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
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.
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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