Willow - Official Teaser Trailer

I think the person who said they thought that the world of "Willow" was post apocalyptic might be on to something. Did anyone take a good look at the ruined city where Airk is being held? Would would a fantasy "medieval" city need 6 lane roads, let alone overpasses? It also has a modern style grid layout and a distinctly high-rise skyline.
This is overthinking it. Willow is neither medieval or post-apocalypse. It's quite deliberately ahistorical, which is why they put a piece of modern music in each episode to drive that point home.

Weird alien city is weirdly alien. GenericFantasyland is full of them.
 

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jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
I just started watching this tonight and, while it's not perfect, it's been a lot of fun for me. Warwick is especially entertaining. I'm glad that Disney decided to go through with this series.
 

Ryujin

Legend
This is overthinking it. Willow is neither medieval or post-apocalypse. It's quite deliberately ahistorical, which is why they put a piece of modern music in each episode to drive that point home.

Weird alien city is weirdly alien. GenericFantasyland is full of them.
Just pointing out that it seems a fair bit of effort was put into making the skyline look like a modern city. That's a fair bit away from 'weirdly alien' in that it looks quite familiar to modern viewers.
 

Wolfram stout

Adventurer
The Airk scenes were mildly interesting, but I can't quite tell whether he's caught up in some kind of magic which inevitably leads him back to the city, or if he's just terrible at navigation.

The show is very D&D. Airk's player is the guy that shows up for the first session and then misses several. He was suppose to show up this week so the DM had him escape but the player bailed again at the last minute. So, the DM just threw the character back into the city.
 


Argyle King

Legend
Drastic change to the trolls from the movie.

They went from wild beasts to C-list Star Trek villains with Xena: Warrior Princess dialogue.

The show isn't what I would imagine would follow up on the movie. I still enjoy the show as something lighter to casually watch. I just had to mentally adjust to a very different tone, genre, and style.
 


Argyle King

Legend
Just because the trolls in the movie didn't speak, there was no reason to suppose they couldn't speak.


True

But I would say that bestial semi-upright movements and violent behavior while loitering in the ruins of civilization is noticeably different than being a suzerain of an elaborate underground complex and a slavery ring.

The episode's dialogue hints that maybe whatever Bavmorda did to help refine their worm-juice changed them in some way.

I still enjoy show. It's just very different than I thought it would be.
 

MarkB

Legend
True

But I would say that bestial semi-upright movements and violent behavior while loitering in the ruins of civilization is noticeably different than being a suzerain of an elaborate underground complex and a slavery ring.

The episode's dialogue hints that maybe whatever Bavmorda did to help refine their worm-juice changed them in some way.

I still enjoy show. It's just very different than I thought it would be.
One thing I did wish we got to see was some of their creepy wall-crawling. That was really well-done in the movie.
 


MarkB

Legend
Good use of the modern music in this one, backing a training montage which was actually edited to the music.

The Shattered Sea turns out to be a rather unique location that would make for an interesting locale in many D&D campaigns. Kenneth is adorable.

The B plot with Airk, on the other hand, played out pretty much as predictably as it possibly could have.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
A few scenes got a hard eye roll from me, but overall I enjoyed it. The ending has me excited for the season finale.
 

Ryujin

Legend
Something that I forgot to mention last episode: I really wish that they had done something to hide the 5mm thick "edge" on Madmartigan's sword. Just rounding it off, instead of leaving it flat, would have made it look more like an edge by not showing such a wide area of reflected light. Maybe I'm just too sensitive to it, having a small collection of swords?
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Something that I forgot to mention last episode: I really wish that they had done something to hide the 5mm thick "edge" on Madmartigan's sword. Just rounding it off, instead of leaving it flat, would have made it look more like an edge by not showing such a wide area of reflected light. Maybe I'm just too sensitive to it, having a small collection of swords?
I didn't notice it, but I don't have much real-world experience with swords. But I've had to work at ignoring things I see in movies involving guns, lest I lose all sense of immersion or annoy my wife with sarcastic comments. I'm not even a "gun guy." I just have enough experience with guns to note the silliness. Also, I was really into snakes when younger and that is another thing that I can't help unsee in movies. When they use corn or milk snakes as stand-ins for poisonous snakes. When you know even a bit about something that showmakers expect that vast majority of viewers will know nothing about, you are going to find yourself annoyed by things that most people don't give a second thought about.

Luckily I don't know enough about magic for its depictions in shows to bother me. ;-)
 

Ryujin

Legend
I didn't notice it, but I don't have much real-world experience with swords. But I've had to work at ignoring things I see in movies involving guns, lest I lose all sense of immersion or annoy my wife with sarcastic comments. I'm not even a "gun guy." I just have enough experience with guns to note the silliness. Also, I was really into snakes when younger and that is another thing that I can't help unsee in movies. When they use corn or milk snakes as stand-ins for poisonous snakes. When you know even a bit about something that showmakers expect that vast majority of viewers will know nothing about, you are going to find yourself annoyed by things that most people don't give a second thought about.

Luckily I don't know enough about magic for its depictions in shows to bother me. ;-)
And, of course, King Snakes standing in for Coral Snakes. "Red touch yellow, kill a fellow. Red touch black, venom lack."

Some things just jump right out at me in a terrible way, like obviously blunt sword blades. I didn't mention that it also looked like it was made of aluminum, because a goodly number of stunt weapons are. If I remember correctly a ton of the swords in LotR were aluminum.

Then there's the 30 MPH motorcycle chases. ( I have 8 racing schools, two advanced street riding schools, and over 20 years of motorcycle racing photography in my background.)

... and armour (I make both welded steel and costume grade aluminum chainmail.)

... and the guns. (Firearms and Restricted Weapons certs here in Canada)

... and the archery. (No expert but I know the basics, and make bows from oak and PVC pipe.)

EDIT - And let's not get started on the on-screen "computer hacking" :ROFLMAO:

I try to ignore such things, however, some transgressions are particularly egregious. I appreciate when the effort is made to make something at least look real.
 
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Aeson

I learned nerd for this.
EDIT - And let's not get started on the on-screen "computer hacking" :ROFLMAO:

I try to ignore such things, however, some transgressions are particularly egregious. I appreciate when the effort is made to make something at least look real.
"Can you zoom in and enhance that license plate?"
 

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