Elora and Willow continue their training, tension rises between Kit and Jade, Boorman must decide on the perfect moment to don the new armor, and Graydon finally admits to Elora that he loves her even though she doesn’t love him lately episode of the Disney+ Original Series, “Willow.” Meanwhile, the prince is stuck in a city and eventually meets someone else, but it seems that leads to a much bigger problem for Elora and Kit when they finally reach the city.
This is the very definition of a filler episode. There is nothing objectively wrong with anything that happened here, but the only story development could have been told in less time in other episodes. Many of the scenes could have been cut out. Yes, it helps encourage the budding relationship between Jade and Kit as they work to improve their sparring both with swords and as more than friends. But that makes me not care about much of what happens here. The Graydon and Boorman stories are mediocre. And while Elora and Willow are at the heart of the story, a lot of it just doesn’t work for me here.
While some of the stories of the search party may not work for me, I understand what the storytellers are aiming to tell. The parts with the prince in the city were just boring. Except for when he saw Kit in the well, I didn’t care. It was clearly set up where the woman he just met tricked him. There was no groundbreaking storytelling there. If these had been spread better throughout the first six episodes, perhaps it would have been a more compelling story. In the end, what should be a powerful moment where Kit and Elora approach the city and find him ends up being nothing short of impressive. His story is supposed to be important to the viewer’s appreciation of Kit and Elora, but I’d be more intrigued if they were looking for a stolen item instead of him. They’ve done a terrible job of making me care about him.
My hope is that this is just a filler episode and the lone filler episode from here on out. I hope they don’t try to stretch the story to eleven episodes if they don’t have eleven episodes. One of the biggest complaints with Disney+ shows is that they have to hit an arbitrary episode number and then either rush the story or stretch it too thin. I’m afraid that’s what has happened here. If we’re at a point where it should only be ten episodes, I can handle that. If this was only going to be seven and they stretch to eleven, I will be disappointed.
Rating: 2 stars
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