If you’ve been paying attention to the card game, you know that a war has broken out between the fire and water civilizations. More than just a gimmick, it turns out this was a prelude to the new season. It turns out the war has some dire consequences over the human world, which means a whole new story arc for Ray and company to tackle.
The first episode starts off with some minor domestic stuff and catch up. Master Brightmore starts things off by recalling the events of the first season, including his jump to the dark side. Meanwhile, Ray and his family have moved in with Allie. This clearly sets up some potential issues down the road, such as the fact that Allie’s father appears to have a thing for Ray’s mom. Gabe isn’t sitting idly by either, as he has taken over all of the duties of Master Brightmore until a new master can be assigned. It’s nice to see the show is continuing its run about being more than just a bunch of monster battles in a TV show format.
Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of battles. In fact, things get intense right out of the gate this time. The water and fire civilizations are busy battling it out, and it turns out that the scale of the battles they’re fighting is causing negative effects on the other side of the veil. We’re talking cities crumbling into the sea kinds of bad. The masters decide the best thing to do is to head over to the to the monster world and try to put an end to the conflict. Of course, that is far easier said than done.
What was interesting about this episode is that it moved things forward across the board. It didn’t dwell on the Choten or his gang. We get to see Master Chavez attempt to further his bond with Gilaflame, in light of his acceptance that masters and monsters can be more effective if they work together. We also get to see him summon a new monster altogether, which was nice. Allie still has the darkness mask, and is seen using it on numerous occasions to various effects. I’m kind of worried it could be a crutch for plot devices. There was little mention of how the other civilizations were handling the war, but I’m sure we’ll learn more as the season progresses.
For now, the show is looking pretty good. It seems to be maintaining the heart of the series while delivering even more action than before. If you haven’t watched the first season yet, the whole thing is on Netflix. Meanwhile, the new season starts on Friday and airs at 6:30 p.m. You can watch it on The Hub Network. If you’re a fan of the card game, or simply in the mood for a better than average cartoon, this is certainly a good choice.