After The Owl House’s second season premiere last week, with Luz, Eda, and the gang picking up the bits and pieces from the events of the Petrification ceremony, they’re ready to move on with their lives and return to some semblance of normalcy. We also got our first look at Luz’s friends since it all went under. For the most part, life has already returned to normal for them by the time someone with resentment tries to force them out of the picture for their own selfish gain.
We got a good insight into Blight Industries with an elaborate event presentation in front of a large crowd, all dressed in capes. Amity’s parents present their latest abomination, and Amity agrees to join in at her mothers urging. She pretends to be unable to defeat atrocity to show her strength to potential investors until her Grom photo with Luz, Willow and Gus falls out of her pocket and is about to be destroyed by creation. She destroys the creature and the crowd goes disappointed in what they see. Amity’s mother gets angry and realizes that Amity has been distracted by her friends, led by Luz the human.
Luz is in the process of teaching Eda and Lilith glyph magic. It’s day 3 of her boot camp and Lilith is thrilled. Luz has already taught the two witches the light, plant, fire and ice glyphs that all Luz has learned so far. Luz doesn’t know where she can get more spells from or whether they come from nature or another witch made them. Eda tries to write a spell on the desk, but it doesn’t work. Luz tells them they need to master the basics before trying to get to the point where Eda was with her ancient magic.
Hooty interrupts and tells Luz she has to go to school and leaves King in charge. Lilith follows the rules and does what Luz told them to do, while Eda wants to try something bigger. This moment underscores the differences between the two sisters. One is more rigid and follows the rules, the other tries to grow up and think outside the box. While they often clash in their styles, both strive for the same outcome as they have in the past. Their travels may be different, but they both look to the future. The best sentence out of this whole scene is when King tries to rule Eda and says, “Nobody ever said that power comes with responsibility.” It was a fun game on the classic hero line.
Luz is nervous about her first day of school after the petrification ceremony. She is immediately greeted ecstatically by Willow and Gus (whose voice has changed! “Witch puberty”). Amity greets Luz with a homemade fairy cake. Horrified by the twitching, partly alive fairies in the cake, Luz accepts and Amity blushes and turns away. Amity’s parents hijack the PA system and order the 4 of them into Principal Bump’s office. Amity’s mother takes responsibility, saying that Luz, Willow, and Gus have had bad influences and need to be expelled. Amity gets angry, but her mom tells her that she has to keep her end of the deal. Luz, Willow and Gus are dragged out of the office. Luz calls for Amity, who unfortunately ignores her desperate requests.
Outside of school, the three all respond to their banishment. Willow yells at a tree, “I’ll water you one last time. With my tears! “Luz confronts Amity’s parents when they leave school. They tell Luz to come to them to make an agreement. Luz doesn’t seem to fully realize that they shouldn’t be trusted. That always optimism! !
Amity tells Luz that she is a coward by not saying anything when Luz needs her. Luz understands that she is afraid of her mother. Luz asks her for help again, but she says she can’t. Luz finds a business card that Amity dropped and considers going to the Blights to make a deal.
Back home, Eda is fooling around and notices that Lilith Hooty is showing off her skills. The hooty ice sculpture she created is hilarious. Eda keeps trying to use the glyphs to make something bigger. Eda’s next glyph attempt fails.
Luz arrives at the Blight’s house. An abomination greets her at the door, and she turns his face into a cat. Luz goes downstairs and finds Amity’s parents working on their next demonstration. Luz says she’ll stand in for Amity at the next demonstration if they promise to let all three go back to school. Amity comes home with a message that her parents have found a replacement for the demonstration. She notices the cat’s face by the abomination and knows that it was Luz.
