Disenchantment Season 1 finale recap: Tiabeanie Falls

In ep.120 of Netflix’s Disenchantment, Bean’s on trial for shooting her dad.

Previously on Disenchantment, Princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson) discovered the high-tech city of Steamland. Though it initially filled her eyes with wonderment, it led to sheer endangerment, and she barely escaped with her life intact.

She also returned to Dreamland to warn her father, King Zøg (John DiMaggio), about vague assassination attempts brewing in Steamland. Unfortunately, the gun she took with her accidentally triggered, shooting Zøg, making it appear as tyrannicide and patricide rolled into one.

Disenchantment and a newly crowned King?

The finale begins with Bean in trouble as Sorcerio (Billy West) heads out to seek medical care. Bean is a house arrested by Pendergast (Eric Andre), King Zøg’s lead knight. Given their primitive understanding of medicine, Zøg is put under freshly shampooed rat treatment.

Things get shiftier as Minister Odval (Maurice LaMarche) meets with the Druidess (Tress MacNeille). It quickly becomes obvious that the two are conspiring to usurp the crown, believing that King Zøg will surely die.

Their idea is for Odval to become Regent as Derek (MacNeille) is slated to become their puppet King. Meanwhile, the town gossips about Princess Tiabeanie being a witch.

Derek indeed becomes the new King of Dreamland while Bean gets tortured on the so-called “wheel of truth” device. Although Elfo (Nat Faxon) and Luci (Eric Andre) act as her attorneys, they definitely have limited tools at their disposal.

On the bright side, Old Man Touchy (David Herman) returns to touch again, which is funny regardless of context. Interestingly, Derek has another talk with his father, Zøg, and they seem to think it will be their last.

It’s actually a chance for Zøg to dispense some actual wisdom. When asked how to make decisions, Zøg says that “the fairest decisions are the ones where everyone feels screwed.”

Still, Zøg has regularly discussed himself as a tyrant benefiting from public superstition and ignorance, as demonstrated by Bean’s trial. For example, Bean is accused of being a 900-year-old witch at trial, seemingly out of nowhere.

That being said, Disenchantment hasn’t made Bean out to be perfect, either. The townspeople blame her transforming Prince Merkimer (Matt Berry) into a pig and the death of Big Jo (LaMarche) by a volcano.

Elfo’s character testimony

Elfo testifies to Bean’s pureness of heart, but it backfires when he says Bean freed him from Hell. The court also notes that Bean’s own mother, Queen Dagmar (Sharon Horgan) was a dark sorceress and murderess, which was actually true. Derek “debilitates” briefly then arranges for Bean to burn.

While encaged, however, Bean overhears Odval’s society plotting to finish Zøg to cement into place his dominion over Dreamland. In a surprising moment, Stan the Executioner (Noel Fielding) actually saves Bean, Luci, and Elfo (who were added in for good measure).

This turns out to be false hope, though, because Bean’s heroism lands her right back into trouble. Instead of fleeing, she goes to remove the bullet lodged in Zøg (who humorously bites down on Elfo’s hand to cope).

Derek the new King and others walk in on her trying to pry out the bullet, which they ignorantly believe is her torturing her father. As they are reset to burn at the stake, Luci informs Bean and Elfo that he was stripped of immortality upon escaping Hell.

When all hope appears to be lost, the ground beneath the three conveniently caves in, revealing a surprise catacomb under Dreamland. They also see Dagmar down there, accompanied by subterranean humanoids, apparently known as Trogs.

Although Dagmar appeared to have died, she is obviously still around in some form. Though her survival may be magical, it could be what I’d call the Murdoc effect, where a villain can return time and time again, even after apparently dying (Murdoc was a regular MacGyver antagonist originally played by Michael Des Barres).  The question is, what is her deal? We’ll surely see.

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