The Key to Success!! Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Ep.12 Recap!!

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While serving the Queen of Hearts, the Knave (Michael Socha) tried to kill Alice (Emma Stowe).

While serving the Queen of Hearts, the Knave (Michael Socha) tried to kill Alice (Emma Stowe).

Jafar strikes a deal with the Knave to revive Anastasia. The Knave returns to Alice and Cyrus where he tells them about Jafar killing Anastasia/Red Queen before him and about a way of reviving her. He tells them that he must return Jafar’s staff in order to save Anastasia. Alice and Cyrus deny him. Jafar and the Jabberwocky become suspicious of each other while Cyrus becomes suspicious of the Knave when he attempts to steal the staff. Cyrus wakes up after the Knave knocked him out and he and Alice track him down. At the castle, Jafar releases the two other Genies and asks them about Amara. Looking at them, he can already see their resemblance to her. Meanwhile, Alice and Cyrus search for the Knave using the compass. They find and chase him through the forest but the Knave manages to get Alice alone and disarms her. Alice tries to convince the Knave to reconsider giving the staff to Jafar. The Knave walks away after telling her to not follow him. Alice slips off the cliff into the river below. The Knave rescues Alice and rejoins with Cyrus to continue their journey to the Red Queen’s castle. Along the way, they run into the Jabberwocky who offers to help them remove Jafar in order the gain her freedom. Alice refuses her offer as she is unable to bring back the Red Queen. The Jabberwocky tells Alice that Amara/Jafar’s staff can help. The Jabberwocky brings Cyrus before Jafar. Jafar asks him about the staff and Cyrus tells him that it is gone along with Alice and the Knave. The Jabberwocky tells him that he is telling the truth. However, Alice and the Knave have made their way into the castle. The Knave distracts the guards while Alice frees the Sultan. Jafar summons the Knave back and questions him about his staff. His question is answered when Amara appears behind him. Amara attempts to stop Jafar and Cyrus ends up injured during the duel. Sensing something is wrong Alice rushes to the throne room where she finds Jafar and Amara completing the spell.

Will Jafar (Naveen Andrews) succeed in his quest for power?

Will Jafar (Naveen Andrews) succeed in his quest for power?

Well we get a look into a couple of long histories in this episode. During his time serving the Queen of Hearts, the Knave was being controlled and forced to hunt down Alice. He meets the girl and their interaction is rather chummy even though he was ordered to kill her. It was certainly comedic when he ends up captured by Alice and he swings at her feebly from within the net. Another moment is when they share a beer at a pub, giving them a chance to unwind. Alice helps the Knave and retrieves his heart after he tells her where it is kept. This was the root of their arrangement for the Knave to help Alice save Cyrus at the start of the series. Now he is forced to betray the friendship he forged with Alice in order to revive Anastasia. This is a hard but not difficult choice for him to make. The Knave cannot help his feelings for Anastasia now that they have returned. He takes the staff but this only leads to more trouble. Jafar’s history with partners needs to be examined a little closer. He seems to have a tendency of cutting them off like a diseased limb. He has wariness of his latest partner the Jabberwocky even though she has proved quite useful to him. But he grew tired of her poking around in his head and reading his fears. So the Jabberwocky cut her loses and decides to try her hand with the possible winning team. I see Jafar nailing her down with the Vorpal Blade again. He cut ties with his second partner the Red Queen simply because she annoyed him but more because she still loved the Knave who was assisting Alice in reuniting her with Cyrus. Well, he solved that problem last week. The only partner he has keep close by his side is Amara, whom he turned into a snake staff which he carries around for style. Before, she worked with Jafar to recover the genie lamps but not for power. She wanted to recover her sons and free them from the curse placed on them by the Well of Wonders. After freeing herself from Jafar, Amara returns to him to settle the score and stop him from gaining more power. However, Jafar learns of her intentions as well as her relationship to the Genies. He injures Cyrus during their duel which forces Amara to make a difficult choice. With the power of the Genies and Amara’s help, it seems Jafar may gain ultimate power and break the laws of magic.

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