List of Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders episodes
The following is a list of episodes for the children's animated series Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders (also known as Starla & the Jewel Riders outside of North America). There were two seasons of 13 episodes each, first aired between 1996 and December 1996.
The show's action is set in the legendary island of Avalon, here portrayed as a fairy tale style kingdom utopia that keeps its magical energies in check by the seven Crown Jewels, each representing a different area of the realm. The series takes place after a thousand years passed since the good wizard Merlin's initial victory over the witch queen Morgana. In the original version of the show, the title character has her name similar with Arthur's wife, Guinevere; other Arthurian characters in the show include Merlin and Lady of the Lake. Mentored by the ageless Merlin, the Jewel Riders are the young female champions of goodness and magical guardians of New Camelot, who uphold the laws of the peaceful land and defend its people for generations. But when an evil witch attacks and with their teacher Merlin suddenly gone, the trio of current of Jewel Riders, the kingdom's traditional adolescent girl defenders aided by their animal friends, get tasked with recover the mystical Enchanted Jewels that are essential for controlling the dangerous wild magic. Avalon's fate rests with the Jewel Riders, the latest incarnation of which consists of the 16-year-old Princess Gwenevere (Gwen) and her friends, Fallon and Tamara. Along the way, the protagonists must contend with Lady Kale, the ruthless sorceress who has vowed to control all the magic and rule Avalon no matter the consequences. An emphasis is set on the "power of friendship", which enables the Jewel Riders to overcome their adversaries.
|Episode #||Episode title||Writer(s)||Original airdate|
|1||"Jewel Quest"||Robert Mandell||September 10, 1995|
|Gwenevere (Starla) is about to follow in the footsteps of her friends Tamara and Fallon as a Jewel Rider: the time has come for her to receive the special Enchanted Jewel, the Sun Stone, in the traditional Friendship Ring ceremony. Meanwhile, Gwen's evil aunt, Lady Kale, plans to hijack control of the seven Crown Jewels of the Kingdom that she needs to reign over Avalon forever. She finds a mighty Dark Stone and uses it to trap Merlin and banish him into the hidden realms of wild magic. The Jewel Riders are able to secure the key to the magical Jewel Box where the Crown Jewels are kept, but Kale captures the box and a winged unicorn named Sunstar.|
|2||"Jewel Quest" (part 2)"||Robert Mandel||September 17, 1995|
|The girls, aided by their male counterparts known as The Pack, embark on a mission to rescue Sunstar from Kale's Thornwood Castle. Gwen agrees to surrender the key to the Jewel Box in exchange for Sunstar, but in the last moment Merlin uses his remaining powers to scatter the Seven Crown Jewels to their original lands. The friends manage to free Sunstar and escape. Back in New Camelot, Gwenevere enters the Circle of Friendship to bond with Sunstar as her magical animal and shares the Sun Stone with her in order to become a Jewel Rider. But with the Crown Jewels dispersed, the magic in Avalon is no longer stable and so the quest to recover them begins.|
|3||"Travel Trees Don't Dance"||Christopher Rowley and Robin Young||September 24, 1995|
|Gwen and Sunstar discover that the Travel Trees, which are used to "ride" the wild magic, are getting erratic. The two become separated from the Jewel Riders who are trying to track down the source of a wild magic outbreak in the Great Northwoods. Turns out the Trees have a Crown Jewel stuck in their portal and they are disappointed at not being able to dance, so they create a wild magic dance floor for all the forest animals. The arriving Kale steals Gwen's dance partner and seizes the Jewel of the Great Northwoods to use it for evil, but the reunited Jewel Riders outwit her and reclaim it.|
|4||"Song of the Rainbow"||Mary Stanton and Robin Young||October 1, 1995|
|Tamara is caught in an enchantment when she plays a beautiful harp given to her for a performance at a craft fair. The music of the harp leads Tamara to Rainbow Falls in the Riverdells where the Rainbow Jewel has returned. After Lady Kale attacks the fair and steals the harp, Gwen and Fallon embark on the quest to save Tamara from going into weird trances and learn what happened to the jewel upon returning to the land. By doing this, they also manage to find the Rainbow Jewel and thwart Kale.|
|5||"Wizard's Peak"||James Luceno and Robin Young||October 8, 1995|
|The Jewel Riders and the Pack go on a quest to the Crystal Cliffs to find the Crown Jewel of Burning Ice on the mountain of Wizard's Peak. Attacked by Lady Kale, they separate into two groups. Fallon and the Pack bait Kale away, but Gwen and Drake soon find themselves trapped in a labyrinth of ice caverns. Trying to locate the jewel, the Jewel Riders find instead the magical genie Guardian intent on protecting the magical treasures of the ancient Hall of Wizards. In the end, they manage to escape and secure the Jewel.|
|6||"For Whom the Bell Trolls"||Marianne Meyer and Robin Young||October 15, 1995|
