Disney Channel’s The Owl House Season 2 has been on hiatus since August 2021, with no confirmed return date in sight. However, on January 10th, Dana Terrace, the show’s creator, tweeted that they had been confirmed for a return date for Season 2b. Apparently they are just waiting on the signal to be able to share said date, but, “It’s sooner than you think!”
With the possibility of a confirmed return date on the horizon, here are some of the best episodes throughout the last Season and a half. Whether it’s where we saw our characters grow, their world expand, or moments that gave the audience all the found family or Lumity (the ship name of Luz/Amity) emotions, these episodes are the best of the best.
“Understanding Willow” (Season 1, Episode 15)
While this is a Willow (Tati Gabrielle) focused episode, the story takes a specific focus on the previous relationship between Amity (Mae Whitman) and Willow, and the guilt Amity feels about the dissolving of their friendship. After Amity accidentally burns Willow’s memories, she and Luz (Sarah Nicole-Robles) must travel through Willow’s mind to fix the details lost in the flames to restore her to who she was, and in the process Amity must face the emotional damage she caused within Willow.
The episode presents an interesting visual representation of how the brain protects itself from trauma through the use of Willow’s inner mind, which looks like a raging flame whose only goal is to protect Willow from the hurt within these memories. Seeing Amity have to acknowledge how she hurt Willow in the past, while simultaneously seeing the physical manifestation of that hurt from Willow’s perspective, presents a new side to Amity that explains her mean-girl persona and why she acted the way she did earlier in the Season. Overall the episode presents an introspective character-driven conflict that aims to analyze the complex and murky nature of the past, tonally setting it apart from previous episodes.
“Eda’s Requiem” (Season 2, Episode 7)
In this episode, Eda (Wendy Malick) comes to the realization that eventually Luz and King (Alex Hirsch) will have to leave her, and as she sulks about this in town she comes across a rebel group called the “Bards Against The Throne” (or B.A.T.T) lead by her old partner Raine Whispers (Avi Roque), the current head of the Bard Coven. Eda absolutely shines in this episode, and viewers truly get to see how much she has grown and developed emotionally through her connection with Luz. While Eda has always cared in her own way, this is the first episode where we truly get to see the impact that Luz and King have had on her daily life and the impact their eventual leaving will have on Eda.
Alongside all this, this episode also introduces us to Raine Whispers and their previous relationship with Eda. Raine makes an excellent partner for Eda as just in this one episode alone we have seen how much trust exists between the two and the power they bring out in one another. Everything from the emotional character growth from Eda, to the gorgeous spell animation when she and Raine team up makes this episode stand out from every other one before it.
“Knock, Knock, Knockin’ On Hooty’s Door” (Season 2, Episode 8)
This episode begins with Hooty (Alex Hirsch), who is writing a letter to Lilith (Cissy Jones) about all he has been doing in the last week, has decided he wants to be helpful to the other inhabitants of the Owl House as they deal with their individual problems of self discovery (to varying levels of success). This episode gives us the gifts that are canon Lumity, as well as Eda’s Harpy transformation. Hooty sends Amity and Luz through a tunnel of love to try to set them up together once he realizes how much Luz is agonizing over her feelings for Amity, much to Luz’s embarrassment. However, as a result we got the most wholesome confession scene possible with Amity asking Luz out before Luz gets the chance to say anything, and the two of them holding hands which they think is still scary despite the fact that they are now dating.
Meanwhile, King is looking to discover what type of demon he is and unlocks his new echo blast powers in the process, marking one of the first true steps in his journey of self-discovery and learning about his origins. Finally, Hooty forces Eda to sleep and in her dreams she confronts the Owl Curse inside her, being forced to relive how her curse has affected both her relationships with her Father and Raine. Eda accepts the curse as a part of her and unlocks her Harpy form, as she has dubbed it, which is a fantastic moment of character growth for her (also it is simply a really cool power-up).
“Hunting Palisman” (Season 2, Episode 6)
“Hunting Palisman” follows Luz after a group of Palisman are stolen from an adoption event at Hexside school of magic by the Golden Guard (Zeno Robinson) (the current head of the Emperor’s Coven). The Golden Guard, also known as Hunter, became a fan favorite after this episode as it was quickly seen that while by no means a guiltless party in the actions of the Emperor’s Coven, his relationship with the Coven and his moral compass are complicated to say the least.
While Hunter is a teenage prodigy, he also embodies the combination of instability and underlying empathy that is emblematic of his age and status. Hunter is a very entertaining and almost sympathetic character, and seeing the complex almost sibling-like relationship between him and Luz begin to unfold is a new and enjoyable dynamic within the cast. The way they banter and how he pushes back against Luz’s unrelenting optimism, while also incrementally softening to her as the episode progresses, humanizes him in a way that fans can’t help but love.
