Amazon has a hit on its hands: Critical Role's The Legend of Vox Machina (opens in new tab) is streaming now and the reviews are absolutely incredible.
First, some background. The animated show is set in Exandria (opens in new tab), a world created by Matthew Mercer from a personal Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Things really took off from there.
One of the most interesting things about this show is that, despite airing on Prime Video, it was originally funded by Kickstarter (opens in new tab), picking up over $11 million. The campaign was one of the most well-funded for a TV or film project and helped fund the first 10 episodes.
From these, Amazon ordered (opens in new tab) an additional 14 episodes, meaning the show is guaranteed to get a second season – and that seems like a pretty incredible decision given the reception.
According to Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab), The Legend of Vox Machina has a 100% Tomatometer score. Yes, 100%! The audience score currently stands at 94%, which isn't too shabby either.
One to watch – if you dare
As Polygon says in its review (opens in new tab), the show isn't high art but it is a fun romp – and that's absolutely fine for a show based on D&D.
Some might find it a bit too much (there is a lot of gore and violence) but as long as you're going in with your eyes open, then it'll be a fun time.
"It’s weirdly wholesome for a show that starts so strong with the F-bombs and tits, but I love it," says Polygon's Cass Marshall. "Critical Role’s heart and good intentions overcame a lot of the initial problems with The Legend of Vox Machina, and by the time the season’s major arc kicked off I was fully invested."
If you're looking for something to watch this weekend, we definitely recommend checking out at least the first few episodes, which you can do for free right now a Amazon Prime Video has a 1-month free trial available.