RWBY – Ice Queendom Episode 5 ‘Awaken In A Dream’ REVIEW
After Ruby’s first adventure ended with Weiss attacking Ruby, Shion takes Ruby from the dream to let RWBY regroup and allow her to recharge her Aura. After a brief debate on who should enter Weiss’ plan next, the entire RWBY group reunites to try and help. Will this help Weiss?
“Awaken In A Dream” opens with Shion rescuing Ruby from her dream. This was admittedly a little disappointing. Although the fight between Ruby and Weiss was great in the previous episode, it was cut short. It would have been more interesting for Ruby to continue to struggle with Weiss rather than her real-world totem being slashed.
RWBY suggests that Shion wait for her Aura’s recovery before deciding that they should all go into the dream together. Yang’s Ice Queendom design is similar to Shion’s. It’s her outfit in Volumes 1 through 3, with her hair up and leather jacket. Blake’s is more interesting. She exaggerates her animal-like traits but still has some human details. Yang and Blake seem more powerful than Ruby. Instead of Ruby having twelve coins, each one has four.
They continue their search for the dream and stumble upon the dream versions team JNPR, where Pyrrha performs a rendition from the White Trailer of “Mirror, Mirror.” It is a beautiful scene, suggesting Weiss’s perspective on Pyrrha. However, I am still astonished at her role in the larger story of Ice Queendom.
A plot device also appears in “Awaken In A Dream” – Weiss returns home to her castle, and a block of cage-shaped ice is pulled into the room. Klein then calls it:
“A peaceful place that brings about true sleep. Only daughters who are worthy of the Schnee name may enter.
This is how a Nightmare functions. Shion has previously stated that the Nightmare feeds on the Auras of humans. However, within the dreamscape, it tempts its victim toward their desires – in Weiss’ case, to be considered a worthy heir under the Schnee family name or, at the very least, distracts them while the Nightmare continues feeding.