The second to last result of pasture is here and we think it’s the best yet. If yes watched any genre TV in the last ten years, That makes sense; The penultimate episode is usually the best. It’s when everything the audience has invested in or been waiting for comes to a head and ends right on the brink of that one last thing that leads to the finale. It was the same with the seventh episode of pastureshowing each character’s breaking point and ultimate evolution – plus so many awesome training montages Rocky would be proud of.
From the very first episode, we know that the quest Willow and the group are on would take them beyond the Shattered Sea. So the episode titled “Beyond the Shattered Sea” gave you a good idea that this whole quest to save Prince Airk is coming to an end.
But first there were two cliffhangers clean up from last week. The first was this mysterious woman (played by game of Thrones‘ Rosabell Laurenti Sellers), who happened to show up in the Eternal City with Arik. She explains that she is from the city of Kashmir, one of the largest cities in the empire, putting an end to Arik’s creepy flirting. Before things get too embarrassing, however, Arik sees his sister Kit in a rust-colored pool of water. And so he dives in, reaches out to her – and the screen changes and now it’s Kit’s perspective. We last saw her underground at Skellin, and she’s still there. She reaches out to her brother and almost grabs him before Elora’s spell finally works, freeing her.
Kit and Willow are finally rescued, Boorman has secured the Kymerian cuirass and the journey can continue. Or can it? Beaten, injured and tired, the group has finally reached the Shattered Sea, where all maps end. Willow explains that they have to walk the rest of the way, but Kit is too ill. They need rest, and wouldn’t you know? There is an inn nearby.
The inn is run by a man named Zeb, played by Lucasfilm legend Julian Glover. (He was the evil Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusadewhich roughly marks the fifth direct Indiana Jones reference we’ve seen throughout the show.) Zeb provides the crew with food, shelter, and even a ride in the form of a creature called the Mudmander. He also explains how he’s been at the Shattered Sea for so long that he can’t even remember why he’s there (he rattles off several possible quests, one of which is reviving Last Crusade) and that he doesn’t believe there is anything beyond the Shattered Sea.
It’s just a very strange situation that seems to reach a boiling point as the group is attacked by the Gales again. look now The Gales were a super cool foe for the first few episodes, but up to this point our heroes have managed to deal with them multiple times fairly easily and the tension is pretty much gone. Despite this, the group takes off on a boat driven by the Mudmander and pursued by the Gales. A massive battle ensues, Kit is injured, Graydon realizes he can use magic, and finally the servants of the Crone are thwarted once again. It was probably the best scene with the Gales to date, with plenty of great moments – but again, any sense of danger is long gone from them.
Back in Immemorial City, Airk finds his mysterious wife staring at a large, bright light. She wants to go inside because she thinks it might be the only way out, but he can stop her. However, he is confused. The city seems to change around him and he learns that this woman, like him, is also a princess who was captured and brought here by someone. The plot thickens, as does the trust between them.
After their fight with the Gales, the group stops to rest. Graydon names the adorable Mudmander Kenneth, and Willow tells Graydon how impressed he is that he was able to find magic in him. But Elora has it behind her. Wasting no more time, she tells Willow it’s time to train. While he and she exchange a few spells, Kit gathers the energy to fight Jade as well, and it’s montage time!
What’s better than a training montage? Absolutely nothing…unless this montage involves people shooting cool looking spells at each other with wands. This is thanks in large part to the dynamic 360-degree lighting effects pasture made scenes Harry Potter Movies look ridiculous in comparison and have been by far the prettiest visuals this entire season so far.
Kit and Jade work out as well, but they also flirt, and after knocking each other down, Kit professes their love again. They start making out and get what almost feels like a sex cut (that’s when you slowly fade away from a passionate kiss, meaning the couple will do something you can’t show off on your Disney+ show) . Willow continues to challenge Elora to dig deeper to find parts of herself she dislikes, and the practice brings out Elora’s deadliest spell yet. You understand, when she says she’s going to kill the witch, she doesn’t just mean it, she’s going to deliver.
Back with Arik and the mysterious princess, she talks about how she was never happy in her kingdom of Kashmir. She doesn’t want to follow any rules and kisses Airk. He uncharacteristically repels her, saying that he really is in love with Dove aka Brunhilda aka Elora, which is the moment the princess lets it all out. She reveals that she has been in the Eternal City for a long time and is in fact the one who brought him here. Yes friends, if you had Mystery Girl is actually the Evil End Boss on your bingo card, we think you nailed it. It’s not explicitly said, but it seems like she is the Crone and she slowly begins to draw Airk to her side. He runs, but at the end of the episode he comes crawling back and tells her he’ll do whatever she wants. She wants him to drink from a special cup, which doesn’t bode well.
Back on the Shattered Sea, everyone seems to be going a little insane. Elora and Kit share a moment of finally getting over their insecurities. Boorman tries to activate the cuirass but it doesn’t work. Willow dreams of his daughter Mims, who is a great danger and needs him. He even tries to contact her, only to be haunted by a vision of her becoming infected with evil. His guilt for leaving his family finally gives us an explanation of what happened to the others from the original film. Sometime in the past, while he was away on another adventure, Willow’s wife needed him, but he wasn’t there. She then died and his son was so angry that he left. This explains Willow’s desire to abort the mission and go home. That could actually have happened as well, but it can’t because Graydon let a sick Kenneth go.
You’re out of food and little to no motivation or energy, but the journey must go on. Elora thinks Willow was right from the start, they have to go to the end of the journey. And so the resolution continues. A giant skull on the horizon could be real or a mirage. Graydon tells Elora that he loves her and even though he knows she doesn’t love him, he thanks her for making him the man he always wanted to be. And then they reach the edge of the world.
A huge waterfall marks the edge of the Shattered Sea and everyone wants to give up. They thought they would see the city, but it’s not there. Elora is particularly distressed because this should be her destiny. To go to the Eternal City, defeat the Crone and die. wait what Yes, she knows the vision Willow had all those years ago – the one we saw multiple times on the show. He is completely heartbroken by both her knowledge of this and the fact that he couldn’t save her. Emotions run high and everyone is ready to give up, but not Kit. Kit tells Elora that she hasn’t believed in anything her entire life, but she believes in her. And the two decide to continue together by jumping off the waterfall as the group watches in shock.
As one might expect, two of the show’s leads don’t die after the jump. In fact, they find themselves where they want to be: in the ancient city. At that moment, a door opens, revealing…Prince Airk. Except it’s not the same Airk they remember. That’s the goal at the beginning pasture has been reached. Kit and Elora found Airk. But this is an Airk who has been seduced by the Crone, Elora Danan’s mortal enemy. Perhaps the season finale will see the showdown viewers have been thinking about for the past 30 years: Elora vs. the personification of darkness.
As I said at the beginning, “Beyond the Shattered Sea” is my favorite episode of pasture still. I’ve said that a few times on this recap journey, but I meant it every time. Not only did we get super fun action and cool exciting montages here, but each character completed their journey. You are a different person than when the show began. The only question is whether these new, more experienced versions of the characters will be able to defeat the Crone once and for all.
There is only one more episode of pasture‘s first season left. Watch Beyond the Shattered Sea here.
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