All the core characters are learning the cost of their decisions. In Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight season 2 episode 4 “The Pinging”, Po must find a way to free his father from Master Mastodon’s possession while Veruca must decide if the helmet is worth risking the lives of the Mages.
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight Season 2 Episode 4 recap – Possessed
Episode 4 begins right where we left off with Po’s father attacking Po, Wandering Blade, and Rukmini. He is angry that anyone would seek the Tianshang weapons.
Even though Po and the others are trying to protect them, before Klaus and Veruca can unleash the army of the dead. Po’s father continually tries to regain control of his body but to no avail.
The group spend a majority of the episode trying to flee the possessed duck, with several scenes paying homage to the terrifying and nail-biting moments you’d find in horror movies. Each time Wandering Blade and Rukmini try to attack, Po refrains as he’s worried about harming his father in the process.
At the same time is realizing that by allowing his father to come on this journey, he had to understand the chance of something like this happening. In all honesty, who really thought something like this would happen?
Once Master Mastodon sees that they have the whip, he wreaks havoc on the town. Po begs his friends for one last chance to free his father and they agree.
Po, refusing to fight, essentially watches as his father fights back against Master Mastodon, trying to protect his son. The fight is short lived and once Po is about to be killed, he blurts out about how Klaus and Veruca are trying to steal the weapons and that he and his friends are trying to stop them.
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight Season 2 Episode 4 recap – Resolution
Master Mastodon stops fighting and instead decides to join forces with the group to stop the weasel siblings. But all is not resolved just yet.
Jayesh reveals why he married Thea’s daughter, much to anger and dismay of the people living in the town. But this crisis is adverted in a rather…vague and disbelieving way as Thea and her daughter remind him that what’s hers is his and vice versa.
Meaning the restaurant and now the town will also belong to Thea and her family. Unless I’m missing something here, it really doesn’t resolve the issue as this can easily become a back and forth between the married couple until one of them gives up.
Regardless, Thea reveals to Rukmini that is why she couldn’t let them stop the wedding. She never truly meant to betray them.
This somehow all felt overly complicated, especially for a kids show but sure, why not.
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight Season 2 Episode 4 recap – Veruca’s Decision
Easily the best and yet saddest part of the episode is what happens in “New England”. Kyle, the Arch Mage and keeper of the helmet, refuses to give it to her as this will cause the island and all the Mages to die.
The Mages need the helmet to lure ships in so they can steal the food and supplies. Bitter for having spent 15 years in prison, without the Mages trying to find her, Veruca doesn’t think twice.
She and Kyle immediately battle over the helmet. Klaus can only watch, disagreeing with his sister but not engaging in the fight.
In the end, Veruca wins with her gauntlet and skills and takes the helmet. As she and Klaus are about to leave via floating boat, Veruca notices her brother’s hesitation.
Klaus is literally stuck between continuing to follow his sister and wanting to put an end to all the chaos. However, in the end, as he always seems to, he chooses his sister and continues the journey with her to find the next weapon.
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight Season 2 Episode 4 review
As scary as Po’s father getting possessed was, it felt a little toned down from the episode prior. Still, I cannot help but feel like this was such an out of place and weird direction to go.
I am starting to wonder if the show is following a formula that is often used where the characters, both good and bad, start and end the journey as two totally different people. The trials and tribulations that they endure over the journey, changes them in ways both the audiences and themselves, do not expect.
I am curious if Po’s father will remain forever bonded with Master Mastodon or if they will find a way to release him when the journey is over. Even still, Veruca’s story remains the strongest aspect of the episode as her obsession over obtaining the weapons and achieving revenge, is making her act in ways she probably wouldn’t have before.
There is no doubt that she and Klaus probably weren’t the nicest of people, but I doubt they’d go this far and become this warped if not for the events that happened in their past. Even so, I am curious when Klaus will finally stand up to her.
Plus, where is Colin? Am the only one who misses him?
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You can watch Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight season 2 on Netflix.