Friday, July 3, 2015

Dragons: Race to the Edge - Dragon Eye of the Beholder

Set before the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Netflix' new series Dragons: Race to the Edge continues the adventures of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Toothless, and their friends. The two-part opener "Dragon Eye of the Beholder" deals with the return of Dagur the Deranged (David Faustino) and his search for treasure in a ship graveyard in the dense fog bank near the edge of the Archipelago, a battle with a new dragon, and the introduction of a mysterious artifact which will propel Hiccup on new adventures over the course of the season's 13 episodes.

Despite Dagur outsmarting Hiccup and making off with the treasure, Hiccup does manage to snag an unusual artifact. To open it he'll need to help of Gothi and convince his friends to join him on a dangerous journey to Glacier Island to steal a tooth of the deadly Snow Wraith.

Although it to ends in a cliffhanger as to the true nature of the Dragon's Eye, "Part 2" is the more entertaining of the pair. Despite being completely insane and having a personal grudge against Hiccup there's little that makes Dagur all that interesting a foil. The Snow Wraith, hidden within its own natural element, is a far more dangerous foe for the young vikings to test their skills against.

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