Netflix’s Disenchantment Part 3, Episode 7 recap: "Bad Moon Rising"

In "Bad Moon Rising," King Zøg is still honking mad, Odval shops for murder tools, and some gratuitous animated mooning takes place.
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In the fantastical realm of Netflix's Disenchantment, where magic and mayhem collide, the developments in this episode surely left fans on the edge of their seats. Let's look back at it with a fresh set of eyes!

From moments of introspection to sinister schemes, the narrative is as rich and complex as ever. Let's delve into this Disenchantment episode to unpack its themes, character arcs, and notable moments. The episode kicks off with a palpable sense of melancholy as both Princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson) and Elfo (Nat Faxon) grapple with their inner demons.

Their somber mood is further compounded by the absence of Luci (Eric André), who finds himself navigating the infernal depths of his own existential crisis. Meanwhile, Bean's father, King Zøg (John DiMaggio), still struggling with his sanity, provides a discordant honking soundtrack to add both humor and a tinge of craziness to the unfolding drama.

Disenchantment and past hells

Amidst the turmoil, Queen Oona (Tress MacNeille) emerges as a source of solace for Bean, offering empathy and a curious concoction to soothe her troubled mind. This tender moment sets the stage for their subsequent escapades, including a daring dash through a grass maze that triggers memories of past adventures.

As Bean reminisces about her journey to rescue Elfo from hell, a new mission takes shape – retrieving her boot from the enigmatic Steamland. However, her plans are met with a sobering warning about the dangers that lie ahead, as tensions escalate between rival factions.

Odval up to his old tricks

Gender discrimination rears its ugly head when Bean is excluded from a crucial meeting, highlighting the pervasive inequalities that persist in Dreamland. Meanwhile, side characters like Snarla and Derek (MacNeille) add depth to the narrative, their motivations shrouded in mystery.

A pivotal moment occurs when Bean, perched on a ledge, overhears a sinister plot against the King orchestrated by the conniving Odval (Maurice LaMarche). This revelation sets in motion a chain of events that will have far-reaching consequences for the kingdom. Amidst the intrigue, personal crises unfold as Oona grapples with the news of Zøg's supposed demise, while Luci peddles the grim reality of war to unsuspecting villagers. In a chilling sequence, Odval and the wizard embark on a macabre shopping spree for murder tools, showcasing the darker underbelly of Dreamland.

A weird gathering

The Disenchantment episode reaches its climax as Zøg falls victim to Odval's hypnotic influence, culminating in a cryptic journey into the depths of the castle. Meanwhile, Bean and Oona infiltrate an underground gathering of would-be assassins, uncovering a shocking revelation that upends their perceptions of reality. As tensions reach a fever pitch, Elfo's encounter with the enigmaticTrixy the Trøg (Lauren Tom) adds a surreal twist to the narrative, culminating in a bizarre display of communal nudity that includes both Bean and Oona, that leaves Zøg reeling in disbelief.

In conclusion, this episode of Disenchantment has enough to captivate audiences with its intricate, disjointed storytelling and characters. As the plot thickens and alliances are tested, one thing remains certain – the journey through Dreamland is far from over, and the stakes have never been higher. Though the series is over (for now), feel free to look back at our recaps.