I really do like so much of the “Crystal Kingdom” arc, but I constantly forget it exists, kind of like when I try to list the names of the states but can’t remember Delaware, for some reason (also South Dakota … somehow – I remember North Dakota, though?). It’s such a good story with a lot of memorable bits – once I recall them, that is – and introductions (Kravitz, Upsy, the Bugbear family, etc.) that I don’t give it the credit it deserves.
And honestly, among so many great parts, my favorite moment has to be a tie, both of them involving Magnus:
- When Merle and Taako make Magnus into a meat … spiral? thing? in order to get the Philosopher’s Stone out of his body.
- When the McElroys realize that Magnus has been underneath a mirror for much of the remainder of the episode.
For the first one, Taako casts Stone Skin on Magnus so Merle can follow that with Stone Shape, changing our favorite fighter into half-human, half-Slinkie. I do think it’s the sheer joy of Justin and Clint as they discuss (in character) their options, and even Griffin is tickled to the point of laugh-crying, finally announcing, “Dungeons and Dragons is a great game.”
For the second, Magnus has made a lot of threatening statements until they’re reminded that he has been stuck under a mirror that had fallen on him much earlier in the story. Reading my description, it doesn’t sound as hilarious as it turned out to be, so all I can do is recommend listening to it.
And that’s where I’m going to leave today’s challenge. I’m getting into the swing of things at work still, and you know what? I’m sleepy. So off to bed I go. See y’all tomorrow!
Art Credit: Maximum Fun