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Dragons: Race to the Edge

So an interesting show that I discovered on Netflix is Dragons Race to the Edge. It is a continuation of the How to Train Your Dragon┬ámovies. David and I both loved the How to Train Your Dragon story, partly because: who doesn’t love dragons?

The show brings us to the dragon riders having explored most of the area, discovering most of the dragons along the way. At the beginning Hiccup is having a bit of a crisis as to what to do now, so of course suddenly they discover something that opens up a whole new world!

It has been interesting to watch the continuation of these stories, but they only got some of the voice talent back so when first watching it there were moments that were a little jarring, but overall it has been a fun exploration.

Continuing the Story

How to Train Your Dragon actually functions as a perfect story for a larger series. I mean who doesn’t want to see a group of people riding around one dragons, finding more dragons? It is great because they have trained some dragons, but they show that there are dragons that they can understand yet cannot be tamed.

The other side is that with the introduction of the dragon hunters they can use that to create an appropriate villain for dragon riders. Besides just general dragon hunters there is also a crazy Viking from Bart who is obsessed with Hiccup, which makes for a pretty good counterpart to our main character. In general it is a fun ride and the more dragons they find the better!

Different Voice Actors

Luckily they got some of the main voice actors for the show, but there were enough that were different that it is a little jarring at first. Now getting Hiccup, Astrid, Tuffnut, and Fishlegs helps a ton because those are the main characters, although Ruffnut is a different voice, which can be jarring. The more difficult one is that Stoik was voiced by Gerard Buttler in the movies and it would be difficult to get someone to replicate that voice – so they don’t really even try. As the show goes on the different voices become a little less weird, but it would be difficult to go back and forth.

Netflix Originals

Netflix has been doing some interesting shows lately and this is just another one in a growing list. It is a fascinating choice to take two in-theatre movies and choose to continue the story on the small screen. Yet, they seem to have kept the heart from the movies, which helps make the show successful (with 3 seasons currently on Netflix). It will be interesting to see what other shows might end up on Netflix that you wouldn’t think it would be continuing.

 

No One Likes the Watchers

You know the old saying – who watches the Watchers? Well maybe the answer is no one. Because who actually likes the Watchers?

I got to thinking about this when Holly started replaying Dragon Age: Origins recently. I started really noticing some notices between a few different Watcher organizations: the Dragon Age Grey Wardens, the Game of Thrones Night’s Watch, and the Dragonriders of the Pern series.

So let me draw some parallels between the three, and consider how the society around them have forgotten and ignored their purpose – and instead end up resentful. And then, for comparison, one other Watcher group – the Gunslingers from the Dark Tower series. I’ll try to keep spoilers limited. Onward!

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W is for White Walker

WThe White Walkers in A Song of Ice and Fire are an extremely mysterious enemy. They are used in an interesting way in the stories because the audience knows and recognizes the horror that could be happening, but not many other people do. At the same time while the audience knows they exist and knows that they are going to do bad things we do not know their motivation. There seems to be a force driving them forward, but is there a larger evil or is it just a general lust for destruction. It does create a sense of mystery in the show and a lot of tension because as all these things are happening on one side we know something big is brewing on the other side. Continue reading