It is finally here! The second season of Amazon Prime Video’s The Legend of Vox Machina is finally here. This season is set to cover the second major arc of Critical Role‘s first campaign, and from the trailer (and what we know from the live show), it will be packed with dragons. Season one gave us some hints in the beginning at this inevitable threat, but in the final moments of the season finale, dragons struck Emon. In the season two premiere, “The Rise of the Chroma Conclave,” our mighty heroes face off against one of their biggest threats. 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.

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“The Rise of the Chroma Conclave” opens where the season one finale left off, with Uriel Tal’Dorei (voiced by Khary Payton) owning up to his mistakes and passing the leadership from himself to a council. However, the moment comes to a close as in the distance, dragons come swooping in. Vax (voiced by Laura Bailey) gets that terrible tingly feeling just as the dragons breach the city and wreak havoc on everyone.

Thordack breathing fire on Emon.

The Legend of Vox Machina. Image courtesy of Amazon Prime Video.

Vox Machina, members of the guard and council, move to try and help the people of Emon, but everything they have isn’t enough. Jarrett (voiced by Eugene Byrd) rushes to Uriel’s side, and the group rushes off to safety. One of the giant dragons doesn’t breathe fire but poisonous gas and aims it directly at Uriel and the others. With some quick thinking, Lady Allura (voiced by Indira Varma) throws up a shield, but Uriel is caught on the outside and dies with his people. Lady Allura tries to subdue the beast, but Pike (voiced by Ashley Johnson) and Grog (voiced by Travis Willingham) watch as rocks crush the group.

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In the wake of the chaos, Vax (voiced by Liam O’Brien) sees an unfamiliar figure, but it disappears as the chaos begins again. Gilmore (voiced by Sunil Malhotra) tells everyone to head to his shop, and a mad dash through the city begins. On one of the side streets, Keyleth (voiced by Marisha Ray), Scanlan (voiced by Sam Riegel), Vex and Grog come face to face with one of the dragons who call themselves Raishan (voiced by Cree Summer). It turns out that Raishan was the one watching over General Krieg’s (voiced by David Tennet) hoard early in season one. Small world.

Grog doesn’t seem to care, though and rages. But, as we’ve seen so far, these lizards with wings are terrifying, have magic and looking to end everyone. While the group continues their trek through the city, we get our first look at Thordack, The Cinder King (voiced by Lance Reddick) and folx; this villain is hot. Get it? Because he breathes fire? Thordack demands complete surrender before unleashing a firey breath that nearly toasts Percy (voiced by Taliesin Jaffe) on top of his poisonous wounds. Pike heals him up just in time to head scrambling toward Gilmore’s.

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While Thordack continues to burn the city to the ground and introduces his group as the Chroma Conclave, our heroes make it the rest of the way to Gilmore’s. After dragging him out for the rubble, he gives them free rein to take whatever they need, which is a shame that the Lance of Dragon Slaying gets crushed. But they do end up with potions, holy water, a broom and then some. Out of time, Gilmore teleports them to Trinket. While they try to figure out what to do next, Gilmore comments on Grog’s new sword. It radiates dark magic, but Grog doesn’t seem to care.

Thordack rising out of a volcano.

The Legend of Vox Machina. Image courtesy of Amazon Prime Video.

Percy recommends heading to Whitestone, but the group is torn on the idea. Some want to flee and live another day, while others want to stand and fight. It doesn’t seem like they have much of a choice, though, when the dragons follow a group of survivors to the keep. The group tries to hold off the dragons long enough for Keyleth to open a portal to Whitestone through the Suntree. On the other side, Vox Machina and a small group of survivors find themself safe from the madness.

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In Whitestone, Vox Machina meets with Cassandra (voiced by Esme Creed-Miles) and Keeper Yennen (voiced by Gina Torres) to decide what to do next. Everyone wants to do something, but Scanlan struggles to see how they can be any help. Keeper Yennen tells them their best chance would be to visit Vasselheim to get help. It seems like a good idea, but Scanlan disagrees and storms off. Outside, the group comes together again, and they remind Scanlan what they have been able to do just by saving the people of Whitestone.

Keyleth gets some help from Keeper Yennen with getting to know a tree somewhere near Vasselheim to cast her teleport spell. It’s a bit vague, but a portal opens, and the team rushes through. “The Rise of the Chroma Conclave” comes to an end as the dragons meet on the ruins of Emon to discuss their next step. The Cinder King sends Umbrasyl (voiced by Matthew Mercer) to Westruun before heading off to dispatch Vox Machina.

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What a way to open a season! The Chroma Conclave arc of Critical Role is one of our absolute favorites. Giant dragons, epic heroes’ journeys, and so much more. We’ve been waiting on the edge of our seats to see how this season will play out. If the first episode is any indication, we are in for one hell of a ride. This episode also proves that The Legend of Vox Machina knows how to balance intense moments with lighthearted humor. For those who have enjoyed the live-show campaign, we know that this arc is extremely intense, and we will need those lighthearted moments to get through it.

Let’s not waste any more time and dive into episode two. 

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