T.V Series Review: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Season 1

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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Season 1 Summary

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is an American fantasy-drama series that aired on ABC from October 10, 2013 to April 3, 2014. It was created by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Zack Estrin, and Jane Espenson for ABC Studios. The program is a spin-off of the prior ABC series Once Upon a Time and aired on ABC at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central on Thursday nights in the 2013–14 television season beginning October 10, 2013. It is now available on Disney +.

The series is based on the Lewis Carroll novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland(1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) but with a different twist from the other adaptations and takes place in the same universe as Once Upon a Time in present-day Wonderland, with flashbacks to Wonderland before it fell prey to a dark curse. It follows the same setting as the parent series, including the use of Disney and Lost allusions. In addition, the series features occasional crossover events with Once Upon a Time that involve connections with the characters that are trapped in Storybrooke, Maine.

Season 1, Episode 1: Down the Rabbit Hole

Alice’s tales of her adventures in Wonderland result in her father committing her to a mental asylum where she was about to be lobotomised to cure her supposed insanity, but the Knave of Hearts and the White Rabbit rescue her and bring her back to Wonderland when they reveal that her true love Cyrus is still alive. As Alice begins a quest to find him, the Red Queen and Jafar plot against her.

Season 1, Episode 2: Trust Me

Alice formulates a plan to rescue Cyrus by retrieving his bottle. Meanwhile, the Red Queen begins to question her role in Jafar’s plan while they try to find the bottle as well. Also, the story behind how Cyrus got to Wonderland and how he fell in love with Alice is revealed.

Season 1, Episode 3: Forget Me Not

With the Genie’s bottle in her clutches, the Red Queen sends the Bandersnatch after Alice since Jafar needs her in order to use Cyrus (who is discovered to have contacted her). Alice and the Knave of Hearts head to the house of the Grendel in the Whispering Woods to obtain the Forget-Me-Knot so that they can find out who stole Cyrus’s bottle before Jafar could steal it. In the Knave of Hearts’s flashback, it is shown that he joined up with Robin Hood’s Merry Men back when he was Will Scarlet. It is also revealed that Wonderland’s Red Queen was once his love Anastasia.

Season 1, Episode 4: The Serpent

The Knave of Hearts is kidnapped by the Red Queen (on behalf of Jafar) after saving him from Caterpillar’s Collectors. Jafar wants him publicly beheaded to serve as an example of what happens to anyone who helps Alice. Alice befriends a collector named “Lizard” who helps Alice in her mission to rescue the Knave of Hearts. Meanwhile, the Red Queen is hesitant to kill the Knave since she’s still in love with him and flashbacks reveal Jafar’s real reasons for wanting Cyrus’s power.

Season 1, Episode 5: Heart of Stone

In the past, Scarlet and Anastasia go through the Looking Glass into Wonderland only to find it is not completely what they expected. Anastasia gains a royal status throughout Wonderland after accepting a deal with the Red King. In the present time, the Red Queen makes a deal with Alice to gain special magic dust that only someone pure of heart can claim, while the White Rabbit is forced to work for Jafar.

Season 1, Episode 6: Who’s Alice

While traveling through the Black Forest to get to the recently-escaped Cyrus, Alice ends up in Boro Grove where she starts to lose her memory as the Knave of Hearts tries to get her to leave Boro Grove. While Cyrus evades the Red Queen, Jafar heads to Victorian England with the White Rabbit in order to find the ones that Alice cares about. Flashbacks reveal what happened after Alice had presumed Cyrus died where it was shown that her father Edwin had remarried a woman named Sarah resulting in Alice having a half-sister named Millie.

Season 1, Episode 7: Bad Blood

As Alice and the Knave of Hearts make a rescue plan to get Cyrus off of Jafar’s floating island, Jafar brings Edwin (Alice’s father) to Wonderland and assumes his form to get Alice to use her second wish. In a flashback, Jafar meets his father, the Sultan, which leads to the events that made Jafar into the villain he is today.

Season 1, Episode 8: Home

As Alice plans to reunite with Cyrus at the Outlands, she also plans to get answers from the White Rabbit about his connection to the Red Queen, which involves the White Rabbit’s family. Meanwhile, the discord between Jafar and the Red Queen reaches its breaking point. Will, with the wish Alice gave him, wishes to stop Alice’s suffering. As a result, Cyrus is no longer a genie. Instead, Will is, and he finds himself trapped in the genie’s bottle, even as the river carries it over a waterfall.

Season 1, Episode 9: Nothing to Fear

Cyrus and Alice reluctantly work with the Red Queen to find Will but must also be prepared to defend themselves from Jafar (when he looks for the Jabberwocky upon being told about it by the Caterpillar) and local inhabitants wanting revenge on the Red Queen for not protecting them from the beasts that hunt in their lands. Will has troubles of his own when Lizard finds the genie bottle that he is in and is granted three wishes.

Season 1, Episode 10: Dirty Little Secrets

Cyrus recalls the events that led to the binding price he and his brothers had to pay. Meanwhile, the Red Queen and the Knave are forced to confront the Jabberwocky.

Season 1, Episode 11: Heart of the Matter

Alice and Cyrus discover alarming information involving prisoners Jafar has under his control that changes their priorities. Meanwhile, the Red Queen is in critical danger and no one can help her, except for the Knave, by surrendering information to Jafar that he’s been desperately seeking. In flashback, Anastasia is about to marry the Red King and strikes up a friendship with Cora (Queen of Hearts) that directly impacts Will. Cora also confronts Will, resulting in him asking her for a shocking demand.

Season 1, Episode 12: To Catch a Thief

Revealed in flashback, the Knave hunts Alice per Cora’s directive and finds himself striking a deal to get his heart back; Alice and the Knave’s friendship is tested as he does Jafar’s bidding. Meanwhile, the Jabberwocky attempts to free herself from Jafar’s control and Jafar is confronted by his former partner.

Season 1, Episode 13: And They Lived ….

As Jafar gains the ability to change the laws of magic, Alice works to help Amara escape with Cyrus. Jafar uses his newfound powers to gain his father’s love before drowning him, and then raises an army of dead Wonderland soldiers to fight against Amara and her allies, even while Amara uses her magic to revive Cyrus. Then, Amara and Cyrus work to return the water of the Well of Wonders to the Nyx, while Alice raises an army of her own to battle against Jafar. Alice is captured in an ensuring battle, and the Knave is forced to look on as Jafar revives Anastasia and tricks her into loving Jafar. In order to defeat Jafar, Cyrus tries revert the genie curse, and tricks Jafar into turning into a genie by Nyx and banishing him. Amara dies in the process. Alice and Cyrus return to England where they marry. Several years later, Alice and Cyrus tell their daughter about the adventures in Wonderland, with the White King and Queen as the rulers of Wonderland.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Season 1 Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Alice in Wonderland is not my favorite movie but is my kiddos, so we tried to watch. I loved that it is similar in many ways to Once Upon a Time but we had a really hard time getting into it. I will be trying again though.

Comment down below if you like the spin off and why.

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