Disenchantment

The big premiere of Netflix for this week is his animated comedy "Disenchantment", a series that has the great attraction of being the work of Matt Groening, famous for being the creator of "The Simpsons" and "Futurama".

Beyond the obvious common threads with the two series cited, "Disenchantment" is set in a medieval fantasy world.

The first chapter moves under the premise of the escape of the alcoholic princess Bean, the protagonist, of forced marriage with the prince of another kingdom. Trying to escape the engagement, Bean meets an elf with the -very original- name of Elf and a demon named Lucy, who will be his adventure companions from now on.

Although one might expect the princess's escape to be consummated, the story ends up being somewhat different. At first glance, the fact that Bean did not leave the decadent kingdom of Dreamland can be somewhat disappointing, but "Disenchantment" manages to recover from that moment.

The sensation that generates "Disenchantment" is that of being a series that is in the process of finding its own identity, which is not alien to the work of Matt Groening.

Although "Futurama" showed a similar situation, the case of "The Simpsons" is more evident. To cite an example, during the first episodes of the series it was clear that Bart was presented as the protagonist; however, that role would eventually fall on Homer over time.

It can be added that "The Simpsons" would also take some time to find the balance between humor, social criticism and the small doses of drama that gave him the poignant character he was able to demonstrate in numerous passages.

This parallelism does not hide a substantial difference: the mood of "Disenchantment" seems to be less challenging than that of its predecessors in its early stages. Although the production of Netflix has much less problems when it comes to showing violence or hinting at sex, its jokes do not seem to cause the same sting.

To generate this impression could contribute the fact that other animated comedies of the present are characterized by having a crazy rhythm. In general, animated series, children or not, with more success in the last decade have been characterized by having frantic moments properly dosed, from works like "One more show" to "Rick and Morty".

Beyond all this, it is necessary to clarify that "Disenchantment" is not boring and a good part of its problems can be related to that it must deal with the heavy success of the other works of Groening.

The malevolent Lucy is particularly funny and Bean's ease is sympathetic. In the case of Elf-suspiciously similar to Bart in his design-there is the feeling that he can show other facets.

Taking into account that Netflix ordered the production of about twenty episodes and this season has 10, it is almost certain that "Disenchantment" has a second season. It is in this space in which the series could begin to show its true potential, remains to be seen if it reaches it.

On the IMDB page, it gets a score of 7.4 / 10 in its ranking, plus you can read some reviews made by fans in the following link:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5363918/

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