Disenchantment season 3 review: A hilarious and rewarding third chapter

DISENCHANTMENT (L to R) Abbi Jacobson as Bean and Nat Faxon as Elfo in DISENCHANTMENT. Cr. NETFLIX © 2020
DISENCHANTMENT (L to R) Abbi Jacobson as Bean and Nat Faxon as Elfo in DISENCHANTMENT. Cr. NETFLIX © 2020 /

Disenchantment season 3 is a must-watch on Netflix

The stellar cast and smorgasbord of clever jokes make the latest drunken medieval misadventures of Disenchantment season 3 worth the watch.

Disenchantment’s first two seasons were big hits with subscribers, so much so Netflix ordered 20 more episodes to be split into two more side-splitting seasons. After some unfortunate delays, Disenchantment season 3 has finally arrived, and the series from The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening delivers an equal mix of solid character building, impressive visuals, and gut-busting humor, making the third installment a must-binge affair from start to finish.

One would be hardpressed not to get sucked in instantly and find themselves under the Netflix original animated series spell. Disenchantment season 3 now gives the streaming powerhouse another solid background show to help replace The Office and fill the void for subscribers that miss the days they could watch other adult-oriented cartoons like American Dad or Family Guy.

The story for the series never ceases to impress and is a perfect choice for anyone that finds themselves a fan of all things fantasy. The show follows the adventures and shenanigans of Princess Tiabeanie, aka Bean and her loyal compadres Luci and Elfo, through a well-crafted, parody-filled world that never ceases to amaze and force viewers to roll on the floor cracking up.

Picking things up directly where season 2 left off, Bean, Luci, and Elfo narrowly escape being burned alive, falling through the ground to encounter Dagmar once again accompanied by a ton of Trogs under her control. The back and forth between mother and daughter never gets old, and seeing Bean pretend to be her mother is the greatest hist moment for Disenchantment season 3, without a doubt.

From there, the story stays pretty on par with the previous two runs and does have moments of defying expectations. Returning to Dreamland is always an enjoyable endeavor, and the creators do an unbelievable job bringing that place to life. If they wanted to make a spinoff taking place entirely in the superbly structured environment, no subscriber would complain.

It’s really wonderful how the narrative always provides viewers with the unexpected. When people think they know how the story will go, the curve balls Disenchantment terrifically throws curveballs at home audiences really keeps them entertained and coming back for more. This latest run is a twist-filled affair with some nice callbacks and fun surprises.

But what really sets this show apart from the competition and makes it one of Netflix’s finest is the characters. Bean’s character development this season was all sorts of amazing, from her experimenting with the Mermaid Mora to finally taking responsibility, becoming Queen in the process. She still isn’t perfect, but fans can all free she is a beautiful mess that one can’t resist to root for.

There is, however, less Luci, which is not ideal, and King Zod’s Schitick of going crazy after being buried alive, gets old real fast. On the other hand, Oona probably has her best season yet, and the trove of new characters introduced also adds significant value to both the comedy and the overall story.

The cast that brings these loveable personalities to life is the real MVPs of Disenchantment season 3. Abbi Jacobson is phenomenal as Bean and has really found a solid rhythm with the show’s main player. Nat Faxon is flat-out brilliant as Elfo, especially when he tries to blend in too high society at one point, and Eric Andre, despite being underutilized in this time around, also steals the show with his unmistakably devilish wit and charm.

The one thing, though, that absolutely has to be mentioned and given a robust amount of credit for that it may not receive is the animation. While it may seem to look similar to Futurama and The Simpsons, it is a world beyond those two classics, and some would argue one of the best in the game today.

The wide shots of Dreamland to the landscape imagery are all drop-dead fantastic, and Disenchantment season 3 doesn’t hold anything back in that department. Everything in Steamland is brilliant, and there is no shortage of honors and accolades the talented individuals responsible for the Netflix original series alluring animation definitely deserve.

While Disenchantment season 3 is not necessarily the show’s best season yet, it does offer up a laugh-out-loud experience from start to finish that fans of the series will not be disappointed with, and newcomers will have three spectacular sets of episodes to enjoy. There is no doubt the latest drunken misadventure is worth a watch and will undoubtedly raise the anticipation for the already ordered Disenchantment season 4 to an all-time high.

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