Netflix’s Arcane is finally here, and we are repeating every episode of it. Every Saturday before November 20th, Netflix will premiere a new three-episode series.You can read our Review Article 1, Or check our review Episode 4 with Episode 6.
Before we get into the content of episode 5, it started a fierce competition between the much younger Caitlin and the still alive Grayson. In their subsequent conversation, Grayson revealed that she was an enforcer and played a key role in guiding Caitlin into the army. Back at the end of our last episode, Caitlin interrogated Vi, who is now imprisoned, about the clues she found at the Jinx explosion site. Vi claims that this has something to do with Silco, and if she is released, she can find the evidence needed to lock him. Despite initial hesitation, Caitlyn accepted Vi’s proposal.
After the title sequence, we switched to Marcus, now a sheriff, who delivered a eulogy in the final episode at the funeral of the law enforcement officer who died in the Piltwolf explosion by Jinks. After the funeral, Marcus met Silko in the Undercity, and the two quarreled because Marcus asked for Jinx to be arrested because she was too unpredictable. Silco countered that if the council needs a scapegoat, Marcus should pass the blame to Firelights, the group that flew around on a hoverboard in the previous episode. Since Firelights poses a threat to Piltover and Silco’s actions, this makes sense.
Deal with the devil
In Hexgate, Victor and Jace are arguing. Jace is obsessed with eradicating the corruption and smuggling incidents in Piltwolf, while Victor is disturbed by Jace’s delay in releasing Hextech tools that can directly improve the lives of the lower classes—especially in the Undercity. Before anything else happened, Victor started coughing up blood and left.
At the same time, Jinx is repairing her offensive trophy in Piltworth: the stable Hextech crystal. She tried to activate it, and the resulting explosion triggered the flashback of the explosion that killed Milo and Cragg in Episode 3. “This is a mistake,” she cried. Later, we saw Jinx came to the abandoned arcade frequented by orphans. Jinx found Wei’s old-fashioned boxing machine game and tried his best to beat his sister’s high score, but failed and made her furious. No matter how far she went, Jinx still couldn’t escape Wei’s shadow.
In order to find out some concrete evidence, Wei and Caitlin infiltrated the Undercity and beat some local mobs, and stole their clothes to help the law enforcement officers disguising Caitlin in uniform. The two took some food from a local fishmonger, and he gave Vi a napkin with a mysterious symbol on it. Wei knows that the symbol leads to the back door of the largest brothel in the Undercity, where Wei seeks answers from the Yordle who owns it. The two talked about the past and how Silco came to power in the undercity that was barely challenged. Wei asked about the powder, but the only clue the Yordle could provide was the location of Silko’s deputy.
Viktor and Jayce reunited in their laboratory, where Viktor began more work on Hextech crystals. He believed that the crystal was much stronger than Jace, and he initially believed that the arcane energy in it could be learned and adapted to achieve new goals. However, Jace seemed reluctant.
At a famous concert, Congressman Melmedalda told Jace that his intervention in Piltoff’s smuggling activities caused quite a stir among the nobles—especially his colleagues in Congress, among them Most people are importing illegal luxury goods. “You just made yourself a common enemy for everyone, Jace,” Medalda said. Jace despised the politics brought about by his new role as a parliamentarian, but Medada convinced him to see the value of breaking the rules in order to form an alliance.
In the evening, Jace reached a deal with Piltworth’s elite and his colleagues in Congress. Obviously, Medada may just be using Jace as a puppet. But it may not be. Back to her apartment, Jace and Medada slept together. At the same time, Victor is still in the laboratory, trying to unlock the mysterious Hextech crystal. He coughed again and sprayed blood on this workstation before passing out. The crystal will react to his blood and trigger a new magical response. After a while, Victor woke up in the hospital bed with Jace by his side. He won’t live long.
Marcus returned to Silco’s headquarters (now in The Last Tap) and confided about Jace’s crusade to clean up corruption. It was only a matter of time before Marcus’s dirty deal was revealed, so Silko gave him a Jinx bomb, which he could use as evidence to frame his heart. Marcus considered triggering it to become a martyr and kill himself and Silko, but cowardice defeated him. When he left, Silco meditated that Marcus was starting to lose his courage, and he needed to find a way to weaponize the Hextech crystal that Jinx passed over. Jinx listened on the rafters, admitting that she didn’t dare to try. Silko brought the Jinke ribbon to the river where Van der tried to drown him many years ago. He explained that that day, Old Silco died and was reborn. He encouraged Jinx to let her fans die and baptized her in the river.
Vi found Silco’s deputy: it was Sevika. In the first act, she thought that Vander had lost the will to fight and changed his position. The explosion that killed Milo and Cragg also took her arm away, and her arm had been replaced by a shimmer-enhanced robotic arm. She and Wei fought fiercely, but when Sevika explained that Jinx was not a hostage to Silco, but the surprise of his adopted daughter Vi gave her the opportunity she needed. Sevika stabbed Vi, causing her fatal wounds. However, just before she finished her, Caitlin arrived on the scene. Sevika ran away.
Just before the end of the film scroll, we saw a series of scenes. Jinx is now ready to leave the past behind. He is studying Hextech Crystal and seems to be about to successfully activate it. Sevika arrives at Silco’s office and informs him that Vi is back. “From the dead?” Silko exclaimed, looking confused and scared. Rolling credit.
Be sure to check out our recap of episodes 4 and 6, and review what happened in Act 1 through our recap of episodes 1, 2 and 3.