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Episode Review: The Owl House (Season 2, Episode 15) – Them’s the Breaks, Kid

In the first season of The Owl House, Eda made it clear on a number of occasions that she was not at all enamored with The Emperor’s Coven, let alone the idea of Luz taking an interest in studying at Hexside School of Magic and Demonics. However, Eda softened on her feelings when she saw how the school might be good for Luz in some respects.

Eda already had a reputation at the school, but we never did see much about her during those days…until now.

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To get Luz’s mind off of what Emperor Belos has planned for The Day of Unity, Eda offers to tell her a story.

Soon, she is reminiscing about her days at Hexside, and how a deal with the former Principal Faust, pushed her and then Vice-Principal Bump, to attend an academic event presided over by Plant Coven head, Terra Snapdragon.

Eda finds the entire event a waste of time, until she meets a student from St Epiderm, named Raine Whispers.

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When it comes to flashback episodes, I can be a bit judgmental, unless they have something to add to a character’s backstory. And in that respect, this episode opens up some doors in regards to Eda, as well as Raine.

What really helps this episode succeed, is that much like the episode Hunting Palismen, this story focuses on just one event, and is stronger for going this route (it feels like they could have cheapened out and had something where Eda’s sister Lily kept attempting to prove her worth to being in this event, but the narrowed focus really helps this story).

We’ve heard actress Natalie Palamides previously voicing teenage Eda, but it feels with this episode, she really gets the chance to own the role. There are certain little inflections she does that really makes it feel like she is channeling Wendie Malick.

A little element that I wished there had been more of, was Eda and her sister Lily interacting. The episode gives us a few examples here-and-there, but alas, Lily is quickly sidelined.

I think this might also be the most invested I’ve felt in regards to Raine. The character really gets a chance to feel more grounded, and there are some areas where it feels like one can totally see why Eda became enchanted by them.

The episode also includes some fun little easter eggs showing a number of the show’s adult cast as kids, let alone how even back then, Bump seemed to try and be a voice of reason and order, as the less-abrasive Vice-Principal.

There are some areas where I felt certain story elements were a bit flimsy. Notable is how Bump seems rather oblivious to knowing of Eda’s trouble-making reputation, given in a season 1 episode, he was witness to some of her handiwork. One would assume with the evidence Principal Faust has, Bump would definitely be more informed.

Even the appearance of Terra Snapdragon has some faults too. It is nice to see some additional elements to her character, but how they resolve her tests at the academic event, feels like the writers trying to wriggle out of a corner they wrote themselves into.

Episodes of the show that have one definite focus just push my buttons, and this story so far is one of the season’s highlights. It’s informative and fun, and tells a full story about Eda and Raine that makes me wish there was more about their time growing up.

The story does get a little flimsy near the end as it tries to resolve some things, but there’s enough good stuff here to push through to a satisfying conclusion, let alone a coda on the end that ties into the larger story for Season 2.

Best line in episode (said by squeak toy): “SQUEEEEEEEE-”

Final Grade: B+

Episode Review: The Owl House (Season 2, Episode 14) – Reaching Out

When The Owl House returned for it’s second season, it didn’t take long before the show introduced us to the parents of Amity Blight: her mother Odalia, and her father, Alador.

However, after their introductory episode, the Blight parents have been largely absent (with the last information we had, being that the Emperor’s Coven had purchased their whole supply of Abomaton figures).

With Reaching Out, the episode seems intent to give us some information on Alador, along with several members of the Blight family.

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Something is bothering Luz, as her phone keeps buzzing about a reminder for the day.

Intent on finding something else to focus on, she attempts to help Amity win the Bonesborough Brawl, an event that Amity’s father Alador won many years before.

Meanwhile, Eda still suspects something is up with her friend Raine Whispers, and attempts to get information out of Warden Wrath, who has also come to the Brawl. Eda soon gets some unexpected help, in the form of Amity’s older brother, Edric.

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When he was first introduced, Alador was mostly kept in the background. With this episode, the writers attempt to expand on his character, as well as give some more insight into his role as Amity’s father.

