Po and his friends are one step closer to figuring out how to destroy the Tianshang weapons. In Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight season 1 episode 5, they seek the town of Festermouth to find out who sent Alfie on a mission for the Tianshang weapons.
It’s a quick and easy-paced episode, so let’s begin!
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight season 3, episode 5 recap – Veruca’s return
First and foremost, Veruca reenters the show via crate arriving to England. Upon passing out from exhaustion, she is captured by workers in the hopes they’ll receive reward money.
Veruca eventually comes to and tries her usual tricks to use her powers. The captors aren’t foolish; however, she is still able to break free and defeat them using only food as a weapon.
What’s worse is that the captors did reveal that Wandering Blade is in England. Not knowing that the Tianshang weapons were sent with Mr. Ping, Veruca is ready to reclaim them and seek her revenge.
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight season 3, episode 5 recap – Monsters of Festermouth
Meanwhile, Po and the group make their way to Festermouth, finding it completely abandoned except for one horse selling creepy stuffed rabbit toys. Rukmini naturally loves them.
The group learns that a monster has been terrorizing the town. When Alfie was called to stop the monster, he fled and never returned.
This story doesn’t add up for Wandering Blade, who viewed her brother as the greatest knight. Akna’s comment about how Alfie wasn’t keen on being a knight doesn’t help matters either.
Within the episode Akna feels horrible for upsetting Wandering Blade and tries to make peace. The horse believes Wandering Blade to be a knight sent by the queen, as the town has been begging for aid since.
Wandering Blade accepts the task hoping to find more answers. The group wanders the eerie forest where they are attacked by large moss arms.
They fight but lose and are brought forth to a very old mole who controls the moss arm monsters. It quickly becomes apparent that there is a misunderstanding.
The mole and his people had lived in the woods for thousands of years and were disturbed when the town was built. The people who lived in the town were not aware of the mole and his people.
The moles wanted them gone, the people called them monsters and so the two feared and hated each other. After gaining Wandering Blade’s trust, the mole is able to provide a very important piece of information she has been seeking about her brother and the weapons.
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight season 3, episode 5 recap – London calling
The mole did meet Alfie and the two agreed that the mole and his forest would be left alone. This is probably why help hasn’t been sent to Festermouth since.
The mole tells the group that the Tianshang weapons can only be destroyed where they were forged, which happens to be located in London. The entrance, however, is hidden deep underground.
Wandering Blade believes that Alfie’s journal contains the clues to finding the entrance, however his journal is probably back home…which means Wandering Blade will have to face her mother. By the end of the episode, she and Akna make amends.
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight season 3, episode 5 review
While this episode does answer a very important question and we finally get to see Veruca, it felt a little dull compared to episodes prior. I didn’t find myself really getting that invested in a monster terrorizing a town.
It just didn’t seem as grand and fun as previous episodes. If it weren’t for the reveal for how to destroy the Tianshang weapons and Veruca’s arrival, it would have almost felt unnessecary. This felt like an episode that could been combined with the one prior.
It didn’t feel like it needed a whole episode of its own. That said, it felt very quick paced and the creative team gets points for the scary yet visually intriguing moss arm monsters.
Very different from your usual forest monster fare.
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