Wednesday has become my favorite tv night, boasting my two most favorite shows, Dragons: Riders of Berk and Supernatural. It leaves me with the dilemma of which to review first. As you can tell, Riders of Berk generally takes the back seat. It doesn’t help that Dragons‘ schedule is a bit more erratic. And there’s that pesky “It’s a kid’s show” mentality. Would anyone reading a blog geared toward the general audience find it relevant?
It doesn’t really matter, because I love the show for many, many reasons. And so, it’s discussed here. On to the reviews…
What Flies Beneath (114)
Not only do we meet the Whispering Death, we learn that he is Toothless’s archenemy. (I wonder how closely this dragon matches the one shown in the movie’s “Book of Dragons.” Probably pretty close.) The Whispering Death spends most of its time underground (hence the white eyes), using its six-rows of whirling teeth to burrow through the earth.
The new dragon is attacking Berk, and it’s pretty scary. But the Whispering Death isn’t interested in engaging most of the dragons. It only has (white) eyes for Toothless. It gains an advantage when it discovers Toothless can’t fly on his own. But Toothless is so riled by his archenemy he won’t let Hiccup get near. When Toothless becomes trapped on a crumbling cliff, Hiccup deliberately falls off the opposite cliff, knowing his dragon will catch him (ala their test flight in the movie). Together, they send the Whispering Death away and plug all the burrowing holes.
Ruffnut and Tuffnut are each is going through an identity crisis. They keep give conflicting orders to their two-headed dragon, Barf and Belch, and the result is when left to its own devices, the poor Zippleback begins acting erratically.
This is particularly worrisome because the Berserkers are visiting Berk. Although the two tribes have been at peace for 50 years, Stoick fears the Berserkers might see the dragons as a sign of aggression. As a precaution, he tells Hiccup to hide all the dragons. It’s going well until Barf and Belch show up, riderless and erratic. Worse, Tuffnut is tired of having to share everything with his sister and escapes to his “dark, soggy place.”
To make matters worse, the Berserkers chief, Oswald the Agreeable, has been replaced by his less-than-agreeable son, Dagur the Deranged. Dagur is convinced there are dragons on Berk, and when the Zippleback appears, he’s ready to kill it. With the dragon’s life at stake, the other teens intensify their search for the twins. Fortunately, both are found in the same cave (thus confirming their bond). Just as Dagur prepares for the kill, the teens have their dragons stage a fake dragon attack. The star, of course, is Toothless, the elusive Night Fury. It’s enough to scare the Berserkers off the island, and Berk is once again peaceful.
Defiant One (116)
The teens and their dragons are on a search and rescue mission when Hiccup and Snotlout encounter a waterspout. Hookfang is swept away and Toothless’s man-made tail is broken, stranding Hiccup, Snotlount and Toothless on Outcast Island with no way of getting home. Back on Berk, Stoick is worried when the other teens return without Hiccup. A day or so later, Hookfang makes it back to Berk. He’s obviously upset because he’s aflame. Stoic mounts his own search and rescue mission, with the teens and Gobber on Hookfang (still flaming, which gives Gobber another underwear joke).
Meanwhile, on Outcast Island, Hiccup is able to build a new tail for Toothless, but the connecting rod is bent. Until Snotlout tries to fix it and breaks it. Hiccup breaks into the Outcast blacksmith shop. He manages to forge a new connecting rod, but is captured by Alvin’s men before he can fit it. This forces Snotlout and Toothless to work together. Snotlout recovers the connecting rod, and proves to be pretty awesome at hand-to-hand combat. And what he can’t handle, Toothless can.
When Alvin sees his men approaching with Hiccup, he’s elated. Hiccup is just what he needs to become successful at training his dragons. But Toothless and Snotlout are in pursuit. With Snotlout’s fighting skills, helped by Toothless, and even a good swing from Hiccup, the three escape, much to Alvin’s chagrin. On their way home the trio meet up with Stoick, Gobber, and the gang; and everyone happily returns to Berk.
[Many thanks once again to Berk’s Grapevine for the screenshots.]