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Trollhunters - Season 1

The first two episodes of the series premiered on October 8, 2016, at the New York Comic Con.[1][3] The first season was released worldwide on Netflix on December 23, 2016.[4] The second season premiered on December 15, 2017,[5][6] and the third and final season premiered on May 25, 2018.[7][8]

Trollhunters - Season 1

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Since its release, Trollhunters has been widely praised as an ambitious and boundary-pushing animated series.[9] The series was nominated for nine Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017, winning more than any other animated or live-action television program that year.[10] In its first three seasons, it has also received or been nominated for a BAFTA Award, several Annie Awards, Kidscreen Awards, Golden Reel Awards, and a Saturn Award. The show has also spawned several original children's books and has been adapted into a series of graphic novels by Marc Guggenheim and Richard Hamilton, released by Dark Horse Comics.[11]

Anton Yelchin was part of the series through the first two seasons, as he had recorded enough dialogue[specify] to complete them before his sudden death.[12] Yelchin was also able to provide a portion of dialogue for the final season, while the remaining portions of dialogue were recorded by Emile Hirsch.[13][14]

The writing team remained small and consistent throughout its entire fifty-two episode run, allowing Marc Guggenheim, The Hageman Brothers, Aaron Waltke, Chad Quandt, and A.C. Bradley to build out all three seasons in advance of the show's premiere without interruption. This provided the writers a rare opportunity for an unusual amount of intricate planning and plot serialization to be woven throughout the series, including details planted for secrets that wouldn't be revealed until seasons later, sometimes even hinting at storylines for future installments of Tales of Arcadia that wouldn't be announced until years afterward.[21]

The two-episode pilot of the series premiered on October 8, 2016, at the New York Comic Con.[1][3] The first season consisted of 26 half-hour episodes which were released worldwide on Netflix on December 23, 2016.[4] The second season, consisting of 13 episodes, was released on December 15, 2017.[5][6] The third and final season, consisting of 13 episodes, was released on May 25, 2018.[7][8]

Trollhunters has received critical acclaim and positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 94% approval rating based on 16 reviews for the first season. The website's consensus reads, "Trollhunters manages to capture del Toro's enthusiasm for telling monster stories, in a youthful and more colorful fashion that may well earn him a new generation of fans."[25] On Metacritic, the season has a normalized score of 69 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26]

The second season of Trollhunters was nominated for six Annie Awards, tied for the most nominations of any television program in 2018.[28] It was also nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards, including Best Children's Animated Series, and won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program.

Trollhunters is heading back to Netflix back in December with season 2 or as Netflix is calling it, Part 2. The series will come with a somewhat refreshed cast and is hoping to once again woo over audiences like it did with the first season.

As you may know, Anton Yelchin tragically died since the release of the first season of Trollhunters but will be appearing in season 2 as he had already recorded most of his lines for the second season.

The first season includes 26 episodes, which could have been made into two seasons, and the 2nd season is 13 episodes. Yes, the first season is The Best - pure cinematic entertainment, especially the first half of it, including a few beautifully shot episodes, involving gnomes and goblins, the introduction of the story and characters to the viewer. Despite all this, the show has one of the best 2nd seasons of all time, no joke. Can't rate it lower than season 1.

On Friday, December 15th, Guillermo del Toro's animated fantasy series Trollhunters will return to Netflix for its second season, totaling 13 episodes. Trollhunters Season 2, under the shared-universe/franchise moniker of Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia now that spin-off series 3 Below and Wizards have been announced, continues the other-worldly adventures of Jim, Claire, Toby, and their troll allies against the evils of Gunmar and other atrocities yet to be unearthed.

Season 2 is more than just a return to the magic and mythology of the series' previous 26 episodes; it expands the show's fantasy elements, allows the relationships to mature, and takes bold chances with the story's narrative structure. With only half the episodes compared to Season 1, some minor plots and characters are sidelined in favor of pushing others into the spotlight, but the fast pace and brilliant breakdown of this season's story arcs make Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia an incredibly enjoyable binge-watching experience that will leave you wanting more. (Keep an eye out for my interview with executive producer Marc Guggenheim following Season 2's debut tomorrow.)

