Pilot – The Episode Where it All Started
The episodes begins with a dramatic scene that has probably eaten up the special effects budget for the first half of the season. Somebody is falling from high up in the sky (we later learn it is Tobin “Cuss” Whistletrot) giving us a glorious view of the fantasy world we are about to live in for what we hope is ten or more seasons. Mostly forest but the massively imagined city of Avinar was breathtaking from top to bottom. Rails spread out from it like the veins of the world of Mystvannar. The architecture of the city is undoubtedly Swiss in origin, white plaster walls with wood support beams. Luckily whatever magic has brought Tobin to this world stops him just before hitting the ground.
Then we meet Rook a mysterious youth who gets his orders delivered to him from a magical coin that communicates the Shadow Lord’s intentions. Rook is to go find and protect somebody called Old Cane who he gets a basic image of (Old Cane is played by Gary Oldman) leather trench coat, gray hair, and of course the cane. From there he sets off searching for old man.
Next we switch to a quick peek at somebody, presumably Anayaki, reading a book.
Who appears in the next scene when he comes out of his house to see Tobin hanging from a catwalk above. Old Cane (Oldman) plays a good straight man to Tobin’s humorous rambling heavy introduction. Eventually the two come to an arrangement, and we get insight into Old Cane. Tobin will pay for drinks for “saving Tobin’s life” while Old Cane will bet on a sure thing.
From there we leave the city again coming in on Healer. She is a quiet character but her interest is piqued by the talk of a boy and a “baby monster” in one of the cargo holds. The armed former Outpost Evangelite makes her way through the red windowed train car, to put eyes on what turns out to be Saithamril and Rynn (pronounced Ren). For a brief moment we see the Force Ghost… err… sorry spirit of Harbinger (Healer’s former mentor and adopted parent of sorts) standing watch over Saith. That heavily inspires Healer to watch over the innocent and world naive Saith for the rest of the episode.
Anayaki flipping to the next page.
Fin is next, although it felt like he should have been introduced earlier. He’s waking up from the amazing tavern, The Meat Harbor. He grabs some breakfast and is told by a few people he has a meeting with the Captain. Captain, guarded by fifteen or twenty guards, and played by Ally Sheedy is incomparable. At once timid and intimidating. She gives Fin his familiar orders. Go find a gambler with a big debt, one named Old Cane.
Saith is introduced to the city of Avinar, and cities in general. He wanders around in adorable naivety buying candy and somehow avoiding getting ripped off. Here he finds a clue to his history, a figurine in the shape of a man with a hat exactly like his. Which he purchases from Lady Curio’s Curios.
A librarian dusting a forgotten shelf in the library.
Rook, Fin, Tobin, and Old Cane revolve around each other till eventually come together at Old Cane’s small house. Recovering the package that the Captain wants. What seems to be the key to the urban legend the Aeon Crow, a train lost some thirty years ago. They bring it back to Captain who low-balls Fin with a hundred gold to go OUTSIDE and recover the train for her.
The next day they go to the wizard’s tower to get a piece of infused Lyriam from a wizard named Candor. The episode ends with the group setting out to go to back to the Stoleaway’s city at the gates of Avinar, where they hired some guides to get them to the Crow’s Grave.