We’re halfway through Pirates of Dark Water, and “The Collection” feels like an attempt to acknowledge this. We’re back in Jonda Town. We get to see Redbeard King Triton again. And there are no Rool Jewels in this episode. Earlier on, when Wren met up with his Father’s former advisor in the bowels of the Maelstrom (episode 4?), her flashback exposition contained a curious detail: before being captured by Bloth, Primus had secured 7 of the 13 Rool Jewels. He sent these off with an assortment of advisors in order to keep them out of Bloth’s hands. When we learn this, it seems like a pretty arbitrary number, and a pretty meaningless detail. What are we meant to make of the fact that Primus had partially completed his own quest, or that his advisors are involved? It seems like we might have a hint of an answer. By my count, we’re at 7 Rool Jewels recovered at this point (episodes 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10). Are we meant to think that these have been the “easy” jewels, the one’s secreted away by Primus’ friends? Are we meant to think that the next 6 will be harder to find? These are the ones not even Primus could reach? These remaining 6 are fallen where Corruptus distributed them years ago at the freeing of Dark Water and the Final Boss Wiggler?
The Collection is a caesura, then. Eyeoz’ past, Jonda Town politics, and the dangerous geography of Myr’s oceans all come into play as we’re reminded (once again) that there are dangers other than Bloth. There are goals other than the Rool Jewels. And there’s no way to predict what will come next.