Look, there’s a lot to cover when it comes to Vagrant Queen’s “Temple of Doom.” Of course, we need to break down what happened with Isaac and Lazaro. That’s a whole hot mess with a side of “holy shit, is this really happening.” All worthy to talk about, cover, and all that jazz. But all I can think about is Amida aka Elida and Amae aka the thief that has stolen my queer heart.
Amae didn’t and doesn’t have to do what she’s done for Elida. She doesn’t have to have her back or tell off Hath for being an asshole. But nevertheless she does. Why? Partially because she’s a kind person. I think Amae would back a lot of people given her kind heart. But the other part, the reason she does this and why she has Elida’s back is because she cares for the runaway queen.
In her eyes, Elida is worth it. She’s worth fighting for. She’s worth making her smile. She’s worth teasing her. She’s worth taking chances on her. Elida is worthy of all these things and more and we are so down for it. That’s why it’s so special when Amae comes through for Elida or when Elida knows in her hearts heart that Amae will come for her when needed.
There’s a bond here, one of companionship, but one of something more. There’s an opportunity for love between Elida and Amae. I see it in the way that these two goobers smile at each other. I see it in the way that they fight for each other. I see it in the way that they look into each others eyes as THEIR music plays in the background. I see it all and I want more.
Because after what Isaac did to Elida, Amae might be the last shining hope of good left in Elida’s life. Now, I’m not saying Elida should put all her feels and emotions of Amae’s shoulders. That’d be unhealthy. I’m saying that as Elida struggles with what has happened to her with Isaac, it’s hopeful that she has Amae at her side still as a beacon of hope in these dark times.
Now onto the thing that hurt the most in “Temple of Doom” aka the betrayal by Isaac. Look, I understand why he did it. I even think that Elida understands why he did it. That’s why she didn’t shoot him. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it one bit. Isaac betrayed Elida, and wounds like this don’t easily heal, especially for someone that doesn’t trust like Elida.
She was taught by her mom at a young age to not have any friends and be wary of connections for they might lead you down a path of destruction and pain. Elida hasn’t experienced that when it comes to Amae. But dear lord has she felt the truth of her mother’s words when it comes to Isaac and his betrayal.
I honestly don’t see where Elida and Isaac go from here. She forgave him a couple episodes ago for shooting her and that was big. Like seriously, who forgives the person that shot them? Elida does apparently. He is or was her friend and he betrayed her for a chance to see his family again. It’s a sticky situation that I think Elida understands but isn’t willing to accept anymore because she’s done with being betrayed.
She’s done with being used.
She’s done with being lied to.
She’s done with it all.
So, here’s hoping and praying that these three (mainly Elida and Isaac because Amae is an angel) figure their shit out in time for the next adventure of Vagrant Queen. Because honestly, it wouldn’t be the same without all three of them chasing freedom and adventure together.
Until next time Vagrant Queen fam!
Vagrant Queen airs Thursdays at 11/10c on SyFy.