Monday, November 25, 2019

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Witch One's the Boss

The Wicked Witch is lamenting the loss of her magic powers at the same time the Wizard is having problems handling his new powers. Dorothy and the gang offer to help the Wizard practice while Wilhelmina offers to teach her aunt some tricks. Indeed, both the Wizard and the Witch state that they will do anything to deal with their current power levels. (Uh-oh, this may come back to haunt them both!) The Wizard has a few severe setbacks (closing his eyes actually turns out the sun!), so Dorothy decides she can't help and entreats Ozma to take over. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina has the Witch doing all kinds of chores and favors for her. After getting advice from Ozma, Dorothy heads back to the Wizard and the guys (who are being attacked by orks!), while the Witch is catching on to Wilhelmina taking advantage of her. In the end, both magic workers get the same advice: Wish for what you want, not how to do it. Sure enough, a rainstorm moves in and simultaneously chases the orks away and, per the Witch's wish, ruins Wilhelmina's day. Both the Wizard and the Witch may not quite have the power levels they want, but they're at least they're a little wiser in the ways of magic.

Not a lot actually happens in this episode, but it was fun anyway, and addresses the issues surrounding the Wizard acquiring the Wicked Witch's powers. I'm not sure if this is going to lead to something, but it certainly could. Frank and Lyman have some good scenes in this one, tormenting the Witch about just being an old lady (she does not like that at all), and then enjoying seeing her working for Wilhelmina. And these orks are clearly not the same as the friendly flying creatures seen in The Scarecrow of Oz. They're big and mean and don't have propellor tails, so they're more like the rak from Tik-Tok of Oz, or rocs from Arabic folklore. Overall, it was a fun romp to watch.

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