Z is for Zenith is the twenty-sixth episode of season 2 and the fifty-second episode overall of the TV series, and the season and series finale.

Plot

After Cedric swallowed Phobos, he decides with Miranda to seek revenge on everybody. Cedric decides to attack Heatherfield, and he orders Miranda to destroy the Aurameres. W.I.T.C.H. and Matt leave to Earth.

As Cedric leaves, Raythor reveals he, Sandpit and Gargoyle are good. Miranda tries to destroy the Aurameres, but she's stopped by Caleb, Blunk, Raythor, Gargoyle, Sandpit and Luba. Meanwhile, Cedric arrives to Heatherfield and Matt, Mr. Huggles and Napoleon turn Heatherfield into a magical area to prevent anyone from seeing Cedric or W.I.T.C.H. The battle starts.

C.H.Y.K.N., Elyon and Yan Lin's Altermeres tells W.I.T.C.H. the only way to defeat Cedric is "touching" the Four dragons and the nymph Xin Jing. W.I.T.C.H. touches the dragons and defeat Cedric. Phobos, Elyon, C.H.Y.K.N. and Yan Lin's Altermeres leave Cedric's body and Phobos' scepter is destroyed. Nerissa leaves the harmony and frees herself from the crashed scepter.

Nerissa recalls the scepter Seal of Nerissa and daydreams about taking over the all worlds and taking from them the hearts. This forces Nerissa to return to the scepter and free the others. Nerissa's scepter turns into Heart of Meridian and Heart of Zamballa again. W.I.T.C.H. lost their humanity by turning into full elemental form; however, through Matt's, Elyon's, Cassidy's, Halinor's, Kadma's and Double Yan Lin's efforts, their humanity is back and Matt, Mr. Huggles and Napoleon breaks the spell.

Elyon reabsorbs the Heart of Meridian's power, and Julian takes the stone that was the Heart of Meridian (with Nerissa inside) and takes it to Megenzjan Falls. All villains return to their jail cells. Meridian has once again become good.

Elyon returns to her throne and Raythor decides to be her Guardian. Halinor and Luba releases the Oracle, Althor and Tibor. Kadma gives the Heart of Zamballa to Ironwood, and relocates to a new life on Earth. Cassidy is reunited with her mother instead of returning to the afterlife. Yan Lin introduces to her family her "long-lost twin sister Mira", who's really the Altermere. W.I.T.C.H. spends most of the winter break with their boyfriends.

In the B-story, W.I.T.C.H. meet the computer teacher Prof. Raphael Sylla. Raphael is seen earlier in the episode with someone he calls "Mr. R.", who seems to have seen through the glamour of the battle in Heatherfield and thus seen the Guardians using their powers.

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Abilities

  • Glamouring

Release notes

  • During Will's ending monologue, an instrumental version of Don't Wanna Say Goodbye, one of the unreleased songs, is heard.
  • The English-language DVD releases of this episode have a unique audio difference, with significant implications for releases of the TV series. At the very climax of the episode, when Will shoots Cedric with lightning and he is finally defeated, the background music is completely different from all other known versions of the episode, including those aired on TV in English.
    • All of the other audio tracks on the same disc (for other languages) have the standard climactic music in that scene, which means this is almost certainly a mastering error and not a deliberate change (for example due to licensing issues with music, as happens with some other TV shows).
    • Such a change, whether accidental or deliberate, is only feasible if the audio track was mixed and mastered from the original audio layers for the DVD release. This has two important implications:
      • Unlike for many other TV series, especially those from the SD era, the release was remastered from the original sources and not simply transferred from whichever master copy was readily available. This likely means that the DVD audio, at least for the English tracks, is the highest-quality transfer that could feasibly have been made. (A similar situation probably occurred with the DVD video, as the show was actually digitally composited at PAL resolution,[1] although this is slightly complicated by interlacing issues in the first two episodes and very occasionally later on.)
      • At the time the DVD was made, many years after the show had ended, whoever produced the remaster (likely someone at Disney) still had access to said original sources. This means that future releases of the series should be expected to maintain a high technical quality standard.

Comics connections

  • In the comics, Raphael Sylla is an intelligence agent (and colleague of Maria Medina and Joel McTiennan, who were seen in C is for Changes) sent to spy on the girls in the guise of a computer teacher and uncover the secrets of their suspected powers. Based on the character design and initial "Mr. R." is clearly Riddle, who has psychic abilities himself (which presumably allowed him to see through the glamour in this episode), and who works with Sylla in the background but also has his own agenda.
    • In the comics, the girls were simply suspected of having powers and Sylla's mission was to prove this, and it is unclear to what extent the intelligence agency knew of the girls' responsibilities as Guardians. In the TV series, it is strongly implied that Riddle actually saw them battling Cedric, and thus the presumed discovery is of the Guardians clearly fighting to protect Heatherfield from a giant snake monster. Based on these different circumstances it is questionable how similar these characters' roles would have been to those in the comics had the show continued in terms of how antagonistic they would be towards the main characters, at least in an official capacity as representatives of the intelligence agency (as opposed to Riddle's personal objectives).
  • The Guardians literally becoming one with their elements may be based on how the Guardians battle against the evil essence of Jonathan Ludmoore until he had drained them in Arc 5: The Book of Elements.

Goofs

  • Cassidy is in her death robes because her human form had her burial outfit. However, when the Guardians return from their Zenith forms, Cassidy is in her Guardian outfit instead of her pale blue robes. She is also in her Guardian outfit instead of her robes when Queen Elyon asks what they do about W.I.T.C.H.

Trivia

  • Every second-season episode has a clear focus on one of the five main characters. This episode is one of 9 in the season to focus on Will Vandom.
  • This is the final episode of the TV series. However, the introduction of Riddle and Sylla leaves open the possibility of the show continuing with a third season, presumably a loose adaptation of Arc 3: A Crisis on Both Worlds.
  • This episode marks the second time that the Guardians are shown in their Zenith forms. The first time, which is referenced in this episode, was in a dream in E is for Enemy.
  • Hay Lin says she can't remember the last time it snowed. There was snow on the ground in this season's premiere, as well as the season 1 finale.
  • Drake possibly references events from F is for Facades when he successfully takes down the Tracker, although it is more likely he is referring to Will's more recent fights in X is for Xanadu and Y is for Yield.
  • Kadma is the only member of C.H.Y.K.N. to not have a speaking role.
  • Julian does not actually relinquish the Heart of Meridian, so it is unknown what would happen to such a powerful item, especially if Queen Elyon needed it to be a full strength. However, Yan Lin had stated that Elyon was able to absorb the great mystical energies from the Scepter of Phobos itself, meaning she might not have needed it anymore, and it was simply a non-magical jewel. In the monologue at the end of the episode, Will explicitly states that Elyon had returned to full power.

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