“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” was such a silly series because the good guys didn’t figure out the extremely simple solution for their problems at the very beginning of the show. All Alice (Sophie Lowe) had to do was wish for Cyrus (Peter Gadiot) and Jafar (Naveen Andrews) to switch places. Anastasia (Emma Rigby) also could have tried it when she had three wishes. Jafar did eventually end up trapped in that genie bottle, and at least viewers got one good thing out of going on an unnecessarily lengthy journey: They got to meet Will Scarlet, a.k.a. The Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha).
Socha’s take on the lovable rogue who voluntarily gave up his heart was one of the best things about the show. Alice was on a super-serious quest to track down her true love, so it was nice for the Knave to provide a little comedic relief with his signature snark and his “bloody hell” catchphrase.
Luckily for fans of the Knave, Michael Socha is set to join “Once Upon a Time” as a cast regular next season, assuming that “Once Upon a Time” gets renewed (it most likely will). It makes sense for Will Scarlet to show up again since he has an apartment in Storybrooke and was one of Robin Hood’s merry men back when he lived in the Enchanted Forest.
Now the big question is this: Which other “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” cast members should join Michael Socha on the original show? Here’s a look at the characters who I’d love to see:
I’d hate for Will’s romance with the Red Queen to get revoked after Anastasia was so thoroughly redeemed. Perhaps the Knave and Anastasia will get separated and his next chapter will be all about trying to get his true love back. It’s also very possible that Anastasia is one of Cinderella’s stepsisters. Anastasia was the name of one of the wicked stepsisters in the animated Disney movie, and Cinderella/Ashley Boyd (Jessy Schram) did have a very small cameo in the first episode of “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” If Anastasia and Ashley are stepsisters, they haven’t seen each other in a while. Since “Once” is so focused on family, obviously they need to be reunited. Anastasia could also give Regina (Lana Parrilla) a sappy speech about how you shouldn’t give up on love even though you think that you’ve screwed up too badly to deserve a second chance. Regina really needs a good girlfriend, and she and Anastasia could bond over having both their love lives ruined by Cora/The Queen of Hearts.
I love how the Jabberwocky (Peta Sergeant) was re-imagined as a sexy woman who feeds off fear. Now that fear has left Wonderland, the Jabberwocky will have to find another place to terrorize. However, first she’ll have to find a way to get free from that vorpal blade. I really, really want to see the Jabberwocky’s origin story. She hinted that she wasn’t always a mind-invading monster by saying, “Nobody is born a monster. We’re made. A product of the cruel world filled with cruel people.” Obviously someone made her a monster, but who? Was it Rumplestiltskin or Merlin? This mystery really needs to be solved, and it would be interesting to see if the Jabberwocky can be redeemed.
The White Rabbit
I know that the bad CGI is sort of annoying, but it would be so much easier for everyone to travel from realm to realm if the White Rabbit (John Lithgow) would just decide to follow Will to Storybrooke or the Enchanted Forest. Now that Alice has settled down, the nervous furball’s life is probably pretty dull.
I’m actually a little sick of Jafar, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him return in genie form if it meant the introduction of Jasmine and Aladdin. All that separates the Enchanted Forest from Agrabah is a vast desert, so perhaps the “Once Upon a Time” writers can find some excuse for our heroes to make the difficult trek to the mythical land. Genies and wishes could come in handy in the battle against the Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader).
Are there any other “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” characters that you want to see on “Once Upon a Time?”
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