|The Pack finds a rhyming entertaining troll in the Misty Moors with the Misty Rose Crown Jewel. The troll uses it to turn the Pack into frogs and their wolves into lizards. Josh escapes and contacts the Riders. Gwen, Fallon and Tamara need to figure out the answers to the riddles of the troll in order to rescue the boys. But a talking swan waddles off with the jewel, unaware of wild magic havoc it was causing on its trail. The Jewel Riders chase after the swan to recover the jewel and restore the Misty Moors to normal, including the true forms of the troll and the swan.|
|7||"The Faery Princess"||Linda Shayne and Robin Young||October 22, 1995|
|A faery, named Wisp, Faery King Odeon's daughter, goes after her lost flock of magic sheep. The sheep became affected by wild magic, turning into "biker-sheep" through a rainbow passage to the Great Deserts of Avalon. Wisp gets lost following them and needs help to find her way home, and so she enlists the help of the Jewel Riders, who discover the passage into Faeryland, an alternate dimension where magic works differently. However, Lady Kale arrives there first and decides this is a perfect new kingdom for her to rule. The Riders find the Desert Star Crown Jewel with the help of the Faery Princess and free Faeryland from Kale.|
|8||"Badlands"||Katherine Lawrence and Robin Young||October 29, 1995|
|Gwen, Fallon and Tamara escort a trading caravan through a canyon across the Badlands to the party at Castle Greenwood. In the caravan are Fallon’s parents, who disapprove of her being a Jewel Rider, leading Fallon to hate Gwen for forcing her to see them again. En route, they are ambushed by Kale and a band of outlaws who work for her. Wen Gwen needs help, Fallon puts aside her anger and saves her friend. Rescuing Gwen and protecting the caravan, Fallon proves to her parents that she excels as a Jewel Rider and her parents come to accept her choice.|
|9||"Home Sweet Heart Stone"||Robin Young||November 5, 1995|
|Tamara is called by her parents to Heartland Animal Farm to examine a recently discovered legendary prism fox. Lady Kale too heard the news and wants it as her new magic animal. Using enchanted bagpipes and other instruments, Kale plays a song to lure all the animals from the farm, only to discover that her prize is just a baby prism fox named Kit. Tamara and friends use their own music and magic to win against Kale and bring the animals back home, while Kit gets reunited with her parents where they all return home in the wild magic.|
|10||"Love Struck"||James Mattson||November 12, 1995|
|Drake finds the talking Magic Sword of Garmondale in a tree at a carnival. Hungry for magic from the Enchanted Jewels of the Jewel Riders, the sword promises Drake that women will now fall madly in love with him. With the sword as his love coach, Drake tries some unusual magic love poems out on each of the Riders. The girls, sensing a trick, turn the tables on Drake by pretending to go along with "his" ruse. As the sword drains away the riders' magic, the girls and Drake outwit the sword, forcing it back to its original state.|
|11||"Dreamfields"||Robin Young||November 19, 1995|
|Gwen runs off into the Dreamfields of the Great Plains when she becomes bored with her date with Drake. There, she becomes caught in a battle of dreams with Lady Kale, who is also trying to find the Crown Jewel. In a wild dream, Kale switches Gwen's Sun Stone with her Dark Stone and thus a dream world is created in which Gwenevere has become evil, and her aunt has become good. Gwen relies on her friends to help her fight the nightmares of the Dark Stone.|
|12||"Revenge of the Dark Stone"||Robin Young and Christopher Rowley||November 26, 1995|
|Just when the Jewel Riders try to find the last Crown Jewel and complete the magic of Merlin’s Jewel Box, Lady Kale disguises herself as Queen Anya and sneaks into the Crystal Palace. Kale seizes the Jewel Keep and with it the Jewel Box, as well all the magic jewels stored there, and uses their powers to create an "antimagic" device and time-freeze all of New Camelot. When the Jewel Riders find the final Jewel, which was located in Morgana's old lair, Kale magically transports it into her hands and strips them of their powers, proclaiming herself the new Queen of Avalon.|
|13||"Full Circle"||Robin Young and Christopher Rowley||December 3, 1995|
|With Avalon cast in darkness, the Jewel Riders refuse to give up and return to the Friendship Ring to perform the Circle of Friendship ceremony again. With their jewels recharged, and led by their friend Kit and other special creatures called magic gliders, they enter the wild magic to find Merlin. Merlin reveals that the Crystal Palace itself is an Enchanted Jewel with great powers of goodness. While Merlin and Kale fight in the wild magic over the control of the key to the Jewel Box, the girls use Merlin’s Jewel box to release the magic of the Crystal Palace. Lady Kale is destroyed and Avalon is restored but Merlin has sacrificed his magic jewel and cannot come back.|
In the second season, the threat to Avalon is not over yet and it gets worse with an introduction of an even more dangerous adversary for the Jewel Riders to thwart. Instead of Crown Jewels, Gwen and her friends seek out another cache of magical gems while still struggling to fight off the forces of darkness and to contain the growing chaos in the magic.
