By Dave B.
Season two of The Dragon Prince (Netflix) picks up immediately after the end of the first season. The young princes and their elfin guardian and friend are finally tracked down by their pursuers, who attempt to trick them into returning home (with the newly hatched baby dragon) instead of returning the pup to its mother. Bonds of trust and friendship are strained (and sometimes broken) as the brothers soon learn that even an impossible journey may be easier than facing the pain that inevitably comes with growing up.
How do I put this…the second season of The Dragon Prince is…fantastic. The nine, 25 minute episodes build seamlessly off of the energy and adventure of Season One to create a slightly quieter, much more intimate show. Yes, that does mean that there is less pure action than in the first season, but the fights that do happen are better choreographed and the animation as a whole somehow manages to be superior to the already impressive visuals that were in the previous season.
Most importantly however, The Dragon Prince has evolved as a show as its young characters have matured. Our heroes are confronted for the first time with some of the more beautiful and painful aspects of adulthood, such as love and loss. This season truly shines when primary and secondary characters are confronted with the understanding that the path that they choose in life is largely up to them: regardless of the hardships they face, they are the only ones that can choose how to face them. This is an incredibly important lesson for both children and adults and this show conveys that message in a compelling, interesting, entertaining fashion.
Overall, Season Two of The Dragon Prince is less exciting, but more interesting that Season One. The world-building remains phenomenal and learning about past decisions that led to the current geopolitical situation is fascinating. Combined with the well-executed theme of growing into adulthood, this season shines and I highly recommend it for viewers of all ages. My sole knock against it is that the overall plot of the show doesn’t advance much: viewers are treated to a ton of character development and backstory, but the larger narratives that form the foundation of the series are put on the backburner. That’s why, despite my recommendation and extremely high regard for the show in general, and this season in particular, I’m giving it the same rating as I gave the first season. Here’s hoping that Season Three combines the best elements of its two preceding seasons to become truly epic in both the big ways and the small.
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