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The Dragon Prince

In ages long past, humans and elves had a falling out over the use of dark magic, and their worlds were split apart as a result. The uneasy stalemate has persisted for generations, with the elves and dragons on one side of the rift and the human kingdoms on the other. However, recent events have pushed the stalemate to the brink of collapse, and war is in the air. It seems the fate of the world lies in the hands of two wayward princes and the elven assassin they have befriended.

The Dragon Prince is an animated series from Netflix set in a rich fantasy world. The second season debuted in February, and the show is off to a tremendous start. Both seasons total only 18 episodes, with each only 25 or so minutes long, making the show one of Netflix’s easiest binges.

Despite its animated format, The Dragon Prince isn’t necessarily aiming at the youngsters. The show is family friendly, but the story itself proves intricate, engrossing and well written. The Dragon Prince is reminiscent of a fantasy novel, with plenty of world-building and exposition interspersed between the immediate adventures of the main characters. There is a feeling of magnitude that permeates the series, as the heroes fight against the odds to save the world from war and ruin. The Dragon Prince also looks great. The animation favors realism over the zany, and it properly supports the action and the fantasy elements that are so integral to the show’s success. If nothing else, The Dragon Prince deserves recognition for being such a well-balanced, appealing production.

The show’s A rating should be taken with a grain of salt since this rating is relative to other shows of its kind. As much praise as The Dragon Prince deserves, it isn’t going to compete with a live-action powerhouse like Game of Thrones or Black Sails. Still, the format is an excellent way to tell a fantasy tale, and there is plenty more story to tell. Netflix has yet to confirm a third season of the show, but this shouldn’t be a cause of distress since season two debuted only a few weeks ago, and there were only six months between seasons one and two. Showrunners Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond have indicated there is more to come, so it is possible that we may see more of The Dragon Prince later in 2019.

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