We can see Amity trying to make a connection with him, but it’s another case of “a father being too busy to connect with his kid(s).” Not a bad plot-point per se, but I would have liked to have had something a bit stronger regarding Alador and Amity.

The stronger emotional connection within the episode, comes from Luz’s dilemma. Her story point hits a number of emotional chords, as she struggles to ignore her phone, but continues to be distracted by it as she tries to help Amity.

The appearance of Edric and Emira in this episode, acts almost like a bridge between the “A” and “B” plots.

Most notable is we get some more insight into Edric, who seems to have some self-confidence issues. It was hinted at in some previous episodes that Edric seems to be the less serious of the Blight twins, but this episode seeks to show that Edric does have some skills. It is also notable to see him get interaction time with Eda and King.

Emira can be a bit more serious and learned, and it is here that we see her being the one helping out her sister (and at times, Luz) during the Brawl.

Overall, the story points revolving around the Brawl and Eda making her potion just feel like ways to keep the story “busy,” while there are story points that tie into emotional family connections, that probably could have developed into a much better storyline overall.

Like the previous episode, this is another one where certain emotional elements pushed the final grade a notch higher.

Best line in episode (said by Emira): “I want a t-shirt too!”

Final Grade: B

Episode Review: The Owl House (Season 2, Episode 13) – Any Sport in a Storm

When he was announced as a cast addition for Season 2, The Golden Guard gained quite a bit of fan-gushing from the online Owl House community.

While there has been scant information learned about Hunter (aka The Golden Guard), it has usually been while in his service to Emperor Belos. This latest episode release, looks to throw him into an area that he hasn’t had much experience with: other persons around his own age.

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After being questioned by the Abomination Coven head Darius on his strength of character, Hunter sets out to prove himself worthy of the Golden Guard title. At Hexside, he attempts to recruit students into the Emperor’s coven and happens to come across Willow starting up a Flyer Derby club, which he decides to use as a cover for recruiting “the best and the brightest.”

Meanwhile, Amity informs Luz that the author of The Good Witch Azura books is holding a signing in town, and the two eagerly go off to meet her.

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After her interactions with Amity in episode 11, it was nice to see Willow getting some additional character development in this story. We’ve seen her grow into a competent witch with her plant magic, but it is nice to see her stepping up to take on a leadership position in a school program.

Even so, the issues Willow faces with starting her club at Hexside feels a little flimsy, given one of the school’s professors hangs the fate of the club on whether her team can beat his at a Flyer Derby match (feeling like a small callback to season 1’s Wing It Like Witches).

Getting to see Hunter out of his element is a nice touch, let alone reminds us that he’s around the same age as some of the school students, but doesn’t seem to know how to really interact with them. In a real world comparison, his recruitment methods feel like Armed Forces recruiters going to high schools, to convince kids that their skills can greatly benefit their country.

There also is some new information, that the title of The Golden Guard is older than Hunter himself. Up until this point, I had assumed this was a title Belos had bestowed exclusively on Hunter.

We also get the return of background characters Skara and Viney, and Gus even shows how supportive he can be towards Willow, though one scene makes it possible that maybe he harbors feelings for her.

The return of Darius is rather quick, but surprising. His last appearance in Eda’s Requiem went by like a blur to me, but recently we’ve been learning a bit more about the different Coven heads. With what we see here, it does make me wonder just how loyal most of the heads are to the Emperor.

While Willow and Hunter’s interaction is the “A” story of the episode, Luz and Amity encompass the “B” story, dealing with their love of the Azura books, and their attempt to meet author Mildred Featherwhyle.

We had a slight blip in the relationship arc between these two with the last episode, and it is nice to see a subplot about something that they share a common love over. Plus, we do get to see somewhat of a payoff from Luz in Season 1, wanting to start an Azura book club at Hexside.

Unfortunately, the “B” story starts out with an intriguing premise as the two question the author’s heritage (Luz purchased her books in the human realm, but is the author from the demon realm?), but feels like a bit of a “mystery box” distraction as the girls try to find answers for the questions they have.

