The Owl House, Season 2, Episode 19 Review
Even though the series finale to Amphibia is tonight, and I meant to get that out first, The Owl House also deserves my attention. After today, it’s going to be the show that will have everyone’s undivided attention. It’s not hard to see why, though. The last few episodes have been a whirlwind of revelations, nightmare fuel, and trauma. Belos plans to wipe out everyone on the Boiling Isles. Hunter warned everyone at Hexside of the planned genocide. And King learned that he was the only known Titan left in the Demon Realm. Everything’s coming to a head, and a rebellion is brewing. A rebellion that will put Luz and the Owl House residents right in the center of things.
The Time Crunch
The events of last week left fans wondering whether the last two episodes take place concurrently or not. While this week’s episode doesn’t answer that exactly, it’s safe to say that they are. Given how the second half of Season Two takes place over a month, it’s safe to say that the series is feeling the crunch, both in-universe and outside.
Many fans were outraged by Disney’s decision to reduce Season Three of The Owl House to three, forty-minute specials, but there’s nothing that can be done at this point. No one’s happy about that decision, but Dana and her team want to do the best with the hand they’ve been dealt with. Thus, they’re trying to tie up any loose threads in these final episodes, with “O Titan, Where Art Thou,” bringing several of them full circle. Case in point, Eda’s growing maternal love for Luz and King, Luz’s desperate attempts to remain positive, and King dealing with who he really is. And also making a jab at Disney for their decision in a throw-away line.
Nothing is the Same Anymore
As Luz, King, and Hooty return from their trip, they’re horrified to discover the Owl House has been ransacked by the Emperor’s Coven, with all their stuff looted, and the group the Boiling Isles most wanted. Fortunately, Eda and Lillith both managed to escape to the Knee, leading the three to meet up with the Clawthornes and come up with a plan. There’s just one problem: there is no plan.
No matter what Eda and Lillith think, they can’t think of a way to stop Belos’ plans for genocide, yet Eda lies to Luz about it, not wanting to see her spirit break any further. Meanwhile, once they reveal that King’s a Titan, Lilith goes full-on cultist mode. In one of the best examples of character development in the show, King’s actually put off by this. Yeah, King. The guy who wanted everyone to worship him and do whatever he said now hates that idea. The irony’s not lost on him, either.
Steve the Breakout Character
King ends up getting help from the most unlikely of sources: Steve the Coven Scout, who’s likely the breakout character of the whole show. When fans last saw him, Steve questioned his choice to work for the Emperor, and as seen in this episode, that led to him quitting the Emperor’s Coven. He gives King the pep talk he needs not to let his identity as a Titan mess with him while also waxing philosophical about the notion of someone speaking for the Titan of the Boiling Isles. Who says the Titan wasn’t just some normal person.
Meanwhile, Luz and Eda’s relationship comes close to a breaking point. Luz wants to keep fighting, while Eda just wants her and King to survive the Day of Unity. This culminates in them fighting, which is both heartbreaking and impressive as it shows how powerful Luz has become. Ultimately, though, Eda comes clean about having no plan. In true Owl House fashion, though, all’s not lost.
The Rebellion Joins Forces
The previous episodes already showed it, but this episode confirms it. Darius and Eberwolf were planning their own rebellion against Belos, and when they learned what Raine was doing, they joined forces with them. Now, they are the Covens Against The Throne, the C.A.T.T.S!! They have a plan, and now the Owl House Residents are a part of it. I doubt that they’re the only ones, though. I’m willing to bet that this rebellion will be joined by many others. I.E., everyone Luz has befriended on the Isles will join forces to stop the Day of Unity. On top of this, the episode ends with Luz finally ready to carve her own Palismen.
So, why does it feel like things won’t end well? Given how the show has the three specials to wrap things up, there’s a chance that, even if the Day of Unity gets stopped, Belos could still free the Collector. This, in turn, will take us into the series final act. Given how the second season of Amphibia ended, it might not be out of the question for The Owl House to end on a bittersweet cliffhanger. Or maybe not. Either way, next week, The Owl House will be the big focus of this blog.
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