The story lines appear to be slowly syncing together. All of the characters were in Emerald City during episode 5, Everybody Lies. Deception and lies are obviously a big part of the story, and the Wizard is not the only liar. We hear more about the Beast Forever and Anna reiterates the fact that it will have a brain, a heart and strength.
Adding to the idea of things syncing together in this episode, Dorothy finally meets the Wizard by following the sound of a Pink Floyd song. The song is Breathe from the album The Dark Side of the Moon. There is an urban legend that when you play the album with the original movie, it syncs together. Here is an article that tells you how to play them together for the best effect. I’ve added a video of Breathe with it’s corresponding scene from The Wizard of Oz. The combination has been referred to as The Dark Side of the Rainbow. This fits very well with our version of the story with its additional darkness.
Last week there were 5 different story lines without much overlap. This week, things have changed and the stories are beginning to converge. The reason everyone is in Emerald City is because of the Festival of the Beast Forever. It is a holiday that the Wizard invented to celebrate the day he vanquished the Beast. Everyone wears masks to symbolize the beast.
At the end of the last episode Dorothy and Lucas went in different directions and were each captured and taken to Emerald City. Ojo (of the tribe of the freelands who originally directed her and Toto to the brick road) is Dorothy’s captor.
He takes her to Emerald City and gives her to West with a promise from West that she will free his wife from the Prison of the Abject. (It will likely be no surprise to viewers that West lies and does not free Ojo’s wife. I bet we’ll see more of him, he seems like the kind of guy who would only do something like that out of desperation, and he will probably feel guilty.)
Tip is there working as West’s servant because she wants her magic. Dorothy does not recognize her, as the last time Dorothy saw Tip, she was a boy. West is her usual erratic, unstable, and unpredictable self and wants to know how Dorothy killed her sister. Dorothy tells her to find the gun in her backpack. She picks it up and decides to try it out on Dorothy to see if it works. Dorothy is terrified, but when West pulls the trigger, nothing happens, the gun was not loaded. I think that if West had been a bit calmer, she might have noticed the bullets, instead she became enraged and hit Dorothy on the side of the head with the gun, knocking her out. Later West returns to question Dorothy further. West enjoys taunting, and hurting her and by the end Dorothy is so upset that East’s gloves appear on her hands. When she tries to remove them, the gloves shock her with some powerful magic. The gloves seem to have chosen Dorothy just like the ruby slippers chose the original Dorothy.
Dorothy gets to speak with Tip when she brings her a meal. Speaking through the bars in the door, Dorothy tries to convince her to help. Tip is angry and blames Dorothy for her confusion, her situation, and for Jack’s death; she wishes Dorothy had just left her alone. Of course she seems to have forgotten the note she slipped under the door asking Dorothy for help. Luckily, she does come back to help her after a bit and helps her escape.
Eamonn, the head of the Wizard’s guards, captures Lucas and Sylvie and takes them to Emerald City. He seems to genuinely like and care for Lucas, he was his most trusted guard. I thought that Eamonn was not injured by the bullet, that the armor protected him, but he’s in a lot of pain. Lucas tries to help him but Eamonn insists that he must stay hidden. When Eamonn goes to a healer for help, they find the bullet. The Wizard is there and keeps the bullet. He of course recognizes what it is.
Lucas takes a rest while Eamonn is gone, but Sylvie wakes him up and lets him know that she can feel that Dorothy is in Emerald City. This prompts him to go and look for Dorothy. As soon as he’s out in the main square where all the Festival activities are happening, he notices one of the guards looking closely at him. He grabs a mask so he will fit in with the other Festival goers. He is hoping that Sylvie can help lead him to where Dorothy might be.
Sylvie and Lucas are ambushed by a group of soldiers/guards and Lucas quickly and efficiently kills them all until there is one left. He asks the man why they are after him and he learns a bit about what happened to him. He was driving a wagon (we don’t know what was in it, where he was going or who it was for) and he was stopped by guards who asked to see what was in it. He wouldn’t let them and he again quickly and efficiently killed 10 of them. Lucas is a good guy and is horrified to hear about what he did and surrenders. Sylvie has been hiding during the fight and runs to him. He tells her “I’ve done some bad things, and now I have to answer for them.” Then he leaves with the guards! He just leaves Sylvie there alone! A little girl!? Luckily Toto finds her. I was thinking that she’d soon find Dorothy but it looks like Dorothy is too busy following the sound of Pink Floyd.
The King of Ev/Princess Langwidere of Ev/Jack/The Wizard and Anna
The King and the Princess are travelling to the Emerald City with Jack for the Festival of the Beast Forever and to meet with the Wizard. The Wizard is very interested in making a deal with the people of Ev for some of their technological knowledge to fight the Beast when it comes.
The Princess is quite the character, I thought I wouldn’t like her at first, but she’s very entertaining. She enjoys provoking reactions from people and is good at it. The Wizard doesn’t seem to have much control over his reactions, as usual, his responses are not what I would expect of the Wizard. He caves almost immediately when he is talking with the Princess and tells her he will give her anything she wants. Princess Langwidere wants Emerald City destroyed and the Wizard drowned just like her mother was when the Wizard didn’t keep them safe from the Beast.
The Princess wants Jack to be her friend. She’s never had one. Jack explains to her that her behavior is not the way a friend would behave. She wants to know how to get a friend, he tells her you don’t “get” a friend, you earn one. She asks him to go with her to the Festival to begin their friendship. They are surrounded by a group of drunk men who clearly don’t know that she’s a princess. As they manhandle her Jack yells at them to leave her alone. Finally he begins to fight back and realizes how powerful he can be fighting with his metal parts and soon the drunken men are all on the ground.
Princess Langwidere is so grateful that she kisses Jack. He tells her that friends don’t do that, she wants to be something else then. It will be interesting to see what happens since she technically owns him, hard to have a level relationship like that.
The episode ends with Dorothy confronting the Wizard, asking him if he knows her mother Karen Chapman. He seems surprised and happy and says, “Dorothy? Dorothy, you’ve come home.” What does that mean? Was her mother from Oz? If so, why did she take her daughter to Kansas and leave her there? Did her mother know how to travel back and forth? If so, why didn’t the Wizard go back too? Well, I guess I can answer that myself. He likes being “all powerful”. And the big question, is he her father??!
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