Episode Review: The Owl House (Season 2, Episode 7) – Eda’s Requiem
When she was first introduced, Eda Clawhorne was a character I wasn’t so sure about. The Owl House could have easily made her out to be a wild witch out to make a quick buck (somewhat like Gravity Falls’ Stan Pines). As the show went on however, we began to see how she wasn’t as selfish as we originally thought. Slowly but surely, Luz Noceda’s plucky attitude ended up softening The Owl Lady, and the two grew closer.
Season 2 has shown how Luz’s presence has affected Eda, and in this episode, we see there is someone else who may have done the same a long time ago.
Seeing Luz trying to get back to the Human Realm and King trying to find his father, Eda begins to feel like she is being abandoned. However, when she encounters an old friend from the past, she may have found a new calling in her life.
Meanwhile, Luz and King are working together to enter the Gland Prix and represent Hexside School of Magic and Demonics, in hope that a major win can help King get a message out to his father.
Right from the start, the focus on Eda takes on a very mature tone. Quietly wrestling with the feeling that Luz and King are looking for ways back to their real families, the dramatic tone of the episode is rather mature content that I’m sure most of the younger viewers may not get.
For some of the episode, Eda is adrift with her feelings, until she encounters Raine Whispers (voiced by Avi Roque), an old friend from her younger days, and the new head of the Bard Coven.
Raine is an intriguing figure from Eda’s past. Soft-spoken but secretly incensed with the tactics the Emperor’s Coven is using against wild magic and witches. The episode seems to tiptoe around both Eda and Raine’s past, which makes me wonder if there will be more revealed in the future.
The episode shines a bit when Eda helps Raine’s secret cause, but it’s done so in a rather disjointed montage. We also get some scenes between the two friends that show the use of bard magic, but it was hard at first to comprehend just what I was seeing (it doesn’t seem to require the typical hand gestures we’ve come to know, and seems to almost run counter to Eda having lost her magical abilities).
Given the focus on Eda, this episode is one that could have benefitted from a more singular storyline like in the last episode. The Gland Prix “B” story just feels like it is (unfortunately) pulling us away from what could have been a deeper, more solid story. In regards to the “B” story, I feel we could have just dealt with it a little at the beginning and the end. The storyline tries to make the race seem exciting, but it just comes off mostly feeling like unnecessary filler.
Like most episodes this season, this one also felt like it is a little too jam-packed with stuff. From Belos’ plans, to information about different covens (with the appearance of two other coven heads) and information about Eda’s past, so much flies by so quickly that I had to rewatch the episode several times to understand certain things.
Episodes like this one always make me think how it could have been improved. Eda’s Requiem could have gotten emotionally deep, and really been something great. Character-building episodes need a stronger focus in order to really pull us in, and while there are some glimpses into Raine and Eda’s past, I yearned to really feel for something stronger to come out of this storyline.
Final Grade: B-