Story by Max Franks
Once upon a time, in a fantasy land far far away, there was a TV show. This TV show, known as Disenchantment, was expected to be the next great show by Matt Groening, known for such works as The Simpsons and Futurama. The sad truth of the matter was that Disenchantment could not live up to the expectations of the masses.
The show is about a rebellious princess, Bean, and her journeys across Dreamland with her companions Elfo the elf, and Lucy the demon. The plot doesn’t really pick up until the last few episodes, and there doesn’t really seem to be antagonist until the end of the season.
One of the main problems that the show has is that it seems like it is written for TV, instead of a Streaming Service. Groening and his team of writers have master-crafted writing for TV, but the setups and punchlines aren’t as effective for a show with no breaks, leaving lots of dead air in between jokes.
The plot itself is rather standard fantasy and falls into many tropes, including a forced romantic subplot that seemed like it didn’t need to be there. There are many creative ideas though, and interesting takes on standard tropes, but they aren’t really as fleshed out as they should be.
Though the show isn’t perfect, it still manages to be funny at times. One of the best examples of this is Eric Andre’s character Lucy, who- despite being a stand-in bender- was a highlight of the show.
The show is fine. No-where near the level of something like Futurama, but okay. Though this may be the thing that hurts the show the most.
Being painfully average is sometimes worse than being amazingly horrible, and if Groening doesn’t change something about the show, it will be forever remembered as “Meh.”