Folx. Run, don’t walk to season two of Amazon Prime Video’s animated adaptation of The Legend of Vox Machina. The long-awaited (and we know it’s only been a year…) second season hits the streaming service this upcoming Friday with the first three episodes. It’s based on the second major arc of Critical Role‘s live-play Dungeons and Dragons campaign. We promise that if season one blows your brains, season two will do that and then some.
DISCLAIMER: We will be trying to keep spoilers to a minimum, but some for season one might slip through. We highly suggest watching season one before diving into season two. All 12 episodes can be found here.
The villains of The Legend of Vox Machina‘s second season were teased in the final moments of season one as our heroes watched, in terror, as Emon fell around them. And season two picks up in those moments as chaos ensues. It’s dark, gory, twisted and everything we expect from the series. And while Sylas (voiced by Matthew Mercer) and Delilah (voiced by Grey DeLisle) were incredible villains, nothing compares to coming face-to-face with the Chroma Conclave. These massive dragons are no joke, and our heroes are clearly way out of their league. So much so that their typical brute force and magic aren’t enough.
Where season one of The Legend of Vox Machina felt like a compact campaign story, season two is sprawled out across the continent. It takes on the feel of a real hero’s journey. We visit places outside Emon and Whitestone. Places that we couldn’t wait to see come to life, along with some of our most anticipated moments. No spoilers here, but Critters who are coming from watching the live show have quite a few “yes, yes, yes” moments ahead of them. New Critters coming to the series will find tons to love as well. The season does a tremendous job of balancing the humor, action and dramatic moments without falling out of step.
The cast of Critical Role, Mercer, Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, Ashley Johnson and Taliesin Jaffe return to reprise their roles in the second season. And we love them. This show would be nothing without the nerdy ass group of voice actors. There isn’t a single actor or actress we could see even coming close to taking over their roles. But one of our favorite parts of The Legend of Vox Machina adaptation is the incredible cast of guest stars who join them.
Familiar voices like Stephaine Beatriz and Indira Varma return, along with a brand new list of actors and actresses. This includes Lance Reddick, Henry Winkler, Will Friedle, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Cheech Marin, Billy Boyd, and so many more. An entire show with Mercer voicing the NPCs and a host of background characters would be enjoyable. But getting the chance to really flush out these characters has given new life to Mercer’s world. Plus, it only makes sense to have guests from the live show, like Friedle and McGlynn, return to reprise their iconic characters and join our heroes on this adventure.
Season two of The Legend of Vox Machina is an incredible watch. It matches the intensity, humor and action from the first season. Then it dares to turn the dial up another few notches. And while I loved exploring Percy’s (Jaffe) backstory in season one and getting little glimpses into Pike’s (Johnson) religious journey, the second season does a better job of giving us more from each member of the team. Each member has moments alongside the team’s journey that help expand this season past the general storyline. Exploring those branched-out moments was some of the best television this year.
Overall, the second season of The Legend of Vox Machina is a must-watch. The first three episodes drop on Amazon Prime Video this Friday, January 29, 2023. Three new episodes will be dropping every Friday after that. Which moment from the live campaign are you most excited to see come to the animated screen? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!
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