The gang signs up for a talent show in order to take down a destructive Siren.
At school, DJ Monsterbat (aka Rory) is waiting his turn to perform during Open Mic Week. A girl named Serena goes up first, singing a song about pain that causes the audience to start attacking each other. Rory’s temporarily taken by her song as well, but snaps out of it when his mom calls. The next day, he tells Ethan and Benny what happened, but he’s more worried about her stealing the spotlight in the upcoming talent show. Erica stops by with Sarah and tells Ethan that Sarah wants the two of them to do a dance routine for the talent show tryouts but that she plans on bailing. At the auditions, Rory films Serena’s singing and afterward, he shows the video to Sarah, Ethan, and Benny, but her singing sounds like screeching. When Rory says that he doesn’t even remember the song, Benny suggests that she may be a mermaid, so he and Ethan spray her with water to see if she grows a tail. When she doesn’t, she gets angry and tries to slap them, but Ethan grabs her wrist and has a vision of her screeching and turning purple. Once he comes out of it, he collapses in pain, her screeching still ringing in his ears.
Benny helps Ethan home and tells him to relax while he plays a new video game, which happens to be about Sirens, mythical creatures whose song can cause people to go crazy. Guessing that she may be a Siren, they build audio equipment so they can record and analyze her song, which gives off massive amounts of paranormal energy. Their hunch confirmed, Ethan says that according to Greek mythology, the Sirens lost a singing contest to the Muses and were destroyed by their own jealousy. The guys decide to mimic the situation by forming a band (becoming the Muses) so they can upset her and then destroy her by playing a negative image of her song back to her. After a laughable audition, the Muse-o-tronics get the last spot in the talent show, and win the adoration of the audience, angering Serena. She begins to sing, which they play back to her until she finally explodes and disappears. The gang is happy to have heard the last of Serena and DJ Monsterbat, though their victory is brief, as Rory is now doing the morning announcements.
I’m still going to say that Independence Daze is my favorite episode of the season so far, but this episode definitely makes me want to reconsider. This was a fun, lighthearted episode that kept a smile on my face the whole way through. I loved the songs, especially the “perfect” pop song the guys came up with… it was so bad, it was good (seriously, if they put out an .mp3 of it, I think I’d actually buy it) and I burst out laughing when they reused the tune in the closing credits. Serena’s song was also enjoyable (I’ll take an .mp3 of that as well), and I found the effect she had everyone interesting to watch, particularly Ethan’s excruciating pain from hearing her in his vision. I’m glad they keep expanding on his powers; his visions can hurt him, and in Independence Daze, his touch could connect him across universes. The final showdown was awesome (I liked the sound wave effects) but poor Erica, no one let her in on the earplug plan (though I guess it could be karma for wanting to ditch Sarah).
I loved watching all five characters busy with talent show participation and interacting in so many different circles within their group, and I was thrilled to see lots of Rory (he’s the first of the vampires to get a last name and have a family member shown on screen). I loved when he roughed up Benny over the talent show (the sound effects made it even funnier) and his morning announcements were hilarious, too. Sarah and Erica’s weak dance routine was endearingly amusing (I guess there aren’t any dance classes at the vampire community center), and it was fun to watch Erica try to glamour with Ethan (which was first mentioned in Mirror/rorriM). That scene just reinforced what I’ve been thinking for a while: Erica and Ethan need to hang out for an episode. They make a very interesting pair and I’d love to see more. The only negative thing I could possibly say about this episode is that I didn’t understand why Grandma was in such a disinterested mood at the talent show.
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