After the big relationship developments between Luz and Amity over the past week (and Gus got more confident in his path!) The Owl House decided to go in a different direction. In a way that ultimately felt natural, there wasn’t an immediate discussion between Luz and Amity regarding the cheek kiss that happened last week. For a split second, it felt like a cop dodging the elephant in the room. Instead, I enjoyed the way the series built it to slowly evolve throughout the season. It doesn’t all have to be explored right away, as was the theme of the season. Everyone learns spontaneously and finds out everything in their own time.
Instead, we took the series even deeper into mythology this week and pulled the curtain back on a mysterious opponent. It felt similar to how the series eventually handled Lilith’s ultimate growth in the right direction. Will the end result be the same here? The signs are there, but time will tell.
“Hunting Palismen” begins with Belos announcing that the mysterious day of unity is approaching. All of the coven leaders are in attendance for a glimpse into the future. Belos wants to merge the realms and eliminate wild magic. Belos flinches and screams in pain. Golden Guard leads him to his chambers to regroup. Belos transforms and hits a wall with black ink that splatters with every hit. Golden Guard presents a staff that Belos breaks in half and absorbs the force of a palism. Belos needs more and hires Golden Guard to get him more. Meanwhile, Kikimora is listening right outside the door.
Luz kept the echo mouse in the owl house and set up a glass house for him. She asks him to cough more from the diary, but he continues to sleep. Eda tells her that she should go to school and that today they will have their co-workers. Luz suddenly runs past Eda to the door and tells her to hurry up excitedly. At school, Luz asks where Amity is. Willow said she was staying home today. Luz, a little sad about her absence, says it makes sense. Headmaster Bump, with Eda by his side, tells the children that they will receive their witch staff. You are about to meet your palisms. They are told that they can be your friend and a powerful tool. We learn that Rector Bumps Palisman Frewin is helping him see. His unmistakable red headgear suddenly turns into a palismem and we see that he has only one good eye.
Eda tells the students that traditionally young witches carve their own sticks from a branch of the palistrom tree, but these days they are rare. Instead, they do Palisma Adoption Days. Bat Queen presents a bunch of cute palisms and they approach the students. Luz obviously finds her adorable. Each of these palisms has not had a home for years and wants to find a connection. Students just have to kneel in front of them and express their deepest wish. A like-minded palisma will come to them and join them. Bosha (there she is !!) complains that she wants her own palisms and not one that is passed down. Willow goes first and bonds with a living being and becomes her wand. When she sees success, Bosha goes next and gets a crab stick, how appropriate! Gus says he wants to be an ambassador for the human kingdom (and for giraffes). The whole class gets their baton and Luz goes next. She says she wants to be a witch. None of the living beings connect with her. She was told it had to be an emotional connection so she tries again. She says she wants to go home to her mother. Nevertheless, there are no palisms attached to it. Your classmates then begin to wonder if she will continue to learn magic in the human realm and wonder if it will even work there.
She goes into the palisma pen and says she won’t go until one of them becomes her palisma. When she gets tired of connecting with the palisma, the pen is suddenly lifted off the floor while Luz is still inside. She tells the Palisma that she thinks they are being kidnapped and they all duck in fear. She uses a glyph to grow a tendril to climb up where Golden Guard is driving the getaway vehicle. Luz uses a fire glyph on him and knocks him out of the ship. Just when she thinks he’s gone, he reappears on the ship. He uses magic to tie Luz up. Noticing her shoes scratching the floor, she distracts Golden Guard by asking how he got back on the ship. He tells her that he used his co-workers. She surprises him and uses an ice glyph to knock the staff out of the ship. At that moment, a dragon-like creature attacks the ship and causes it to crash.
Luz wakes up when the bird palisma unties her. She overhears Kikimora telling a circle guard that the Golden Guard is gone. She holds his mask and tells the guard that it’s all that’s left. She orders the guards to get the rest of the palisms back. As the guards leave, we see that the dragon that threw them from the sky is actually their pet, and all on purpose. She tells the dragon to quit the job. Luz looks concerned at the injured Golden Guard, who is lying unconscious on the ground. Luz is surprised to see that Golden Guard is so young and that he could be one of her fellow students. She beats him up and tells him what’s going on. He asks why he should believe her when suddenly the dragon approaches. You avoid getting caught and sneak away.
You come across a city that we have never seen before. Latissa is a scary place. Luz is in awe of being in a different city than she is used to. She still holds his staff in her hand and tells him that he can at least tell her his name to save him. He ignores her request and goes to the guards in the city. He shows his coven tattoo and they don’t believe he’s honest and brush him off. He asks Luz for his staff to prove it really is him, and she withdraws. He chases them around town. Luz uses an ice glyph to catapult himself onto the roof. She mocks Golden Guard for using a levitation spell, but realizes that he is powerless without his staff. He parks up on the side of the building. He almost slips while holding on to the top of the building. Luz threatens him with the baton, but Golden Guard sees through their bluff. They spot Kikimora in the distance in the town and Luz tells Golden Guard to work together to get the palisms back. He agrees to a temporary ceasefire.
