The Owl House – Season 3 Episode 2 “For the Future” Recap & Review

For the Future

In The Owl House Season 3 Episode 2, Luz returns to the Boiling Isles with Camila and her friends. While they’ve been gone, The Collector has been terrorizing everyone, turning most–except for his “best friend” King–into puppets.

It’s going to take a while for Camila to get used to the Demon Realm, but she knows how much Luz loves it there and tries to encourage her daughter to admit she might want to stay. Luz insists, however, that she will be returning to the human world once they save this realm from Belos and The Collector.

Amity later finds Luz holding onto her palisman and waiting for the egg to hatch. She tells her it helped her palisman to reveal itself when she admitted what she truly wanted. Luz says she only wants to be a witch and help her friends–but she feels she’s messed everything up.

Luz isn’t the only one carrying trauma and denying it. Hunter’s one-track mind is set on defeating Belos, while suppressing his grief at Flapjack’s sacrifice. And Willow tries to hold the group together as the reliable one, which causes her to push back her own needs. Even The Collector, a child himself, has his own insecurities.

Upon their return to The Owl House, they briefly catch sight of King and The Collector, who plays with the residents as his puppets. He hired someone to play Eda, but decides he wants to play with the real thing. He hasn’t turned Eda into a puppet in compliance with King’s wishes. But King insists Eda needs more time to recover from her Owl Beast form.

King sneaks Hooty’s puppet back to Lilith and Eda, who have been released from their puppet forms by The Collector. Together, they try to come up with a plan to stop The Collector.

When The Collector and King leave, Luz and her friends come across Matt Tholomule and some other school friends. They take them to Hexside and explain that The Collector’s spies turned all the adults into puppets. Since then, Boscha has taken control as the school’s president. And her advisors, Miki and Roka, are eerily familiar. Every time Matt and the other students try suggesting things to help the school resistance, Miki and Roka convince Boscha to refuse them. 

At the school, Willow finds a picture of Hunter and Flapjack. She shows it to him, but only makes him feel worse. Willow blames herself and walks off on her own. Gus feels guilty too, feeling he shouldn’t have kept it to himself all this time that he knew Hunter was a Grimwalker. He then goes off to find Willow, with Hunter following. Willow runs into Boscha, who reminds her of her nickname “half-a-witch,” causing her to feel even worse about herself.

Luz’ comes up with the idea to teleport directly into the Titan’s skull to get close to The Archives. But Miki and Roka overhear their plans to stage a coup. They then reveal themselves as Kikimora, and Boscha steps out to put them all asleep with sleeping nettles.

When they wake up, a fight ensues. Camila saves Luz from Kikimora, while Boscha shows vulnerability in trying to convince Amity not to leave her again. Tholomule saves her with some illusory magic, and they run off.

Gus and Hunter find Willow surrounded by plants. The suppression of her needs has caused her magic to go out of control. The plants grow over Gus and Hunter.

Meanwhile, haunted by visions of Caleb, Belos barely hangs on to life. He seeks a human body to latch onto. The dead body he dives into is too far gone, so he makes his way to The Archives to seek a more permanent one. When he finds Raine Whispers, he dives into their puppet body. 

Belos, in Raine’s puppet form but still able to talk, persuades The Collector that his kindness brought him to life. He tells him that King is plotting against him. The Collector doesn’t believe him at first, but then spies on King. He hears him plotting with Eda and Lilith to defeat him. But he stops spying just before King admits The Collector is just a sad, lonely kid. King thinks it’s worth a try to just talk to him.

While Camila and Luz hide from Kikimora, Camila gets Luz to talk about her feelings. Camila admits that, like Luz, she had a hard time growing up and being so different from everyone else. That’s why she tried to make Luz fit in. But she never should have tried to change her daughter. She’s beautiful as she is.

Luz starts to tear up, and her palisman starts to glow. She now realizes what she always wanted: to be understood. With this revelation, her palisman hatches, sending up a bright light that alerts Kikimora to their location.

Willow’s plants start to grow over her as well as she repeats her insecurities. She feels she can’t control her magic or help her friends. She’ll always be “half-a-witch Willow.” At that, light emanates from Hunter as he breaks free from the vines and saves Willow. He tells her she did nothing wrong. She means a lot to him, and she should never call herself that. Gus calls out to Willow that “reliable people need someone to rely on too.” She needs to let it out.

Willow starts to cry, finally admitting she misses her dads. Hunter’s newfound magic–a gift from Flapjack–gets them out of there, right in time for them to run into Luz and Kikimora. Another fight ensues, but this time Willow is in a better state and Hunter has new powers. Even Tholomule and his student followers (including Boscha, who admits she only wants to do normal things again) show up to help.

They keep Kikimora at bay while Luz and her friends create a transportation spell that leads them to the Titan’s skull, right below The Archives. Luz introduces them to her palisman, a Stringbean the snakeshifter. Willow takes Hunter’s hand and thanks him for his kind words. He means a lot to her too.

They all feel good at accomplishing one part of their goal. But they don’t realize that The Collector and Belos/Raine watch them from above.

“I think I want to play a new game,” The Collector says with a snap of his fingers.

world to help keep up appearances, Camila and Luz take hands. They then walk through the portal together.


The Episode Review

I will never cease to bemoan how unfair it is that Disney canceled this beautiful show and put a rush on its last season. And yet, just by watching season 3’s episodes, you wouldn’t know that this wasn’t Dana Terrace’s plan all along. Everything in this penultimate episode of the series is by careful design, and brimming with compelling themes and emotions.

The Owl House has always been mature and complex for its designation as a children’s show, but this episode surpasses the high bar the series has set for itself as it explores how children carry trauma with them, and how parents and friends are to be there for them through that.

As are the best children’s shows, this series is just as much for adults as it is for kids. Just as it was incredibly moving to me to see individual characters have arcs in which they come to admit what they want (To do normal things. To be with one’s parents. To be understood), I think the storyline will touch children’s hearts in a similar way–to see characters like themselves surrounded by love and acceptance.

Of course, there’s much yet to explore in the finale, on the character-driven side of things and on an even bigger scale, as the existence of all witches hangs in the balance. Maybe The Collector will be able to admit that all he truly wants is a friend. But as for what Belos wants… I’m not sure anything could satisfy.

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