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Where is Madmartigan? Who is Elora Danan? Disney+ Series “Willow” Asks Questions!

Where is Madmartigan?  Who is Elora Danan?  Disney+ Series “Willow” Asks Questions!

In 1988, Ron Howard directed a George Lucas story into the dark fantasy “Willow”, which received mixed reviews from critics…

In 1988, Ron Howard directed a George Lucas story into the dark fantasy “Willow”, which received mixed reviews from critics, but still received two Oscar nominations (Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing) and captured the imagination of a young generation.

Now, 34 years later, those same kids have grown up and are excited to show their own kids the new Disney+ sequel series “Willow,” which just premiered Wednesday night. It was created by Jonathan Kasdan, whose father Lawrence Kasdan wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) for Lucas and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) for Steven Spielberg.

I highly recommend going back and re-watching the original film before diving into the new sequel series, because it will obviously enrich the experience without having to say, “Who’s that again?” But if you don’t have time to go back and watch the movie, the TV series offers an opening montage meant to catch people up on what happened.

You will recall that the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda of Nockmaar imprisons all pregnant women after hearing a prophecy that a child with a birthmark will cost her the throne (ie the biblical King Herod). That child is Elora Danan, the prophesied princess of Tir Asleen, who is smuggled out of the castle and sent down as a Lucasfilm version of Moses.

The baby washes ashore at the small village of Nelwyn where she is taken in by a farmer and aspiring wizard, Willow Ufgood. The fairy queen Cherlindrea gives Willow a wand for her journey to find the aging wizard Fin Raziel, while she meets the sassy swordsman Madmartigan, who falls in love with the evil queen’s daughter, Sorsha.

With that, the TV series cuts to decades later as Sorsha rules the kingdom as an adult. The cut brings up a lingering question: Who is Elora Danan? Not even the characters know, except for Sorsha and Madmartigan, who have mysteriously disappeared. It’s a deliberate deception to hide Elora’s identity and confuse viewers as to who we’re looking at.

For all we know, Elora Danan could be Sorsha’s brunette daughter Princess Kit (Ruby Cruz). Or it could be Kit’s redheaded knight-in-training Jade (Erin Kellyman), whose eyes linger on Kit a little longer than a friend would stare. Ahh, Jade is a love interest, just like “House of the Dragon” teased between Princess Rhaenyra and Lady Alicent Hightower.

While the “Game of Thrones” prequel only hints at possible feelings between the young women, “Willow” makes it blatantly obvious when Jade kisses Kit in the middle of the night. This makes “Willow” the first franchise on Disney+ to center around an LGBTQ+ romance (at least that I can recall), just months after a same-sex couple in Pixar’s “Lightyear.”

There’s also a straight romance involving Ruby’s spectacular twin brother Prince Airk (Dempsey Bryk), who is introduced as a “bad boy turned good”, a former womanizer who wants to get serious with a low-key muffin maker named Dove (Ellie Bamber). Is he really ready to settle down? Or will Dove have her heart broken as the latest in a long line of cheating boyfriends?

Before we can find out, Airk is kidnapped by evil robbers, although I have to rewind to find out where they came from. “Willow” joins a horrible trend in recent fantasy series that insists on unnecessarily dark fight sequences that are made scarier by a foggy haze over the CGI action. I couldn’t see what was going on during the invasion, which is a problem.

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Regardless, Airk’s kidnapping is the catalyst that sets this new series in motion, as Kit, Jade and Dove lead an unlikely group of six heroes on a mythical quest (‘Lord of the Rings’ style), traversing the rolling green hills. and perilous cliffs past a blue-hot force field that we’re told was magically erected by Fin Raziel to protect the kingdom.

Bottom line: they’re in uncharted territory now.

As the trailers show, Warwick Davis does indeed appear as Willow, but you’ll have to wait until the very end of the episode, which is when it all starts to click. It’s a strange experience when we spend the entire first episode of “Willow” without Willow, but I guess it’s to set him up like Rey finding Luke Skywalker at the end of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) .

Here’s hoping Willow becomes a major character going forward, joining the band of six young heroes in their quest for Airk. The pilot ends with a juicy twist, answering the question of Elora Danan’s identity, which I assumed early on, but it’s still a fun spin.

Even if you guess the particular twist, many questions remain. What has Willow been doing all this time? Where is Madmartigan? Will Val Kilmer reprise the role he did as Iceman for touching scenes in “Top Gun: Maverick” (2022), or will they remake the role?

Good news: you don’t have to wait a whole week to find out. Episode 2 arrived on the same day as Episode 1, so fire up Disney+ and enjoy this fantasy adventure this weekend.

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Who knows? You may just be Elora Danan without knowing it.

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