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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 decided, with Miranda, to seek revenge on everybody. Cedric decided to attack Heatherfield, and he ordered Miranda to destroy the Aurameres. W.I.T.C.H. and Matt left for Earth.

As Cedric left, Raythor revealed he, Sandpit and Gargoyle are good. Miranda tried to destroy the Aurameres, but she was stopped by Caleb, Blunk, Raythor, Gargoyle, Sandpit and Luba. Meanwhile, Cedric arrived in Heatherfield and Matt, Mr. Huggles and Napoleon turned Heatherfield into a glamour zone to prevent anyone from seeing Cedric or W.I.T.C.H. The battle began.

C.H.Y.K.N., Elyon and Yan Lin's Altermere told W.I.T.C.H. the only way to defeat Cedric is by "touching" the Four Dragons and the nymph Xin Jing. W.I.T.C.H. touched the dragons and defeated Cedric. Phobos, Elyon, C.H.Y.K.N. and Yan Lin's Altermeres left Cedric's body and Phobos' scepter was destroyed.

Nerissa left the harmony and frees herself from the cracked scepter. Nerissa, beleiving herself to have escaped, renamed the scepter Seal of Nerissa and daydreamed about taking over the all worlds and taking from them their hearts, but remained trapped inside the scepter while the others were freed. Nerissa's scepter turned 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 both Yan Lins' efforts, their humanity was returned and Matt, Mr. Huggles and Napoleon broke the spell.

Elyon reabsorbed the Heart of Meridian's power, and Julian took the stone that was the Heart of Meridian (with Nerissa inside) and took it to Megenzian Falls. All villains returned to their jail cells. Meridian once again became good.

Elyon returned to her throne and Raythor decided to be her guardian. Halinor and Luba released the Oracle, Althor and Tibor. Kadma gave the Heart of Zamballa to Ironwood, and relocated for a new life on Earth. Cassidy was reunited with her mother instead of returning to the afterlife. Yan Lin introduced to her family her "long-lost twin sister Mira", who's really the Altermere. W.I.T.C.H. spent most of the winter break with their boyfriends.

Back at school after break, W.I.T.C.H. met the new computer teacher Prof. Raphael Sylla. Raphael was seen earlier in the episode with someone he called "Mr. R.", who seemed to have seen through the glamour of the battle in Heatherfield and thus has 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, was 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 shot Cedric with lightning and he was 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 Mr. Riddle, who has psychic abilities himself (which presumably allowed him to see through the glamour in this episode), and who worked with Sylla in the background but also had 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 Mr. 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 Mr. 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.

Possible mistakes

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

Behind the scenes

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 left 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. It is only Cornelia's first time in her zenith form as she never truly transformed her hair merely grew longer.
  • Hay Lin said 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 referenced events from F is for Facades when he successfully took down the Tracker, although it is more likely he is referring 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 did 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 stated that Elyon had returned to full power.
  • It is unknown how Cassidy remained alive once the hearts were restored. The other Guardians returned to their original forms before Nerissa 'united' them but Cassidy did not become a ghost. Head writer of season 2 Greg Weisman revealed that (as far as he was concerned) once brought back to life, the magic was done and couldn't be undone.[2] Possibly the formerly close relationship between Nerissa and Cassidy could have something to do with this.

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