Young Jafar had a rough start to life. Does this surprise anyone? That is the reoccurring theme for every villain ONCE (both iterations) comes up with: Rumple and Hook were abandoned by their fathers, the former to be raised by spinsters in poverty; Regina was emotionally and physically abused by her mother; Cora was the daughter of a drunk. It's how the writers of both shows envision their villains; they do not write evil for the sake of evil, but rather the theme that "evil isn't born, it's made" is stressed again and again. So it is with Jafar. He grew up poor, a gutter rat, the apprentice to a nasty and cruel master. But despite this, he seems rather fearless. When Amara, a powerful sorceress, comes to the marketplace, Jafar is the only one who is not scared to look upon her. He sees his way out. One of the biggest twists in Jafar's story is that, on top of being poor and abused, he is a bastard son. The Sultan of Agrabah cast him out, wanting nothing to do with him. I wonder who is mother is. Chances are his mother was a lowly peasant who found herself in the Sultan's bed just for his pleasure and then was cast aside when she was no longer desired. I would be willing to bet that Jafar's mother died very early on in his life. Does this sad history play into Jafar's ultimate plan? Does he was to bring his mother back from the dead, thus rewriting his own history? And take the Sultan down at the same time? He claims that he wants to learn magic from Amara so he can get revenge, but that's too "evil for the sake of evil" for ONCE. There is something more here.
Have the Wish I Wish Tonight
One wish down. Two to go. Will Alice spend her other wishes?
--20 cookies says the old man in the cage next to Cyrus is the Sultan, Jafar's father.
--This episode was quite enjoyable. It had the potential I had expected from ONCE all along. Much better CGI this round
--The Knave gets some of the best lines:
"We need to work on your poker face"
"We could die or we could run"
"I'm clearly not attracted to nice normal women"
--Alice did have her very own fun line though: "Excuse me, pardon me, I have a blade."
-- Looks like Cyrus has found a way out! About time. He's been sitting in that cage for all 4 episodes now and given very little to do. The wishbone ploy was cute if really overly sentimental.