Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Dragons Review: "Alvin and the Outcasts"
Though Mildew stepped up to the plate as the main antagonist of the first part of this story, Alvin the Treacherous represents the first full-fledged villain to be introduced to the series, and what a villain he is! While Mildew has mostly served as a comedic antagonist, there is nothing funny about Alvin. Though the pacing is quick due to the nature of being a TV show, Alvin is still firmly established as a force to be reckoned with. The climax of this episodes brings with it some of the fiercest action seen in the franchise as a whole, original movie included.
This episode was not completely devoid of the humor we've seen in the previous episodes, but there was a much larger emphasis on suspense and action this time around. Plus, my long standing complaint that Stoic the Vast has so little personality in this show is addressed at last, and in a big way. Stoic is a very prominent character and, at last, he's the powerful viking we saw in the film once again.
"Alvin and the Outcasts" manages to end on a very satisfying note for this two part story but it also sets up some interesting new directions for the series and it actually does not tie up all the loose ends, leaving threads for future episodes to deal with. Looks like Riders of Berk is as strong as ever.