Hazbin Hotel Episode 3: Trust is the theme

jasonseacord
4 min readJan 22, 2024

SPOILERS for episode three of HAZBIN HOTEL.

I almost complained in earlier posts that I did not understand how the Hazbin Hotel would go about redeeming sinners. It seemed that Charlie had a roadmap for this process and was interrupted at every turn by Adam before she could explain. But as a viewer, I want to know what Charlie’s plan is at this point. We still don’t get the plan in this episode, but at least there was action toward not redemption or even self-betterment but trust, with some positive results. I am further finding Sir Pentious’s desire for redemption even more believable.

My previous observation that Charlie is not as emotionally intelligent as she wants to be is continued in this episode, where she puts her partner, Vaggie, on the spot. We see that the couple have very different ideas about how to go about helping others. Charlie, who is a princess, presumably turned out for the best due to a, I’ll say, likely loving upbringing despite any hangups she may have about her parents, and as such, she thinks a gentle approach is the way to go. Vaggie, on the other hand, is all about tough love. There is a conflict between the two about this, but ultimately, Vaggie’s approach wins out on this occasion without necessarily saying Charlie’s approach is always wrong.

There’s a parallel conflict going on in Alastor’s B plot (which is actually the meat potatoes of the episode I think) in which he attends an overlord meeting. Hilariously, Alastor audibly asserts that everyone must be wondering where he’s been all these years, to which he’s told no, causing him to twitch, which I imagine a lot of invested fans would have felt because literally everyone watching wants to know where Alastor has been – way to rub it in. In fact, earlier in a conversation with Zestial Morde he was revelling in the idea of hearing about the theories.

At the meeting, Velvette shows up late with the dead angel’s head, declaring that they can fight back against heaven. This results in the song “Respectless” (I particularly loved Lilly Cooper’s astoundingly sung sections), which strikes at an intergenerational conflict between herself and the old guard, who want to play it safe and prioritise protecting the souls of Hell and not immediately going to war as she proposes. I think this is further…

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