Amphibia Season 2, Episode 20 Review
When Disney chose to postpone the season finale of Amphibia a few weeks back, fans were left in shock. However, that shock gave way to outrage when they let “True Colors” leak onto iTunes. As a result, spoilers spread online like crazy! Despite this, though, fans and team members came together to show their support for Amphibia as they awaited what would likely be the biggest episode of the show until the series finale. Then, finally, Disney announced a new premiere date:
We could argue that Disney pushed “True Colors” because they wanted to make sure it was appropriate for kids. However, fans who tuned in to watch the finale had one question on their minds: was it worth the wait?
Now, I was one of the people who saw the spoilers online, but since then, I’ve actively tried to repress the memory of them. After seeing the finale on TV when it should’ve aired, I’m glad I did. Otherwise, my brain may have broken trying to comprehend the awe of what I witnessed, and got to witness it once more. Now, get ready to jump into the heart-stopping season finale of Amphibia, “True Colors”.
Warning: Spoilers From This Point On. If you Haven’t Seen the Episode Yet, Go Watch it Now! Seriously. You’re Doing Yourself a Disservice Otherwise!!!!
The Coup Begins…
If you saw the finale to season one, then you might remember that it started out with a flashback to the day the Human Trio got sent to Amphibia. That continues here, but whereas the previous one was from Anne and Sasha’s perspective, here we see what Marcy did that day. But more on that in a moment.
In the present day, Anne, her friends, Grime, and the Plantar’s arrive in Newtopia, all set to send the girls home. However, Sasha and Grime use this moment to carry out their coup. They capture King Andrias and get all the Toads in Newtopia to revolt. In addition, the Toad Army is only hours away from the gates of the city.
Everyone who’s been watching the show knew that this moment was coming, when Sasha would reveal her true colors. Knowing that it would happen, though, doesn’t make it any easier to watch. Anne is absolutely devastated, not just at Sasha for betraying her (again), but at herself for letting herself be fooled by Sasha. At this point, it’s safe to say that Anne no longer considers Sasha her friend. Given how the two genuinely seemed to enjoy their time together in the last two episodes, this makes this moment all the more heartbreaking to watch.
But this is just the start to the emotional rollercoaster that the show’s taking us on.
Andrias’ True Colors
While Anne and the others try to stop the coup, Sasha and Grime discover something about Andrias that frames their revolt in a new light. Since his introduction, the show’s been hinting that Andrias is not the good King he makes himself out to be. During the second act to the finale, though, we get confirmation with this:
The Music Box was dubbed the Calamity Box for a good reason. In truth, Andrias’ ancestors used it as a power source to build a technological empire, the remains of which we saw in the factory Frobo was made. Complete with the floating castle and weapons of mass destruction, and this is exactly like Laputa from Miyazaki’s film Castle in the Sky. But when the people Andrias considered friends (one of whom looks a lot like Sprig) left him, the box was lost. Now that he has it back, though, he plans to finish what his family started: build a massive army and use it to invade and conquer every other dimension in existence.
Dang. That’s even worse the second time around. However, we also learn that Marcy had no clue regarding Andrias’ true goals, but that doesn’t make her any less guilty. But then, just to twist the knife further, Andrias drops an earth-shattering revelation.
Marcy’s True Colors
In the previous flashback, it was shown that Marcy learned about the Calamity Box through a book she found at the library. However, that then took a backseat to an announcement from her Dad: he was getting a new job which would require his family to move. Marcy was going to lose her two best friends forever. But when she stumbled on the antique shop that had the box, she got the idea to steal it and see if it would work.
Yes, you read that right. Not only did Marcy come up with the idea of making Anne steal the box, something she was very uncomfortable with, she did fully knowing it could send them to another world. In other words, she’s directly responsible for the events of the series.
When I first saw this, I was genuinely stunned. I had grown to adore Marcy since we first met her, to the point that I forgot that the synopsis of the show is about Anne making her first true friendship. Now I understand why it’s like that. As much as Marcy tries to justify her actions, it doesn’t change the fact that she tricked Anne and Sasha into getting stuck in a world where one wrong move could’ve killed them. This moment just drives home Marcy’s greatest flaw: while she may be smart, her emotional intelligence is the lowest of the three. And now, she has to live with the fact that she’s endangered her friends, Earth, and Amphibia all at once.
The True Power of the Gems
A climatic battle ensues against Andrias, and when I say things get dark, I mean really, really dark. Honestly, the last time I saw a Disney cartoon get this dark was with the season two finale of Star vs. The Forces of Evil, “Starcrushed.” The warnings that Disney put out were very justified. However, it’s also offset by the fact that we finally see the true power of the Gems of the Calamity Box.
Since the start of the season, it’s been hinted that the Gems gave each of the girl’s some kind of power. The events of the Temples confirmed this, but it’s only here that we get to see what power they can give the girls. In a fit of rage, Anne unwittingly taps into the remaining gem power within her. As a result, she goes full-on Super Saiyan, and it is glorious! From the flawless animation to the amazing music, this has to be the highlight of the finale! Alas, not even that’s enough to stop Andrias. And while I won’t say how the fight ends, I will say what happens in the aftermath: Anne and the Plantar’s are sent to Earth.
You read that right. After months of trying, Anne’s finally managed to get home to Earth. The sad irony is that now Earth is the last place that she wants to be. The Plantar’s are stranded on Earth while Sasha and Marcy are trapped in Amphibia with the Box, and Andrias seemingly poised to invade every other world. In other words, things are bad.
One of the Best Things I’ve Ever Seen
Having gotten the chance to see “True Colors” not once, but twice, any doubts I had about the hype around it have been silenced. Matt Braly and his team have created one of the best season finale’s I’ve ever seen in my life. Honestly, the last time I can think of a finale leaving this starstruck was “Crossroads of Destiny” from Avatar: The Last Airbender, all the way back in 2006. That episode left me absolutely reeling as a kid, and now, Amphibia’s given me the same reaction.
Matt Braly, you and your team managed to create an absolute masterpiece in “True Colors”. Nearly everything about it is flawless, from the bombshells to the fighting to the music. If you guys don’t win an award for this episode, then I don’t know how you will! Truly, Disney did you a great disservice by delaying this episode.
And the best part? At the very end of the episode, we got this. A sneak preview of the Season 3 opening:
That’s right! It looks like Season 3 is going to be split between Amphibia and Earth. The Plantar’s are adjusting to life in our world, Sasha is helping to lead a resistance against Andrias, and both sides are preparing for Andrias’ all out invasion of Earth. In other words, this is going to be beyond epic!!!
I Was Right about Amphibia
When Amphibia first came out two years ago, I said that it was going to be a show to watch out for. And thus far, everything we’ve seen has only validated that belief. However, after seeing “True Colors” and the opening to Season 3, my opinion of the show has skyrocketed. Matt Braly and his team may be creating one of the best cartoons of the century. One that’s on par with the likes of Adventure Time, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Regular Show, and Gravity Falls. Now, GO WATCH THIS SHOW!
I Give “True Colors” a 5/5.
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