"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" got a little more interesting after it was revealed that the Red Queen/Anastasia (Emma Rigby) just wants to change the laws of magic because she wants Will (Michael Socha) to love her.
A Dec. 23 report by Buddy TV states that it's a little hard to believe that the Red Queen really wants to change based on the behavior that she exhibited after getting tempted by wealth and power. However, a reader points out that Regina is proof that any "Once Upon a Time" character can change and get a chance at a happy ending. After all, Regina still might manage to win over Robin Hood after committing crimes that include "homicide, patricide, genocide, and rape."
The Red Queen thinks that she needs to change the past so that she can go back to the days when she and Will were happy together. This obviously isn't the right way to win Will's love, so Anastasia still has a few lessons to learn. Now she finally realizes that wealth and power don't equal happiness, but she's still very selfish.
If she wasn't so selfish, she might have tried to win Will's trust by actually helping his friend Alice (Sophie Lowe) and her lover Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). After using his wish to save Alice, Will replaced Cyrus as the genie. So at any time, all the Red Queen had to do was tell Alice or Will to use one of their wishes to wish for Jafar (Naveen Andrews) to take Cyrus's place as the genie. This helpful, considerate suggestion would have proved that Anastasia is really willing to change her evil ways for Will. Using a wish like this also would have made life easier for everyone involved by imprisoning Jafar.
However, the chess-obsessed Red Queen isn't the only one who didn't think of this solution—why didn't Alice or Will ever think of it? There are only four rules for wishes: no killing, no bringing anyone back from the dead, no changing the past, and no making someone fall in love. So it's not against the rules to wish for someone else to switch places with a genie.
Now that Will has switched places with Cyrus, perhaps someone will realize that this is possible. However, they can't wish for Jafar to become the genie in place of Will until they find the genie bottle—it got washed away by the storm that Jafar created. Unfortunately, someone will probably get their hands on it before Alice and Cyrus do.
The Red Queen might still try to procure the genie bottle so that she can try to change the rules of magic. If she can't accomplish this without the help of Jafar, perhaps she'll simply attempt to keep Will with her forever. She'd just have to do the same thing that Alice tried to do by not using any wishes. She could also wish for Will's hidden heart—with it in her hand, she'd have even more control over her former lover. But hopefully she tries to do the right thing by helping him get free instead. This would be the first step toward earning back Will's trust and proving that she's not just a heartless villain.
So do you think that Anastasia will prove that she's a changed woman when "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" returns in March, and will Jafar eventually end up trapped inside the genie bottle?