The Owl House Season 2, Episode 15 Review
From the moment we met him, Raine Whispers became a hit character on The Owl House. Outside of the residents of the Owl House itself, Raine is probably the person that Eda’s closest with. The two came close to taking down two Coven Heads, but Raine got captured in the process. When we next saw them, it looked like Raine was brainwashed by the Emperor’s Coven. However, a flashback episode this week shows us that Raine’s not as controlled as they appear. Also, it serves as a great look into the lives of the older generation when they were Luz’s age!
When Eda Was Luz’s Age
The episode starts off with Luz trying out the various glyph “constellations” that she got from Phillip’s Diary, only to fail miserably. So, to make up for it, Eda decides to tell the story of how she and Raine first met…
When Eda and Lillith were Luz’s age, they attended Hexside alongside many of the adult cast members. However, Hexside was an even less friendly school than it is today, under the tyrannical rule of its then-principal Faust. Faust is everything that I hate in an educational figure, punishing and expelling students for the dumbest of infractions. And when he catches Eda pranking him, he threatens to expel her unless she brings home a blue ribbon from this Coven event. Oh, and Bump (who’s only Vice Principal) will get fired if she doesn’t.
I got a real kick out of seeing a young Eda, before she got cursed in a misguided attempt by her sister to win. She’s every bit as cocky and trouble-making as she grows up to be, and just so much fun! If she and Luz knew each other then, they’d be best friends. And, of course, she can’t help but cause trouble at what amounts to a half-baked convention.
That’s when she meets Raine, studying at a different school.
A Perfect Match Taking a Stand
From the getgo, Raine proves that there’s a reason why they eventually became a Coven head, using bard magic to accomplish many incredible feats. They and Eda are perfectly suited as partners, and as they discover, they each have similar views about the state of the Boiling Isles.
In the final event of the H.E.C.K. thing, the host, a younger Terra Snapdragon, has the students split into two teams, “Wild Witches,” and “Coven Witches.” The Coven Witches must catch the Wild Witches before time’s up to win. On the surface, this may seem harmless, but in truth, it’s not. It shows just how corrupt things under Emperor Belos were even then. Seeing Terra gleefully pit the students against each other is meant to brainwash them into hating wild witches, as that is what Emperor Belos wants. Thankfully, despite being on opposite teams, Eda and Raine refuse to play Terra’s sick game.
Lucky for them, Terra’s the kind to be impressed by their acts of defiance, and while no one wins a medal, she ensures Bump keeps his job and Eda stays at Hexside, with Raine now attending alongside her.
Cut back to the present day, and we get a big reveal revolving around Raine.
Raine, You Sly Fox
When we last saw Raine, it looked as though they were brainwashed to follow Emperor Belos’ orders, with Terra feeding him drinks meant to keep him that way. However, it’s revealed that this isn’t the case. While Raine is getting the potions from Terra, they’re using Bard magic to dispel whatever allows Terra to brainwash them. They’re still fighting Emperor Belos right under everyone’s noses! Of course, this only makes their treatment of Eda at the Coven Day Parade all the more heartbreaking. Raine has to lie to protect the most important person in his life, but soon, they may not have a choice.
Fans have been speculating that this “Day of Unity” Belos has planned will involve a massive amount of magic being used. This episode all but confirms it to be so. Raine, and the audience, learns that the Day of Unity involves a draining spell that will absorb the magic from everyone in the Covens, for a purpose we still don’t full understand. However, such an act will likely endanger the lives of everyone present. Clearly, Belos needs to be stopped.
I loved the twist involving Raine Whispers, as this was something that I did not see coming. Now, I have no idea what to expect in the remaining episodes of the season! One thing’s for certain: this is getting good!
I Give “Them’s the Breaks, Kid” a 4/5
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