Warning: This review will contain spoilers for the newest three episodes of The Legend of Vox Machina, including the finale. For a review of last week’s rollout click here.
How you open and how you close the first season of a television show is so very important. The introduction to the characters is very important and giving people a reason to want another season also factors in. The Legend of Vox Machina started off strong, and never hit a bump in the road. The show has been consistent in giving viewers a reason to stay tuned. The storyline is extremely well done, and they give a reason to care about this universe and these characters. The biggest question is, can they stick the landing? They answered by not only sticking the landing but also giving a great finale.
Episode 10 – ‘Depth of Deceit’:
When we left Vox Machina in episode 9, they had found Dr. Anna Ripley in a cell under the Whitestone Castle. Percival (Taliesin Jaffe) wants her dead, as her name is engraved on the Peppercorn gun. The demon that controls Percy wants Ripley’s soul, but the group has other plans. With knowledge of plans for the Ziggurat, Ripley was useful. Percy’s sister Cassandra seemed to be on their side, but she sprung a trap and has been under the control of Sylas Briarwood (Matthew Mercer). She leaves the group to do die in a room full of acid. Vax (Liam O’Brien) also becomes hypnotized by Sylas as they are going to use him as a sacrifice for The Whispered One. The episode ends on a high note as the group tries to escape sudden death.
Episode 11 – ‘Whispers at the Ziggurat’:
The Ziggurat has been an important part of this story. It’s how Delilah (Grey Griffin) planned on bringing The Whispered One into the mortal plane. The battle on the Ziggurat may be the most important battle Vox Machina faces. Delilah silences Scanlan (Sam Riegel) and that stops him from using his powers. Sylas battles Pike (Ashley Johnson) until she goes to save Scanlan from Delilah. He then battles Grog (Travis Willingham) and Keyleth (Marisha Ray) who are wounded badly by Delilah. The duo bands together and kill Sylas with power from the Sun Tree. Delilah on her last leg begins to summon The Whispered One and is shot by Percy. Pike’s Astral projection disappears due to this evil black spinning orb blocking all magic. Leaving Percy to deal with Delilah.
Episode 12 – ‘The Darkness Within’:
Percy’s inner demon takes over him and controls him so that it can take Delilah’s soul. It’s a part of his Peppercorn gun. Vox Machina tries to help him fight the demon and the urges, but the only way he can get rid of the demon is by himself. He shoots himself in the hand to rid himself of the gun. Cassandra kills Delilah, and Percy names her the heir of Whitestone. The group travels back to Eman and is met at the top of the castle by Sovereign Uriel Tal’Dorei. As Grog carries his prize of Sylas’ Sword, the group is met with praise. We also see the black orb begin to eat people, and then the entire town of Eman is attacked by dragons again.
Sticking the landing for The Legend of Vox Machina was a tall task. You had plenty of plot points to close, and you had to bridge to the next season. Jennifer Muro, Eugene Son, Travis Willingham, Brandon Auman, and Simon Riegel definitely tied up a lot of loose ends and left some open. They understood what needed to end, and what needed to continue. Cassandra’s subplot was kind of predictable, but necessary. Pike and Keyleth finding their true power were amazing in each sequence. From the last few episodes to this week’s rollout. Each plot point was put to good use and that’s what makes this ending so incredible. Percy got revenge and got rid of the demon that haunted him. Leaving an open-ended season finale was a great way to cap things off. More dragons, and a new enemy in the black orb.
Young Heller, Alicia Chan, and Stanley Von MedVey brought their artistic directing styles with a bang. The animation in these episodes was phenomenal. Sylas and Pike fighting on the Ziggurat were a dream sequence. There was nothing subtle at all about the way these scenes were filmed. The editing was also amazing. This was just a well-put-together rollout. I cannot praise this team enough for the way they ended this season. Critical Role is very impressive and hopefully gets some award nods for this show. This is well thought out and put together, and I am looking forward to the second season of The Legend of Vox Machina. – Rascal F. Kennedy
Rating – 9.5/10
The Legend of Vox Machina is now streaming on Amazon Prime!