Disenchantment is the brand new show on Netflix in an anime format. It received a lot of criticism with its Season 1 and failed to impress people. Despite being developed by anime sitcom high brow Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein, it didn’t do much for audiences. Forget about matching the level of The Simpsons; it wasn’t even up to the match of BoJack Horseman or Futurama. So with a pretty disappointing Season 1, where is Disenchantment headed towards?
Obviously, audiences are going to get a season 2 of Disenchantment. There are ten more episodes, on the least waiting to be made. But let’s not write off the series as an utter failure. Let’s give it a fair chance, shall we? There’s always room for improvement and today we’ll discuss the things that IMO could level up disenchantment to a really good Netflix series.
1. Better Narrative:
From the beginning, itself Disenchantment lacked a build up. It was too predictable. For example, the series didn’t create enough buzz over the conspiracy against Dreamland or Princess Bean’s hidden past. They were easily predictable at the end. No drama, no build up meant no entertaining climax. The show was over by the time it was actually over.
Maybe next time, the show makers don’t tie loose ends so fast. Maybe they should leave more room for suspicion. A dramatic narrative needs to be built from the very start for Disenchantment Season 2 to succeed.
2. Widen The Scope Of The Show:
I mean if the makers wanted another Futurama or The Simpsons they shouldn’t have made this one, maybe. I am not suggesting that the series follows The Simpsons or Futurama pattern. It, of course, is based on a bizarre fantasy world. A world it has failed to capitalize upon. It believes in complacency. The Kingdom of Dreamland is all we saw in Disenchantment Season 1.
In Futurama, for example, Planet Express crew travels to a bizarre new world each time. The show became too static and too boring to have contained itself to Dreamland. No plot twists were introduced which also meant no character development was seen.
3. Storylines That Move Through Episodes:
The Simpsons is a very episodic show. You pick up a random episode, you watch it, and you will have absolutely no problem understanding unless of course, you are aware of the basics. Now, in contrast, the USP of Disenchantment is that storylines here extend to episodes.
The whole Season can be treated as one story. Such a format gives Disenchantment the freedom to tell a larger story. But unfortunately, in this case, it fails to deliver one larger storyline. The story becomes unwatchable after an episode. The Netflix format is a blessing in itself, but episodes of Disenchantment are a plain standalone than any other show in history.
4. Bean-Elfo Love Story Not Embraced Enough
What’s a TV show without a good old love story? Now when I mentioned a standalone storyline or limited scope of the show, Bean Elfo love story can be used as an example. Given the nature of their relationship, I can’t help but think why did the show-runners choose not to capitalize on it! Bean is shown as a nonimpressive partner to Elfo who seems smitten without any reason.