Sinners Dance with Dragons #01 — Elves Can’t Cook

April 5th, 2018


If you're going to do elves, then do elves.


Was the goddamned minute and a half introductory infodump really needed? Especially if you're going to just follow it up with the two dudes sitting around a campfire telling each other who they are, what they do, why they do it, and how they did it? Unfortunately, the promos did seem to be pretty indicative of the action; mostly posing, grunting, transformation bits, and announcing technobabble only to immediately follow it with an explanation of the babble. Something approaching an attempt is made, but unless you measure a fight scene by the amount of grunting, you're going to be left wanting.

The rest of the episode is also pretty dull, and more unfortunately, I suspect by design. The soundtrack helps. A very Wild Arms/western kind of motif. Maybe it's just because it's unusual. The CG people everywhere, not so much. I guess dull is better than being obnoxious, but it's the first damn episode. Posing, grunting, and a couple stills of hacking into a dragon can't be all you're bringing to the table. The protagonists continue to bumble around, announcing each other's, and occasionally, their own, personality traits and situation, for nobody's benefit but the unseen audience watching their every action. You set up a magic/science world of dragon hunters, and instead show them shopping for potatoes, arguing about the cost of accessories, and being traumatized by elven cooking. Or maybe her table manners. There's other exposition from various randos going on in the background that references them that we cut to occasionally, but even at the end of the episode, they're still not actually tied into events not-actually-yet-in-progress.

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2 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Neclord X says:

    This one was surprisingly decent. It was like suddenly jumping to the 2000s (lately I have a lot this feeling while watching things like B or Sword Gai and is a feeling I like). It lacked a bit in the action department, but aside of that it was decent.

  • DP says:

    I liked the fact that elven food is terrible for humans.

    Overall thought the episode was kind of boring but mixed with a sprinkling of interesting details about the world and characters.

    Opening was probably the worst part. When will people making movies or TV realize that an opening on an action scene is utterly worthless UNLESS you give us a reason to care about the people involved in the action. If you’re good, you CAN do it DURING the action, but that takes a lot more skill than most people have.

    Bond movies (or whatever) can get by with opening action scenes because we know who Bond is already. New characters we don’t have a reason to care about? Nope. Introduce them first, or make the action scene one that is set up to showcase their personalities… not their powers.