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The Legend Of Vox Machina, A True Review (3+ months after Premiere)

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Television Review with tags , on May 12, 2022 by darkjade68

My History With Critical Role

I started watching Critical Role on and off in 2017

I didn’t super click with the characters, but I loved Grog & Travis Willingham, and Matt was a tremendous Dungeon Master (Which is my thing)

I will say, the group’s friendships were what were most awesome to me, so rare to have a group of friends that are that close, at least that has been true for me

I was super excited for Season 2, caught it from the beginning, and pretty much watched the whole thing

Loved Jester (Laura Baily), Fjord (A Paladin/Warlock Half-Orc with 2 accents, come on), and the tragedy turned legend of Mollymauk (Taliesin has great concepts for characters)

The Kickstarter Project & Future Animated Series

I was not surprised at all about Critical Role’s Kickstarter success, I believe they’d done one for a D & D Mini which shot over a million, surely one for an Animated Special would blow that away, and it did

The Legend Of Vox Machina

I admit, though I didn’t really click with the original Critical Role Season 1 Characters (Save Grog, who I loved), I was still very excited to see the animated series

Like I say, the friendships of the group, coupled with Matt’s world, coupled with all of their immense Voice Acting talent, coupled with Titmouse (Who seemed awesome and inspired), seemed like they’d churn out at least a decent show…

…but it’s much more than that

The Story

(SPOILERS)

For me, the Briarwoods were my absolute favorite part of either of their first two D & D Campaigns, and I also love Vampires, so I loved them

Starting with the Dragon Mystery (I also love Dragons) also worked

The Main Characters

Scanlan, Scanlan, Scanlan… His character was absolutely hilarious, and Sam Riegal’s songs were just awesome, executed with a subtleness, never going over the top, hilarious and enjoyable

Pike such heart… Ashley Johnson just created such a compassionate, hearty, deep character, and I love her in this

Grog I admit I loved him so much in the Critical Role Season 1 actual play, it would be difficult to match Travis’s body of work portraying him, but in the series he is absolutely hilarious, not just dumb, he’s intuitive and has a giant heart

Keyleth was/is just great… I really didn’t connect with her in the in person Campaign, though I know many did, but in the series she’s not just powerful, she is bright eyed, and full of light… Marisha does a really subtle/strong job with her

Vax I actually really struggled with Vax in the live Campaign, but in the series, Liam just voices him with such subtlety (That word again)

He’s probably my favorite character in the series

Vex was tough in the live play, because I grew up with a really not nice sister, so I just don’t have a lot of tolerance for not niceness, lol. But in the series, on first watch, she didn’t really stand out to me… But after watching it many more times, she has some really great moments/comments/one liners, and left me wanting to know/hear more from her in the future

Percy Once again, an amazing concept, Taliesin does not disappoint… And I admit, the first hand full of episodes, I really dug Percy’s ‘Batman-esq-ness’… But by the end, he felt a bit much for me at least… I’m sure I’ll get a lot of slack for feeling this way, as I know by watching a lot of React Videos on YouTube, he’s most people’s favorite character… That said, Taliesin’s voice work in The Legend Of Vox Machina is exceptional

Final Verdict

Great Villains, amusing and full of heart Heroes, awesome Animation, great Music by Neal Acree (And songs by Sam etc.), great heavily Matt influenced Story, cool/interesting animation, The Legend Of Vox Machina is a blast, can’t wait for next Season!

Nuff said,

Thanks for listening/reading

DarkJade-

Netflix Elves… In Review

Posted in Fantasy, Fiction, Netflix, Television Review with tags on August 30, 2019 by darkjade68

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Not Sure If Netflix ‘Elves’ Is Coming Back, But It’s A Very Saturday Morning Cartoon/Creators Had A Vision Show. Though It’s Age Recommendation Starts @ 7 I think, 11 Might Be Better/A Few Kinda Scary (Kid wise) Moments. If You Like Silly/Imaginative Cartoons I Recommend It

Stranger Things – Season 3… In Review *Spoilers*

Posted in Fiction, Netflix, Science Fiction, Television Review with tags , , on July 21, 2019 by darkjade68

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So, ‘Stranger Things’ was a cool thing, and obviously a hit

But I was really curious what Season 3 would really be about

Some of the 8 Episode Season’s Episodes were good, some not so good

But I will say, the Actors/Cast were awesome, as usual

Though a couple of the Characters, kinda weren’t as good this time around

Actors/Characters;

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Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) was, once again, the strongest Actor on the show

And for me, there are Scenes (Especially her Final Scenes in Episode 8) which made the whole thing worth watching

Actually, the overall feeling and many of the Final Scenes of the Season (Post Battling, 3 Months Later), felt good

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Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) (Right) was also a huge stand out. Already liked him in Season 1 & 2, liked him even more in this Season & Joe Keery (Steve) (Left) was also just as hilarious as ever

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Dacre Montgomery (Billy) was also awesome in this Season, escalated to a main Villain

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And Noah Schnapp (Will) who has absolutely transported me to my childhood in all 3 Seasons… I think this Actor has a real future.

