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Recap / Trollhunters S 2 E 6 Hiss Hiss Bang Bang

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Now out of the Darklands and readjusting to life in Arcadia, Jim and the team must face the consequences of their risky actions.

Tropes for this episode include:

  • Angst? What Angst?: In-universe, Claire and Toby are worried that Jim is relentless cheerful after his stay in the Darklands. It gets subverted, however, as Jim learns that he indirectly led to the blood goblins and possible Gunmar getting released; he admits to his friends that it was a mistake to go into the Darklands alone, and he wants things to go back to normal.
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  • Book Burning: Blinky takes to burning half of his entire collection after he finds out that his brother (the original owner of said books) was a Gumm-Gumm. Jim manages to save a handful, though they are charred.
  • Broken Pedestal: Blinky no longer worships his brother or will maintain his library.
  • Fatal Fireworks: The team manages get rid of their goblin problem by accidentally setting fire to a fireworks warehouse. They manage to portal out just in time to actually enjoy them.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Gunmar and Dictatious mistake a car for a "surface beast" and commands one of their warriors to "slay it."
  • Good Feels Good: After spending two weeks in a dimension devoid of simple comforts (like indoor plumbing, alarm clocks and even homework) and fending for his life against Eldritch Abominations and trolls that want nothing more than to torture and kill him, Jim is not going to be taking his first day back in Arcadia for granted.
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  • Hold the Unsolicited Ingredient: As part of the Lethal Chef Running Gag, Barbara ends up putting salt in her breakfast concoction instead of sugar.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Vendel makes it clear he suspects the Team Trollhunter of stealing his staff, but instead of confronting them, he instructs them to find the perpetrator responsible and return it as soon as possible. He also mentions sticking his neck out to make sure Jim wasn't in trouble with the troll tribunal, and orders Jim to handle a goblin problem.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Usurna tells Jim that it was foolish to go into the Darklands for one child — Enrique — and endanger all of trollkind. Jim by his expression knows very well that the queen is right, and when his friends later confront him over his choice, Jim admits that going into the Darklands was a stupid move.
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  • Karma Houdini: A variant; thanks to Vendel talking to the troll tribunal, Jim and his friends suffer no repercussions for breaking the tribunal mandate to keep Killahead Bridge broken and destroyed. He does warn Jim, however, that he won't be able to do it a second time.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The team when they find out the goblins are blood goblins, which are only in the Darklands. It means that if they escaped the portal, then Gunmar did.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Jim when he thinks that the goblins ate Chompsky. He finally admits that it was stupid of him to go into the Darklands alone, which nearly got him killed and left his friends bereft. He didn't mean to hurt them, but didn't want to lose any more of his friends after Aarrggghhh died.
    • Aaarggghhh is crestfallen when he hears about how his Heroic Sacrifice led to Jim going into the Darklands alone.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Claire and Toby mentioned they took care of Jim's trollhunting duties for two weeks.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: It's the first morning that Jim doesn't make breakfast for his mother, something even she notices when he makes a face at her concoction. Steve finds it suspicious that Jim is crowing about loving homework, and saying that he even missed Steve. Meanwhile, Toby and Claire are worried at how Jim seems to be relentlessly cheerful after spending two weeks in the Darklands.
  • Poke the Poodle: Toby gets Steve to leave Jim alone by saying that he is still contagious from "Jim Lake Disease" and threatens to touch him.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: With Jim just having returned to normalcy after two straight weeks of fighting for his life in the Darklands, his friends are worried that if they ask him why he didn't let them come and help him, it will ruin his good mood and possibly lead to a Heroic BSoD.
  • Shout-Out: The title is a play of words on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
  • Stepford Smiler: Subverted; Jim was genuinely happy to be back home.
  • Super Senses: Ever since his resurrection, Aaarrrgghh!!!'s sense of smell has heightened considerably. He was even able to deduce that Toby had carbonara three days before and that it needed more garlic.
  • That Poor Cat: The episode opens with blood goblins eating a live cat (which no doubt had an owner given the collar around its neck).
  • They Do: Played with; Chompsky works up to propose to his doll and puts on the ring in the end.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The gang holds off on it for a bit out of respect for all that's happened lately, but eventually they can't avoid the issue any longer and confront Jim for abandoning them and heading to the Darklands alone.
  • The Worf Effect: Chompsky is a formidable gnome who fights viciously. The goblins end up outnumbering him, however, and overpowering him.
  • You Can Talk?: Jim has this reaction when he sees a blood goblin understanding him. It conveys the message that Gunmar has escaped.
  • You Have Failed Me: One of Gunmar's warriors loses an arm when hit by a car. In response, Gunmar kills him, claiming that he "has no need for weakness."

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