Episode Review

The White Knight

Tuesday, December 13, 2005, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Misc. Tidbits (1:05 PM)

The episode was written by Bob Forward.

This episode originally aired on Friday, September 22, 1989.

As far as I know, I didn't see any episode when it originally aired.

Interesting Notes (1:05 PM - 2:56 PM)

Zelda rides around in a pink carriage that's pulled by a brown horse. Link likely rides the horse. It's possible that this is his horse.

Zelda can magically change her hairstyle by pointing at her hair with her right index finger.

Prince Facade is from Arcadia.

Prince Facade's steed is named Magnus. S/he can carry 2 passngers but not 3.

Link's horse is named Catherine.

Link does not exclaim "Excuuuse me, Princess!" in this episode.

Zelda and Link do not encounter Gannon in this episode.

Great Lines (1:11 PM - 2:44 PM)

Link: "Stay here, Princess!"
Zelda: "Fat chance!"

Link: "Tinsuits,...my favorite playmates."

Prince Facade: "I have traveled the world and viewed its wonders, but...none have been your match in beauty."
Zelda: "Ah!"

Zelda: "This is my friend,...well, uh, an aquaintance,...uh, somebody I know slightly. His name is Stink."

Zelda: "Prince Facade is wonderful."
Prince Facade: "Oh, now, I wouldn't say that."
Zelda: "Well, I would."
Prince Facade: "Well, if you insist."

Link: "Ah! Spryte, get outta here! I'm takin' a bath!"
Spryte: "I know. You look cute. Need your back scrubbed?"

Spryte: "Zelda's a snoot. I like you just the way you are - especially at the moment."
Link: "Out! Outta here! Let a guy take a bath in peace!"
Spryte: "Sure you don't need your back scrubbed?"

Zelda: "Help me!"
Prince Facade: "I'm sorry, Princess. Maybe next time. Best of luck, and I mean that, really."

Link: "Hold it right there, zola! She's not worth saving, but I'm doing it anyway."

Link: "Hey, it's a dirty job, Princess, but somebody's gotta do it."
Zelda: "I'm glad it's you, Link."

Link: "You're my kinda girl, Princess. Kiss me."
Zelda: "No! You're all muddy."
Link: "So are you."
Zelda: "Doesn't matter. No."
Link: "Aw, come on, Princess."

Dumb Lines (2:45 PM)


Rant (1:08 PM - 3:00 PM)

It's odd that Link has to go to a village to get horseshoes for the horse. You'd think that the castle would have its own blacksmith.

If it's Link's horse, then I'd like to think that Zelda charges him a lot of money, so he has no choice but to go to a village. =)

For that matter, why did Zelda come along? If it's one of her horses pulling the carriage, I'd understand, but we don't know. Maybe Zelda had business in the village?

It's unclear if the Underworld entrance was already built by the blacksmith's shop or if they can be created wherever and whenever Gannon wants.

Ugh. Link manages to demand a kiss from Zelda - even if it's just for her to blow him one. I love it when he lands in the mud shortly after.

I love Zelda's expression when a soggy Link shows up to battle the Octarock with a piece of wood.

It's cute how Zelda calls Link "Stink" after he'd landed in, um, pig-like creature mud.

Still, it seems odd for Zelda, who's normally level-headed, to go ga-ga over a guy like this.

Sheesh, Link is so depressed over Zelda leaving him that he forgot about the horse and carriage. I wonder if he paid yet or not.

The shot of the castle at night is nice, but it's impossible to see a star behind a quarter-moon like that.

We meet Zelda's father, the King, in this episode. He seems likeable enough - but awfully forgetful. The poor old guy must be losing his mind.

I love how Spryte totally comes onto Link when he's taking a bath. It's amusing that Link briefly pauses in his response - as if he's actually considering letting Spryte scrub his back.

I love how Zelda (and the King and Prince Facade) laughs at Link. He completely deserves it for dressing up so stupidly and trying to impress her. That's why I don't like that she stops laughing and calls after him with concern after he leaves the room. She should have just kept laughing.

Sheesh, the King falls asleep during Prince Facade's storytelling and then stays asleep while his daughter is being kidnapped! He's completely useless as a father.

Maybe whatever they were drinking contributed to this, but it still looks bad.

So Prince Facade finally reveals his true self. It was kind of obvious, what with the name, Facade, and all. Still, it's a name, and I can't blame Zelda for not seeing through Prince Facade's facade.

What's last word that Zelda yells in her line, "What?! Why, you useless..."? I can't understand it. I bet you can guess what I always thought it to be, though. :P

I disagree with Link's "She's not worth saving" line. He was acting like such an idiot throughout this episode. He shouldn't talk about Zelda.

What's with Zelda's "Um, thanks, Link, uh, I guess" line. The guy just saved her life. You'd think that she'd be more resolute in her thanks. To be fair, though, she was probably not thinking straight after the attack and confused over how to talk to Link now, either because she laughed at him or because he was such an idiot earlier that being saved by him now threw her off for a moment.

Link demands a kiss from Zelda again! Won't that guy ever give up?! I like that Zelda manages to find an excuse to refuse to do it, though, even if it doesn't make sense. :P

So Prince Facade gets dirty after all and loses the rupee that he had gained earlier in the episode. That means that he would have gotten dirty either way, so he lost Zelda and the rupee for nothing. At least he has enough of a sense of humor to smile about it, though.

Link does not exclaim "Excuuuse me, Princess!" in this episode. That's an improvement for Bob Forward. Now, if only he'd stop with the stupid kiss lines...

Lesson: Link is a dick, but he comes through in the end. Okay, okay, I guess another lesson is don't laugh at people, because you never know if you might need their help someday.

"The White Knight" is an enjoyable episode. I don't like how Zelda goes loses her mind over a cute guy, though. It seems so shallow. A Zelda fan that I know doesn't like this episode, because Link is treated badly. Personally, I believe that Link deserved to be treated badly.

The fact that I found no bad lines should indicate how good this episode is.

Zelda again demonstrates her capabilities as a fighter. She also knows at least a bit of magic. She hasn't used magic to fight yet in this series, but we'll see that soon enough.

Overall, "The White Knight" is a good episode. I look forward to reviewing the next one.

Usefulness ratings:

Link: 5 (defeating 3 tinsuits, kicking the bow to Zelda, defeating the zola)
Zelda: 2 (defeating 2 tinsuits)
Spryte: 0 ()

Nothing unusual here. Link is in the lead. Zelda is second. Spryte did not contribute anything except helping Link make an adiot of himself.

The running total usefulness ratings for the series so far are:

Link: 23 (3 episodes)
Zelda: 15 (3 episodes)
Spryte: 2 (3 episodes)

That's the end of my review of "The White Knight". I'll review "Kiss'N Tell" next. See you all in my next review!

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