By Dave B.
In the third season of Netflix’s animated fantasy series The Dragon Prince, the quest to return the dragon heir to his mother continues while the war between the human and magical realms, that has been prevented throughout the first two seasons, finally bursts forth in all of its vengeful fury. With their enemies closing in, will Callum, Rayla, and Ezran be able to protect the young dragon prince? Or will the powerful forces arrayed against them finally succeed in gaining ultimate power?
I won’t beat around the bush. Season three of The Dragon Prince is by far the best season in a series that had already been excellent. From start to finish, the series’ strengths are taken to new heights. The animation, action scenes, and humor are all amongst the best that you’ll find in any animated series today. But what really sets The Dragon Prince apart this season is that it takes its already fantastic world-building and seamlessly weaves it into a story that has reached the heights of creativity, emotional intelligence, and excitement. In nine episodes, The Dragon Prince: Season Three does what most television shows never accomplish: it makes you care, every second that you’re watching it.
I’ll admit, the season finale is a bit on the sappy side, and more predictable than I would accept in a show intended for an adult audience, but neither of those factors diminish the intricacy of the show’s backstory, the depth of its political machinations, nor the sheer joy of watching the young protagonists blossom into adulthood and battle ultimate evil. In fact, my only real complaint about this season is that it isn't an episode or two longer.
Full disclosure, The Dragon Prince: Season Three is not my favorite animated show currently airing. However, I have no qualms at all in saying that it is the best one that I’ve seen in a very long time. I recommend the show overall, and this season in particular, to all audiences of all ages. It’s as good as it gets. I don’t know if there will be a fourth season, but if this is the last season of The Dragon Prince, it ended on as high of a note as anyone could possibly ask for.
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