Once...in Wonderland: Forget Me Not

“There’s more than one way to use a wish.”

Wonderland’s identity is shaping itself more each week and ‘Forget Me Not’ was the strongest episode so far, both in terms of quirkiness and development. Wonderland is showing the same strength as its parent series originally did by marrying its character exploration with our own exploration of Wonderland itself, much in the same way as the flashbacks in the Enchanted Forest explained present day events in Storybrooke.

I’m still enjoying the hell out of Alice and Will’s partnership, and learning more about him definitely made that dynamic more interesting. Alice is full of self belief and honesty, but Will is more deceptive, hiding his fears with snark and sarcasm, which is something his past in Robin’s group cements.

His past fling with the Red Queen is a strange turn, though. Not in any bad way, since we finally got to see an entirely new side of the woman. What this means for Alice and Will’s current circumstances is still uncertain, but it definitely makes this whole journey a lot more personal and endlessly more complicated (which is always fun).

Anastasia wasn’t the only character we saw a better side of this week. ‘Forget Me Not’ is the first episode so far to give Naveen Andrews a small chance to show that he’s not as wooden and bland as he’s been so far, and made me believe more in Jafar as a villain then I did before.

I liked how Cyrus played him, too, even if I’m not sure about him in general. Although I’m happy to say that I’m not feeling the same lack of confidence in Wonderland itself. The series has grown into a decent standalone piece of the Once universe, if only its waning popularity wasn’t standing in its way of getting beyond the initial episode order.

4 out of 5 looking glasses

Plus

I loved hearing Maleficent again.

I'd like to see more of Underland.

He Said, She Said

Alice: “You were the one that kept telling me to use a wish.”
Will: “Now I wish you didn’t. What a bloody waste, it’s just rope!”
Alice: “Oh relax, their sharp corners come in handy.”

Originally posted at PandaTV.

3 comments:

Dustin said...

Did anyone else catch that when the Queen and Jafar were trying to decide which hideous beast to send after Alice, one of the choices was the Sarlaac from Return of the Jedi? That could be how Disney produces a live action Star Wars TV show - "Once Upon A Time in a Galaxy Far Far Away."

Anonymous said...

Plus the Caterpillar had a Jabba chasing Han Solo vibe against the Knave..
Knave/Red Queen was odd but hopefully we'll see more of their story..
Jafar was really firing on all cylinders in this ep. I kinda want him and Rumple to meet.
Alice and The knave are an awesome combo.
Anna

sunbunny said...

Is it me or are the special effects actually getting worse?

This episode is the same as the last few for me; charming, but with the downsides of terrible green screen and ridiculously cartoonish villains. Emma Rigby was much better as Anastasia, though.