If you have finished watching it, you should watch Mother's Basement video on it. It's titled something like "How The Dragon Prince captures the spirit of Avatar". It has spoilers, but i think it's a solid review.
Ehh...I definitely like Rayla (if mainly because she spurs nearly as many instances of "you splendid little fool" from me as Book 1 Korra), Amaya (love silent snarkers), Ellis (want to protect), and to some degree King Harrow. Also: Zym, if so far rather inchoate, is a precious little adorabadass. I'm fairly neutral on everyone else in the cast who isn't Viren (he needs to rot in an oubliette or something).
And I take back what I said about having seen all that there is of it so far; I didn't know Season 2 was actually out yet.
Wouldn't say it's comparable to A:TLA, though. Don't get me wrong; I like it...but, even so.
My major complaint is people already saying "It's SO good" "It's great!" "It definetely feels like Avatar!"
It's been two seasons, I can confidently say "It's good, but it's not great, and it's not Avatar at all". If Avatar was a 10/10, TDP is a 7/10 or 8/10 if I'm being generous, not even close; but it is better than Korra, which I give a 6/10 (and I'm saying this as someone who loves more LoK than AtLA).
To me, the animation was the biggest turn-off, and it actually made my eyes hurt (I have astigmatism). But the art is really good. Now, in season two there was definitely an improvement, but I dropped it in the first episode, because the fights were unamusing and the character interactions were boring.
Rayla is, actually my least favorite character ^^;. From my own experience it's like "I'm definetely the character designed to be fan-favorite, I have a cool design, I'm an OP female, but I also have human-like flaws to be #sorelatable and #quirky." And that actually annoyed the hell out of me. Like, Carol Danvers is one of my favorite female characters and shares the exact same qualities as her that I just mentioned (for the most part), but the reason why Carol works for me and Rayla not is because…well I can't think of anything other than Infinity War made me interested…OH YEAH, I had actual interest on the character, while Rayla just came out of the blue, or at least that's how her introduction felt like to me.
It's curious that, for the most part, I like more how the show was done and how passionate are the people behind it , but I dislike the content of the show itself (story and characters), and that makes me feel so dissapointed in myself.
I don't know; Callum seemed more "designed to be the fan favorite" to me. Aside from being the king's stepson (and while actually being next in the succession line might make him less relatable, being royalty in and of itself doesn't necessarily; in fact, being royalty and behind his younger brother in the succession line might make him more relatable) and being a mage (and that helps define him as a cerebral character), he's clearly engineered to be sort of an "every-boy" with whom the presumed main audience can identify—nerdy, kind of generic-looking, competent but awkward and insecure, and so on.
While Rayla does demonstrate the "Our Elves are Better" trope to some degree? (Note that I don't normally like elves much as an entire concept, and that trope is the big reason why.) For the most part, she's the overachiever who keeps ending up figuratively falling on her butt.
Like, Carol Danvers is one of my favorite female characters and shares the exact same qualities as her that I just mentioned (for the most part), but the reason why Carol works for me and Rayla not is because…well I can't think of anything other than Infinity War made me interested…OH YEAH, I had actual interest on the character, while Rayla just came out of the blue, or at least that's how her introduction felt like to me
Let me see if i can get this straight. You like Carol, someone who has been introduced as a pivotal character to the fight against Thanos, and who only gets introduced mere months before the climax the MCU has been building up for over a decade. That's allright, you can like whichever character you want. But then you say Rayla, who was introduced in the first episode, "came out of the blue"?
Is that a personal problem, or can you explain it more?
To be honest, it probably is a personal problem, at first thought is simply "I like Carol, I dislike Rayla". I tried to find out why was that with a logical explanation on why was that the case.
I think that it has to do with the fact that I had some previous background with the character of Carol Danvers, when I knew her as Ms Marvel way back in the day, so maybe there's a bit of nostalgia added. But she wasn't even in my top 10 at all, in fact I didn't care about the character at all until the end of Infinity War.
It maybe has to do as well as the way the characters were portrayed. I mean, I've watched Captain Marvel, it's in the top 5 worst MCU movies, but still pretty enjoyable; the character of Carol Danvers wasn't really the highlight of the movie, but I still found her charismatic, maybe it was because of the actress Brie Larson, who adds what she can to make the character more likeable. From an objective standpoint, Rayla is probably a better written character than Carol Danvers in her own movie, but it's just that Rayla doesn't make the cut for me for some reason, like, I had no interest or motivation whatsoever in knowing more about her compared to Carol Danvers.
I like The Dragon Prince as well. I'd say Esbern and Rayla two of my favorite characters in the story so far. The story, characters and world building, while definitely having a good foundation, I have a feeling are definitely going to better find their rhythm in season 3 given how the last episode of season 2 ended. Either way, I DO appreciate the fact that "shipping" is largely in the BACKGROUND where it belongs. A welcome chance from The Legend of Korra (even though I love that show too). I definitely wouldn't compare The Dragon Prince to Avatar: The Last Airbender, but it is one of the few animated shows I'm currently watching off and on.