Episode Review of W.I.T.C.H. S01E12 "The Princess Revealed"by Akino Ame
The Princess Revealed (Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers): Previously on W.I.T.C.H.: Cedric uses a magic rock to locate the missing Princess, who is Elyon, and Akino loses her shit at the “never use your powers for personal gain” moral.
I admit, I was pretty apprehensive about reviewing this episode after the headdesk-fest that was the previous one. It’s pretty suspenseful, and I’d argue this is probably where Disney made the push to make it a Jetix series. The first half of the story really focuses on Vathek, who learns that Elyon is the Princess and makes a break for Earth, and Cedric and Phobos finally get a clue and go after him as the spy. I really hope they apologized profusely to Raythor for the whole misunderstanding in episode 3. There’s a chase scene and everything with Vathek and Blunk trying to get to the portal to warn Caleb, running from Cedric, guards, and a bug-thing (as Blunk so eloquently put it) called a Larvek.
Meanwhile, the girls learn that Elyon is dating a new boy, and we’re also beginning to set up one of our official couples when out of nowhere, Kevin discovers he loves Gwen…wait, no, I’m mixing up Greg Cipes’s roles again. Either way, the Caleb/Cornelia googly eyes were very sudden. While she’s putting iodine on his cuts. Burning, stinging iodine. Also, Caleb argues that Earth Girls Make No Sense again when he says that he doesn’t get how Elyon has to have a boyfriend, and says on his latest episode of “On Meridian We…” dating is a matter of asking out people you actually like. So, I’m guessing that dating is taken very seriously there. Makes sense when you consider this is a medieval-based culture. Dating = formal courtship.
Two formal rifts begin to develop here when the Guardians learn that Elyon is the Princess. First and most obvious is between Will and Cornelia, which will last for a few episodes. Cornelia is horrified by this truth and refuses to fight her best friend when it comes to it (also, there is a very strange thing indicated by the animation and script when Corny describes Elyon’s perfect man as a tall, blue-eyed, long-haired blonde, and they focus on her long hair a little too long). Though to be perfectly honest, there’s no indication that they have to fight Elyon. At least not yet. Caleb and Vathek know that the people of Meridian are hoping that someday their Princess will come because anything is better than Phobos, and Yan Lin says that they just have to beware of Phobos trying to coerce Elyon to the dark side. Why not just tell Elyon that they discovered she has a royal brother who will try to manipulate and hurt her? Or hell, just go to her parents and suggest that they start to have this talk with her? Cornelia even argues that they should tell Elyon all of this to save her, and Will argues that it just sounds too crazy. THEN GO TO HER FUCKING PARENTS AND LET THEM TAKE CARE OF IT. They’ve got to have been prepared for this day, given how long they’ve been in hiding!
The second rift is between Elyon and the girls, since their attempts at spying on her are so disastrous that it causes her new boyfriend to break up with her. Though, to be fair, this was one of their better attempts. They mostly seemed more like they wanted to see how the date was going. Oh, and that Caleb was a crazy jealous would-be suitor. But he only approached them once on-screen, so that couldn’t have factored into it much. Elyon’s boyfriend just doesn’t like her friends. But this heartbreak for a boy she only just started going out with (she’s a preteen, I’ll let it slide) leads her right to Cedric for totally squicky when you think about it comfort. Seriously, why does nobody ever report him to the feds? Everything about him says predator!
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