Worzel Gummidge 5.5 – King of the Scarecrows

“Holy crap!” I said. “Basically scarecrow zombies!” the kid said.

I found myself not having much to say about episode four, though it was nice to see a new upper-class jerk get a taste of Worzel and Sally’s chaos, but episode five is next-level good. Worzel is having a typically goofy adventure with a little slapstick. He ends up completing a new scarecrow’s naming ceremony, and unwittingly gives the fellow the name “Dangnation Take It,” and Dangnation thinks that Worzel is his king. When the Crowman finds out, he’s not happy.

But the Crowman has other issues, which are remarkable. This episode introduces the actor Wi Kuki Kaa as the Traveling Scarecrow Maker, who uses dark magic to bring slave scarecrows to a form of half-life. They cannot talk or dance or sing, and they can only walk between dusk and dawn. They are hideous and if I had seen this program when I was six, I’d never have come near the TV again. The Crowman wants nothing to do with this guy, but he seems to only have the power to tell him to go away, nothing more. The Traveling Scarecrow Maker has designs on the Crowman’s magic, because he needs small talismans to bring his creations to half-life. This guy is fascinating and I love the massive expansion of the show’s world to bring us a very radical new challenge. That’s exactly the kick in the pants I was hoping for, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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