The episode overall has some strong moments, but shows some flimsiness at times as the stories make their way to the end. Even one moment in the resolution of Hunter’s story arc made me question the “logic” that was used. However, after the last episode felt like a tease for things to come, getting an episode that brought about some character development for both Willow and Hunter was quite enjoyable, and some of these moments helped raise the rating on this episode just a bit more for me.

Luz and Amity’s plotline did feel a bit pointless, though a saving grace was getting to see the two off on a little quest, bouncing ideas and theories off of each other.

Best line in episode (said by Luz): “She’s had a name this whole time!?”

Final Grade: B

Episode Review: The Owl House (Season 2, Episode 12) – Elsewhere and Elsewhen

When it comes to The Owl House, the show can surprise us with where character development can go.

In the first season, Amity Blight character arc proved to be an unexpected treat as the season went on. For the second season, the character that gained notoriety was Eda’s sister, Lilith “Lilly” Clawthorne.

It’s been awhile since we saw her, but the latest episode will surely entertain a number of her fans (and maybe even enthrall some new ones).

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Eda throws her sister a party, for her new role as assistant curator for the Supernatural Museum of History. However, Lilith grows upset in trying to figure out what to do for her first exhibition, wanting to prove herself to a former mentor who still works under Emperor Belos.

Meanwhile, Luz is still struggling to understand more about how Philip Wittebane made his portal door that allowed access between the human and demon realms. When Eda mentions that Lilith dabbled in trying to find time pools (holes in reality that can transport one back to various times), Luz teams up with Eda’s sister to find one that can lead them back to the Deadwardian Era, when Philip was alive.

The party also brings around an unexpected visitor, when the witches’ father shows up. Though he requests to see Eda, she is apprehensive given something that happened between them in the past.

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Season 2 episodes with Lilith have grown rather interesting, and here, we see the writers continuing to have some fun with her. Her interaction is largely with Luz, and it’s really the first time they both have done something together.

Earlier in the season, we saw how Luz had taken to teaching the Clawthorne sisters “glyph magic,” and Lilith was most enthralled. Here, we get a bit more character development, in seeing that she also has a special affinity for the history of the Boiling Isles, with some of that information rubbing off on Luz.

When it comes to interacting with Philip Wittebane, I was expecting a bit more than what we got. However, it does feels like for those “keeping score,” his true identity is hinted at in a pretty major way. Plus, Lilith and Luz’s interactions may have contributed in what happens to the Boiling Isles in the future, on a level they probably cannot comprehend at this time.

The time pool concept in the episode felt a bit too convenient for me, but given my fascination regarding the space time continuum in shows, I was intrigued to see where the concept could go. Plus, the episode did remind me a bit of the time-hopping in an episode of Gravity Falls.

While Luz and Lilith’s adventure takes up a story-heavy “A” plot, the “B” plot about Eda nervously avoiding her father feels rather flimsy. This isn’t the first time this season we’ve had a “B” plot feel like it could have been excised altogether. The show has a thing for often trying to juggle two separate plot strands, but this is another case where I wish we could have just focused on Luz and Lilith (even if there are some possible future revelations in Eda’s story, regarding where things might go with her).

Seeing Luz and Lilith together was definitely a highlight, but the episode left me wanting to see more about Philip, let alone more of Bonesboro from the past. Eda’s story about dealing with her past and her father, really made me wish it was a stronger, better structured story point that could have given us much more than what we got here (it feels like it could have worked better as an “A” plot story in another episode).

This was an episode that I was really hoping would open up some major revelations, but it felt like it was moreso about providing scant hints about things that will probably be paid off in future episodes.

Best line in episode (said by Luz): “*gasps* Snorses!”

Final Grade: B-

Episode Review: The Owl House (Season 2, Episode 11) – Follies at the Coven Day Parade

The last seven months was almost sheer agony as many waited for the remaining Season 2 episodes of The Owl House to hit. Speculation ran wild on a number of fronts, and the slightest of possible release dates led to some social media sites causing the show to trend again.

