'The Legend of Vox Machina' Episode 1 Review: Absurd, bold and exhilarating in every way

Episode 1 of 'The Legend of Vox Machina' is a brilliant start to the animation series filled with brutal action sequences


                            'The Legend of Vox Machina' Episode 1 Review: Absurd, bold and exhilarating in every way
A still from 'The Legend of Vox Machina' (Amazon Studios)

For the last 15-20 years, animated movies and shows have been creating a lot of buzz and garnering worldwide acclaim. In recent years, makers have realized that animation should not just cater to children, but the older generation as well. Last year, Amazon stunned the world with its acclaimed animation series ‘Invincible’.

The show was filled with brutal action sequences and made everyone realize how badly they needed a show like this. However, the production giant has once again knocked it out of the park with its latest release ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’. Just like ‘Invincible’, the series mainly focuses on catering to youngsters who are above 20. You get the idea of how the show is not suitable for children when you see heroes getting brutally killed and one of the characters having sex with a woman.

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But that doesn’t mean that show is not engaging. The first episode gives us a glimpse of ‘Vox Machina’, a group filled with misfits who work for money. They love drinking, they say ‘f**k’ in almost every line and they kill goblins in order to earn money. Pike Trickfoot (Ashley Johnson) asks her team if they should do something good to make money, but the party members dismiss the idea of doing something honorable is something that will suit them.

The show has stunning animation and an extraordinary background score, however, the true strength of the series lies in the characters and the actors who are voicing them. The group comprises seven members, including Pike (Johnson), Vex’ahila (Laura Bailey), Grog Strongjaw (Travis Willingham), Vax’ildan (Liam O’Brien), Scanlan Shorthalt (Sam Riegel), and Keyleth (Marisha Ray).

A still from 'The Legend of Vox Machina' (Amazon Studios)

The best thing about the show is that it wastes no time in taking the viewers on a ride filled with action sequences. That’s when the series goes on a whole different level. The action sequences are so amazing that you don’t want them to end and even though they are brutal, they are so satisfying to watch. As far as the story is concerned, the storyline will keep you hooked from the very first scene and you’ll be waiting for what will happen in the next scene.

If you already know the work of Critical Role or you are watching them for the first time, the show is an adventure that will draw you in from the beginning. It has a lot of craziness and heart.

The first three episodes of ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ are currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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