I’m a casual fan of Critical Role, meaning I got into it way too late and don’t usually have the free time to watch the VoDs or the streams. I tried getting caught up on the story of the first two campaigns but was never able to do so. That being said I knew about some of the characters but wasn’t completely aware of the major story arcs. The Legend of Vox Machina is the most streamlined way of getting into the first campaign.
The characters are voiced by the people that played them. Grog is voiced by Travis Willingham, Scanlan Shorthalt is voiced by Sam Riegel, Keyleth is voiced by Marisha Ray, Vax’ildan Vessar is voiced by Liam O’Brien, Vex’ahlia Vessar is voiced by Laura Bailey, Percy de Rolo is voiced by Taliesin Jaffe, and Pike Trickfoot is voiced by Ashley Johnson. Outside of the main cast the most consistent voice is Matthew Mercer, who was the DM for the campaign. There’s a star-studded cast that is pretty insane.
The first season streamlines the start of the mercenary company called Vox Machina. The animation for the series is outstanding. The way that the animation translates the spells from Dungeons and Dragons and how they affect the world around them is interesting. I also appreciate how they make the different kinds of magic in the world react differently. There’s a lot of care put into the adaptation of the story that they had told.
The Legend of Vox Machina season 1 is a fantastic, animated fantasy show aimed for a more adult audience and is a good way to get into Critical Role. There are twelve episodes in the first season and you can watch through them quickly, which is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a curse because the second season hasn’t been announced yet. The blessing is you can rewatch it quickly and it also give you time to get into Dungeons and Dragons. The Legend of Vox Machina is available on Amazon Prime Video. I give season 1 of The Legend of Vox Machina 9.5 kegs of ale out of 10.