If SJW critics likes something, it's garbage and they love this.
Avatar the Last Airbender showed up on Nickelodeon twelve years ago. It was America's first serious attempt at anime and it has to be said, it was damn good. It was a very tight story and completely engrossing saga.
I started watching it with my kids just to keep an eye on what they were viewing on the lobotomy box but then I became engrossed in the story myself.
It's an interesting fact that studies have been conducted showing that people thinking of fictional characters they like, have the exact same brain activity as those who are thinking of real people that they know personally. It's curious but it's true, so far as your brain and is concerned good fictional characters are the same thing as real people.
I found myself caring about Ang and his team. I found myself pulling for the Fire-Prince to become a better person. I was eventually hoping that the age difference between Ang and Kitara wouldn't prove to be too big of an obstacle (apparently it wasn't).
It was great little saga.
Then came Korra. My kids gave up on that suck fest before I did. I hadn't even known that she turned into lesbian in the end until I heard it from John C. Wright.
The creative talent that produced Avatar the Last Airbender went down the SJW convergence path and then congratulated themselves for having the courage to brand-rape themselves.
So it was with some some trepidation that I fired up their new show, The Dragon Prince on Netflix. I wasn't disappointed, pity about that.
We will start with the biggest problem and the first thing that kept jarring me right out the story. The animation is terrible. I mean it is truly awful. The design is good but the animation itself is incredibly herky-jerky.
At one point, I stopped the video and checked my internet speed. Nope that was fine so I compared it with something else on Netflix and that was fine too. It must have been money saving issue because the FPS rate looked like it was in the basement. It was hideously choppy. The animation was meant to look like it was hand drawn and it failed epically.
Don't take my word for it. Be sure to mash full screen to get the full effect.
It is all like this.
The next thing was the kumbaya casting of the characters. Every SJW checkbox had to marked when they were making this thing. I suppose at this point having a White king in a what is basically a European medieval setting is not going to happen in 2018. After all critics have to be pandered to and if you don't hit those check boxes they will remind everyone that you weren't being Representative. And I'm sure the creators are telling each other how brave and fierce they were to do it despite the face that everyone else is doing it too. In truth I've gotten so used to it myself, I can't really care much anymore but when we were introduced to the kickass deaf woman who is the commanding General of the frontier I started laughing. She communicates by signing. How the hell is she supposed to command an army in battle when she has to use an interpreter? What if her interpreter is killed? Do all of her field commanders keep an eye on her with telescopes? What happens if she loses a hand?
Then there is the story structure which is profoundly weak.
Plot summary: We are informed there were six primal sources of magic. Earth, Air, Water... and hey do you remember the Last Airbender? Anyway nasty old humans discovered a seventh source, Dark Magic. The elves and magical what-not shit themselves and drove all the dirty humans from their lands divided the continent in two and set the Dragon King to guarding the border.
A thousand years later the Dragon King is killed by nasty humanziz using the Dark Magicsszz. They destoyseszzd the precious Dragon Prince Eggsss. WE HATESSS THEM FOREVER!
So a ninja strike team of Moon Elves with horns on their heads and Scottish accents are sworn to assassinate the king and his son prince Ezra. The court mage has a way to save the king. Swap souls with one of his men at arms and then only the king's body will die. Although that is likely to cause one or two issues with everyone suddenly yelling, "what do you mean he's the king. That's just a guard." Anyway, the plot contrivance that was going to do this was the Soul Fang Serpent. King and the Mage have an argument and then have a second argument. And the this matter is resolved somehow off screen.
Setup your payoff but it's almost more important to payoff your setups. In this case Checkov's Gun appears to have gone unfired and it's jarring from the story structure perceptive. It doesn't matter if Serpent was actually used (although they only hinted that it was once,) the audience didn't see this payoff. It was clumsy, jarring and I thought they knew better.
Next. The elf girl that was sent to assassinate the Prince Ezra changes her mind when Ezra shows her the Dragon Prince, undestroyed after all. The three of them vow then and there to take the Dragon Prince Egg back to Xadia, which will somehow automatically end the war.
Again, weak but we have now reached the second inciting incident and the adventure can now begin in earnest.
The three of them. The Princes and the Elf girl are heading off to the Winter Lodge. Okay, I thought to myself. They are on the road now and they will have many adventures there while they try to get to the Winter Lodge. It will allow us to get to know the world they are in, like in the Last Airbender... And then they are there. A very, very short Road of Trials indeed.
Which brings us to the last problem. When Avatar: the Last Airbender was made each season was around twenty episodes. This was a large canvass upon which to paint their characters. This first season was eight episodes of twenty three minutes each. Basically three hours. You can make a great characters in that time period but clearly these guys are used to having more time to layer in their character shading.
If all felt very rushed and possibly they had to cut a lot of stuff out of it. If the horrible animation is anything to go by their budget got slashed to the bone somewhere along the line. Bottomline: It had the most fundamental failure it could. I didn't care about the characters. The show was more worried about hitting SJW check boxes than real character development.
Cataline Does Not Recommend.
Okay, yeah. I did like the grumpy psychedelic hypno-toad.