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80’s Theme/Setting;

Though I have thoroughly enjoyed the 80’s Theme/Setting, including Music and Movie references from the time…

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…I found that there were a few too many John Hughes-esq (Director of The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles Etc.) type ‘forced’ moments in this Season

I get that they’re all Teenagers, and its’ the 80’s

And I appreciate the homage

But, these Scenes are not only too frequent, many of them run way too long, making it feel like ‘filler’ between Monster Scenes Etc. (Not to mention, they lacked John Hughes Talent/Magic, which is fine a couple times, but it was too often in this Season)

Overall Review; 6.25 out of 10 – Overall, it was worth watching for me… Mainly because of several of the Actor’s Performances, the 80’s vibe, plus I like Teenager Adventure Type Movies…

I also love cool Monster Stuff, but the Monsters felt repetitive in this season.

Nuff Said

DarkJade-

 

 

 

Black Mirror Episode 1 (Season 5) – Striking Viper… In Review

Posted in Story, Television Review, Writing with tags , , on June 11, 2019 by darkjade68

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I don’t watch a lot of ‘Black Mirror’ on Netflix, mainly because I’ve never really drawn to dark Alfred Hitchcock (In this case futuristic based) kind of stories.

I did, however, watch a lot of the Twilight Zone when I grew up.

Anyway, my girlfriend wanted me to watch Episode 1 of Season 5, so I did.

All I can say is, if you like, or have ever liked Video Games, especially Roleplaying (I used to play a lot of World of Warcraft) &/or especially if you’re interested in Virtual Reality Video Games (I’m not, but I’m assuming many are), you’re going to love this Episode.

Living in this technology based world, this Episode also has a lot of issues in regards to romantic relationships in this Era.

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My hat also goes off to the Acting in this Episode, especially Anthony Mackie whome I’ve always liked.

 

The Office

Posted in Humor, Television Review, Writing with tags , , , , on January 13, 2018 by darkjade68

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A Few Months Ago, I Started Watching ‘The Office’ On NETFLIX… I Had Never Watched The Show, Other Than A Few Scenes Over The Years

Here’s My INSTAGRAM Review;

  • legendsproductionsI  Never Watched #TheOffice When It Was On Tv – I Knew The Basic Premise. And Caught A Few Scenes – I Could Tell #SteveCarell Was Hilarious – But A Few Months Ago We Started Watching All The Seasons On #Netflix – I Have To Say I Was Blown Away By The Hilarity And Heart Of The #WritingAnd #Characters – I Also Figured When Steve Left The Show It Must Have Finished The Show – But I Was Wrong – But The Coolest Thing I Noticed About The Show Was How Much More You Enjoyed Later Episodes Because Of Being Familiar With The Earlier Episodes – There Was Basically A Compounding Effect – Beyond That, The Office Wasn’t Actually About A Bonehead/Halarious Boss And The Mondane Office He Managed, The Office In My Opinion Was About Love – Not Just Romantic Love, But Love In General From One Person To Another – I Reccommend You Watch Every Season… Though I Admit, I Was So Bummed When We Ran Out Of Eoisodes, That I Couldn’t Get Myself To Watch The Finale

The Dark Globe – Winter Is Coming… Game of Thrones In Review

Posted in Editorial, Entertainment, Fantasy, Life, Television Review, The Dark Globe, Writing with tags , , , on February 2, 2012 by darkjade68

This is the First Time I’ve Reblogged a Post that I’ve Written on my other Blog The Dark Globe, but I really Love this Series, and wanted to share it with my Written Word Readers

Enjoy

DarkJade-

Legendary Post

“Once Upon a Time… In Another World… Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.”

It’s funny, My Brother has been telling me for months “You’ve got to see Game of Thrones man”… Granted, I’ve wanted to see it ever since I heard of its Existence, but it simply came down to, I didn’t have HBO.

But good News, with the coming of the New HBO Series called “Luck”, staring Dustin Hoffman… We in this household decided, not having HBO any longer, simply wasn’t going to work, lol

Now, Season 1 of this show is actually through, but I believe Season 2 starts in something like April.

And after watching the Full Season, which is 10 Episodes, over a 3 day period, I can simply say this…

“Dark, Bold, Beautiful and Robust”…

Take it for what it’s worth, I simply Love this Series.

 

Then again…

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