Oh Esteban, why are you the way you are? Tonight’s episode really took him a step back from his character growth on the magical island a few weeks back. However, that was over shadowed by some excellent growth for Naomi, who was able to prove that everyone’s got some special in them, regardless of their roots. Finders Leapers saw a fight to the finish line with the mythical duende brothers, who were trying their luck at returning to the world in order to usher in the age of duenepocolypse. With lots of adventure and excitement, this was definitely one of the best episodes this season.
The real idea here was that Naomi felt as though she needed to prove her worth. This was partially because Esteban was such a jerk face from the start. Okay, we need to talk about this guy. Is he ever going to be a better human being. I feel like we just teach him the lesson of not being mean to everyone, only for him to turn around and be mean to everyone. Is learning just not his specialty? I don’t understand! I want to like him, but seriously, he was so rude in this episode. In fact, this might just be the rudest we’ve seen this character. That being said, the ending moments where Naomi finally puts him in his place are that much funnier and fullfilling because of Esteban’s unfair assumption that she is simply a “Girl from the port.”
The duende provided a good threat and an interesting piece of mythos to the show. Something I really like about them is that they really shouldn’t be that hard to beat. They are tiny and not that smart. In fact, they really are the Latino equivalent of minions. It’s because of this weakness though that the point is really driven home that when we can’t work together, even the easiest of tasks becomes impossible.
Another high point this week was the song performed by Naomi which was one of the better pop songs of the show so far. It was so good that I could actually see it appearing on the radio on the Disney Channel. It was full of positivity and was very very memorable. It was also great to have a non-Elena character get a chance to sing a bit as it makes us feel closer to her. Elena is wonderful but I like getting to know the cast a bit better as they are all different and special in their own right.
Some other key moments were the epic finale as well as the moment when everyone finally tells Esteban that he is the problem. I’m sorry, he is just going to need to hear that a few more times. I loved Dr. Mendoza, the sassy Indiana Jones lady. I’m always a fan of seeing women in this show that are in roles typically reserved for men. While she didn’t provide a lot to the show, it’s always fun to get to know another character, especially a confident scientist.
I really thought I’d be bored of this show by now, but I just can’t get over how great the message is for youngsters. I will also say that the team behind the show has been doing tons of great outreach with the Girl Scouts and seems to be taking this “Making the world a better place” beyond the show itself. I love that. It only makes me want to support them more. Whether you’ve got a young boy or girl at home, it’s time to give them a chance at Elena of Avalor because this fantastic Princess and her brave friends are here to stay!