Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Season 1 Episode 13

And They Lived...

8
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 03, 2014 on ABC
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Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • A satisfying ending to what turned out to be a very nice miniseries

    8.5
    Often when a series dies a quick death, the story arc ends in an uncomfortable place, but it would appear the producers had advanced warning, because OUATIW ends neatly, in very much the way one would want it to.



    I wouldn't say it was perfect in all ways. I felt there were some flaws in the logic here and there . Amara wound up seemingly less powerful than Jafar), but the story is wrapped up nicely. And while in previous episodes I've found the Red Queen's reformation a bit unpersuasive, at this point I'm used to it, so everything felt as it should.



    The story was completed so neatly that I actually don't know how the creators had pictured it playing out if it was picked up. Would it have been this same story arc, stretched out for several seasons? Or was this going to end and be replaced with some new drama? I guess I'll never know, but the end result is a very satisfying miniseries.
  • Ever After

    10
    I personally wish this wasn't the end, like with shows like "Young Justice" I honestly felt it had potential to go even further may'be a couple more seasons. There was a question or two unanswered, a bit disappointed that the Jaberwalky was short sticked, and there were plenty of characters we still haven't seen like Alladin, Jasmine, Sinbad, etc. But may'be all of these things are going to be saved for the next season of "Once Upon a Time" if that gang decides to go to Wonderland themselves, I don't see why they can't and may'be the Jaberwalky will be the next main villain; I don't know we'll have to wait and see.



    However this to me is probably one of my favorate finales because this one has no bullcrap cliffhangers that I personally think is a trend that's starting to get old. This episode really did feel like a perfect conclusion after what all the characters go though in this episode, I honestly don't know what more they could do.



    Not a lot I can say, this was all about the emotions all of the charcters were going though as each of them were fighting to make their dreams come true against someone that trying to steal them. I really like the amount of suspense as we see each of the characters make their moves and your constantly hoping whatever their going to do to thuart the efforts of their enemy will work because it takes a lot of time for a plan to work but also a lot of time for something to go wrong.



    Alice she is captured and I really like that intense debate both Jafar and Alice have. Jafar I feel has finally gone way way too far, not just how much he abuses the gift of magic but abusing others just to get what he want. From threatening to change Alice's past which would mean taking away her love Cyrus but also making Anna fall in love with him, I'll admit seeing both of them kiss was disgusting.



    I really love that speech Alice gives in that scene, and I felt that was part of the theme of the show on what love really is. To me is something that can't be destroyed by anyone or anything, it's impossible because it is an eliment of nature, just like the air we breathe. And I really love what Alice states the reason why Jafar will never win, and she's right it's kinda the same case with most villians and supervillans, depite their occasional trumphs their lives are still rather empty because their never truly happy.



    Even like that moment with both Anna and Will which I thought was touching. Will is able to talk down Anna whom is still under Jafar's influence, you can tell Will's words are getting though to her which help reinforce her own will. And of course once she gets in close proximity to Will, Will manages to brief break the force field by sticking his hand out and pulling Anna to him to kiss her. This of course makes her snap out of the spell and do what she has to do, that kissing trick just seems to work every time.



    This of course comes down to a final confrontation. I did like a bit of that final time with both Cyrus and his mom Amara. Amara was aware that to return the water to the well it means she would have to die but she accepts it because it would mean her sons would live and have a future. And there was a little emotion as Cyrus uneasily agrees to her choice, even though he didn't want her to go, he knew it was her time.



    But of course things don't go as planned when Jafar interferes and at that point I wasn't entirely sure what both Cyrus and Alice were going to do. However, the clever tricksters both of them are they had a plan within a plan. Jafar was able to defy the laws of magic but he forgot you can never defy fate, and lets just say he sealed his own fate which makes sense since that's exactly what happened to him in the Disney movie if you remember. You can say it's poetic justice because Jafar has finally got what he always wanted unlimited power but as a slave to it, which he always was.



    I won't say anything more except the final minutes were touching and beautiful because everyone got the happy ending they have fought long and hard for, and it's a relief because after all the crap they been thought they all finally earned it. Hopefully the same will happen with "Once Upon a Time" but we'll see.

    Like Alice I'll never forget the time we had in Wonderland, love is a reality.
  • Impeccable! Flawless! Gripping! Fitting! Simply perfetcion and there are not enough superlatives to describe it.

    10
    Very devastated that there is no second season of OUATIW. This show has been - without a farction of a doubt - my favourite hour of television for the last six months or so. I enjoyed it more than OUAT at times (not saying OUAT is anything but stellar of course) and I enjoyed it more than now every show I can think of. It was simply perfect for me.



    I am glad that we did finish off with answers. It was a very fitting finale. Everything worked out as it should. I absolutely love Jafar's fate - so fitting, it was poetic! The Red Queen was stunning at the wedding scene, and her character - in such a short period of time - got a redemption arc to rival even that of Regina's from OUAT.



    There was nothing I would change about this episode. It was simply perfection. I loved every minute, and I loved every minute of the 12 episodes before this also.



    I know for sure I will be seeing these 13 episodes at least several hundreed more times throughout my lifetime - will be buying the DVD whenever they release it. I just loved everything about this show, and I will relive it often.



    And so it is with much sadness that I write the last words of my OUATIW reviews! But in doing so, I hope some or all of these characters make an appearance in Storybrooke one way or another. I would love to see Emma Rigbye again in particular - the Red Queen was one of my favourite characters on any show ever.



    That's all for now - the curtains fall and the lights are out, but I will never forget our time in Wonderland, where - as we know - truley anything is possible. :)
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