"Jewel Quest, Part I" is the first episode of Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. It features the song "There's a Bit of Magic in Everything" and directly continues in next episode, "Jewel Quest, Part II", together forming the show's pilot episode, the events of which set up the Jewel Quest and are also retold in a book. Its international titles include Catalan "La recerca de la joia", French "À la recherche des joyaux - Partie 1", German "Die Jagd nach Merlins Schlüssel, Teil 1", Polish "Wyprawa po klejnoty, część 1", Portuguese "A demanda das jóias", Russian "Дикий камень 1", Serbo-Croat "U potrazi za draguljima 1. deo", and Spanish "Las joyas de la corona".
The time has come for the young Princess Gwenevere has come to enter the revered Circle of Friendship ceremony and bond with her magical animal. But the peace in Avalon is disturbed when the evil Lady Kale finds the powerful Dark Stone and attacks Merlin to steal the Crown Jewels...
Featured elements Edit
- Regular characters: Princess Gwenevere, Tamara, Fallon, Lady Kale, Merlin, Sunstar, Archie, Rufus and Twig, Queen Anya, King Jared, Drake, Grimm, Moondance, Cleo, Spike, Sugar, Wintermane, Goliath
- Guest characters: Hawk, father unicorn, teen unicorns
- Locations: The Great Forests, Crystal Palace, Friendship Ring, Merlin's cottage, Wild Magic
- Items and concepts: Enchanted Jewels, Circle of Friendship, Crown Jewels, Crystal Carriage, Jewel Box, Merlin's key, royal family, Travel Trees
Plot summary Edit
Somewhere within the Great Forests, the evil Lady Kale discovers a Wild Magic portal containing a mysterious magic jewel. She claims and tunes it to herself, bonding with her two dweasels that detected it. Now equipped with the immense power of her newly-dubbed Dark Stone, Kale is finally ready to take over Avalon by force.
At the Friendship Ring, the great wizard Merlin is preparing Princess Gwenevere for her upcoming Circle of Friendship ceremony. He explains that in order to wield the Sun Stone and become a Jewel Rider, Gwenevere must bond with a magical animal. Fallon and Tamara already have their Enchanted Jewels and animal special friends. The lesson is interrupted by his hawk animal servant, who tells Merlin that trouble is brewing in the forests.
Meanwhile, a uniquely winged unicorn named Sunstar tries to play ball with some other unicorns. She gets teased for having wings and yet not being able to fly. Her father comes to Sunstar and tries to reassure her.
Merlin arrives to save a doe trapped in a wild magic bubble, but this turns out to be a bait and he gets trapped in a magic bubble by Lady Kale's Dark Stone. She confronts him and demands the key to the Jewel Box, which contains the Crown Jewels of Avalon. Merlin pretends to give up to her threats, but at the last moment the hawk from earlier is summoned and steals it away. Kale is furious and blasts the defiant wizard (still in the bubble) into the dangerous Wild Magic for him to perish there.
At the Crystal Palace, Gwenevere, the other Jewel Riders, and Drake of the Pack are summoned by King Jared and Queen Anya to the throne room and learn about a mysterious threat to the kingdom. The girls decide to check out Merlin's house and find it totally ransacked. They find Merlin's talking owl Archie, who tells them that someone stole the Jewel Box, and so the girls ride off with him in the Crystal Carriage (along with Fallon on Moondance) to find it.
After a long aerial chase, Kale's dragon Grimm fire breath nearly fries the hawk, who crash-lands in a forest. Sunstar, who just happened to be walking nearby, is tasked with taking the key to the Crystal Palace. But Sunstar does not run very far and soon Kale catches up and traps her in a net.
After a ride through the Wild Magic via the Travel Trees, the girls find Kale with Sunstar imprisoned in her Dragon Wagon. They rush to attack and Fallon brings down Kale's vehicle before Grimm can fly away. A battle ensue. As Fallon and Tamara take on the witch in a magic duel, Gwen manages to sneak the key from Sunstar. Spike (one of Tamara's baby animals) bravely throws himself into the Dark Stone beam to shield Tamara and is blasted down. In the chaos that ensues, Grimm takes off and Kale escapes into the Wild Magic with the stolen Jewel Box and the captive unicorn...
(Illustrations from the book.)
Behind the scenes Edit
Original script Edit
- Main article: Jewel Quest script (Enchanted Quest)
In this draft, Princess Guinevere (Gwenevere), Melody (Tamara), Alexandra (Fallon), and Shawn (Drake) ride the Wild Magic with their friends Amber (Sunstar), Cleo, Samantha (Sugar), Rusty (Spike), Moonglow (Moondance), and Thunder (Thunderbolt). There is also a later completely cut character of Gwen's little sister Tara, while Kale's magic is green and not red.
Avalon: Web of Magic connections Edit
- The story of the pilot episode(s) is basically Kara's arc from the first half of Avalon. Kara tries to do the right thing by releasing Avalon's magic in order to heal Aldenmor. She inadvertently scatters the Power Crystals, forcing the party to find them all before the villains do, and obtains her Unicorn Jewel.
- Lady Kale is the Dark Sorceress analogue. They both have sister issues and want to take over Avalon.
- Tamara and Fallon (the Emily and Adriane analogues) became Jewel Riders before the series started. In Avalon, Emily and Adriane find their jewels before Kara joins the party.
- Archie is basically Ozzie. They both have long Greek names that are conveniently shortened, and they have similar vocal tics.
- The Crystal Palace shows up in Avalon: The Warlock Diaries.