Elena of Avalor- Series Overview

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mrdent12
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The show didn't seem to fit on Disney Junior after this point. There was a few episodes that did, but was always pushing that line. A cute main plot sister bonding mixed with mum being turned to stone and abandoning her daughter again type stuff.
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mrdent12 wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 9:32 pm The show didn't seem to fit on Disney Junior after this point. There was a few episodes that did, but was always pushing that line. A cute main plot sister bonding mixed with mum being turned to stone and abandoning her daughter again type stuff.
yeah in an interview Craig Gerber (the head writer/producer) did, he brings up the decision to shift it from Disney to Disney Jr. and how that affected them negatively. The show was meant for both the 2-5 crowd AND the 7-14 crowd, but Disney saw the show doing better with younger kids, so arbitrarily said "Okay, this is now a Disney Jr show". Craig said that on Disney Channel, you had older kids watching and you'd also get younger ones, but on the Disney Jr channel, the perception was that it was "for babies" and so now ONLY the little kids were watching.

His advice: "Always pinpoint your audience in the lead-up, or else the network will do it for you!".

Because yeah, this always felt like a show on the wrong station, especially here. Not only is it now a serialized action-adventure show at this point, but we're dealing with a main antagonist who's a literal murderer, and Elena flat-out states several times that she needs to KILL Shuriki. Even here, she says something like "I need to deal with her, once and for all".
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Pin pointing your audience ahead of time for most things is a good idea, not just in terms of tv shows.
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34) "Shapeshifters" So with Shuriki back, the entire kingdom is in a panic, and this sense of dread falls over everything- the Royal Guard are surrounding Elena at every moment, the Council is panicking ("What did Shuriki SAY?" is of course Esteban's concern), and Elena insists she'll find the villain herself. To which Esteban refuses to allow that, and we get the greatest/worst song in Elena history: The Right Thing To Do, in which the songwriters, clearly inspired by Hamilton, insist on having poor Aimee Carrero & Christian Lanz RAP their way through a song rapid-fire. Aimee has said this was the most stressful thing she's ever done, haha. The song is hilariously goofy and they never tried it again, but it's the best. But Esteban is seen as correct, and the entire rest of the council votes to force Elena to remain in the castle while the guards search for Shuriki and her agents- even Naomi votes against Elena!

So Mateo has finally fixed his shapeshifting potion, and this gives Elena an idea to go to Luna's birthday parter on the other side of the city. She & Mateo disguise themselves as Jaquins and convince Gabe to let them pull this off (Gabe is all "YOU KNOW WHAT THEY MEANT" about the Council's decree), and so Elena has now defied the Council, Gabe going along. Their Jaquin designs are really awesome, though- Mateo's is dark maroon with light spots, Elena's is bright red with yellow flower markings, and Gabe is all blue and the biggest of the three. No wonder that one weird fan kept begging them to make an entire season where Elena is a Jaquin the whole time.

But anyways, Elena & Mateo soon reveal their irresponsible plan is to bail on Gabe entirely and go look for Shuriki themselves. But their clumsy flying draws in Cruz, who was briefly revealed last episode. Hailed as "The Next Chief in Training", he's voiced by Mario Lopez and is friendly to all the other characters, but has a bit of "Skylar" in him- it's said he's blown off some of his training, and is heavily showing off. Chief Zephyr admonishes him for this, but shows him "Commanders Rock" to teach him the lessons of past leaders. But Cruz blows THIS off, too ("I'm not so interested past leaders- they HAD their turn. I'm focused on the FUTURE- MY future!"), to which Zephyr says "You are worse than a FOOL- you are a disappointment!" and drops him from his position. But Cruz immediately lashes out, knocking him down and trapping him in the Rock! Then he blames Elena's crew for it, which makes sense because none of the other Jaquins have ever seen them before!

Elena's crew is captured, but the "Jaquin Salute" she gives her future guardians (Migs's kids) proves her identity to them, so she escapes and springs Zephyr. The Jaquins hunt Cruz down, and in a fun bit, Elena, who has been struggling all episode with flying and cann ever pull off "sideways flight", finally masters that exact trick which slows Cruz down enough that Zephyr can tackle him and capture the guy.

This episode is kind of interesting- they only briefly showed Cruz last episode so he's not completely out of left field, but they have to introduce his characterization here. It's kind of interesting how all the Jaquins look up to him because of how cool and capable he is, and only Zephyr has the wisdom to know he's being a disappointment. And it's cool how Gabe is actually the best of the three at learning quickly, haha. Makes sense given how his job is so physical.

They wrap things up quickly, but Gabe's legitimate disappointment at Elena is really notable. Like he is SO angry that he was lied to, but more because of the betrayal of it. "You LIED to me. And you defied the Grand Council. Next time, I WILL tell them". It creates an interesting power dynamic, of a sort. Gabe has to answer to the Council, not just Elena. She technically can't give him complete orders, so she's not just his boss. But it's like the fact that they're friends is what gives his statements such impact.

Oh, and right at the very end, they realize that the pages of the Codex Maru stolen by Fiero contain information on how to find the SCEPTER OF NIGHT- a weapon equal in power to Elena's Scepter of Light. Three pieces were scattered across the realms by Alacazar (Mateo's grandfather), and now both groups are in search of them!
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