Now that you've had sufficient warning about spoilers, let's get into it. Season 2 of Trollhunters wastes no time picking up from where the previous season left off. If you need a refresher, basically Jim the Trollhunter (the late Anton Yelchin) traveled through the Killahead Bridge into the Darklands, Gunmar the Black's domain, in search of Enrique Nuñez, the infant brother/"stolen child" of Claire (Lexi Medrano). But since only the Trollhunter and his amulet could activate the bridge, once Jim passed through it, Claire, Toby (Charlie Saxton), and Blinky (Kelsey Grammer) were left on the other side with no way to contact him. That's where Season 2 picks up, and the conflict serves as the focal point of the first five episodes.

One of the strengths of this season is its breakdown into three distinct arcs. Episodes 1-5 form up around the paired journeys of Jim's attempt to locate and rescue Enrique in the vast and dangerous maze that is the Darklands, and his friends' attempt to restore contact with Jim from the outside world. Complicating these efforts are both the machinations of Gunmar's cronies within the Darklands--led by Mark Hamill's character, a new and clever addition to the cast of characters--and the paranoid, reactionary decisions of the trolls' tribunal--their council of elders, led by Vendel (Victor Raider-Wexler) and newcomer Queen Usurna, wonderfully voiced by Anjelica Huston--which aim to destroy Killahead Bridge once and for all, trapping their allies and enemies within the Darklands. (Oh and let's not forget about AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore), whose stony status might not be so permanent after all...)

This arc is a fantastic start to the season. It resolves the questions fans have had for the past year or so while subtly sliding in new, nebulous, and increasingly nefarious threats like the Janus Order and the mysterious Pale Lady. The early episodes also make good on the spectre of Gunmar (Clancy Brown), bringing him into the flesh substantially for the first time. Fans also get to spend some time with old friends Nomura and Kanjigar, learn more mythology about Gunmar's own considerable past and powers, and bring the Season 1 journey to a satisfying conclusion.

But once that conclusion hits, hold onto your butts because Season 2 takes off in new and interesting ways. I'll neither confirm nor deny Jim's return from the Darklands, but I'll say that the events of those first five episodes heavily impact what comes afterwards. The middle section of this season, Episodes 5 - 11, are where the creative team really hit their stride; their confidence in the material (and in their fanbase) is clear since they take increasingly bold chances with the storytelling style. The basics are covered here: The conflict between the Trollhunters and Gunmar's forces simmers in the background while we get new hits of mythology and weaponcraft for each of our heroes along with increasingly mature relationships developing among them; we even get bits of backstory explaining their home life, upbringing, and parental problems a bit more. But it's in episodes like "Just Add Water" and "Creepslayerz", the eighth and ninth episodes respectively, that Trollhunters Season 2 shines. These are companion episodes that are built around the same plot--the high schoolers pair up to care for their own "flour babies" in health class--but are told from wildly different perspectives from some unexpected characters. They're an absolute delight; they might even hold some clues as to what's to come in the spin-off series...

Other standout episodes include Episode 10, "The Reckless Club", which is a very fun homage to 80s John Hughes movies like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, as well as the time-turning eleventh episode, "Unbecoming", which acts as a sort of It's a Wonderful Life take on Jim's original decision to become the Trollhunter. And while the storytellers are clearly having a blast in the middle of this season, the hard-hitting emotional moments and action-packed adventures mostly live at both the beginning and the end of this season. Some of the toughest choices and decisions are made in the final two episodes, which will change everything for Trollhunters going forward. There's not a weak episode in the bunch and I'll be amazed if you're able to stop mid-binge session without saying, "Just one more."

And speaking of emotional moments, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the late Yelchin's work in this season, of which he had provided the entirety of his performance before his untimely passing. He knocks it out of the Troll Market in this season. Jim is better developed in these 13 episodes than he was in the previous 26 and Yelchin's performance reflects that. Jim himself is divided at times by the various powers of his amulet, but never moreso than in Episode 7, "Hero with a Thousand Faces" which lets Yelchin try out roughly a half-dozen various personalities of Jim. It's a blast. But the undercurrent of such fun, carefree episodes, and such moments of heartbreaking loss and uplifting victory for Jim and his pals, is that Yelchin is no longer with us and never even got to see his performance and character become so beloved by fans around the world. It truly is bittersweet. The best we can do is enjoy the time we get to share with him. 041b061a72


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