once upon a time in wonderland

Things you missed out on if you stopped watching OUATiW because the cgi was bad (or for whatever reason)

- a platonic relationship between a man and woman that is valued just as much (if not more) as the true love romantic relationships. Will and Alice is the primary relationship on the show and it is never even considered as anything but close friendship. 

- a love story between two characters who are both good and noble and kind and don’t need unnecessary drama between them- a little cheesy but ultimately very sweet. 

-a love story between two characters who are both snarky and jaded and witty but are secretly giant softies and sweet and love cheesy romance and love each other so much they’d tear the world down for each other

-a villain with a sympathetic backstory that fully explains why he became evil and why he does the things he does without the show ever trying to justify or excuse these things and who in the end is not redeemed

- consistent tone and world-building that fits both with the world of OUAT and also with established Wonderland mythology while still feeling unique. No large gaps in the show’s mythology (in the sense that there aren’t contradictions or plot holes, there are things that are simply unexplored)

-merging the mythologies of Wonderland and Agrabah and focusing on that idea and doing it well rather than trying to mix in a bunch of stuff and not doing it justice. 

-A really cool action packed finale that stays within the rules of the world, still does justice to character development and has a satisfying ending for all characters. 

-The cgi isn’t that bad when you realize wonderland has always, since its inception, been intended to sorta seem like a drug trip anyway so it sorta fits. 

-The jabberwocky who is weird and cool and different and interesting and makes for really intriguing character scenes

-Alice who is sweet and kind while also being strong and capable and intelligent (a lot like season 1 Snow White, but without the subsequent seasons of character assassination)

- Cyrus who is gentle and loyal and patient and full of knowledge about the magical world and filled with guilt over his past mistakes but does his best to make up for them 

-Anastasia who gets a good evil queen backstory and redemption arc and love story and who actually becomes a hero and who has conflicting sides to her that make her layered and interesting

- Will Scarlet who is snarky and sassy and clever and funny and makes sarcastic quips in the face of ultimate evil he can’t hope to defeat.

-Will Scarlet who names all the stars after his girlfriend because “it’s the most beautiful name I know” and who would be perfectly content without money or power or even an actual home as long as he has the woman he loves with him.

-Will Scarlet who gets himself into trouble and is a skilled thief and breaks hearts and made half of wonderland and half of storybrooke and half of the enchanted forest hate him because he’s a scoundrel

- Will Scarlet who would rather tear out his own heart than deal with the pain of his true love betraying him but who is ready to forgive the minute he gets his heart back, who would dive off a cliff into a river without knowing how to swim in order to save his best friend, who would journey back to a land where he’s a wanted man and where evil sorcerers are hunting them and where the woman who broke his heart is in order to help his best friend find her true love, who while dying would use his one wish to save his friend, who would risk the fate of the world to save the woman he loves.

-Basically anything and everything Will Scarlet because Will Scarlet is amazing and OUAT did such an injustice to him, because there are only a few characters on OUAT who I wouldn’t trade for Will in a heartbeat. Like, specifically two. Maybe less.

-Naveen Andrews as Jafar.

-Genie mythology and Amara.

- Will Scarlet.

Things I will never forgive OUAT for:

1. Milah’s treatment. I don’t think anything else needs to be said.

2. Emma (and to a lesser degree Snow) never finding out what happened to Graham.

3. Genie/Sidney never being freed.

4. Belle going back to Rumple and that being considered a ‘happily ever after’

5. ‘Forgetting’ about Anastasia, and just the spin off in general, especially after Will came back. Also, recasting Jafar rather than waiting for Naveen. Like I want to make it very clear that I mean no disrespect for Jafar’s new actor there. He did a great job. I just personally hate recasts.

The new Alice

We have heard quite a lot about the other new characters compared to the new Alice. This lack of information got my head spinning. I guess my theory is probably nonsense and will not happen, but I have to get it out of my head. It might contain spoilers for those who have not seen Once Upon A Time in Wonderland.

What if this new Alice is actually the daughter of Will & Anastasia?

Well, why did my brain cook this up? I don’t know. But it would make sense. Will and the Alice we know from the Spin-Off were/are very close friends but they got seperated at the end of the series because Alice & Cyrus decided to live with their daughter in the alternate 1800s London/England realm while Anastasia & Will stayed in Wonderland and ruled as the White King & Queen. Well until Will pops up in Storybrooke again without any given reason but with the hinted agenda to get back to Wonderland. We never know if he makes it since the writers forgot about him after his short-lived affair with Belle (don’t even get me started on that).

Let’s assume he somehow made it back to Wonderland, Anastasia is alive and they finally got their happy ending they deserve. What if they had a child? In Once tradition, it is very likely that this child would be named after another relative or someone who is/was very close to the couple. In this regard, Alice would be the perfect choice.

How she ends up at the Hyperion Heights? Probably some other interpretation of the Alice story. Maybe one of the rabbit’s children dug a whole for her but it ended up not leading to the destination she wanted to got to but the Land without magic aka our realm. Or maybe she wanted to get away from Wonderland for some reason. Kind of a reversed Alice origin story.

Like I said this theory is very unlikely to be true but I would wish it would be. It would finally connect the spin-off series to the mother series and tie up some loose knots they left behind when they introduced Will in S4. Furthermore, it would also acknowledge that - like with Cinderella - there are different versions of a story.