Vox Machina takes on foes with the power to defeat them as they travel from pathfinder, to cleric, and eventually to mage. The show stays true to its Dungeons & Dragons roots while introducing a new world.
Vox Machina is a new show that has been released on Netflix. The Legend of Vox Machina Season 1 was released on February 6, 2022.
Season 1 of The Legend of Vox Machina REVIEW (2022)
Review of Television
Amazon Prime is probably one of my least favorite and least-watched streaming services, generally speaking. I’ve enjoyed The Boys so far, but they also release things like last year’s Wheel of Time and the upcoming Rings of Power. I try not to judge things too harshly before I’ve seen them, but the latter is a stinker if ever there was one. Today specifically, though, I want to talk about the streamer’s animated series, The Legend of Vox Machina. This show is based on the first Dungeons & Dragons campaign Critical Role played on their podcast. It has already been renewed for a second season following the first, which aired earlier this year. Let’s have a look.
Vox Machina is a drunken, dysfunctional band of adventurers that terrify bars and cause havoc everywhere they go. When a dragon sows dread across the kingdom of Emon, Sovereign Uriel appoints them to discover and defeat the monster. This rambunctious gang of misfits learns the dragon’s identity, locates him, and wins a hard-won victory in the first two episodes. However, this merely causes further issues. Some of Sovereign Uriel’s visits bring up bitter memories for Percy, the group’s resident gunslinger, as Vox Machina attends a royal dinner party as distinguished guests. They’re now on an even more difficult mission to topple the criminals who murdered Percy’s family and stole his birthright, all while avoiding imprisonment for their own crimes. Can Vox Machina purge the kingdom of evil, avenge Percy’s family, and restore Percy as Whitestone’s heir?
First and foremost, I have conflicting thoughts regarding the animation style used in this episode. Some of the character designs are reminiscent to Legend of Korra; the team’s gnome bard Scanlan has a similar visage to Bolin. The animation is generally smooth, and the use of color is appealing. However, beards, fur, and anything textural could certainly be improved. Dragons, for example, are out of place, distracting, and poorly created. The movement isn’t always as fluid as it should be. In one word, I would describe the animation un this series as “inconsistent.” At times, the characters’ facial expressions might be more lively. In general, the animation shines well in action moments. The soundtrack, composed by World of Warcraft composer Neal Acree, is much better. Although I do not believe that technical components of a program are nearly as vital as the plot and characters, they certainly have an impact on its potential to amuse and wow. So, how are the plot and characters doing?
Percy’s drive for vengeance appeals to me greatly. I like tales about vengeance. Because it is aimed for adults, The Legend of Vox Machina has the freedom to go further into this issue than other cartoons can or will. The program does this by focusing on both the violence and the evil that grows inside Percy’s soul, practically eating him. The devil within him clearly depicts the pain and rage that motivates someone who has experienced trauma. Percy’s family was murdered in front of him, and the Briarwoods chased him for pleasure. The impact this would have on someone’s mind and emotions cannot be exaggerated, and Percy is a perfect example of this. Percy keeps his feelings hidden even from his closest pals, the members of Vox Machina. He never joins them in their revelry, and when he does, fury and resentment erupt, even against those who don’t deserve it. If I could alter one key plot point in Vox Machina, it would be to make Percy the protagonist and his allies more like supporting characters. The Legend of Vox Machina currently has no main character, and each member of the ensemble receives about equal attention. I see the temptation of doing it this way, and given that it was based on a DnD campaign, there was probably no other option. However, I like Percy’s icy, solemn manner, and his past receives the most attention, thus he is the member of the group who most intrigues me.
Grey Griffin, star of Avatar: The Last Airbender and the Clone Wars microseries, plays wife Delilah in the Briarwoods. She’s a voice acting icon, and her involvement in the series was one of the primary reasons I decided to watch it. She’s always a great villain, and this is no exception. But I wish Delilah had been written as well as portrayed. Her husband Sylas almost died in a flashback sequence, driving her to the verge of despair. To save Sylas from dying, she associated herself with a deity known as The Whispered One and changed him into a vampire (or, for all intents and purposes, a vampire). This reminds me of a couple scenes from the most recent Young Justice episode. They couldn’t be more diverse, except from being animated series with action and humor, yet they share a fatal flaw. We need to know how a character feels in order to comprehend their choices. If they wanted us to empathize with this decision or feel any emotion, I would have liked a little more time with these characters. They have that going for them since they’re more dangerous than sympathetic. Matthew Mercer, who also voices Sylas in the original podcasts, is a well-known voice actor with a long list of credits. Regrettably, I’m less acquainted with his work than Griffin’s.
With all that being said, I like the camaraderie among Vox Machina, and several of the relationships are handled well. Dungeons & Dragons is about team building and cooperation, so I was glad to see this on display. I’m not satisfied with the resolution of the budding romantic tension between rogue Vax and druid Keyleth, but their story will continue into season 2, and I hope this storyline will be picked back up there. The friendship between gnome paladin Pike and goliath barbarian Grog is heartwarming and exactly what I was hoping for. I’m not crazy about Scanlan and his nympho antics; this isn’t the type of humor I enjoy in fantasy stories. It’s very modern and crass, undermining the show’s setting. Another big problem I have with Vox Machina is Percy’s sole surviving family, his sister Cassandra. The only conflict between them is manufactured by the Briarwoods through magic. That feels like a cheap way to get out of a difficult situation. They’re also not together long enough to build the bond the show would have us believe they share. Overall, I enjoyed elements of The Legend of Vox Machina and plan to give season 2 a go when it drops. But I think the show would be better without the vulgar comedy and modern-day references.
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Plot – 6
8 for acting
5 – Production Design
Developing Character – 7
The Legend of Vox Machina is a large-scale animated series that follows the first Dungeons & Dragons campaign from Critical Role. Unfortunately, the animation does not keep up with the plot, and the comedy does not appeal to me.
“The Legend of Vox Machina” is a fantasy based on the popular tabletop game “Dungeons and Dragons”. The show follows four friends who are tasked with saving the world. The first episode premiered in February, 2022. Reference: the legend of vox machina episode 1.
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