How else do fairy tales end? All in all, while this was by no means the strongest episode of the series, it was exactly what I thought it would be. Evil is defeated, wrongs are righted, forgiveness is granted, and everyone gets their happily ever after. There was nothing overly shocking in this episode, though there is one incident that does anger me in light of last weeks Once Upon a Time. This week's Once Wonderland, "And They Lived..." put everything in a box, wrapped it with a bow and then placed it on a shelf as a complete story.
My bunny is a hero. I want that noted for the record. My bunny is an absolute hero. With no armor, tiny as he is, he breaks into Jafar's palace in order to free his friends to save Wonderland. Ana catches him and tries to prevent the escape but Will pleads with her and gives maybe my favorite speech of the episode. Ana thinks herself in love with Jafar, but Will must convince her it's only an illusion. "Love isn’t simple. It’s messy. It’s arguing and making up. It’s laughing and crying and struggling and sometimes, it doesn’t seem worth it. But it is. Because when you’re in love, in the end, you forgive each other.” Will and Ana have been through hell and back; betrayal, heartbreak, loss and reconciliation. Will forgives Ana for what she did to him and now all that's left is to break her curse. Ah, true love's kiss. Rainbow lights and epic music. Ana's curse is broken by true love's kiss--though if I can be nitpicky, is this really a curse? It's an illusion to be sure, but not a curse. It's an illusion Jafar placed in her head with magic. I'm willing to overlook the small detail because it was a great scene but it does seem like the writers are playing fast and loose with the rules--but what else is new.
Everything converges at the Well of Wonders. Amara is trying to give up her life in order to fix the balance in the universe but Jafar kills her first. But this is where it took me watching the episode twice to really get what happened:
When Amara collapses, she reaches out her hand and touches the well, thus surrendering herself to Nyx. This is why she “dissolves” into a puddle. Therefore she has done what she said she would do–she returned the water. The debt is repaid.
Cyrus and Alice fool Jafar by making him think that the water must still be returned. Hence Cyrus picking up that little handful and then dashing to the well. Jafar grabs a small bit of that water (that has already been returned) and takes it for himself. He has now stolen water from Nyx and is in debt. Do you see where is this going?
--Love the Rabbit complaining about the blood stains.
--I need to erase Jafar and Ana kissing from my brain.
--So is the Jabberwocky pinned to the jail wall for the rest of time? Did Alice free her? After all, Jabber was somewhat helpful.
--Overall rating of series: B
The second half was miles ahead of the first but some episodes from the first half of the season are lackluster to the point where I don't really want to rewatch them ever. The CGI did get better toward the end, and I enjoyed that it was one complete story. Random note, but I want Alice's entire wardrobe. If you missed this show while it was airing, wait for it to be on Netflix, then marathon it. I think, overall, it was worth it and I'm glad I watched it from start to finish. Overall episode ranking:
Dirty Little Secrets
Heart of the Matter
To Catch a Thief
And they Lived
Nothing to Fear
Down The Rabbit Hole
Forget Me Knot
Heart of Stone