'Once Upon A Time' Recap: Enter ... The Mad Hatter

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 17 of ABC's "Once Upon a Time," entitled "Hat Trick."

This week's "Once Upon a Time" took a trip down the rabbit hole into madness, and what a delicious ride it was. There's a certain poetic irony to the idea that the one man who knows the whole truth about Storybrooke is the one man who has been branded insane because of it; it calls to mind a very apt Tim Burton quote: "One person's craziness is another person's reality."

Sebastian Stan played our sympathetic Mad Hatter, known as Jefferson in both worlds, and I choose to believe that this name was picked wholly because of the association between Jefferson Airplane and their trippy song "White Rabbit," based on the Alice in Wonderland tales. In Fairytale Land, he was a devoted father who had some kind of past experience with Regina, but had since ended his association with her and retired to the woods to live with his precocious daughter, Grace. Feeling inadequate that he couldn't provide her with the white rabbit toy she wanted (a clever guilt-trip executed by our Evil Queen while disguised as an old crone) he agreed to do one last task for Regina -- using his magic hat to transport the queen into another land. Of course, Regina used him and double-crossed him, as she always does, leaving him stranded in Wonderland to be captured by the Queen of Hearts, forced to make thousands of hats in an attempt to recapture the magic that would allow him to get back to his world and his loving daughter. Read More...


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