It’s starting to feel like we’re watching the slow death of a bandersnatch. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’s abysmal ratings are making news, so does that mean we should expect it to disappear soon? The problem is that Once Wonder adopts the style and format of Once Upon a Time, but lacks the strong characters which that show has. Frankly, I don’t know if the show is salvagable and I’m not sure how much I care. Let’s break down this week’s episode to see where the problems lie.
We got quite a bit of backstory on Jafar this week, which was helpful in rounding out his character. Until now, Jafar has been too static; his sole purpose has been to appear occasionally to deliver a menacing threat or two. We learned that Jafar was an abandoned and abused child who turned to magic to exact his revenge on those who’d harmed him. Even as a younger man, Jafar was ruthless. He conned a sorceress into helping him collect all of the genie bottles and then turned her into a snake. She believed that they were in love. Sucker.