We figured out the plot of Jane’s absurd fantasy book
Thanksgiving weekend is usually a big time for movie releases. This year it was not so true. However, Hulu gave us the highly anticipated LGBT + romantic comedy from Clea DuVall: The happiest season.
The happiest season is a passable Christmas flick filled with holiday cheer and romantic tension, but the standout performance comes from Jane Caldwell (the disrespectful third sister played by co-writer Mary Holland). As her siblings vie for parental approval, Jane brings comedic relief, often portraying her unreleased fantasy novel with other party guests who seem overjoyed at the cheesy nonsense coming out of Holland’s mouth.
But is Jane’s book really nonsense, or is there a legitimate fantasy epic hidden in the The happiest season? Against our better judgment, we decided to find out. Warning! Spoilers ahead for The happiest season and also for Shadow Dreamers and the second sister.
What starts off as a running joke for Jane turns into a success story in the film’s epilogue, where she reads an excerpt from her now-published New York Times bestseller, Shadow Dreamers and the Second Sister in front of a crowd of dozens of fans eager to get his signature. We only hear the last few lines of the reading, but it sounds straight out of high fantasy:
“Once they cross Corvall’s Chasm they will enter floam territory. Shadow Dreamers know they may not all get out with their Krindoll intact, but the entire Thorfian race rests. on their shoulders. They look at each other then in the dark. Glank takes the first step. “
It’s … not much to do without context, but we get more information as she reads this passage. The camera pans from a display of the book cover, which depicts a royal-looking elf and what appears to be some sort of leopard with laser eyes.
It’s true that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when you guess the plot of a fictional book in the universe, you really don’t have a choice. The cover of Shadow Dreamers and the Second Sister has three main elements: an elf in battle armor, a man holding a torch in front of a cave, and a leopard creature with glowing eyes.
It’s probably safe to assume that the elf is the titular “Second sister“, but is she also the”Glank“Who takes the first step in the clip? Anyway, she definitely plays a major role in the show. Maybe the armor she’s wearing is the” one.Krindoll“which may not make it come out intact.
Fortunately, the role of the male figure is explained more clearly in an earlier scene, where Jane says the following about the plot of her book:
“So, Trace is the leader of the Shadow Dreamers. He’s half human, half Quazzle. He has the eyes of a Verg but the heart of a Zengle. The Verg comes from his mother’s side, generations back. “
This character is therefore probably Trace, leading the Shadow Dreamers in their quest to save the Thorfian race through some sort of mystical cave or tunnel as illustrated on the cover of the book.
As for this laser leopard, it’s a bit of a mystery. We were almost ready to give up when we realized that another conversation over a cocktail had a clue:
“And then in the third chapter, the Shadow Dreamers find out that the gemstone they thought was inside the gork was actually stolen by an evil floam, which is kind of like a maggel but with fewer arms and more powers. “
In the film’s official caption, none of these terms are capitalized like in the other quotes. It is therefore safe to assume that they are not beings, but creatures of some sort. The leopard certainly looks evil, so maybe it’s a “flake“- which means a”maggel“looks like a leopard but with more arms and less power?
The three cover elements of Shadow Dreamers and the Second Sister can be explained by clues dropped throughout the film, but the actual plot of Jane’s book is still completely opaque …
Until you remember Jane’s last geeky conversation with John (Dan Levy), who seems like something of a literary agent and clearly recognizes the genius in his ramblings:
“So the Shadow Dreamers were forced to rise up against Flanks … because of Thorfian’s flagrant rights violations.”
This last piece of the puzzle brings together what at least looks like a narrative, so here’s our best guess at the plot …
Shadow Dreamers and the Second Sister is the story of Glank, a minor princess of Thorf who calls upon the mystical Shadow Dreamers to help her people rise up against the oppressive flanks.
Over the course of the book, they search for a gem that will give them the power to defeat the Flanks, but face the terrifying floams (laser-leopards). Glank discovers his own resistance to combat, which allows him to join the Shadow Dreamers in their next adventure. The end!
It’s an absolute stab in the dark, but it feels like an epic fantasy that would conjure up a devoted audience like Jane’s. And who knows, if The happiest season gets a sequel, we could see Jane promoting another book in her series, or even overseeing a hit HBO or Amazon miniseries based on it. The question is: who is playing Glank live?
The happiest season is now streaming on Hulu.