So I just finished watching the first episode of this new spin-off series, and I LOVED it! I love how the characters in this series feel much more entrenched in the land of fairly tales. Seeing the creepy horror of Alice starting out in an insane asylum in Victorian England because she simply told the truth about what she saw in Wonderland brought interesting gravitas to the character's background. And then when she is told that her love Cyrus is alive she turns so seriously kick-butt, I swear Lara Croft could hardly have done better!
And as for Cyrus the genie:
WOOF, who needs wishes when you have a dreamboat like that at your doorstep?
Also interesting to me is that we are shown with the Knave of Hearts and the White Rabbit, that there are obviously characters who can simply bypass Regina's curse in Storybrooke, and that when we are shown the Red Queen that there are characters in the other worlds that were powerful enough to not get sucked into the curse in the main show.
I also liked that they obviously re-shot the scenes with the Red Queen and classed up her appearance from the somewhat scantily clad number we saw her in before in the stuff that was released before the show came to air. I'm going to really enjoy seeing the dynamic of the Red Queen and how she was influenced by Cora after she was exiled to Wonderland by Regina when the inevitable flashbacks kick in.
But what I'm really liking in this show is that the flashbacks are just that, they aren't a separate tale like in the OUAT mother ship show, this show remains magical throughout. I also like how the promise is that each season will be self contained, unlike the main show that is just so muddled now and all over the place with the characters going around in developmental circles with no real change.
So ALL the characters are appealing, the magical elements are engaging, and this show just seems like so much fun! If the rest of this season is like the first episode I will be a loyal viewer, unlike OUAT which I am no longer interested in watching.