Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Wand

I really need to get off my butt and watch these on a more regular basis. Has it really been a month since my last entry? Well, my winter break is coming, maybe I can accelerate the pace a bit then. With Wilhelmina and the monkeys out of the castle (drat, Wilhelmina's marginalized again!), the Wicked Witch can get a little light reading done, including a book of spells to get her powers back. Se finds out about the Wicked Wand, which can steal magic from others—like her own magic back from the Wizard. But she has to go to the Hidden Forest and make her own wand. But the Wondrous Tree won't give her any. A fallen branch, however, does the trick, even if it's so big she has to drag it. But she manages to extract her magic from the Wizard anyway, but it doesn't want to go back into the Wicked Witch! Showing a mind (and a hazy green body) of its own, the magic flies off, being chased by the Wicked Witch. Dorothy, the Wizard, Ozma, and the guys also go after it' not wanting the Witch to become magical again. Nobody can grab the magic, but it can do magic itself. It turns out the magic gets to choose who it inhabits, and its generally fun nature seems to give the Wizard an edge. Both the Witch and the Wizard try to talk it into being with them, the Wizard appealing to its good nature, the Wicked Witch reminding it of all the wicked times they've had together. Naturally, the magic goes back to the Wizard.

Definitely not the show's strongest episode (no Wilhelmina, Frank, or Lyman, for one), but it does establish some interesting rules of magic unlike anything seen in the books. The free magic takes great joy in being free and doing what it wants, but the Wizard certainly makes a good case for being the better host. And Ozma gives us a terrific new word, melborp, which is just problem spelled backwards.

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