Now with the episodes officially coming out, we are continuing on our journey for the final full season of the show.

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After returning from her brief visit to the Human Realm, Luz struggles with wanting to stay in the Demon Realm, while also dealing with her promise to her Mother that she would come back.

After encountering Emperor Belos’ assistant Kikimora struggling to bridge issues between her family and work life, Luz thinks she may have found a way to figure out how to have things both ways, if she helps the little demon out in regards to Coven Day Parade duties.

Luz also learns that Eda has been following up on information regarding Raine Whispers (her ex-partner), and tries to set up a rendezvous with them during the parade as well.

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With this episode, the show wastes little time in jumping into the action. Stuff seems to fly at us pretty quickly in regards to information, but surprisingly, the action stays moving at a good clip as we bounce around a number of elements happening during the parade.

One of the more unexpected elements is Kikimora being willing to be part of a plan to help Luz and Eda. Given what we’ve seen in the past, I had assumed Kiki would be much more ruthless of a character, but the episode seeks to cast her in a grey area. It is a little flimsy in Luz’s logic that she thinks that Belos’ assistant can help her resolve her own dilemma, but then again, Luz is just hoping her plan works.

The episode also introduces another Coven head, in the form of the Plant Coven’s Terra Snapdragon. Unlike some of the other coven head introductions, her use here manages to make her both intriguing and terrifying (she has somewhat of a “Big Brother” vibe given how she tends to pop up unexpectedly). Plus, given her powers, one has to wonder if Willow and her might meet up in the future.

Earlier in the season, Raine Whispers was an intriguing addition to Eda’s past, though events after his last appearance have affected him in unexpected ways. We get some hints that something is going on, though the scenes between him and Eda feel moreso like they may have a bigger encounter in the future. As it is, it almost feels like this part of the story could have been jettisoned, and repurposed as something a bit stronger in another episode.

We also get some interesting dilemmas when it comes to Luz and Amity’s relationship. Luz has been tight-lipped about her “attempt” to visit the Human Realm, and upon finding Luz’s phone, Amity is curious regarding what it contains, but struggles with her thoughts that she may be invading her girlfriend’s privacy. The issue is also helped by her going to Willow for advice, leading to a short-and-sweet scene between the two.

When I sat down and thought about it, it felt like this episode ended up juggling quite a number of elements to it. However, unlike some of the earlier Season 2 episodes that had balancing issues, I think what saves Follies is that the different elements actually have time to transition from one to the other, without feeling like they are cramming 2-3 episodes into a 22-minute time-frame.

The episode balances a bit precariously at times with it’s storytelling, but it has enough going for it that it manages to be entertaining, while also opening up some extra questions that need resolution (hopefully before the season ends, and we have to wait for the multiple specials that will conclude the series).

Best line in episode (said by Hootie as Belos parade float): “I AM YOUR GOD!!!”

Final Grade: B

Book Review: Forever Young – A Memoir, by Hayley Mills

As Walt Disney made the leap into the new frontiers of television and live-action filmmaking in the 50’s and 60’s, a number of young fresh faces would captivate thousands in these mediums. Names like Annette Funicello and and Tommy Kirk gained notoriety through The Mickey Mouse Club TV show and films like Old Yeller, but one name from the 60’s had a most unexpected Cinderella story.

Hayley Mills (the daughter of actor John Mills, and author/playwright Mary Hayley Bell) was a carefree child with no intentions of following in her father’s footsteps, until a family friend cast her in the 1959 film, Tiger Bay. The film not only earned raves for Hayley’s performance, but it also caught the attention of the Walt Disney Studios, who soon offered her a multi-picture deal.

From L to R: Walt Disney, John Mills, Mary Hayley Bell, and Hayley Mills inspect the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse at Disneyland in 1962.

Hayley’s life was changed in so many ways through this deal, and after all these years, she has published her memoirs about this time in her life.

