The Dragon Prince is a present that started strong, however left lots to be desired given the brief size of its first season. It launched an intriguing world and a few enjoyable characters, however spent a lot time establishing its lore that the plot took a again seat till the previous few episodes. Season 2 seems to be a lot the identical: Once once more, after a sluggish, however promising begin, The Dragon Prince looks like it is going to lastly begin gaining some momentum–next season, that’s.
When we final noticed Prince Callum, Prince Ezran, and the elven murderer Reyla, they had been on the run from the dominion of Katolis to return the magical dragon egg when it all of the sudden hatched. Hot on their path had been Claudia, a darkish magic person, and Soren, her bone-headed brother who meant on returning the 2 princes again dwelling in opposition to their will. It was an action-packed finale to what was in any other case a sluggish burn of a primary season, and whereas Season 2 picks up instantly after, it feels just like the present instantly hits the brakes, specializing in establishing character motivations versus pushing the plot ahead.
While that’s definitely a disappointment, it’s not such a foul factor this time round. With one other set of 9 episodes targeted on extra buildup, virtually each character was given an opportunity to start a singular arc for themselves. Callum, for instance, coping with the repercussions of breaking the Primal stone, can not solid magic anymore and struggles with whether or not or not he’ll flip to the darkish arts to compensate. Ezran, a toddler himself, should act as the primary guardian of the not too long ago hatched dragon, Zym, whereas he reels from the information that he’s subsequent in line to grow to be king. They don’t make too many strides ahead of their quest to convey Zym again to his mom, however they make up for it with character development that units up their targets and challenges for the seasons to return.
Extra consideration was even given to a number of the aspect characters as nicely, particularly the siblings, Claudia and Soren, who had been tasked with monitoring down the 2 princes final season. We spend quantity of episodes with them, which is unbelievable as a result of their chemistry collectively rivals that of the primary characters. Soren continues to be as burly and brash as ever, however time is taken to point out us a bit extra about what drives him to be the very best, whereas Claudia begins to face the repercussions of her proclivity with darkish magic. Viren, the primary antagonist of the sequence to date, additionally will get blended up in his personal aspect story, exhibiting us his insecurities and causes for desirous to go to conflict with the elves. There’s some disturbing implications that include it, and contemplating the season begins with Aunt Amaya actually smacking two elves right into a pit of lava, I can’t wait to see if the present will proceed to get darker.
One extremely requested (and far wanted) change to The Dragon Prince was including extra frames of animation to its quieter, dialogue targeted scenes. While it might nonetheless use some work, I’m pleased to say that there isn’t one scene this time round that jogged my memory of the typically borderline stop-motion animation that plagued the primary season. Fight scenes are nonetheless as thrilling and creatively choreographed as ever, and similar to final season, scenes of serenity give us some lovely vistas showcasing the luxurious world these characters inhabit. Just like the primary season, it wasn’t unusual for me to pause the present and simply stare at a number of the visuals. Its humorousness continues to be very a lot intact as nicely, sometimes catching me off guard with that trademark Avatar: The Last Airbender-esque humor.
There are a few points lingering on from the primary season that proceed to carry the present again, nonetheless. Ezran continues to be an especially underdeveloped character. He’s given extra to do that season, which helps, however he’s nonetheless criminally underused as one of many present’s three essential characters. His contributions to conversations normally quantity to not more than naivete as a type of comedian aid, and don’t give any perception into his emotions till the final episode. That grievance could be amplified by a few of actor Sasha Rojen’s dialogue supply as nicely, which typically comes off as flat. On that very same notice, Reyla, who arguably skilled essentially the most development in Season 1, was given little or no to do that time round. She will get into all of the fights and may conflict with the very best of them, however we already knew that about her. While I can respect that her highlight was taken away to present different characters an opportunity to shine, it’s a disgrace the one factor we find out about her this season is that she’s engaged on overcoming her aversion to boats.
While there have been missteps right here and there whereas The Dragon Prince begins its journey, I can’t fault it an excessive amount of this time round contemplating the quantity of care the writers are placing into every character. When the primary season ended, I wasn’t certain whether or not or not I’d be excited to proceed watching as a result of it wasn’t fairly sufficient to get me totally invested. While I’m nonetheless patiently ready to see the place the story takes the characters, I can’t wait to see the place the characters will take the story. Yes, it’s disappointing that the characters have barely gotten any nearer to finishing their purpose, however the high quality time we spent with them this season was something however filler. With battle strains being drawn and allegiances examined, every little thing is poised to fire up the plot. It nonetheless hasn’t taken off fairly but, however when The Dragon Prince returns, I’m assured it is going to soar.