You are planning your next move. Luz draws glyphs on the side of the building and tells Golden Guard how she’s planning it all. He picks up on her plan to create a smoky mist as she explains, and Luz is surprised. He says he’s never seen glyphs before, but they’re similar to the magic in the Savage Ages. We get more information about the glyphs and their magic! Golden Guard starts telling Luz more but catches himself saying it is limited information. She says she has never spoken to anyone other than Lilith in the Emperor’s circle and asks him what made him join. He sighs and says she was right, that he’s a powerless witch. He didn’t think he would ever have a future “in a world like this”. Hmmmmmm. Interesting choice of words. He goes on to say that Belos then found him and gave him an artificial power staff and that the Titan has big plans for him.
Golden Guard pulls down his mask and turns off the staff. He tells Luz that his name is Hunter. At that moment, Kikimora casts a spell and meets Hunter. Kikimora says she can’t see who it is, but she will get it. Hunter holds up against her and takes some good punches. All of a sudden, Kikimora’s pipe chain falls from her and Luz grabs her. Kikimora returns a bang and manages to scorch Hunter’s hair. She tells Luz and Hunter what they are doing is treason, but she still doesn’t know who she is fighting. Luz manages to avoid Hunter protecting her from Kikimora’s explosions during the scuffle. Luz sits on the dragon’s back and whistles. She flies away with the palism when Hunter kicks Kikimora cold. Hunter stares at Luz’s direction as she flies on.
In the morning, Principal Bump tells Bat Queen that all palisms are taken into account, but he’s not sure where the dragon came from. Bat queen feels that after all this time the red bird has finally found someone. She tells him to fly to the student they have bonded with.
At home, Luz collapses on her bed, exhausted from the events of the night. She tells a picture of her mother that everyone but her has a palisma. Luz says maybe she shouldn’t have one. At that moment, Eda appears on the windowsill with King who, in a hilarious moment, screams that they could have used the door! Luz asks what they were up to and Eda throws a piece of Palistrom wood on her bed! Now Luz can make her own staff. They are delighted to reveal that they stole it from the Bonesborough Garden Club. Luz is speechless. Eda tells Luz that they will start carving as soon as she knows what she wants. Luz says she’ll think about it and says she’s having a hard time imagining her future without her mother. Eda tells her there is no rush and that they have her back. She thanks Eda and King and puts the piece of wood in her pocket, clutching it tightly.
Back at the emperor’s castle, Belos scolds Hunter for coming back empty-handed. Hunter tells Belos that if he knew how wild magic affects him, he could be of better help. Belo’s curse turns his arm into a spear that shoots at Hunter and misses as a warning. Hunter apologizes for speaking out of turn. Belos tells him his breakouts are just as painful as Hunter’s failure. OUCH!
In the hallway, Kikimora is surprised to see Hunter alive, shy about her role in all of his mishaps. Hunter mocks her and as he walks away she notices his scorched hair. Beware of hunters! She is with you! In his room, Hunter sits on his bed and repeats to himself that he could help if he knew more. Just then he hears chirping. The bird palm has chosen it! He reflexively tells the bird not to be there. The bird then turns into a staff and surprises Hunter. He looks worried out the window, the staff in hand.
A fitting title for the episode at the end with the reveal of Golden Guard’s name! Hunter is a perfect name for the newly revealed face. Glad to see that Golden Guard has expanded and not just a naughty boy as we know him so far. He may have something good, even if it’s misguided at the moment. He would like to help Belos in return for giving him the life he has now, but he cannot without further information. In a way, it’s like Lilith. Both want to help another person. Hunter wants to repay Belos and Lilith wanted to make up for the curse she put on Eda. Both also want to learn more and therefore question things more as they continue to learn. Could he also become an ally at some point?
My thoughts that Golden Guard could be the son of Belos seem completely wrong as I expected. There must still be a reason why a child like Hunter with no magical powers in the demon realm was chosen by Belos and granted a staff to grant him magic. The way Kikimora tries to take him out of the picture in order to take his place as the emperor’s darling just goes to show how important he really is. Belos also gives him a chance after failing to complete the task given him in this episode. There’s something else here that we haven’t found out about yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out in due course.
The line in which Hunter notices similarities between the glyphs and something he’s read about is interesting. There’s more to learn about the glyphs and something for someone to examine further. Perhaps when Lilith returns she could do more research as she would be thrilled to learn more about the similarities and more information about the glyphs. Perhaps Hunter will also investigate himself to help Belos. Whatever he does next, he has to be careful. Kikimora is on Hunter after noticing his scorched hair. I am sure she will use it to her advantage instead of exposing it to Belos.
Eda and King were delightful to receive the Palistrom wood for Luz. They are such a close family now, always ready to do whatever is necessary to help one another. Stealing the wood was the icing on the cake as it fully matches their previous characterizations.
After a number of episodes without her, we finally got to see and hear Bosha! All of the palisms are adorable and the ones that bonded with the students were appropriate for each and every student. I loved seeing the true form of Principal Bump and that we got to see Bat Queen again! I really enjoyed the fake with the bird palmisms. It seemed like he was going to see Luz after the events of the night when it was Eda and King on their windowsill instead.
There are only a few episodes left in the first half of the season, and there are still a number of scenes in the trailer that we have not yet seen in an episode! Bring it on!!
The second season of The Owl House will air Saturday morning on Disney Channel. New episodes can be streamed on Disney Now.