|Episode #||Episode title||Writer(s)||Original airdate|
|14||"Morgana"||Robert Mandell||September 8, 1996|
|The Jewel Riders learn about their newly enhanced magic and of a new quest to find the Wizard Jewels that can give Merlin back his powers and return him home. Meanwhile in the wild magic, the wizard Morgana summons her Dark Stone, inadvertently bringing back Lady Kale into existence and finds the Dark Stone has been tuned to Kale. Grudgingly, the two make a deal to work together against Merlin and the Jewel Riders and Morgana sends Kale to Avalon to retrieve the powerful Wizard Jewels. The Jewel Riders return to the Hall of Wizards, where they encounter Kale and face Morgana's powers for the first time, but are victorious with the help from the Guardian.|
|15||"Shadowsong"||Robin Young||September 15, 1996|
|The Jewel Riders ride wild magic looking for Wizard Jewels but the Travel Trees cannot handle their new magic and they must travel on their own. Tamara finds a place that registers strong magic and the Riders head there with magic gliders as their guides. But Morgana has set a trap that send Gwen, Sunstar, Fallon, Moondance and Archie to a place where Morgana can steal the magic of their Enchanted Jewels. Tamara is sent to another place in the wild magic where she makes friends with a frightened magical zebracorn named Shadowsong, who was self-conscious about his appearance. The two form a strong bond and rescue the other Rider.|
|16||"Fashion Fever"||Robin Young and Christopher Rowley||September 22, 1996|
|It is high fashion and high-jinx as the annual charity fashion show opens at the Crystal Palace fairgrounds. It is Queen Anya’s birthday and King Jared wants to surprise her with a new dress. When he assigns Gwen to handle the “secret mission”, she manages to get Fallon, Moondance, Tamara and Tamara’s baby animals involved in a comedy of errors as each girl and animal tries to complete the mission. Meanwhile, Lady Kale sneaks into the show, creating a style-shifting dress too magical for Gwen to resist. When Gwen puts the dress on, she falls under a spell and leads her evil aunt into the Jewel Keep. Fallon and Drake fight off Kale a in sword fight and break the enchantment.|
|17||"The Wizard of Gardenia"||James Luceno||September 29, 1996|
|In the magical gardens of Gardenia, a gardener gnome fools the Jewel Riders into thinking that he is one of the Great Wizards from Avalon’s past, and capable of great magic. The gnome has the ability to sculpt magical topiary animals that transform into crystal creatures. When the Jewel Riders discover that the gnome is not what he appears to be (actually just a wizard’s apprentice), they convince the gnome to help them retrieve a powerful Wizard Jewel from a dangerous place called the Sorcerer’s Playground and to foil Kale and Morgana who also come to get it.|
|18||"Vale of the Unicorns"||Katherine Lawrence||October 6, 1996|
|The Jewel Riders journey to the enchanted lands of the unicorns to learn about the secret of their magic. These most magical animals in Avalon are in danger as the Unicorn Queen is missing and was kidnapped by Morgana to obtain the Unicorn Wizard Jewel. Moondance, daughter of the Queen, must go to the magical place and perform a series of tests to determine whether she should become the new queen. This would mean that Moondance can no longer be with the Jewel Riders and leave Fallon. Moondance must choose whether her loyalties are with the unicorns or with her best friend.|
|19||"Prince of the Forest"||Robin Young||October 13, 1996|
|While searching for Faery Wraiths in the Forest of Arden, Gwenevere finds romance and magic with a strange boy named Ian. Ian rescues her from a marsh mire, but he does not reveal the jewel he has recently found and which has actually enabled him to transform from a wolfman beast to a human. Now that he has met Gwen, he is worried that if he gives the jewel away, he will lose her love. Ian must decide what to do because Kale has offered him the chance to remain human forever if he gives the jewel to her. After Ian rejects this offer and saves Gwen from Kale and Morgana, the princess assures him that no matter what shape he takes, she will always be his friend.|
|20||"The Wishing Jewel"||Laura Munro||October 20, 1996|
