I usually enjoy fracture fairy tales, which, for those who don’t know, are different ways to tell the classic tales. A recently popular fracture fairy tale is the TV series “Once Upon a Time.” It is a show aired on ABC, which depicts a world where all of the fairy tales who used to live in a world together, all of their stories making the occasional cross with each other. Until the Evil Queen used a curse to bring everybody into a new world where she got her happily ever after, and everyone else is miserable. This place is a hidden town in Maine. Nobody can enter or leave except for Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White, who was sent to our world beforehand to protect her from the curse. The episodes switch back and forth between the characters in the present in our world, and the past in the enchanted forest.
For those of you who don’t know, ABC is owned by Disney, so you might notice some similarities between Disney movies and the character’s origin stories. Of course it is not exactly the same, there are a lot of new twists. Also not all of the characters are fairy tales. Among the cast you will find Mulan (who is not just a cartoon movie, but also a legendary figure from ancient China), Dr. Frankenstein, and Lancelot from the Arthurian legend. Another cameo character who has made several appearances is the Mad Hatter, also known as Jefferson. He is a portal jumper, who has a magic hat that lets him cross into different magical worlds, including Wonderland, where he is trapped by the Evil Queen.
The new show, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” takes place in Victorian England. Alice is a young lady, who is put in an insane asylum for telling her adventures in a strange land she found on the other side of a rabbit hole. While in this other world, she fell in love with a genie named Cyrus. Believing he was dead, she gave up trying to convince people that her journeys really happened. She decided to consent to the treatment the doctors want to put her through, which will make her forget all about Wonderland. Apparently the pain of loss love was too much to bear with.
However, The Knave of Hearts (which is another way to say Jack of Hearts) along with the white rabbit show up before the procedure. They come with the news that Cyrus is alive, and go on a journey to save him. There will probably be some flash backs to Alice’s first journey through Wonderland, and any other world she visited.
Since Alice is in Victorian England, I think it is safe to assume that this series is supposed to have happened before the main series. Which means this would be before the curse was cast. This may mean there will be some cross over from characters like the Mad Hatter, and Cora, who was the Queen of Hearts, who both were from the enchanted forest, but got stranded in Wonderland through different events.
Personally I am looking forward to this one. I will admit many of my friends find “Once Upon a Time”weird because they don’t get it. It is a complex show and it is hard to keep up if you miss an episode. The spin-off will most likely be the same. If you hate things that are complicated, or fairy tales, then this is not for you. If you hate fairy tales, I am surprised you are still reading this actually. However, if you do like fairy tales, I would give this a shot. Even if you did not watch the original series, it looks like there will be little cross over if any, being that the stories are not in the same time period. Not all spin-offs are as good as the original, but I think this one has a shot at standing on its own two feet, so be watching on Thursday Oct. 10 at 8/7c on ABC.
- SDCC: “Once Upon A Time” Spinoff Asks What Happened After “Wonderland” (spinoff.comicbookresources.com)
- SDCC: ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” Goes Down the Rabbit Hole With “Wonderland” (spinoff.comicbookresources.com)