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CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER This Alice is all grown up. Also, she's a ninja, or something.
The good news, then: Cyrus really is alive! The bad news: He's being held captive far from Alice, who fights off a surprisingly feral Cheshire Cat and travels all the way to the Hatter's home only to find no sign of her beloved. Well, almost no sign -- she spies Cyrus's glowing amulet on the grass outside the house. And if the necklace survived the fall from the cliff -- not to mention into the Boiling Sea -- that means Cyrus must have survived as well.
And thus Alice's rescue mission begins in earnest. Can she save her genie? Can she even figure out where he is? Can I learn to take Jafar seriously? Find out this season on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland! In the meantime, let's discuss extras in a little section I like to call...
- Best Exposition Award goes to the Rabbit, addressing the Knave: "You're the Knave of Hearts!"
- Here's an easy way to tell the Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen apart, courtesy of one Lewis Carroll: "I pictured to myself the Queen of Hearts as a sort of embodiment of ungovernable passion -- a blind and aimless Fury. The Red Queen I pictured as a Fury, but of another type; her passion must be cold and calm -- she must be formal and strict, yet not unkindly; pedantic to the 10th degree, the concentrated essence of all governesses!"
- Keep your ears peeled, because Wonderland has lined up some awesome voice actors -- including Iggy Pop as the Caterpillar and Keith David as the Cheshire Cat.
- Nice of this show to give Cinderella a bit of precious screen time in that brief Storybrooke crossover scene. Was the pink sneaker on her keychain a reference to the glass slipper?
- The Knave's first name? Will. The Knave's last name? I'll tell you, if you don't mind being spoiled.
- The Knave and Alice have encountered one another before; "once long ago," she helped him retrieve his missing heart. Maybe we'll see Cora pop up in Wonderland after all...
- Wondering why that sea was boiling hot? Because "The Walrus and the Carpenter," that's why.
- British-born Indian actor Naveen Andrews has played an Iraqi interrogator on Lost, a Pakistani doctor with Afghan ancestry in the upcoming film Diana, and now an evil sorcerer of vaguely Arabic origin in Wonderland. There's definitely an ethnic studies paper in there somewhere.
- What is it about living in a fantasy land that gives you excellent martial arts skills?
- When Cyrus appeared in that cage at the end of the episode, did anyone else have a serious "diamond in the rough" moment?
- This is determined, slightly dangerous Alice in a nutshell: She'd love to know why the Red Queen threw Cyrus into the sea, "and see the look on her face when she realizes I'm not the forgiving sort. Particularly when said face meets this branch. Repeatedly."
- How many times, exactly, has Alice been to Wonderland? Clearly, years and years passed between her initial visit and the one in which she met Cyrus -- but were there more drop-bys during those years?
Were you captivated by Wonderland -- or was the show's pilot less frabjous than you were hoping?