|Gwen and Drake get lost in the misty walls that surround Avalon and discover a new magical but dangerous place outside the borders of the kingdom. Lost, they must work together to unravel a riddle told to them by the Travel Trees. Gwen and Drake must search for a magic wishing jewel that will turn this land to goodness and extend the borders of Avalon before wild magic causes this place to vanish completely. Each discover half of the Wishing Jewel, but they can not figure out why it does not work quite right until they realize that neither of them have the entire jewel so they must work together in order to reassemble its pieces.|
|21||"The Jewel of the Sea"||Linda Shayne||October 27, 1996|
|The Jewel Riders embark on a great sea voyage to a magical island where a Wizard Jewel has landed. Sailing over the great Sea of Avalon, the girls discover an underwater kingdom of mermaid creatures. A merboy grabs Tamara’s Heart Stone and becomes human, but Tamara is transformed into a mermaid when she grabs the Magic Pearl. The other Jewel Riders must find the merboy who has run off to the magic atoll and convince him to give the Heart Stone back to Tamara. Meanwhile, in the undersea lagoon gardens, Tamar confronts a big sea dragon guarding his territory.|
|22||"Trouble in Elf Town"||Laraine Arkow and Marlowe Weisman||November 3, 1996|
|Three mischievous trolls find new Enchanted Jewels in the wild magic and to energize it, they steal elf magic from the Elf Woods. The Jewel Riders ride into town and engage in a Western-style showdown with the trolls to save the elves.|
|23||"Mystery Island"||Robin Young||November 10, 1996|
|Wild magic gliders tell the Jewel Riders a creature is crying from somewhere in the wild magic and Tamara convinces the Jewel Riders to go and rescue it. The girls ride into wild magic and discover a "lost island". But their enemies have also found this island and Morgana sends Kale after them. The Jewel Riders find a giant creature who, amazingly, only responds to the baby animals. It is up to Cleo, Sugar and Spike to save the day.|
|24||"The Fortune Jewel"||Robin Young||November 17, 1996|
|A fortune teller named Esmerelda and her mysterious cat use the Fortune Jewel to tell people’s fortunes. When the Jewel Riders have their fortunes read, a dark future is revealed to Gwenevere that tells of the fall of the Crystal Palace and the rise of Morgana to rule Avalon. After Gwen and her friends fall into a magical trap set up by Kale, the cat's secret is revealed, him being really the ancient wizard Derreck who has lost his human form when he was tricked by Morgana. With Esmerelda's and Derreck's help, the Jewel Riders win again and capture the final Wizard Jewel.|
|25||"Lady of the Lake/Spirit of Avalon"||Robert Mandell and Christopher Rowley||November 24, 1996|
|Determined to prevent the Fortune Jewel's prophecy from coming true, the Jewel Riders travel to seek out the wisdom of the Lady of the Lake. The girls to the shore of the mysterious Isle of Myst, where they are ambushed by Kale and Morgana. Only Gwenevere and Sunstar escape across a magical lake, where Gwen is given the magic Staff of Avalon so she can merge the collected Wizard Jewels into a new magical jewel for Merlin. With help of arriving Ian, Gwen uses the Staff and the Wizard Jewels to eliminate Kale and rescue her friends. However, Morgana appears to steal the Jewel Box and heads to the center of wild magic.|
|26||"The Last Dance/The One Jewel"||Robert Mandell and Christopher Rowley||December 12, 1996|
|Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders journey to the center of wild magic, where they confront Morgana who is trying to forge the Wizard Jewels together and create the One Jewel that will control all the magic of Avalon. The final showdown begins as the Jewel Riders battle Morgana in a series of magical events to determine the future of Avalon and the fate of Merlin. They are winning when Ian seemingly sacrifices himself to save Sunstar's life and Morgana steals the Jewel Box again. In the end, Gwen uses the Dark Stone to create the One Jewel to destroy Morgana and the ghosts of the other evil wizards, rescue Melin, and reunite with the human Ian.|
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