It should come as no surprise, that to many Disney fans, Mills’ remembrances of encountering Walt Disney will be a highlight. Walt is perceived as a charming father-figure, giving the Mills family a personal tour of Disneyland, and even offering to cast Hayley’s younger brother in a film (an offer turned down by her parents).

Even in those days, the studios’ approval (spearheaded by Walt himself) on what roles young actors could do outside the studio were heavily scrutinized. This led to Walt and Hayley’s parents saying no to several offers during her contracted days at Disney. Most notable, is that she was offered the lead role in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Lolita, a role that Mills ponders what might have been, had she been allowed to play the part.

At times, Mills also weaves in her thoughts about Hollywood, telling of its past, let alone encountering the fading away of “Tinseltown’s” Golden Age when her family visited California for the production of several of her pictures. Along with delving a little into the history of Hollywood, she also tells of meeting numerous celebrity persons, both in her personal and professional life.

Speaking of celebrities, some chapters get a bit cumbersome with how much name-dropping there is. What somewhat evens this out, is the vocabulary that she uses. I don’t think I’ve gone to the dictionary so many times when reading a book, but I found this to be a rather fun game to play, understanding some of her “verbal.”

For revelations, Forever Young paints a picture of a young woman who struggled to understand who she was. Acting during her teen years, left her unable to create lasting relationships, and she often felt she lived vicariously through her family. There also seemed to be a deep feeling of not letting down those around her, oftentimes pushing her to put other people’s happiness over her own. She also talks about her own insecurities, as well as her search for love throughout her teen years.

In reading her memoirs, I soon learned something about my own perceptions: I had read a number of biographies on famous people, but very few memoirs. The last one I read was Gail Gerber’s Trippin’ with Terry Southern (What I Think I Remember), which Gail co-wrote with author Tom Lisanti.

Unlike that memoir that encompassed much of Gail’s life, Mills’ memoir focuses largely on the period of her life from her pre-teen years, into her mid-20’s. Only getting what felt like a “small glimpse” into her life left me a little disappointed in the book’s structure. It is in her final chapter that it feels like she begins to transition into becoming an adult, a mother, and also doing stage work to build up her acting craft. It definitely feels like there is more to tell, but it doesn’t seem likely Hayley will want to explore this area of her life.

Haley with her first son, Crispin.

Some readers may also be disappointed that Mills does not deep-dive into many of the films she did. In some cases, she’ll reminisce for a few pages on the films that stand out in her memory, while some films like In Search of the Castaways, or The Trouble With Angels barely register.

On a positive note, I did appreciate that unlike some biographies, this memoir didn’t deep-dive into past relations in her family’s history. Reading about her own family, one can sense how much Mills cares about them. There’s a wonderful sense of love and respect for her father, a longing to care for her mother who would fall into bouts of alcoholism and melancholy, as well as thoughts and observations about her older sister June, and younger brother Johnathan (both of whom ended up in the entertainment world as well).

Forever Young definitely gives us insight into a woman whom most of us recall as a bright-eyed youth from the 60’s. Those expecting a thorough dissection of her life will most likely be disappointed, but that’s not to say that the book doesn’t reveal things about Hayley Mills’ life that will open some people’s eyes.

Episode Review: The Owl House (Season 2, Episode 10) – Yesterday’s Lie

Finally, it is here…the last Owl House episode before the series goes on hiatus, only to return with the remaining batch of Season 2 episodes at an undetermined (at this time) date.

But enough of that, let’s get into this episode.

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After studying Philip Wittebane’s diary, Luz has been able to construct an unstable variation of his doorway, in hopes to be able to communicate with her mother.

Upon testing out the doorway, Luz is able to peer into the human realm and see her mother…along with a figure who looks just like her!

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Like the episode Hunting Palismen, this is a story that holds a singular focus around Luz and what she observes. There isn’t a “B” storyline to get in the way, which makes things much easier to follow.

Since the end of season 1, there had been hints that there was a version of Luz in the human realm that had taken her place. The fandom had thrown out plenty of theories as to what was going on, but none of them came close to what was revealed to be a creature that dubs itself as Vee.

