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A little bit of Phoebe, a whole lotta Jess and a shoe addiction to rival Carrie Bradshaw


September 2013

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Series fans, premiere season is upon us! And I for one, could not be more excited.

While I was looking through a list of premiere dates and jotting down those of my most loved shows, one particular name caught my eye – a spin-off for Once Upon a Time that takes us to one of my most favourite and fantastical places. Wonderland.

Now this is no ordinary recount of Alice’s adventures down a rabbit hole and I suggest that you put aside the ideas of tea parties and painting the roses red. This is a story about life after Wonderland.

The series begins in a place that I’m sure none of us would expect – a mental institution. After years of sharing stories of a talking cat and hookah smoking caterpillar, it’s no wonder Alice’s father had her institutionalised to straighten her out. This is where the plot thickens. Not only does Alice have memories of Wonderland as a child, she also has memories of travelling back to Wonderland as a teenager to bring back proof of its existence. This is when she meets and falls in love with Cyrus, but things quickly turn from happiness to despair…

I don’t want to ruin the rest of the series, but if you’re interested in finding out more, you can watch the trailer here: (I’ve already hit repeat quite a few times).

The writer’s of this show are probably completely bonkers (then again, all the best people are) for trying to take on a childhood classic like Alice in Wonderland. Being one of my all-time favourite stories, my imagination is already tingling and I can’t wait to see how this pans out.

“But i don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

“Oh, you can’t help that,”

said the Cheshire Cat:

“We’re all mad here.”

Where there’s a Will… there’s a Grace, a Jack and a Karen

I happened to catch a couple reruns of this show the other day and I was flooded with memories of some of my happier times. This show was a special addiction that I shared with a dear friend of mine and many weekends (okay, and weekdays) were spent laying on his couch watching the crazy antics of these four friends unfold in front of us.

While this show often left me in stitches, there’s one thing I have to be honest about. More often than not, Grace irritated the heck out of me! But do you know what the beauty of the show was? That I still love her to bits anyway. I have a feeling that many people didn’t enjoy this show because they couldn’t look past Grace’s selfishness, Jack’s freeloading and Karen’s gold digging and severe alcohol dependence – Will was the most normal so he gets a free pass.

Well, those people are missing out!

They haven’t laughed for hours over Jack’s attempts at becoming famous. They have no idea how hilarious Rosario and Karen’s relationship was. They have never witnessed Will and Grace’s prowess at charades. Jack and Grace’s rendition of “Oops I Did it Again”. They have no clue about Just Jack! Or Jack 2.0. If I had to mention the name Anastasia Beaverhausen (Anastasia as in royalty, Beaverhausen as in… where the beaver lives) it would be met with blank looks. Let’s not even mention her rival Beverley Leslie! There are just way too many good things to mention.

Alas, all good things must come to an end and once again I found myself teary eyed in the season finale. I have yet to get my friend to watch it – he refuses because he doesn’t want to acknowledge that our happy, feel-good show is over. And that kind of makes me wish I hadn’t seen the end either and just carried on watching reruns, blissfully oblivious to its conclusion.

But it’s okay. I’m going to get my hands on a box set of all the seasons and let the good times start all the way from the beginning again. And when the final credits roll, I’m going to give them a standing ovation from my living room.

And smile through the tears as they bow out.


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