will this time lapse affect Will’s crossover to the originals Once Upon A Time? Will it Will in the future? Will it explain his time in Wonderland? What happened after defeating Jafar?
-Why did Will return to Storybrooke? What about Ana? How did their relationship go after the original happily ever after? I mean, we all kind of know that doesn’t exist.
– RIP Jabberwocky… well until someone finds you and tries to help you again.
– I wonder who got cursed with Jafar as their genie! Ha, sucker!
– Isn’t it kind of a creepy to think that maybe leaving Wonderland was going to heaven? Maybe this was all some kind of dream, like Lost? I highly doubt it but imagine a twist like that!!! Maybe this all happened in Alice’s mind… maybe it was never real at all!
The Knave heading to Storybrooke!
I called it!!! With the cancellation of Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, I said that hopefully some of the characters from Wonderland will travel on over to Storybrooke. Well, turns out I was right. The charming Knave is on his way to the magical town!
Micheal Socha, who plays the Knave on the spinoff show, is joining the cast of Once as a series regular! Bloody brilliant!!! It only makes sense since the Knave’s real home is actually located in Storybrooke (Alice and Cyrus just traveled there to get the Knave’s heart.) Now with his love Ana dead, he’s got nothing better to do. Plus, why would he want to stay in wretched Wonderland? It’s anything but wonderful??? Truthfully, after Jafar and Amarra take over, it might not even exist!!!
What about Alice and Cyrus? No news on whether any other Wonderland characters will make the move yet… but anythings possible after all!
Photo Credit: ABC/ Once Upon A Time In Wonderland
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