Going over some old writing, I revised my personal favorite from what remains my favorite Morgan art. And its high time that I get back on my writing feet.
“Wh-where am I? How’d I end up here?”
Morgan lifted his face from the tile floor and he stared around at his surroundings. The place looked to be an old shrine, the remains of the pillars that once supported the roof were covered in weapon dents and scratches.
Whole parts of the stone work had been blasted away by magic that could have lead to the ceiling caving in. He looked up toward the the sky, now clear as the rain had to of recently stopped, the shrine floors were still wet and the surrounding trenches were filled with fresh water.
Getting on his feet, Morgan searched his pockets and found his worn tome. Tearing a page loose, he muttered the incantation softly to apply enough power that caused the writing on paper to glow and help warm his freezing hands. As the parchment turned to ash, he waved his free hand to get feeling back in his fingers.
It probably goes without saying but this post contains spoilers (with some screenshots) so if you haven’t seen the episode yet you may want to keep scrolling.
In my time this episode aired on Christmas Day and it was a wonderful present, my favourite episode of the Season so far. I’ve always particularly enjoyed media that focuses on a characters fears / weaknesses and puts them in that situation, to test them if you will. So as soon as I knew this episode was coming I was in for a treat.
I loved this episode so much and everything within it. Knuckles actually genuinley made me laugh with his “Look at me, I’m a penguin!” Generally he makes me laugh anyway but sometimes he does get dumbed down too much. (Like in Season 2 Ep 6 when he couldn’t remember which one was Tails and which one Sonic…like…what?) I also loved Sticks’ badass moment where she brought Amy the hose from the plane’s cooling system to replace Sonic’s air hose. So nice to see great teamwork in a time of need like that.
The thing that I loved most about the episode were the small hints / gestures from Sonic regarding his fear of water. I’m mainly referring to his speech and body language here. When Eggman’s speaker comes out from the Ocean and they’re listening to his threats to flood the village, Sonic has his hand resting on the side of the plane.
But literally as soon as Eggman says “come down and stop me” his hand moves away and his expression changes quite drastically.
To top it off, when Sticks and Amy are ready to get on and stop Eggman, Sonic of all people is the one to not exactly be in a rush about it, suggesting they get food first so they don’t fight on an empty stomach. Only when he says that his voice cracks and gets a bit stuttery from nerves (which he even realises himself and repeats the last part, trying to make it sound more normal)
After the meal Sonic tries to come up with other stuff to do, anything to prolong the underwater battle, such as mastering every instrument in the Orchestra. When Tails says they really should go after Eggman, Sonic literally says the phrase “Safety First Tails. What is it they say you can’t swim for at least 3 hours after a meal?”. This is very out of character…Sonic is the last person who is ever bothered about ‘safety first’. And 3 hours is definitely longer than necessary (I think the correct time is 1 hour but I’m not too certain) Amy picks up that he’s stalling and flat out denies it by listing things he prefers over stalling. He talks much quicker and his voice pretty much screams 'I’m stalling but I ain’t telling you that’.
It gets even more out of character when Sonic admits he still couldn’t swim because he never took the swimming lessons he promised. The reason? They put him in the beginners class with 5 year-olds because “they can be so cruel when they sense weakness”. Since when does Sonic care what others think? He must feel very insecure over his aquaphobia if he’s worried how the kids would treat him. Also he must have felt insecure about it as he was lying to his friends so as far as they knew, he was taking lessons. I would assume his friends would ask every so often how the lessons were going, so Sonic must have been assuring them previously that all was going well.
Skipping to Sonic’s 'therapy’ with Soar in which the two are in a small boat in the middle of the Ocean, Soar’s saying with his step-by-step plan, Sonic will be in the water in no time (literally…since he pushes him in) But notice how Sonic is sat in the boat.
He looks around a lot, almost as if he’s worried the boat’s gonna suddenly sink or something. He’s not at all comfortable with his surroundings, it’s even more clear when you see how he normally sits.
It probably didn’t help matters that when the underwater battle does start, Eggman straight away reminds Sonic just how deep underwater he is and how there’s no air around him, apart from the tanks strapped to him, to which Sonic’s expression reverts back to an apprehensive one. To top it off Eggman shoots at the rocks behind him, causing several to trap Sonic and give one of the Crab-Bots the perfect opportunity to cut the air hose, leaving him to suffocate (dark much?)
Also I loved how at the end Tails asked if Sonic feels better now he conquered his aquaphobia. Sonic responds by saying that the experience only made his fear worse 'ten-fold’ and never wants to even look at water again. I actually really liked that he said that? In many things a character has a fear of something but by the episode it has been overcome, someway somehow. Taking into account everything that happened in the episode: ⦁ Friends try to force him into the Ocean alone ⦁ Gets pushed out of a boat in the middle of the Ocean by Soar, who then speeds off saying “You’ll probably be fine” leaving him with just a floaty ring ⦁ Has Eggman reminding him that water is all around and if anything happens there’s no air to breathe ⦁ Gets trapped underwater under several rocks unable to move, followed by a Crab-Bot cutting his air hose, suffocating him slowly (pretty sure this alone would send most people into a panic attack)
There is no way someone would lose their fear of water. It’s actually put me off scuba-diving to be honest. I’ll take freediving any day. I’ll wrap it up here since this is getting long but yes, I enjoyed this episode more than I probably should have lol.