1: So, the eighth episode of Wish It, Inc. has just come out. The funny thing is, when I spoke at length in my review about crystal balls, I didn’t truly expect them to come into use, having merely chosen to expound on the one item as a joke; yet here they are, shedding light on the situation. It seems apt at this point to do a review of the characters; although after episode six, the half-way point might have seemed more appropriate, given the ending of this episode it seems appropriate to see which character I can posit that each character is less moral than they appear, and point fingers at each of them as the traitor. For those of my readers who do not know what I’m talking about, the video is above.
So, going in order from the title screens, we first off have Hannah, the main character of the series. A very nice girl, who seems to just lift everybody’s mood by her mere presence. She obviously could not possibly be the traitor, given that she is, after all, the main character… unless, of course, the entire series has been a fake-out this whole time, leading the audience on. That is highly unlikely, considering that audiences tend to take poorly to that. But she did almost bring a fortune cookie in by accident in a previous episode, and thus we must consider the possibility that she made another mistake.
Then we have Travis Goodfellow, the head of the Fairy Department. Very much obsessed with his work, as evidenced by how long he was Granter of the Month for. He also has a certain flair for the theatrical, and I think we can take it for granted that he’s gay. He could well be the traitor, as he has been passed over for Granter of the Month when he had almost gained his wings, and could well be holding a grudge, though he claims his true quarrel with Hannah is otherwise. True, he did discover the cookie; but that could be a blind; a bluff, so that we do not suspect him, when he knew it would be discovered at some point.
Next is Shari, the Genie, who seems to share roughly the same sexuality as a certain Captain Harkness. Unlike him, it is not the only major point to her character; she is also a tremendous gossip, and is known to stoop low when it comes to getting her way. I certainly would suspect her; despite her friendliness, I have gotten the impression that she would be… less troubled, shall we say, by hurting her friends than others would be. She does seem to find the misfortune of others amusing, after all; a common trait among genies.
Teddy is, to be blunt, a Marty Sue, as the expression goes among writers. He has few enough flaws that he qualifies well for that title. Still, he is actually a good example of the trope well done; for as on the one hand he is a lowly mail-man, he winds up as a physical embodiment of the idea that the minor details matter; and on the other hand, he is used as a good cook uses a strong spice; used in the right places to improve the story, rather than, as so many do, used everywhere to overshadow the other flavours. As the male lead we might not expect treachery from him; but even so we should note that he is ambitious, and could be tempted away from Wish It through that trait. Too we must note that it would be an interesting plot twist, as he is Hannah’s love interest; rather than an enraging twist wherein the audience is proved completely wrong about the series, it would be an enthralling one wherein Hannah is proved wrong about the man she loves.
Ah, poor, ditzy Wendy. She is as much of a genius as the average Ogron is; which is to say, she isn’t anywhere near one. As the newest member of the Wish It team she must bear suspicion; her stupidity could be an act to make the others trust her, or at the least ignore her presence. Also, as has previously been proved, she can easily prove an unwitting tool by anyone with even the slightest bit of cunning. The traitor need not be knowing, after all.
Yvette is cold, calculating, and shrewd; a woman after my own hearts. She seems the least likely to betray, being the second most powerful person at Wish It, and having proved that she truly cares for the people there; but perhaps she wishes to be the first most powerful person. Properly managed alliances could leave both the Fairy Godmother and Yvette’s own allies alike sprawling at her feet, metaphorically speaking; and she seems the type who could manage such alliances with ease.
And what of JoJo, the most hilarious pervert this side of Cardiff? He is fat, fun-loving, and has an admirable laugh, though it could use some practice. I would suspect him on the grounds that he simply does not seem to have any scruples; promise him the right tokens, and you could have him do what might seem a small deed such as to bring a cookie into Wish It. As well, he has his pride, as seen when he challenged Yvette, and might well wish to be more than just a clown. Oshi-o-Mikuji might well find a traitor here.
Of course, Karla. On the one hand, she is sweet, nice, and kind; the most caring person at Wish It, probably. There doesn’t seem to be a nasty bone in her body. On the other hand, there’s just something about Karla… to be quite frank, I cannot help but feel that she’s a bitch. So as such she is obviously the most likely person to be the traitor. Especially given that the others all treat her so poorly; I believe one of my future incarnations has mentioned this, but even a slight amount of respect is something even the most spineless people will go to extreme lengths for.
Then there is the Fairy Godmother. The head of Wish It, and a charming old lady. She is the most perfect combination of grandmotherly caring and businesswomanly acumen that one could hope to find. As the head of Wish It, it almost seems that she could never be the traitor; I stress “almost”. She has been known to pit her employees against each other for her own purposes, and this could be just such a test. On the other hand, perhaps she is using this to manipulate Oshi-o-Mikuji in some manner; feeding them lies and negating their tricks, while leaving them unawares. Perhaps she is even now plotting to stab them in the back when they least expect it, and take their assets for her own. No; no, that seems to be more my modus operandi, doesn’t it? Still, her first motive above seems plausible.
Finally, we have the Magic Mirror. We have seen the least of him; as he is, after all, tied to the mirror. We know that he seems to be professional at times; my impression is that he is as a younger version of that most famous of butlers, Reginald Jeeves, albeit less stiff and polite: times have progressed, after all. We know from various comments made that he can to some extent fetch items for the Fairy Godmother, and that he knows all; so on the one hand he is certainly capable of spying. But it does not seem to fit the magic mirror archetype for him to be so treacherous; they do tend to be loyal to a fault. As well, if the generators failing were the result of the scheme, I would hardly think he would support it, as it put him in danger. Although I suppose that, knowing that he would come out safely, he could certainly have counted on that; it is a famous trope.
So that’s my character round-up for Wish It, Inc. But I am sure you are left with the question: who, in the final analysis, do I believe is the traitor? Come now, have I ever been known not to hold all my cards close to my chest, as the Earth saying goes? But I will say this much: I am eagerly looking forward to the reveal.
A most excellent breakdown of who might the Wish It traitor!!! Thanks Mr. The Master!