Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Season 1 Episode 1

Down the Rabbit Hole

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 2013 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Down the Rabbit Hole

In Victorian England, Alice's fantasies of a strange world and bizarre creatures earns her the attention of psychiatrists who try to make her forget what she claims she experienced. They almost succeed, but then the Knave of Hearts and the White Rabbit come to get her and bring her back to Wonderland... and reunite Alice with her one true love, the Genie.


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  • Does it get better?

    Stockpiled episodes on DVR. Fan of the original Once Upon a Time so was looking forward to the Wonderland spinoff.

    Watched first episode with my wife and we both were shocked. It was so bad that we decided to hold up on watching more unless we heard that it had improved. And we never have made that hasty of a decision about a show before. But the characters, the plot and the special effects all were just plain bad.

    I see there are some positive reviews for this first episode which makes me wonder if I can trust future reviews.

    I would like to hear from people who hated the first episode but ended up enjoying the series.

    Any feedback?moreless
  • Just Awful!

    Now I haven't seen OUAT yet despite the constant nagging from my friend so when I saw the preview for Wonderland I figured I would watch that until I could catch up on OUAT but after watching the Series Premiere I don't even know if I want to give this show a chance even with John Lithgow voicing the Rabbit.

    First off the CGI in this show is just horrendous I mean a 5 year old could have did a better job for instance the Red Queen's castle looked like a clay figure just lame. Hey creators of Wonderland take a cue from Battlestar Galactica that's how you do CGI on TV. The music is terrible and the acting, OMG just shoot me now, "Oh Cyrus I just met you and this is crazy, I'm from another world, marry me maybe?" Tell me why I should care about Cyrus and Alice relationship when the narrative was so rushed? Just so many things that were an Epic Fail the only redeeming quality was the Victorian Asylum sequence but seriously felt like my IQ dropped a few points after watching this drivel.

    Will watch next week just out of curiosity but most likely the vomit that is the CGI in this show will most definitely send me fleeing.

    Obviously all 7 people who down voted this review have no idea of what good TV should be cause Wonderland definitely is not, hello look at Lily's review of episode two and the mention of the ratings they were terrible.moreless
  • Promising start!

    I had mixed feelings about this show, especially if it has no relation to the events of the parent show OUAT, but I found the pilot to actually be really impressive! The story was interesting, the characters were great and I love the graphics of the Wonderland locale!

    Really enjoyed the madhouse events with Alice in the asylum, and I think th e show will be very interesting to follow!

    Can't wait for the next episode!

    And those British accents sure don't hurt either! :Pmoreless
  • Pilot

    I never thought I would like a show like OUAT, but it was recommended on my Nexflix and I thought to myself what the hell. Now, I have to say that I love the show. So, I was pretty excited for Wonderland, until I watched the pilot. John Lithgow was great as the White Rabbit. However, other than him, I couldn't have cared less for any of the other characters. I know it's just the first episode, but I felt zero emotional connection to the characters. Nor did I care for Alice's journey to find Cyrus. I hope this show gets better with time. Overall, the pilot was above average, but I didn't think it was anything special.moreless
  • disappointing

    Started out nicely with little Alice. And I enjoyed the Victorian madhouse scenes.

    But Wonderland was just awful. Such terribly bad CG. And not just 'bad' so it looks surreal- just bad. Also why did we get a pouting Texas cheerleader with puffer-fish lips as the Queen of Hearts? She looked like a teenager in a bad prom out fit.

    Nice to hear John Lithgow (but the rabbit was just too creepy & weird looking)

    Nice to see the werewolf guy from BBC's Being Human.

    But otherwise very disappointing.moreless
Jonny Coyne

Jonny Coyne

Dr. Lydgate

Guest Star

Jessy Schram

Jessy Schram

Ashley Boyd/Cinderella

Guest Star

Lee Arenberg

Lee Arenberg


Guest Star

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

The Caterpillar

Recurring Role

Matty Finochio

Matty Finochio

Tweedle 1

Recurring Role

Ben Cotton

Ben Cotton

Tweedle 2

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Dr. Lydgate: The question we have to answer today is which is the real performance? Little girl with tales of tea parties and barbaric queens, or the young lady who says it was just her imagination.
      Alice: The little girl was a fool.
      Dr. Lydgate: And the lady?
      Alice: She knows what really happened.

    • Cyrus: What are you doing in my bottle?
      Alice: Turn me in and I get big. right her, right now, burst your house into a million shiny pieces.
      Cyrus: We wouldn't want that now, would we? Good bottles are hard to find these days.

    • Cyrus: So we're both strangers in this most strange land.
      Alice: "Strange" is one word for it.
      Cyrus: Wondrous?
      Alice: Dangerous.

    • Alice: You.
      Knave: "You"? That's what I get? "You"? Well, nice to see you, too, Alice.

    • Knave: Cyrus. He's alive.
      Alice: That's impossible.
      Knave: You know as well as I do, Alice. Nothing's impossible in Wonderland.

    • Alice: Was that your idea of a rescue?
      Knave: It was supposed to be more of a message delivery-type situation. I wasn't planning to... (Alice runs off) Right. Let's go then.

    • White Rabbit: You're late. What a surprise.
      Alice: To you, everybody's late.
      White Rabbit: True. I do have high standards. (walking down a tunnel) Nice world you got here. Oh. What the hell is this stuff? It's pretty hard on the paws.

    • Alice: Careful, Knave. We've landed in the Mallow Marsh.
      Knave: Of course we did, because a pond made out of dessert topping makes perfect sense.

    • White Rabbit: Uh, what I meant was, I was having tea with the Dormouse, and he said that he saw him.
      Knave: So we came all the way here on the word of a narcoleptic rodent?

    • Alice: Stop moving, we'll just sink faster.
      Knave: Oh, because a slow death is so much more pleasant. This is humiliating. I'm gonna die like a bloody s'more.
      Alice: What?
      Knave: It's biscuits and chocolate, and you get toasted marsh... never mind, the point is we're gonna die.

    • Knave: The Red Queen--you also said it was her who threw Cyrus into the Boiling Sea. Why would she do that?
      Alice: I don't know, but I'd love to ask her and see the look on her face when she realizes I'm not the forgiving sort. Particularly when said face meets this branch repeatedly.
      Knave: Doesn't sound like you.
      Alice: The doctors said I'm a danger to myself and others.

    • Red Queen: Do not talk down to me, Jafar. I'm the queen.
      Jafar: That's the thing about power. Hmm. It can be so fleeting.
      Red Queen: Is that a threat?
      Jafar: No. Threats are for people who aren't prepared to act.

    • Alice: You look... different.
      Cheshire Cat: Everything does, doesn't it? Wonderland has grown stranger. I'm stranger. You're stranger. Together, we are... strangers.
      Alice: Well, then, how do you do? Now that we're friends again, you wouldn't want to eat a friend now... would you?
      Cheshire Cat: Mmm, certainly not without pepper.

    • Alice: I can't believe it. You. You were...
      Knave: Brave? Daring?
      Alice: Stealing my wishes.
      Knave: Oh, that. I think maybe you misunderstand. I was just protecting the wishes.
      Alice: You expect me to believe that?
      Knave: Not really, no. But could we focus on the part where I came back and saved your life?

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