Disenchantment has always been an odd series, and Part 4 of the show is no different. Specific reveals changed my perception of the series, and the story’s particular direction was fun. Disenchantment Part 4 is bound to please fans and confuse some.
I remember watching this series when it first premiered back in 2018, and I was pretty surprised by it. The Simpsons & Futurama creator, Matt Groening, was hopefully bringing us another classic adult animated show. Some may say Disenchantment isn’t on the same level as the other Groening shows, but some elements are.
Disenchantment Part 4 adds to the ever-expanding story and the mystery surrounding Dreamland. I had a certain level of expectations for Part 4, as I had seen the series’ ups and downs. However, I will say, in this recent batch of ten episodes, I wasn’t disappointed. Bean, Elfo, and Lucy go on some crazy adventures, and I was all here for it.
Part 4 starts with a crazy reveal involving Bean, and with how they ended the last part, I instantly got hooked. What transpires from here is a chaotic, bizarre, and twist-filled ride. I won’t go into detail, but Elfo finds some crucial information to his backstory. Again, I appreciate this series’ approach to giving us new information that may not matter at the moment but could be essential for something later.
Once I feel I know mostly everything, I realize I don’t. While certain characters grow, others tend to be on the sideline, being more one-dimensional. That is the main issue with shows with many characters to juggle; some get the short end of the stick in most cases. Maybe more episodes would help with this issue, but ten episodes per part work great for the formula established.
Bean once again gets the most attention during Part 4. The significant story point with her in the back half made me want to rewatch specific episodes of the series again. Disenchantment might lack humor always landing, but succeeds in developing a compelling narrative and building this world within the show.
Even if certain actors embody several voices outside their primary role, the voice cast again shines. While I praise certain storylines, others felt placed to add to the episodes’ runtime. Prince Derek, who hasn’t added much to the series, once again is just around. The Disenchantment team is trying to develop him, but it isn’t working for me. King Zog, Bean’s father, has some funny moments.
However, besides one big moment for his character, he is just a part of whatever storyline unfolds. On the other hand, Queen Dagmer, Bean’s mother, has a minor role, but she is always significant. Her appearance always means we will get more answers, so they only use her when necessary.
After a while, this show could come across as stale. The jokes our leads have made against each other have been a staple since the beginning. Could the humor become dull after a while? It’s possible, but the team behind this series has found a way to keep it fresh.
The jokes don’t always land, but that is normal for most shows. Lucy seems to get the best lines once again, and as usual, they are against Elfo. Humor can be the hardest thing to write, and they have managed to write some great comedic moments between this crazy cast of characters. At times, the comedy takes a backseat to the story just unfolding, which I appreciate.
The animation is always a highlight for me when it comes to Disenchantment. The detail and care go into each frame. Noticing the tiny gags on signs or a character doing something is always fun to find. Part 4 also introduced some new characters, some more important than others.
It’s worth noting that characters appearing now, their importance might be held off till later. In particular, I can see one causing major shifts across Dreamland and even further than that.
For me, this show could shed its humor and focus on its narrative entirely. I would be okay with it, as there are more stories to tell. Most fans won’t agree, but I always enjoy the story more than the humor. It’s because the creators have built something truly remarkable with Disenchantment. It is uncertain if we are getting more episodes (hopefully, this changes), but I have enjoyed the ride and want it to continue for as long as possible.
Rating: 4 out of 5
The misadventures of hard-hitting, hard-drinking Queen Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci return and deepen in Part IV of Matt Groening’s comedy fantasy series Disenchantment.
The mystery of Dreamland’s origins – and the stakes for its future – become ever clearer as our trio – and King Zøg – find themselves on personal journeys that will ultimately tie in to the kingdom’s fate. Separated at the end of Part III, our heroes race to reunite in this sweeping series of ten episodes. They’ll find themselves everywhere from the depths of Hell to the clouds of Heaven and everywhere in between, including Ogreland, Steamland, underwater, monasteries, insane asylums, the Enchanted Forest, the Dreamscape and more. All the while, puzzle pieces both canonical and personal will reveal themselves to eager fans.
The series features the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson (“Bean”), Eric Andre (“Luci”) and Nat Faxon (“Elfo”) along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, Richard Ayoade, and Lucy Montgomery.