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The Limits of Immortality is the eigth episode in the Disenchantment series. It premiered on August 17, 2018.

Summary

Elfo's been kidnapped! Bean, Luci, Sorcerio and the knights search for him, along with a magical pendant needed to complete the immortality potion.

Plot

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Cast

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Callbacks

  • Scotch Eggs: Elfo find himself under a kilt again.
  • Everyone Hates Daryl: the engraving that reads "I hate Daryl."
  • Wild Party: the "disrespectful" party at Cremorrah is a callback to the one in S01E04.
  • Birdman Rides Again: the second rescue is a callback to the earlier one.

Cultural references

  • James Bond / Miss Moneypenny: As secretary to Odval, Miss Moonpence is an affectionate parody of Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise. She appears in:
    • Goldfinger (1964): when Big Jo says "No Mr. Elfo, I expect you to fry," this is a reference to the line "No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die."[1]
  • Hitchhiker's Guide the Galaxy: The Gift Shoppe at the Edge of the World is likely a reference to the "Restaurant at the Edge of the Universe."
  • Discworld: the edge of the world drop-off is reminiscent of that of Discworld.
  • Morris Men: the dancing in the entertainment scene is Morris dancing, a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music which is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. usually wearing bell pads on their shins.
  • Letter To His Father (1919): Malfus' book which is "more a letter to my father" is likely a reference to the letter Franz Kafka wrote to his father Hermann, indicting him for his emotionally abusive and hypocritical behaviour towards him.

Trivia

  • The King's line about finding the one true God is a reference to the Crusades.
  • When Sorcerio puts on the "beak", this echoes the scene in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the "witch" and the turnip for a nose.[2]
  • Big Joe is a villain of the Bond variety, but doesn't think of himself as one.
  • When Big Jo says "You're not a stone guard guy!" this is the sort of thing G.O.B in Arrested Development would say.[3]

Gaffs

  • Malfus gives the direction to the edge of the world as "just up Cherrywood Road, take a right at the dance academy." Cherrywood Lane is shown on the map.

Quotes

King Zog: Send all the knights on a quest for the vial. Cancel all other quests. We'll find the one true God next year.

Big Joe: Thank you for the information Birdman, you've saved me a lot of time. Unlike other villains, I shalln't be telling you my plan. Good day...Oh, and in my mind, I'm not a villain: I think what I am doing is good.

Elfo: What's going on? Why are people so excited?
Bean: Remember how people used to just work, starve or eat? Well now there's a fourth thing - entertainment.
Luci: Entertainment is just a tool that pacifies the masses and leads to the decay and ultimate collapse of civilisation: let's clap along!

Gallery

References

  1. Do you expect me to talk? youtube.com
  2. MPATHG Witch Scene youtube.com
  3. G.O.B. arresteddevelopment.wikia.com