Enter the Jabberwocky!! Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Double Recap!!

THIS IS A RECAP OF EPISODES 9 & 10!!
JABBER, JABBER, JABBER!! THERE ARE SPOILERS, MY DARLINGS!!

Lizard confesses her love for the Knave and pays a terrible price.

Lizard confesses her love for the Knave and pays a terrible price.


EP. 9: Cyrus and Alice reluctantly work with the Red Queen to find Will but must also be prepared to defend themselves from Jafar (when he looks for the Jabberwocky upon being told about it by the Caterpillar) and local inhabitants wanting revenge on the Red Queen for not protecting them from the beasts that hunt in their lands. Will has troubles of his own when Lizard finds the genie bottle that he is in and is granted three wishes. Jafar asks Tweedledee about the Jabberwocky who warns him to leave the creature be. In the forest, Cyrus and Alice determine that the Red Queen was taken and Cyrus uses a spell to find her. They find her in the middle of angry mob and try to rescue her. However, their attempt is thwarted and Alice and Cyrus end up tied to stakes along with the Red Queen. The creatures approach them, drawn by the necklace Cyrus gave to Alice. Alice tosses the necklace aside, giving them the chance to escape. Lizard confesses her love to the Knave who is unable to feel anything since her heart has been removed. She wishes for him to feel something for her, which results in her dying and making the Knave feel remorse. Alice, Cyrus and the Red Queen find the Knave and decide to fight to free Wonderland from Jafar. She mentions that Jafar has two other lamps. Cyrus determines that the other two genies are his brothers. Meanwhile, Jafar finds the Lair of the Jabberwocky and frees it.

The Red Queen will hopefully learn from her mistakes. Hopefully.

The Red Queen will hopefully learn from her mistakes. Hopefully.


EP. 10: Jafar discovers that the Red Queen has the lamp and sends the Jabberwocky after her. The Red Queen and the Knave visit the White Rabbit. Afterward while walking in the woods, the Red Queen is attacked by the Jabberowcky. She knocked out and the bottle is taken. Meanwhile, Cyrus and Alice find the way to the Well of Wonders and gain access after answering a riddle. Cyrus enters and encounters the Guardian of the Well. He begs her for forgiveness for stealing the water. The Guardian tells him to return the water. Cyrus informs her that she is long dead after a century but the Guardian tells him she is alive. Jafar has the Red Queen and the Knave imprisoned in his tower where he has the Jabberwocky force the Red Queen to use her wishes. The Red Queen uses all her wishes and Will is returned to the bottle much to Jafar’s delight. At the Well of Wonders, Cyrus discovers that Alice has followed him though he told her not to. He tells her about his mother. Alice decides the help him find her. With all three lamps in his possession, Jafar prepares to cast the spell.

Will Cyrus be able to rescue his family from Jafar?

Will Cyrus be able to rescue his family from Jafar?

We get a look into Cyrus’ past in Agrabah. He lived the simple life with his brothers and mother when he accidently burned her. Desperate to save her life, he and his brother find the Well of Wonders whose water has the power to heal. They encounter the Guardian of the Well who tells them not to take the water and that the water is only for those who deserve it. But Cyrus convinces his brothers to take it anyway. The end result: Cyrus and his brothers are sentenced to serve the selfish desires of others. In other words, the Guardian turns them into genies. Cyrus has been carrying the burden for some time—a hundred years to be exact and seeks release from his curse. This is a great play on the scene from the 1995 animated film “Aladdin” with the Cave of Wonders. The Cave warns Jafar that only the “diamond in the ruff” can enter and retrieve the lamp. This is the same as the Guardian telling Cyrus that the water is only for those who “deserve it”, meaning that it was only for unselfish people. The Cave told Aladdin to touch nothing but the lamp and his monkey Abu touched the forbidden treasure which invoked the Cave’s wrath. The Cave intended to imprison them forever; the same as the Guardian imprisoned Cyrus and his brothers. This is interesting to see such a cross-reference. But things get even more interesting when it is revealed that Cyrus’ mother is Amara. Talk about a twist. When Cyrus finds the Well of Wonders is in Wonderland, he learns that his mother is still alive after a hundred years. Now the ball is rolling. Cyrus must now find his mother in order to return the water to the Guardian, as well as rescue his brothers who are in Wonderland and held by Jafar. But what will his reaction be when he finds out that she is now Jafar’s staff?

Though not a fire-breathing dragon, the Jabberwocky is still a terrifying creature

Though not a fire-breathing dragon, the Jabberwocky is still a terrifying creature

Just like with “Once Upon a Time”, I like it when a new character is introduced and of course with this being Wonderland, it was inevitable that the powerful Jabberwocky would make an appearance. However, instead of a fearsome, dragon-like creature, the Jabberwocky has the appearance of a woman. But the character is no less frightening. She has the power to bring out a person’s deepest, darkest fears and then use that fear to break their spirit and eventually their mind. The Jabberwocky used this ability on Jafar, bringing out the fear he felt when his father the Sultan attempted to murder him. It was a treat to see Jafar, powerful as he is, be brought to his knees. She uses her power again on the Red Queen after she captures her and the Knave. The Red Queen proves easier to break than Jafar as her fear is losing the power and riches she once had when she sat on the throne as Ruler of Wonderland. That desire for power and riches pushes out her feeling for the Knave and she grants all her wishes without hesitation. A far cry from Alice who held out through half the season before making her wishes which she used to save other people such as the Knave and her father. Anastasia gave up Will to gain power and riches when they first arrived in Wonderland. It looked like she still loved him when she removed Jafar’s spell that turned him to stone and wept when Will was dying after being struck by lightning. However, that got erased real quick when she basically gave up Will for rich and power yet again. Will returned to his bottle and the Red Queen was placed in a cell. Hopefully she uses her time to think about the mistake she made in handing Jafar exactly what he needed to increase his power.

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