In the mid season finale, Will Scarlett ended up a genie in the bottle, floating down stream. Thankfully, the show didn't make us wait too long to find out what happened to him. ONCE has a tendency to take tangents before answering the more important questions, so it was refreshing to see them tackle that problem straight off. Will's new home was discovered by a scantily clad Lizard (remember her?) in a muddy bank. Once she releases Will from the bottle, he is her genie and she is his master. This is something she clearly wants to enjoy. I noted back when we met Liz that it was pretty obvious that she was in love with Will. And now the bandit gets to have some fun with the man who is incapable of feeling. Will is in a hurry to get back to Alice and Cyrus but Liz manages to convince him to have some fun first--take a breather, in other words. Now that she has wishes, Will and she can conjure up a good time before the madness begins again. Remember that all wishes has consequences, especially if they are big ones. The first wish is simple enough, a nice cold beer for Will and the townsfolk. Easy enough. It's after the first wish that things begin to get a little bit more complicated.
In the aftermath of Will turning into a genie and vanishing, Cyrus, Alice and Ana are forced to work together, much to Alice's horror. No matter what, she doesn't want to trust the Red Queen. There is a lot of history between these two, but it hasn't been explored in any kind of great detail. We're not really sure how they know each other or what happened between them. The Red Queen claims that she knew Alice as a little girl in her blue dress, but that doesn't line up with the timeline and I think it was more of a throw away line. At any rate, Alice's idea of a happy ending is saving Will and then getting out of dodge (Wonderland). Alice is a lot like Emma Swan when it comes down to it--she may be a fantastic warrior and hero, but at the end of the day, she wants a happily ever after with Cyrus. Alice wants moments, a quiet life, away from the constant chaos and life or death adventures. That's her (and Emma's) idea of the good life. But in order to have that, she must first save the Knave of Hearts. This part of the episode was a little draggy because it was a lot of walking and exposition but it did have some genuinely funny moments and some enlightening moments. Funny first!
Meet the Jabberwocky. Now in the books, the Jabberwocky is a fearsome creature but a monster nonetheless. I *love* this take on the creature. She's dark and creepy and mental and probably more dangerous than Jafar and the Red Queen combined. Jabber is almost totally unhinged. This episode found Jafar searching for the Jabberwocky in the palace, whom he later found in a tower. The scene between Jafar and the Jabberwocky was hot and steamy and a little deranged. You can tell that the Jabberwocky was in total control and has no time for Jafar's ego. Instead of being psychically menacing, she is psychologically menacing. The Jabberwocky knows how to get inside people's head and open doors to their greatest fears. For Jafar that's the the feeling of being powerless, first felt when his father held his head under a bucket of water and tried to kill him. These two are going to make a very demented team, though I have yet to figure out exactly how Jafar will deploy the Jabberwocky. And what's up with the sword in her stomach? Is it the Vorpal Blade, the only blade strong enough to kill the Jabberwocky? I suppose it must be, but you have to cut off her head, not just stab her. I hope they let the Jabberwocky play with out characters before Alice kills her (c'mon. You know Alice will).
--Great start to the second half of the season. Though, I have to wonder if I would have been happy with just anything after so long away.
--"I think I'll take my chances with the homicidal maniac with the snake stick"
"I am already acquainted with death. Give him my regards" Jafar...like a BOSS.
--The rest of the season will probably focus on taking down Jafar, finding Will's heart, and some extra backstory. One of my favorite parts of Wonderland right now is how concise it is. There is very little filler because they have a limited amount of episodes to tell their story.