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"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" review by Suzanne
Premieres Thursday October 10 7/8c on ABC

Wonderland PosterI must confess that I am a Fan Girl. I prefer TV shows, books and movies that are of one of science fiction/fantasy/horror/comic books genres, and I'm not particularly discerning when it comes to those type of shows. They have to be really bad for me not to like them, and even then....  but "Once Upon a Time" is one of the best shows on TV already, and this spin-off is just as good. Both shows are full of wonder, fantasy, romance, and fun, with a hint of tragedy and darkness, like any good fairy tale.

We met some of the Wonderland characters already on "Once Upon a Time", especially the Mad Hatter, but here they focus more on Alice and the rabbit. The actor who played the Mad Hatter, Sebastian Stan, is now in the new Captain America movie, so there were rumors that they were going to recast him, but now they're saying that's not going to happen, so I guess we will have to wait and see if the Mad Hatter shows up at all.

Anyway, the story here is very good, and it stands fine on its own without having to watch the original series.Alice and the Knave There is an instant love triangle between Alice, a handsome genie she met on her previous trip to Wonderland, and the Knave of Hearts, who is kind of funny-looking but has his own offbeat charm (played by the wonderful Michael Socha of the UK's "Being Human"). Sophie Lowe plays Alice, a young woman (not a little girl, which makes the story more adult). A fairly-unknown actor named Peter Gadiot plays the gorgeous Cyrus. You may recognize the voice of John Lithgow as the White Rabbit, or you may recognize Naveen Andrews of "Lost" as Jafar (from Aladdin, I suppose). Rounding out the cast nicely is experienced actress Emmy Rigby as the Red Queen.

It's a really good show with many thrills, so you don't want to miss this one! I'm sure it will be a huge hit. They say it will be a self-contained story for one season, but my guess is that it will return for a second season if it's as big as I think it will be.

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