Review: More dungeons and more dragons – ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ season 2 is a ‘key’ hit
Dubai: In terms of content variety, it is no exaggeration to say that we are living in the golden age of television. That’s evident when a Dungeons & Dragons game that started in someone’s living room is now a full-fledged animated series on a major streaming platform — and it’s back for a second season.
Based on the hugely successful D&D combat series Critical Role, The Legend of Vox Machina features players livestreaming themselves playing a tabletop game. The coming-of-age animated series captivated fans in its debut season for its ability to carefully balance teenage humor with great character depth in a storied fantasy setting.
Season two builds on that promise and returns, even stronger, with a larger character arc of its seven main characters: the half-elf rogue Vax’ildan (Liam O’Brien), his ranger twin sister Vex’ ahlia (Laura Bailey), half-elven druid Keyleth (Marisha Ray), gnome bard Scanlan (Sam Riegel), Goliath barbarian Grog (Travis Willingham), his best gnome paladin Pike (Ashley Johnson) and human gunner Percy (Taliesen Jaffe). That’s an impressive feat, given the episode’s runtime of just under 30 minutes.
The new season picks up where the first season left off – a pack of huge, ancient dragons has attacked the city of Amon. Our motley crew of mercenaries/heroes, clearly not qualified to defeat these mighty creatures, must now make short journeys across continents to retrieve magical artifacts that will aid them in this quest.
Remember, “TLOVM” is not based on a book or video game like any fantasy series or movie you’ve likely seen so far: it’s based on a story that a group of friends created while playing a game that spanned several years, Although there are viewers watching on Twitch and YouTube.
So what makes this cartoon so intriguing is that even though its story may seem familiar to most fans of the fantasy medium, “TLOVM” manages to accurately capture the connection between the players and turn it into an endearing TV show.
While the personal stakes were as high as 11 this time around, the larger conspiracy didn’t go unnoticed. As big as the emotional punch is, they’re matched in intensity by beautifully realized action scenes and sets that will feel familiar again to anyone who’s ever played an RPG with a friend.
With Critical Role announcing that they will also be animating Amazon’s second campaign, Mighty Nein, if you’re a fan of magic, friendship, and epic battles, now’s the time to tune in and let “Vox Machina” charm you.