ALICE, PART I
I adore anything related to Alice in Wonderland. It’s honestly one of my favorite stories. Well, second favorite. My favorite it Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There). Are you getting a hint here?
So last night, I cuddled up on the couch with my worn copy of the book, ready to watch Syfy’s Alice. This was a fantastic (and fantastical) television experience.
It’s 150 years after the legendary Alice came across Wonderland, and she’s the one who caused the entire house of cards to come tumbling down. Now the world’s a big casino, run by the Queen of Hearts who wants a world of instant gratifications–so much so that she’s taking humans–“oysters”–from the other world and draining them of common human emotions and selling them as tea.
But today, this Alice falls through the looking-glass and ends up in the new Wonderland–many, many stories up and ready to be pounced upon because she’s got the ring of Wonderland, given to her by her boyfriend Jack Chase (well, is that really who he is?).
I don’t want to give too much away because if you haven’t seen it, you really need to. They’re airing the first part tonight (7:00 EST) before the second part sums up the story (9:oo EST).
But let’s get what I loved out there in the open. As someone who adores everything Wonderland, this was clearly a story that I couldn’t help but be intrigued by. It just got, well, curiouser and curiouser.
We meet our traditional Wonderland characters–the Mad Hatter, the White Knight, the Dodo, and of course the Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit. But each of these characters aren’t what we know. It’s been 150 years, and the land is not what we know. They’ve transformed by circumstances, and it’s a turn on the traditional story that I love.
I sat perched on my seat trying to identify who each character was, and I loved how while these were new versions of the characters, they had the defining characteristics that put you back in the story and played with the remembrance of the children’s story.
Add in the beautiful, yet crumbling scenary–and the super-creepy half-mechanical assassin of “Mad March,” what I assume to be the headless March Hare–and you’ve got so much intrigue that you can’t help but be drawn into the story.
But that’s not all. Suddenly, Alice’s pursuit of Jack Chase has become a voyage into her own past–seeing her as a child, analyzing her father’s disappearance. How do the two relate? Well, you’ll have to watch and see.
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I suppose the only irritation I have for the mini-series is the dependency on the Hatter. I’ve never felt that the Mad Hatter had all that huge of a role in Alice in Wonderland, but as of late, it seems that movie-makers want to make the Hatter an integral part of the story (for example, the movie with Johnny Depp coming up next year). I’ve always felt that the Cheshire Cat was really the mysterious guiding force as Alice went through Wonderland.
And we did indeed get to see the cat, with his menacing yet helpful (helpful yet menacing?) grin, last night, and I do wonder what’s next. And while the Hatter is helpful now, will he remain that way?
There’s still much to see in this world of dark fantasy, and personally, I can’t wait.