Everyone has secrets. Sometimes the secrets are mythic and world changing, and sometimes the secrets we keep are the tiny lies we tell ourselves about who we truly are. Tucked away in the recesses of our mind, we keep bits of information that if found out, could damn us. In this week's episode of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, "Dirty Little Secrets," secrets are revealed, answers are given, and the battle for Wonderland takes a turn for the worse. I must say, before the review, this was the best episode of the season so far. It's a shame that Once Wonderland wasn't give more of a chance with the audience. Each episode lately is better than the last and I find that watching Wonderland is more relaxing and fun than watching ONCE proper.
It's about time we got Cyrus's backstory. For the first half of the show, Cyrus felt really under developed. He sat in his cage, made speeches about love and finding Alice and made what were often viewed as half-hearted escape attempts but had no real depth. All of those criticisms are now washed (pun!) away with this episode. Part of me wondered how they would handle Cyrus in the past. Would he be as noble and heroic as he is in the present? Turns out no! Which I suppose shouldn't surprise me; this is Once Upon a Time after all. Cyrus was a bit of scroundal, though I suppose a loveable one. He cheated at cards, drank, got into fights. He was a typical young adult male, in other words. But underneath that, he had a good heart--one that loves his brothers and his mother. And, as we can see in this episode, a heart that can become consumed by guilt.
In the present day, Cyrus, Alice, Ana, and Will are finally altogether and planning what to do next. Ana insists that they are no match for Jafar and his magics. They need an army but Ana knows she will have trouble convincing the people of Wonderland to follow her into battle because she was a wretched Queen. The two couples have different ideas about how to solve their problems. Cyrus points out that if they can release the genies from their prisons, then Jafar can't perform the spell to break the laws of magic but in order to do that he must go to the place where the Curse on his brothers began--the Well of Wonders. Ana provides a map to a shortcut to get to where Nyx resides in Wonderland and Cyrus and Alice set off.
While Alice and Cyrus are off finding the Well of Wonders, Ana and Will go in search of help to take down Jafar when the time comes. Their first stop is the White Rabbit's (hi Bunny!!) Poor Bunny. He is so scared when Ana shows up at his door, as he should be. She did capture his wife and children after all. But Ana wants forgiveness--she seems really sorry for what she did. I must admit, Ana is growing on me with each passing episode. Ana wants the Rabbit to portal to each corner of the realm and convince the people to come to her aid--Wonderland is their home, they can't let Jafar over take it! But the Rabbit delivers some startling news: Jafar has released the (super creepy) Jabberwocky. Ana does not take this news well.
--Fantastic episode all around. I was impressed with the acting, the writing, and even the CGI which is often very wonky.
--"Jabber jabber jabber. All you people do is jabber." The Jabberwocky is just so terrifying. And when she cut out Liz's eyes, my stomach turned. That was really unexpected.
--What happens to Ana now? Will Jafar kill her or will Cyrus and Alice rescue her? I have a feeling she might die, but her name does mean Resurrection, so it's possible she won't stay dead for long.
--I won't spoil anything, but next week someone from the ONCEiverse is making an appearance. Someone we've wanted to see for a long time. I am really excited.
--Only three episodes left. Wonderland is getting better each episode. And while I'm sorry that Adam and Eddy aren't getting their second show renewed, the concise and intricate and *tight* storytelling of Wonderland is really refreshing.