The first two episodes of Willow Season One are available now, on Disney+. The long-awaited return of Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) to screens is over. This time he’s on the small screen. here’s our initial view on things . . .
Story and Continuity
Initially, it’s not clear what’s going on. We are introduced to new characters Kit (Ruby Cruz) and Jade (Erin Kellyman). This is good, as the tone of the show is set, not just the story. Willow is not just a nostalgia fest. It’s clear that the franchise wants to attract a new audience. However, we do see familiar faces, too . . . Queen Sorsha (Joanne Whalley) is back! And of course, so is the lovable Willow (Warwick Davis). Soon, they all meet one another too.
In terms of timeline, the events seem to take place roughly in line with the same number of years that have passed since Willow (1988) was released. This makes things easier, as no CGI is needed to alter peoples’ appearances etc.
The mix of the old and the new works really well. There’s one character who is going to be very important to the show, but we don’t want to spoil things for those yet to see episodes one and two in Willow Season One. Consequently, we won’t discuss this character, but we will say that they look set to have a good and interesting arc.
It seems there might be some “breakout” characters, too. Tony Revolori (yes, Flash Thompson from the Spiderman films!) plays Graydon, who has hidden depths. That’s also true of Boorman played by Amar Chadha-Patel.
The CGI is of course improved in Willow Season One. Yet, the world that the original movie created is still recognisable. This will matter to long-term fans of the film, who were excited about the series. There’s also a return of a few objects and items from the film, too. Again, these details matter to the hardcore fans! What’s quite strong in the world of Willow is world-building. This matters because, as mentioned, a number of years have passed . . .
In short, yes! Willow series one wasn’t the best new show to drop this year, but it is fun. That’s exactly what it should be. There’s no need for too much complexity. The original tone of the film was the age-old good vs evil. And the quest element has been established quickly. In addition to this, the theme of heroism, and growth through struggle and endeavor is also heavily present. With a strong start, and a good cast, we look to have a fun new series to enjoy.
Willow Series One is available exclusively on Disney+, with new episodes dropping on Wednesdays. It runs for 8 episodes.