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The Legend of Vox Machina, on Amazon
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This is an animated adaptation of a D&D RPG web series called "Critical Role", which I haven't seen. The original series involved a group of voice actors playing the game (which is similar to a series I have seen, Titansgrave, which, like "Critical Role", was produced by Geek & Sundry). The voice actors from "Critical Role" reprise their roles in "The Legend of Vox Machina".

Season One
Set in a fantasy world called Exandria, the series follows a band of adventurers called Vox Machina. It includes a human gunslinger named Percival "Percy" Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III (voiced by Taliesin Jaffe), a half-elf rogue named Vax'ildan "Vax" Vessar (Liam O'Brien), a half-elf ranger and Vax's twin sister Vex'ahlia "Vex" Vessar (Laura Bailey), a half-elf druid named Keyleth of the Air Ashari (Marisha Ray), a gnome cleric named Pike Trickfoot (Ashley Johnson), a gnome bard named Scanlan Shorthalt (Sam Riegel), and a goliath barbarian named Grog Strongjaw (Travis Willingham). The first two episodes tell a story that is set prior to the first campaign of "Critical Role", in which Vox Machina take on the job of defeating a blue dragon that has been wreaking havoc in the empire of Tal'Dorei. After defeating the dragon, the group are hailed as heroes. Unfortunately, a new threat emerges in the form of Lord Sylas Briarwood (Matthew Mercer, the dungeon master of "Critical Role") and his wife, Lady Delilah Briarwood (Grey Griffin). Years ago, the two of them had taken over the town of Whitestone, of which Percy's family, the de Rolos, had been the rulers. Now the Briarwoods turn the ruler of Tal'Dorei, Sovereign Uriel (Khary Payton), against Vox Machina, and he orders their arrest. So they have to escape and go to Whitestone, where they get involved in a rebellion against the Briarwoods, who are attempting to summon a powerful, evil being called the Whispered One. I don't want to reveal too many details of the story, or all the characters who get involved, but I will mention Percy's sister, Cassandra (Esmé Creed-Miles), whom he had thought was killed years ago, along with the rest of their family. But it turns out she wasn't. And I will say that Percy has a special gun he had forged himself, which is imprinted with the names of various people he wants to kill. That includes a doctor named Anna Ripley (Kelly Hu), who manages to escape after being found by Percy and forced to help Vox Machina for a little while. I only mention her now because I think we'll see her again later. There's also some sort of demon called Orthax, which possesses Percy.

And I don't really know what else to say, except that the Briarwoods are ultimately defeated, but only after summoning something (apparently not the Whispered One), which may or may not pose a threat later on. And the season ends with a group of dragons flying toward Emon, which sets up the first story arc of season two, I guess. I feel like I should describe the members of Vox Machina to some degree, but I'm not really sure what to say about them. Except that Pike and Grog are very close friends (she calls him "buddies"). And Scanlan is bisexual and very lascivious, and not very serious. And Keyleth (or "Kiki") is probably my favorite character, though I couldn't really say why, except maybe I have a bit of a crush on her. (Or maybe she just reminds me of a childhood crush I had on Sheila from Dungeons & Dragons.) Anyway, I should also say that the show is pretty violent and gory, and features lots of swearing, so it may not be to everyone's taste. But I think it's fairly cool and amusing and, you know, entertaining in various ways. I don't love it, or anything, but it's definitely good.

Season Two
Details coming eventually.

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