This episode also acts as the set-up for the conflict between Hunter and Kikimora (Mela Lee), and Kikimora’s slow downward spiral into desperation and self-sabotage in the name of power and status. “Hunting Palisman” is a great starting point to the impending power struggle within the Emperor’s Coven, as well as the inevitable character development that Hunter will go through.
“Enchanting Grom Fright” (Season 1, Episode 16)
Luz learns that Hexside has its own version of Prom called Grom, with Amity receiving the title of Grom Queen. However, it is quickly revealed that Grom is actually a fight against the Grom Queen’s biggest fear embodied by the fear demon Grometheus. Luz volunteers to take Amity’s place, and this leads to the first time we get to see real fear from Luz. While Luz claims that her greatest fear is being looked down on by Eda, in reality it is her mother discovering her secret witch training. Before this we have never seen Luz face true psychological terror, and once we see that even her usual unrelenting optimism and perseverance is not enough to overcome her fear, Luz becomes a much more dimensional protagonist. This episode shows that Luz is not as unshakeable as she can appear a lot of the time.
Meanwhile, the other reason everyone remembers this episode is because of how Luz and Amity defeat Grometheus together through a beautifully and dynamically animated magic partner dance. This sequence is one of the most visually stunning in the series thus far, and truly encapsulates the progression of Luz and Amity’s relationship up until this point. The final bombshell comes at the end of the episode when Amity’s greatest fear is revealed – asking Luz to go to Grom with her and being rejected, confirming that Amity has slowly fallen for Luz.
“Yesterday’s Lie” (Season 2, Episode 10)
In “Yesterday’s Lie” we finally learn what has been happening on Earth since Luz left, and who those letters her Mother (Elizabeth Grullon) had, which were supposedly from her at camp, were actually from. When Luz, King, and Eda manage to build a portal for Luz to check on her Mom on Earth, Luz discovers that her Mom doesn’t even know she has been missing as it appears that Luz has been living at home the entire time. This episode frames itself as though it will be a body-snatcher story where some other nefarious being has taken over Luz’s life, but instead who we meet is Vee (also known as Number Five).
Vee is actually a shapeshifting basilisk who is escaping the experimentation she underwent in the Boiling Isles, and longed for the support and love that Luz’s Mom provided. Vee is nothing more than an innocent child who is alone and afraid, and once Luz tells her Mom the truth about everything, she still allows Vee to stay with her while Luz attempts to find a way home.
Luz and her Mom’s love for one another is never questioned, but Luz’s Mom is heartbroken to find out that Luz may have felt like she wanted to escape from home, and Luz can’t exactly deny that. This episode forces Luz to face her ultimate fear: her Mom finding out about her training, and results in a heart-wrenching scene about the complex reaction her Mom has once she knows, showing that love and support isn’t as clear-cut as it may appear.
“Covention” (Season 1, Episode 05)
“Covention” is the first episode where the plot and world building of the Boiling Isles truly kicks in. The way that it broaches the show’s core themes is both insightful and entertaining. “Covention” marks both the first appearance of Lilith Clawthorne, Eda’s Sister and the leader of the Emperor’s Coven, and the second appearance of Amity with the first glimpse we see of her softer side. Not only this, “Covention” also acts as an introduction to the coven system as a whole, which ends up being a large part of Eda’s character as well as her relationship with Lilith.
While seeing Amity being openly competitive and emotionally distant is nothing new, this episode showcases that there may be more to Amity than meets the eye. The reality is that she is someone who puts in the work to be as good at magic, and she sees that Luz is just as passionate and hardworking in her own way. Amity is able to respect that. “Covention” is an exciting entrance into the way the Boiling Isles socially operates, and the unique and interesting ways these social structures impact our central characters.
“Escaping Expulsion” (Season 2, Episode 2)
“Escaping Expulsion” marks the first time Luz is returning to Hexside school following the events of the Season 1 finale. However, once Amity’s parents, Odalia (Rachael MacFarlane) and Alador Blight (Jim Pirri) see how close Amity and Luz are becoming, they force Principle Bump (Bumper Robinson) to expel Luz, Willow, and Gus (Isaac Ryan Brown). They claim it is for the safety of the other students (as the three have accidentally gotten involved in a few destructive situations in the previous Season), but really they are just exercising their power over Amity and feel that the other three are nothing but a distraction for her.
This episode provides more background for Amity and the home life she comes from, putting her actions and her mentality in Season 1 into context. Amity’s parents, and especially her mother, are the embodiment of the pressure of perfectionism that Amity always felt she was under, and they illustrate the more subtle and emotionally manipulative ways that abuse can present itself in familial relationships. This episode makes it clear that Amity was in a toxic headspace as a result of her family in the previous Season, but seeing her choose to defy her parents and stand up for Luz is truly a climax within her character arc. However, this probably will not be the last we see of her parents in this show.