Much like how one can’t judge a book by it’s cover, Vee is one of the most surprising characters in the episode. For much of the story, we follow Luz communicating with her, and learn more about her backstory (which turns out to be quite emotional). It also helps in how voice-actress Michaela Dietz is able to emulate Luz’s voice at first, before we hear Vee’s more timid, somewhat nasally voice that contributes to her personality.

One of the most unexpected storypoints, is learning more about where Luz lives. We get to see that there’s a history to the town of Gravesfield, and it feels like there are clues and hints that may tie into what we have learned about both Emperor Belos, and Philip Wittebane. Plus, we get some information regarding Eda frequenting the town while she had access to Wittebane’s portal.

Most of season 2’s episodes have revealed more about numerous characters, and in this episode, we get some moments with Luz’s mother, Camila. While not a whole lot of time is devoted to her, what we do see is enough to really show us how Luz was influenced by her, let alone just what kind of person she is.

For most of this season, I kept really looking for something that hit emotionally. Echoes of the Past came pretty close, but to me, this episode really delivered. So far, this has felt like one of the most satisfying storylines, even if there are some moments that do get a little hokey.

The hokiness comes in the form of a person working for the town’s historical society, who happens to be quite the conspiracy theorist. The character toes the line between being humorous, yet dangerous at the same time. It does beg the question if he’s a one-off character, or if we’ll encounter him again in the future.

There were also some moments that put me in mind of the series Stranger Things, but even so, Yesterday’s Lie has quickly become my favorite episode of the season. Pity that just as we get something so well-crafted, the season goes on hiatus, leaving us to wonder what is yet to come.

Best line in episode (said by Camila): “…I will never understand anime.”

Final Grade: A-

Episode Review: The Owl House (Season 2, Episode 9) – Eclipse Lake

As we near the half-way point for The Owl House’s second season, there’s been quite a lot of information and new characters shown.

We’ve seen Emperor Belos and his coven working on a major project, and when it comes to our main characters who live in the owl house, there’s been some surprising revelations as of late.

With this episode, there’s the chance to not only expand our knowledge of The Boiling Isles, but also get some character development too.

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Amity and Luz have been doing more research on trying to find a way to help Luz get back home. A key element (according to the diary of Philip Wittebane), is said to be found at Eclipse Lake.

Unfortunately, Luz has caught “the common mold.” With Willow, Gus, and Hooty helping her recover, Eda, King, and Amity go off on the journey…where they soon find there are other forces who may also be seeking the same thing.

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Some time ago, I was lamenting that we seemed to have our basic group of characters associated with the owl house, but they have not fully come together for any type of adventure. With this episode, the wish is somewhat fulfilled, even if the group is split in two after a few minutes together.

The “A” story involving Amity, gives us one of the first chances to see her in a more prominent role, let alone one working alongside just Eda and King. After what she and Luz worked out last episode, Amity seems pretty confident, but has some small moments where she is concerned for her girlfriend (and their budding relationship).

In regards to Eda and King, the episode gives opportunities to showcase the new powers they obtained from the previous episode. There are some moments where they try to mine comedy out of Eda trying to get her new “harpy” form to materialize, but it comes off being a bit too ridiculous for my tastes.

The trio also encounters the machinations of Emperor Belos, in the forms of Kikimora and Hunter (aka The Golden Guard). While Kikimora has Belos’ express permission to be at Eclipse Lake, Hunter is trying to prove his worth on his own. What is notable is that both have a certain level of desperation about them, each determined to prove their worth and return with what Belos desires.

This is the second episode this season where creator Dana Terrace is given a sole “written by” credit, and it seems to show. There’s a certain level of focus to the story that allows us to follow along and not get too bogged down by extra things. Plus, just like Luz interacted with Hunter in episode 6, Amity gets the same opportunity here.

The “B” plot story of Willow and Gus taking care of Luz is kept alive at times, but is much smaller in scope to the “A” plot. At the most, it feels like it exists mainly to keep Luz and her friends in the picture.

