The final three episodes of Critical Role and Amazon Prime Video’s The Legend of Vox Machina have hit the air, and we have a lot to process. We kick things off with this week’s first episode, “The Killbox” (episode ten), with a big brawl between Grog (voiced by Travis Willingham) against his past. Is our favorite big dumb barbarian worthy? Or will he get his tush handed to him? Let’s dive in!
DISCLAIMER: These are recaps and, by definition, will contain spoilers for The Legend of Vox Machina. Please proceed with caution and be sure to check for traps. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the episode, we highly suggest doing so.
“The Killbox” opens with Keyleth (voiced by Marisha Ray), Percy (voiced by Taliesin Jaffe), Vex (voiced by Laura Bailey) and Vax (voiced by Liam O’Brien) returning from the fey realm. They arrive to find Whitestone to be missing, except it’s just really well hidden. They arrive just in time to learn that Lady Allura (voiced by Indira Varma) and Gilmore (voiced by Sunil Malhotra) have been keeping up the spell all this time, but even they are wearing thin.
Keyleth admits to losing Grog, Pike (voiced by Ashley Johnson), and Scanlan (voiced by Sam Riegel), but Allura is able to find them in Westrunn. Cassandra (voiced by Esme Creed-Miles) informs them of what is happening in Westrunn, and it’s pretty clear our new Grog might just need some help.
In Westrunn, Grog challenges his Uncle Kevdak (voiced by Ralph Ineson). Let’s just say some smart remarks about bending the knee to a challenge seems to get everyone a bit hype. Pike and Scanlan watch on with Kaylie (voiced by Aisling Franciosi), who decided she didn’t want to miss all the fun. Grog, on the other hand, looks like he is going to be in a world of hurt.
Grog and Kevdak’s fight kicks off, and Pike decides she can’t let him do this alone. However, Kevdak spots her and gets one of his men to grab the gnomes and force them to watch the terror. Kevdak drops Grog on a spike and decides to use Pike as a lesson. It’s emotional and brutal, but Grog realizes his real strength comes from protecting Pike and his friends. Cue the rage. We are so happy it’s back.
Grog finds what he has been missing, but it still doesn’t look like it’s enough as Kevdak uses the TItanstone Knuckles to grow twice his size. Just when it looks like Grog is down for the count, we spot Percy, Keyleth and the twins racing through the shadows of the rooftop. And Grog is right; not only does his strength come from his friends, but also from them fighting by his side. And in the great works of Grog Strongjaw – Vox Machina is about to fuck shit up.
A battle montage led by Scanlan’s swift rifts ensues, and we get to see each member of the team kick ass. It is pretty freaking sweet. It all leads up to Grog using an axe to cut off one of Kevdak’s arms. But that doesn’t even seem to slow the dude down. The fight picks up once more, and Vex does some quick thinking and uses her new necklace to get Grog up really freaking high before dropping him right on top of Kevdak.
As the dust settles, we find Grog the winner and Kevdak half the man he was. Pike manages to heal Grog’s wounds and saves him from certain death because what are buddies for? Grog claims his reward, the Titanstone Knuckles, and Vox Machina now has three Vestigies of Divergence. Now big, beefy and bearded, Grog wins over the Herd of Storms and gives a rather great speech.
Grog doesn’t want to be in charge, so he breaks Zanror’s (voiced by Abubakar Salim) shackles and makes him his leader. Zanor agrees to aid Grog and Vox Machina in the fight against the dragons, and that night they all celebrate. Scanlan sings a lovely tune while Keyleth and Vex fill Pike in on what happened in the Fey Realm. Keyleth admires Vax, but he is pulled into a vision before Keyleth asks him to dance. Unfortunately it looks like his crush from last season is on the backburner while he deals with his new fate.
She isn’t the only one who seems to be struggling with a crush. Pike is definitely annoyed between what seems to be flirting between Scanlan and Kaylie. But we’ve got more important stuff to deal with, like taking out that dragon. And now that Vox Machina has the Herd of Storms on their side, they need to make a move. Silly timelines aside, they are in the fight of their life.
Scanlan and Kaylie’s tune comes to an end, and they head upstairs to discuss some things. But it seems like Kaylie has something else in mind. She gives Scanlan a brief history of her childhood and how her mother gave up everything to raise her, and how she has heard tons of stories about Scanlan. But the big bomb that Kaylie drops is that Scanlan is her dad. And that’s it, “The Killbox” comes to a close.
We remember this episode of the Critical Role live campaign like we watched it yesterday, maybe because it is one of our most rewatched episodes. Grog going head to head in an all our brawl? Thank you very much. The adaptation has definitely taken some liberties to help with flow and continuity and breaking down a four hour session into an easy-to-watch thirty or so minutes. Plus, that big bomb drop with Scanlan at the end. Priceless.
We have two more episodes in this season to go, so let’s keep moving.
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