REVIEW: Disenchantment Is a Worthy and Fun Netflix Success
With Netflix rolling out new original TV shows almost every week, it is clear they seem to value quantity over quality. However, that doesn’t stop a few really great shows to get through the barrier. Disenchantment is one of those.
Disenchantment has been in the works for almost 20 years. Creator Matt Groening has been working on it ever since his last work, Futurama. Disenchantment is set in a fairytale world in the middle ages, and focuses on the Kingdom of Dreamland. In the center of the story is Princess Teabeanie (Abbi Jacobson), or Bean for short, as she tries to avoid being married off and continues with her everyday issues (drinking, drugs, etc.). She is also accompanied by her “talking cat,” a personal demon, named Luci (Eric Andre), and an upbeat elf named Elfo (Nat Faxon).
As I stated before, the show takes place in the middle ages, so think: kings, queens, peasants, a bad social system, poverty, and the plague. The show addresses all the major issues with the time period in lighthearted and humorous way, but they still manage to take it seriously. There are also some remarks and jokes about how we act now, and one episode in particular about “diplomacy” that shows them in a humorous way, but doesn’t downgrade the seriousness of the issues.
The voice acting and characters in the show are really well done. One standout is Eric Andre, who does an amazing job as Luci. None of the characters in the show feel forced, in fact all of them have a place, and none of them force their way into other roles. The characters’ roles are defined and they stay within their boundaries.
However, he show does have one major fault. Throughout the first 7 episodes, there is a clear story/plotline, but it moves relatively slow. That is not really an issue because the humor and fun little adventures more than made up for that. The main issue is that the last 3 episodes are basically only devoted to the main story. It worked out okay in the end, but it felt rushed towards the end. In the more story based episodes, the humor was still there and just as good.
Overall, Disenchantment is a great animated show from the creator of beloved shows The Simpsons and Futurama. Personally, I believe it is better because the characters are more relatable and the time period is more interesting. Even though the show is not perfect, it still stands out amongst some of the other Netflix TV shows andx is definitely worth your time.