I usually like most “mission”storylines, and this one does a pretty good job in places. There is a certain element of “who will get there first” regarding what is happening around the lake, but it feels like there are several areas that they try to mine comedy out of, that drags the episode down for me. It is in the character-driven areas that the episode really held my attention (including one area where the animation made my eyes go wide!).

Eclipse Lake’s premise and storytelling is definitely a high-point for season 2, but to me, it needed a little extra “oomph” to really be spectacular. I do wonder what the next episode will have in store, given what we have learned here.

Best line in episode (said by Hunter): “…why does everyone say that?”

Final Grade: B+

Episode Review: The Owl House (Season 2, Episode 8) – Knock, Knock, Knockin’ On Hooty’s Door

The Boiling Isles is home to all sorts of strange (and sometimes uncomfortable) creatures…but one whom fits that bill and is also a home himself, is Hooty.

Connected to The Owl House in magical ways, Hooty often has a way of making audiences laugh and cringe when he shows up. However, some were a little surprised earlier this season, when he seemed to form a friendship with Eda’s sister, Lilith. Sadly, their interactions didn’t last very long, before Lilith returned to live with her mother.

Most of this season’s episodes have focused on giving us some more information on a number of characters, and in this episode, it looks like Hooty’s turn has come.

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After receiving a letter from Lilith that perks him up, Hooty turns his attention to the denizens of The Owl House.

Seeing King, Eda, and Luz wrestling with problems of their own, Hooty decides to help each of them in his own special way.

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Given the title of this episode, I expected some sort of “anthology” format like last season’s episode where Luz, Eda, and King swapped bodies. Once the episode gets going, each of the characters storylines average around 5-7 minutes, with opening/closing bookends to the episode.

While Hooty does figure into each of the plots, there’s only so much he can do.

Out of all of them, the storyline revolving around King is where he has the most influence (and is basically voice-actor Alex Hirsch talking to himself for the entire segment!). Figuring King is having some sort of an identity crisis, Hooty attempts an analysis to help him figure out more about what he is, with a cameo from a most unexpected sub-character.

Eda’s story is a bit more introspective, and probably the most intriguing of the three. Diving into her subconscious, we get more information about her past, along with her wrestling with the owl curse within her. There are familiar faces (and some new ones), that will surely catch many fan’s eyes.

When it comes to Luz, I’m sure most will remember her story the most, as Hooty overhears her wrestling with her feelings for Amity Blight, and decides to do something about it. There are some places where his actions make him like an overeager wingman.

Luz’s storyline is definitely the most fun of the three segments, but it feels a little “off” in places. After events in the episode Through The Looking Glass Ruins, Luz hasn’t really made light of Amity’s actions, which makes a few of her lines here feel a little over-reaching for me. I wish between Looking Glass and this episode, we had some little moments of Luz going over how she felt (like in season 1, where we saw Amity wrestling with her growing feelings for Luz).

Speaking of Amity, there were some areas where I had to remind myself where she was emotionally the last time we saw her, and that a lot of her uneasiness was stemming from her actions back then. It does seem a little odd, seeing Amity speechless and acting more nervous than usual.

One thing I have pointed out in a number of season 2 episode reviews for The Owl House, is that most of them feel quite over-stuffed when it comes to content. Most surprising about this episode, is that even with it juggling three different character stories in 22 minutes…it actually works surprisingly well! We get little nuggets of character information, and steps that move these characters into new territories that will (hopefully) be expanded upon in the future. It’s not often one finds an episode that seems to take a step back, and a few steps forward.

Like most viewers, I didn’t expect this to fall into my Top 3 episodes so far for this season. There’s ample room for the stories to breathe, and unlike some other episodes, there wasn’t an overload of information that had me trying to make sure I understood everything.

Best line in episode (said by Luz): “That was, uh…an invasive species.”

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Final Grade: B+

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.

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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.

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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.

Best line in episode (said by Amber): “You’re not our Mom!”

Final Grade: B-