Willow’s fathers tell her that they are quitting their jobs to teach her at home so that now that she has been expelled, she can have a good school experience. Gus tells her to go to the window. One of her fathers comes back in the room, catches her and leaves the room pretending not to see it and gives Willow OK to sneak out. Outside, Amity and Gus tell her that Luz is in trouble (again). They arrive at the venue and the 3 argue about how to get into the event. Amity’s siblings give them cloaks to get them inside. On stage, Luz fights against one final abomination. In the crowd, atrocities capture Willow and Gus, while Amity escapes capture and climbs a ladder. The abomination on the stage is tough on Luz. She asks Amity’s mother to stop it, but she replies that it won’t stop until its enemy is eliminated. Absolutely diabolical! Luz tries to escape into the rafters, but the creature follows. Destruction ensues, the audience flees, and abomination is about to deal one final blow to Luz when she is suddenly stopped by magic. Amity says “Stay away from my Luz!” and enter the battle.
Amity’s mother speaks to Amity through her necklace and tells her that she is in trouble because of her actions. With her back turned, Amity takes it off her neck and breaks it in her hand, not even turning to even look. Your mother gasps. Amity asks Luz if she is okay. Luz blushes and tells her to watch out. The abomination dissolves from the spell and stands up. Amity casts another spell and fights the monster. Her mother orders Amity to get away from Luz. Amity tells her that Luz, Willow and Gus are her friends. She tells her how nice you are and listen to each other and make them think about what kind of person she really wants to be. That moment was extremely powerful in that Amity finally takes a stance against her controlling family and thinks of herself and those around her who are important to her. It was so cute to see how she admitted that Luz and the others wanted to make her more confident and a better person.
Friendship overwhelms the abomination again. Luz stands up and stands back to back with Amity, glyphs in hand. Both blush at the same time (SQUEE). Amity tells her mom to let her friends go back to school or she will tear up the abomination in front of all of her investors. Her mother agrees and tells Amity to quit the theater. The monster takes the final blow from Amity and Luz. The two pretend to be beaten on the ground. They wink and smile at each other before immediately pretending to be outside again. The crowd cheers, Gus and Willow rush over and Amity’s mother takes back her word. Amity’s father immediately calls her and says that she has made a deal and that she must keep her end of the deal.
Inside the owl house, the glyph disaster continues to grow. King gets caught in the growing ice cream creation. When Eda realizes that she is not in control of the situation, she calls Lilith for help. Eda tells her she’s ready to follow the rules, but Lilith surprises her and says she’s ready for an experiment by holding up a few glyphs.
Amity’s parents bask in selling so much of their abominations when the Golden Guard strolls in, flanked by other guards. They kneel and he tells them the Emperor will buy every single scrap and fund research to make them stronger. He warns them that Emperor Belos is not kind to citizens who form a private army … That is not promising. This is extremely worrying.
I love how we are slowly getting parts of what Belos is doing behind the scenes. He works on the door to the human realm, making sure the citizens have no protection or an army to possibly defend against him so that he can rule without interference. I wonder if Amity’s parents recognize this potential threat. It will be interesting to see if they stick to it to the full, or quickly move on to Belos and do some work, or keep a small army for their own protection.
We saw Amity’s big farewell moment from her family and her set expectations and perceived idea of getting on with family. She proclaims her independence from her control while appealing to her senses that her actions are in her best interests. It was nice to see Amity’s siblings helping her in this situation too. They have had more family independence than Amity has in the past so it will be interesting to see how their relationship continues to develop. The moments between Luz and Amity were wonderful. Give me more Lumity growth! I take everything! Their feelings for one another can be clearly seen on their faces every time they blush they give one another.
Lilith and Eda’s insights into the glyphs were extremely interesting. I haven’t even thought about the basics that surround it. We just assumed they were keys to magic, but they are the building blocks of magic outside of the witches themselves. I hope we learn more about their origins or why they are no longer used in this world. I am sure that once this inevitable situation hits our heroes, they will be the key to fighting Belos.
While on the surface the episode felt more like the moment with Luz vs. Amity’s parents, although it was actually full of moments where we saw our characters grow, learned more about magic, and continued to see what was going on behind the scenes at Belos. The balancing act between world construction and everyday situations that affect every character is just right. Escaping Expulsion was a fun, informative, and action-packed episode. This season is in full swing so far and I can’t wait for the next week!
The second season of The Owl House will air Saturday morning on Disney Channel. New episodes can be streamed on Disney Now.