Netflix’s Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix is ​​a shotgun blast of Ubisoft’s irreverent fun.

October 19, 2023 by No Comments


Netflix’s Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix is ​​a shotgun blast of Ubisoft’s irreverent fun.

Sat down to watch. Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon RemixI wasn’t sure what to expect. Sure, the series might be a little mature for being on Netflix. But of course, as the series uses a ton of Ubisoft characters and references, that wasn’t going to happen. too on top. Okay fine?

Okay fine?

No, absolutely wrong. It turns out that series creator and executive producer (and voice actor, but who’s counting?) Adi Shankar had pretty much carte blanche from Ubisoft to go wild with his features, a wild science. You can mix and match elements from all of Ubi’s franchises to create a fictional story. Which somehow comes together at the seams. Shankar doesn’t shy away from throwing in gore, violence, and even a bit of sex for good measure, but still maintains a certain level of anarchic focus throughout the proceedings. This show is a ton of fun.

In an alternate-future (past?) version of 1992 United States, robot-armed villain Dolph Laserhawk and his boyfriend Alex Taylor are agents of chaos, mercenaries in a repressive land run by evil corporations. When Super Buff betrays Alex Dolph (this isn’t a spoiler, it’s shown in pretty much every trailer), Laserhawk is captured and imprisoned in Supermax, where Warden as his assembling a team of n’er-do-well inmates to work on. private army. Yes, the team has bombs in their heads that will explode if disobeyed, and yes, this plot element looks suspiciously familiar.

It begins a crazy adventure that takes turns in six 25-30 minute episodes of the season. I have to admit, I sat down last Saturday night, expecting to watch an episode or two and ended up watching the whole damn series, cringing at the carnage on display.

Captain Laserhawk doesn’t hesitate to change the animation style – sometimes in the middle of scenes – and uses all sorts of visual tricks to keep the action interesting. But while animation studio Bobby Pills’ artistry is often breathtaking, it’s always in service of the story, which is quite entertaining. I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but expect a lot of shocks, including some unexpected characters from Ubisoft’s stable who come to the show and shake things up in the most surprising and wonderful ways. I lost count of all the references, but they come fast and furious. Hell, even Just Dance gets a passing reference.

It’s nice to see video games being translated into other media in ways that aren’t trashy or exploitative – or at least, they’re trashy and exploitative in a good, high-quality way. Ubisoft and fans of adult animation in general should plan on tuning in, if only to get a thrill out of the wild things they do with Rayman. It’s only a few hours long, and it’s well worth your time.

Oh, and Killer Bullfrog kicks all kinds of ass. I love it, and want a stuffed toy as soon as possible.

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