McNamara's Picks: 'Once Upon a Time' spinoff, 'Walking Dead' and more

October 10, 2013 8:19 PM

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McNamara's Picks: 'Once Upon a Time' spinoff, 'Walking Dead' and more

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland." ABC's spinoff of "Once Upon a Time" comes out of the box more fully realized than its parent ship, if only because the tale of the curious and curiouser Alice and her famous fall down the rabbit hole is so well known. This Alice (Sophie Lowe), however, is full grown and suffering the consequences of interdimension travel. When we meet her, she has been institutionalized for mysterious disappearances and subsequent ravings. What she really suffers from, however, is a broken heart. While searching for proof that Wonderland exists, she fell in love with a genie who was then torn from her by the evil Red Queen. But when the White Rabbit (John Lithgow) sends the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) with news that her beloved lives, Alice cranks into Victorian-on-the-edge action.

With a Steampunk look reminiscent of Tim Burton's version of the tale, "Wonderland" makes full use of modern technology, and the Disney fairy tale library, to bring Alice's new adventures to marvelous life. Lowe is terrific as is Socha, and the two have great chemistry, which no matter the setting i...

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