Hello and welcome to Conner’s Critiques. My name is Conner Sharp and I’m very excited to return again to do another review for this website and share it all with you. My reviews/critiques will be based on three categories: Story, Acting, and Overall. So lets begin.
If your reading this, you’ve likely got yourself your own (or a families) login to Netflix. Congrats by the way. There are tons of shows that exist out there to watch, and you want to know if this show is worth your time. Fair enough. Be advised there are some SPOILERS, but not important ones. Regardless, be advised.
I love Matt Groening, and since The Tracey Ullman Show, have been a fan of his comedy and animation. That being said, he does not get a free pass. I have to say, I expected a lot. Which is probably not fair for Disenchantment. The show has a pretty wooden story so far. A girl who doesn’t want to marry the prince her father is forcing her to marry is the first two episodes. It might push a bit hard on this line to dedicate the first two episodes.
It just felt flat. Like it’s nothing new. Oddly enough, I think Groening might suffer from the same problem of “Simpsons Did It”, but in the inverse. This story is one of the stories that the Simpsons hasn’t done. But pretty much everyone else has. It’s possible that the creator thought since he didn’t do it on the Simpsons, no one must have.
The characters are pretty boring with little to no to little motivation. The elf wants to feel pain and sadness instead of happiness all the time, so he ventures out. Then he sticks around because he falls for the princess. If his only motivation was sex, why not just stay with the female elf he was sleeping with in the elf village. The demon literally is there because he has to be since he was bound to her. The main character princess is literally pulled solely by her desire to rebel, and the whims of alcohol.
Normally having characters like this is perfect for a serial show, because they can be put in any situation, and until you flush them out, they can do anything you want them to. However, this is a ten episode show with only a guarantee of two seasons. I doubt the characters are really going to flush out more.
The voice acting is fine, but nothing about it puts you into the piece. I just close my eyes sometimes and imagine I’m watching a new Simpson’s/Futurama crossover.
It’s not a waste of time, but it’s not amazing. The laughs are forced, but there are some funny moments. I really wanted this to do better, but it’s possible the fans of Groening have either grown up, or become cynical. All over the internet it seems to be receiving ratings around the 50% margin, so I’m not alone in my thoughts.
I think we all just expected a show that would showcase what Groening and troupe had learned from Futurama, and to bring it just one step closer to amazing. Or maybe by season two, they’ll get more a sense for how to write the show and characters better. I’ll have to wait and see.
Conner’s Final Thought(s):
Do not watch with kids. The humor is violent, and adult oriented. But if you are waiting for Rick and Morty to come back, and you need to watch an American style animated show, it’s not a complete waste.