Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, S1 Ep6 – Who’s Alice?

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Well, I hate to say it, but “Who’s Alice?” disappointed me deeply.  Much of this review is going to sound a little harsh.  Surely the next episode will be an improvement, but this one just doesn’t make the cut in comparison to the other episodes.  Everything they pieced together seemed to be from a highly predictable puzzle, and I’m starting to believe I judged Sophie Lowe’s acting capabilities much too quickly.  At this point, Anastasia and Will are the true stars of the show, and if I had the option to watch a show solely about them and their struggles, I would.  Socha, Rigby, and Andrews are the strongest actors hands down.  What brought “Who’s Alice?” down so far?  My issues with this OUATIW chapter: the predictability and Sophie’s Lowe’s performance.

Alice and EdwinWith a title like that, you’d expect to be told something new, exciting, or shocking.  Look at the story twists they pull off in OUAT.  The whole Peter Pan thing was brilliant!  Don’t want to spoil the surprise for the people who have yet to view it, but my jaw dropped.  You know what I’m talking about.  It was completely awesome.  The kind of moment that encourages your friends to text you saying something like, “SWEET MOTHER OF PEARL, DID YOU SEE THE THING?  I SAW THE THING!”  That being said, I was so eager to view this latest installment of OUATIW.  There was the hope in my heart that maybe we’d discover facts we were previously unaware of.  Instead, they told us everything we already knew.  We knew her family thought she was crazy.  We knew Alice had been sent to the asylum by her family.  Admittedly, the moments she shared with Milly were especially nice.  They have some story potential, but other than that, it simply wasn’t enough.  Alice is not a dynamic character.  She’s flat.

Alice and CarpenterSophie Lowe isn’t helping either.  I now understand that she isn’t a captivating heroine on her own.  The dynamic she shares with Socha is wonderful.  They play off each other well because of the differences in personality.  The painful truth is this, though:  Alice is boring.  I can watch Will as a solitary character.  He is funny, sad, and a plethora of other emotions all combined.  Alice alone on screen, on the other hand, is a tad dull.  It’s an awful thing to say, but it’s true.  The one scene that sticks out in my mind is when she returned to England after having lost Cyrus.  Yes, the fake crying scene.  That’s what it was.  Fake.  She has just lost the love of her life over the edge of a cliff and she reacts to that imaginary circumstance with lousy acting.  Lowe is turning into a one-trick pony.  Yes, it’s great to see a strong female who can take care of herself in a series, but not like this.  I don’t know if it’s something she just can’t tap into emotionally, but she needs to find a way because Lowe has shown me one level so far. As the main protagonist she needs to provide us with so much more.  She’ll need to work harder if she’s going to keep us.

“I was not always Queen.  I know how to get my hands dirty.” ~ Anastasia

OUATIW, S1 Ep6 -- Carpenter and WillYes, I’m not this episode’s biggest fan, but some fair qualities were still present in “Who’s Alice?” even if they weren’t the main focus.  For instance, Anastasia’s mad search for Cyrus.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: smart cookie.  It’s an excellent direction to take her in.  She is not above doing what is necessary to get what she wants, even if it involves sifting through the dirt and muck.  Anastasia hasn’t lost her past entirely.  Part of her is still the same girl she once was, and she understands that about herself.  Her roots are firm, and she remembers the role Will played in her past vividly.  My guess is that she still loves him.  Her feelings might be problematic when she realizes Will doesn’t have a heart in his chest.  Suggestion:  NEW MISSION!  Let’s ditch the true love quest and find Will’s heart instead.  Obviously, I don’t really mean that, but I’m sure you’re all curious about its whereabouts as well.  I have this hysterical image in my head of Will getting his heart back and comically sobbing, pleading for tubs of ice cream and sappy movies.

Long story short, this wasn’t the best by any means.  It could have been everything.  Instead, it gave us very little and Alice is not the interesting champion we’d been hoping for.  Let’s take a tip from OUAT and spice things up a bit, shall we?

 

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