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Recap / Hilda S 1 E 3

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Encouraged by her mother to make new friends on the playground, Hilda buddies up to an injured bird who's lost his memory


  • Adaptation Deviation: The episode uses "Hilda and the Bird Parade" as source material, but basically the only elements from the graphic novel that carry over to this episode are the basic premise (the Great Raven loses his memory on the day of the Bird Parade), the main characters, and the scenes of Hilda hanging out with Trevor and his friends. A lot of scenes from the graphic novel are left out (like Hilda and the Raven getting lost in Trolberg with Twig having to find them, and the two encountering a Salt-Lion in the harbor), while lots of new material is added (Trevor having a larger role that turns him into the antagonist of the story, the Sparrow Scouts making a guest appearance, and Alfur being added to the story).
  • Accidental Misnaming: The Raven frequently mispronounces Hilda's name throughout the episode.
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  • All Myths Are True: Downplayed; while there is indeed a giant raven that visits the town of Trolberg every year, he admits to Hilda that he has nothing to do with bringing good fortune or being connected to the god the inhabitants of town used to worship.
  • Amnesia Danger: The Raven can't remember any of his powers, or even how to fly, which becomes a problem when he is accosted by cats and Trevor.
  • Attack the Mouth: Alfur attacks Trevor in this way, jumping in his mouth and forcing it open, to give Raven a chance to escape. Because elves are Invisible to Normals, he just looks weird to his friends.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Hilda was not having fun with the kids, but she definitely realized she didn't want to be there friends as soon as they started pelting birds with stones.
  • Birdcaged: Trevor keeps Raven in one after catching him and Alfur.
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  • Cassandra Truth: After Trevor hears Raven speak to Hilda, he spends the rest of the episode trying to prove it to his friends.
  • Cats Are Mean: The alley cats that attack the raven.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The Great Raven stated that this was the case with him not appearing and the bad harvest.
  • Ding-Dong-Ditch Distraction: Trevor and his friends enjoy this prank and get Hilda to do this to an old woman. It doesn't go well. She doesn't seem to grasp that you have to run away after ringing the old woman's bell, and just ends up complimenting her flowers.
  • Distressed Dude: The Raven becomes this for most of the episode, having only Alfur for help in an unfamiliar city. And that's before he gets captured by Trevor!
  • Drowning Pit: Raven's bird cage becomes this when Trevor knocks it into the river.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Both Frida and David appear on the Sparrow Scouts' float and have a scene, before they officially become Hilda's friends and enter the main cast. Also, during the scene where Johanna tells Hilda she found the Raven in her room and put him outside, you can see David's parents in the crowd (though only seen from the rear).
  • Early Installment Weirdness: During their brief cameo in the crowd, David's parents can be seen with 2 children; a boy and a girl, both blonde. Who these kids are is anyone's guess, since they are never seen again after this cameo, and subsequent episodes that show David with his parents and/or in his house strongly suggest he's an only child.
  • Easy Amnesia: The Raven loses his memories because he was hit by a rock mid-flight, and recovers them just by having Hilda shout his real identity at him.
  • Facepalm: Hilda earns several from Trevor when she fails to understand their games.
  • Fictional Holiday: The festival that Trolberg holds to honor the Great Raven.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Though not exactly evil, but Hilda definitely has trouble understanding why Trevor and friends do what they do.
  • Identity Amnesia: Raven can't even remember if he loves grammar or not.
  • The Joy of First Flight: Though she has flown on woffs before, the scene in which she rides on Raven's back is treated very much like this, for the both of them. Possibly because this Giant Flyer isn't trying to throw her off.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Because Hilda doesn't want her mum to know she's made friends with a bird over the human children she was last seen with, so she hides him. This leads Johanna to put Raven outside and getting captured by Trevor.

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