Disenchantment part 2 - Review of the Matt Groening series

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Valery Aloyants
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That Matt Groening (The Simpson, Futurama) is one of the best authors around there is no doubt, and the release in August 2018 of the first part of Disenchantment, fully confirmed this. A year later here is finally the second part of this first season in which we find our three anti-heroes par excellence: the demon Luci, Princess Thiabeanie ed Elf. Although the finale of the first part has all the characteristics of a classic season finale, cliffhanger e scene shot included, in reality it is only the conclusion of a first act, and so we should not be surprised if this second part begins in medias res and already with rather sustained, indeed almost tight, rhythms. Bean, along with his mother brought back from beyond, is leaving one behind Dreamland completely petrified and her two friends Luci ed Elf (now dead), towards the birthplace of Queen Dagmar: waiting for her there will be new absurd adventures that will lead her to explore unknown places until she finds her way home.


The Enchantment of Disenchantment


The style is the usual of Groening, his series, set in worlds so far and different from ours, are actually contemptuous caricatures that scoff at us with irony and stinging sarcasm. But not only that, in fact the humanity of inhuman characters like Bender (the robot of Futurama), or in our case of the demon Luci, leads us to empathize with them, even ending up teaching us something. And this is where we see the genius and talent of an author who creates knowing what he does. Compared to the first part, the story and plot of this second act are a lot more linear and flowing: the various adventures of Tiabeanie and her companions all follow a logical thread, the new characters are presented in a more exhaustive way and the secondary ones (which in the first ten episodes remained rather flat or in any case against the background of the various events, as if they were only necessary to bring out the protagonists) acquire an incredible three-dimensionality, such as to truly catapult the viewer into the story that maintains that veil of mystery and that light-hearted approach to which we are used to.



As previously said this second part has managed not to disappoint, undoubtedly showing one greater maturity and consistency compared to the first: if usually with the progress, the series lose the appeal and the initial bite, this instead can be said is managing to amaze with its ascending parable. We just have to wait and hope for the second season, of which nothing is known yet, but which already promises to be very interesting.

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