Revenge is a common thing in film and television media. At some point – whether it be the beginning, middle, or end of the plot – revenge comes into focus. The Legend of Vox Machina brought it into the fold within the first three episodes. Percival de Rolo wants revenge against the couple that took his home and had his family murdered. Now that it is the main focus of the series, the show is steering the course. It’s a lot of fun watching this story develop.
Episode 7 – ‘Scanbo’:
Realizing that Cassandra is still alive, the group must rescue her. They come up with a plan – well, kind of – and execute it. Scanlan (Sam Riegel) distracts the guards and the group infiltrates and rescues. Things go a bit haywire when Scanlan gets caught by Duke Vedmire (Rory McCann). He must fight the Duke and an army of soldiers. The group eventually breaks in and starts fighting. Scanlan and the Duke fight on the rooftop of the fortress while the group fights inside. Eventually, Percy (Taliesin Jaffe) finds his sister being held hostage by Professor Anders (Stephen Root). He’s always had a disdain for the de Rolo family. As the episode ends we see Anders murder Cassandra.
Episode 8 – ‘A Silver Tongue’:
As the episode of Vox Machina opens, the obvious happens and Keyleth (Marisha Rey) revives Cassandra. Percy corners Anders or so he thinks… Anders turns on some giant knights he created and has them fight Percy. Vax (Liam O’Brien), Vex (Laura Bailey), Grog (Travis Willingham), and Keyleth join him in the room where he’s fighting Anders. Anders uses his silver tongue to possess Grog and have him fight the entire team. Soon after he possesses everybody and has them fight Percy. He ends up killing Anders and freeing everybody of his silver tongue. Scanlan fleeing from Vedmire stumbles upon a Horde that Delilah (Grey Griffin) has summoned. Pike also reconnects with the Everlight after much prayer and several spells with her people.
Episode 9 – ‘The Tide of Bone’:
This episode of Vox Machina opens and shows us how Sylas (Matthew Mercer) became a vampire. He dies and is brought back to life by his wife Delilah as a vampire. It’s an interesting bit of information. The group fights the Horde Delilah created in front of the Sun Tree and is met by Pike (Ashley Johnson) who Astral Projects into the fight. She discovers the Everlight and gains her power back after admitting the truth to herself. She gives the group a much-needed power boost. Vedmire and Scanlan meet again, but Vedmire meets Percy’s peppercorn gun. He leaves the townspeople to kill Vedmire. The group goes into the Whitestone castle and meets Dr. Anna Ripley who Percy immediately threatens to kill.
These three episodes really brought a lot to the story the creators want to tell. The Legend of Vox Machina is about the group, but Percy is in the spotlight. Each episode had a different writer and director but it flowed perfectly. Riegel and Willingham wrote their first episode with Scanbo, and you can tell they wanted Scanlan and Grog to be major players in the episode. It worked because they did wonderfully. Marc Bernadin and Kevin Burke/Chris Wyatt wrote the 8th and 9th episodes. Continuity matters and the writer’s room for Vox Machina gets it. Young Heller, Alicia Chan, and Stanley Von MedVey keep rolling as the directors of the series.
The animation for these episodes of The Legend of Vox Machina may have been the most potent I’ve seen all series. The giants, the zombies, and all the fight scenes look wonderful. The tone and colors are extremely dark, but they fit considering who’s ruling Whitestone. When Pike shows up, things change almost instantly color-wise. It’s really amazing to see how the animators coincide the colors with the happenings of the show. It’s also interesting to keep exploring the lore of Vox Machina. Vex, Vax, Grog, Keyleth, and Scanlan will eventually have their stories told I’m sure.
This was an extremely fun three episodes of The Legend of Vox Machina. They continue to build on top of each episode. Each arc is coming to a close as next week is the final three episodes and the end of the season. The audience is definitely thought of when the episodes are put together. We have a lot to look forward to next week. Vox Machina will have to fight the Briarwoods, and Percival will have the opportunity to save his home. This is something fans of Critical Role should be looking forward to. – Rascal F. Kennedy
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