WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE: “Wizards vs. Werewolves”
I don’t watch Wizards of Waverly Place regularly. In fact, usually I forget when a new episode will be on–if I ever knew in the first place.
Well, I saw the episode where Alex meets her new boyfriend, and I think when I did, I saw a commercial about “Wizards vs. Werewolves.”
I have to say, I’m rather impressed with Wizards as of late. Somehow, this show has actually made itself a story arc, and not only that, but the writers are actually giving the characters some unhappiness and depth. It’s not your usual ha-ha sitcom where you’re fine in the end. In fact, tonight, I was actually very sad.
It all started when Justin started dating Juliet and started his training as a monster hunter. Then, in order to slow Justin down in his studies, Max released terrible monsters into the world, which killed all the professional monster hunters, leaving Justin on his own, and creating a mummy…a mummy that ends up making Juliet his minion. This is all over probably about, oh, six episodes? Maybe more?
Then, Alex meets Mason, who we find out in this episode is a werewolf. He helps Justin finally track down Juliet, who he’s been trying to find for quite a while. The love that these younger kids are showing is actually pretty powerful, especially for a Disney Channel series.
Sadly, it’s not all hugs and reunions. When Alex finds out that Mason dated Juliet–and he expresses his love for her–Alex’s devastated, and it takes great measures for Alex to let Mason prove his love for her.
Unfortunately, apparently this werewolf is rather upsetting when upset. He begins a fight with Juliet, which ends in a bite from her and a scratch from him. In normal lore, I don’t think this would be a big deal, but here, Mason becomes a wolf for the rest of his life and Juliet loses her powers, only to be the old woman she really is (2000+ years old) for the rest of her life.
In both cases, they can’t be with Justin and Alex. It’s heartbreaking, really. To see Justin spend so much time trying to find his love–the love he let go to save her life–only to have to let her go again because they just couldn’t be together now that her vampy status had changed.
And then Alex. She finally discovers that Mason really loves her, and it’s just too late. In the end, the she and Justin are just sitting alone, lamenting their lost loves and wondering if they’ll ever find normal. But then again, they aren’t normal.
It’s not a note I would have thought the show would end on. I certainly thought we’d see some happiness, or perhaps Alex would rewind time so that Juliet and Mason don’t meet the same fates. After all, it was her fault it all happened, with her insistence on finding the necklace to prove Mason’s love.
And what kind of guilt could that be? Not only did she lose Mason, but Justin lost Juliet? It’s really upsetting.
Despite all this, I have to give the writers credit. They certainly gave an enjoyable episode, despite the hard emotions. Harper and Max really added to a lot of comedy. Even the parents had a few jokes up their sleeves, particularly the one about how Mason’s accent gave him an unfair advantage. Plus, the reunion between Justin and Juliet was just so sweet. It was nice.
So I hope there’s hope for Alex and Justin, and ultimately, I think there is. But that may be a few episodes away, and in the meantime, it’s just a little sad, even if they were just monsters.