‘Astrid and Lilly Save the World’ 1×06 Review: “Toenail”

Astrid and Lilly Save the World continues to be its charming self in a world that so desperately need it. Jana Morrison and Samantha Aucoin continue to prove themselves again and again as teenage monster hunters who are perfectly in perfect. This episode gave their imperfections the spotlight and it just made the characters that much more endearing. 

This week’s Monster of the Week featured a demon that infects on feeds off of the human ego. In a high school, this monster was poised to do an insane amount of damage. The climax of the story, having Astrid and Lilly perform an exorcism on their school’s Principal Varshidi (Marvin Ishmael) really was some of the best comedy and horror we’ve seen this season. 

The fact that the solution to this demon was essentially bullying was both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. Although it was certainly cathartic to see Lilly especially embrace the role reversal, it was a sobering reminder of how heartless bullying really is. It was sad to see our favorite teenage monster hunters have to revert to their role of being victims of bullying at the hands of their classmates.

Marvin Ishmael, ‘Astrid and Lilly Save the World’. Photo Credit: Crave

Sparrow (Spencer MacPherson) and Astrid still live, even though they’ve hit a rough patch. All is forgiven, and fans can rest easy knowing we’ll likely get plenty more of these two as the series continues. As I gather from social media, the official ship name is still under discussion. Not to worry, we have time to nail it down.

Candace (Julia Doyle) continues to be one of this series’ surprises. It was fascinating to see her paired up with ‘Eggs’ Walczak (Michael McCreary). Who knew we needed this match-up of one of the school’s most popular girls and a nerd with a lot to say. It could have been so cringe, and yet these actors made it work spectacularly. I personally would not be opposed if we got to see more of these two together. 

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The use of gore has always been one of the highlights of this series, and this episode was the perfect example of why this is. The contrast between the exploding heads with the grossness of toenail clippings was so disgusting and yet compelling enough that you can’t look away. For the record, the toenail clippings were infinitely more disgusting than the brain-splattered walls. I said what I said. 

Even though we still have four episodes left in the season, Astrid and Lilly Save the World is clearly already gearing up for the grand finale. The Big Bad is just getting bigger and badder, and Astrid and Lilly continue to prove why they’re the best ones in this universe to face it. This show continues to have so many compelling characters, and that they don’t all get more screen time. If the first half of the season was any indication, there are plenty of stories left to tell, and plenty of monster-fighting fun to be had. 

New episodes of Astrid and Lilly Save the World air Wednesdays on Crave.

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