The Bravest Knight
- TV Series
This story revolves around a young pumpkin farmer's adventure as he attempts to become the bravest knight who ever lived.This story revolves around a young pumpkin farmer's adventure as he attempts to become the bravest knight who ever lived.This story revolves around a young pumpkin farmer's adventure as he attempts to become the bravest knight who ever lived.
Even though our protagonist, Cedric, is canonically gay, he's not a Gary-Stu (a character who has no flaws whatsoever). He makes mistakes, especially shown in the flashbacks when he was a child, but grows as a character over time and matures enough just in time to teach his daughter Nia the lessons he learned. Nella, on the other hand, is a Mary Sue who never makes mistakes, and she's biracial. Also, The Bravest Knight has menacing villains, especially the villain featured in episode 7, she was by far the most menacing villain of the series (at least of the episodes that I've watched, I haven't seen every episode), while Nella has whiny villains that are way too easily defeated. TBK is gender-neutral, while NTPK tries to be gender-neutral but is too girly.
The Bravest Knight has anything anyone could possibly want in a fantasy cartoon. A wide variety of creatures (such as giants, trolls and fairies), a lot of adventure, an overarching plot, good character development, moral lessons, decent animation, and positive LGBTQ representation. This is the kind of show I wish I had when I was younger, as the show has a lot of good messages to take away on problem-solving, kindness, and acceptance. When I was younger, there were no animated shows for kids with LGBTQ rep, but now that I'm older, all these amazing kids shows are popping up with casual rep, and it's amazing. Although the show sometimes can be a bit preachy. One example was in the episode with the fairies, which features a male fairy named Lucy. Grunt says that Lucy is a girl name, and Lucy says that names belong to people, not genders. While what Lucy said is 100% true and people can choose whatever name they want, that line was kinda shoehorned in and if you took it off, the episode would be largely the same.
On that topic, while the show achieves at being a good fantasy show for kids, it does have flaws. Some of the stories are a bit boring at times, but not as ungodly boring as Abby Hatcher though. Sometimes there are random fades to black, even though this show is on Hulu (a streaming service), and depending on which plan you have, the commercials air BEFORE the show, not during it. It's almost as if this show was made to be on a cable network like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network or Disney Channel, but they switched to Hulu at the last minute. Also, why is this show rated TV-PG? The content is rather tame for that rating. It should be at least a TV-Y7. Finally, Cedric and Andrew's daughter Nia is at the forefront of the promotional posters, even though she only appears at the start and end of the episodes, and most of the episodes are flashbacks to when Cedric was a kid, told as flashbacks to Nia.
Even though the show is flawed, it's an enjoyable watch with a good story and well-written characters, so I recommend it especially for kids.
- Oct 31, 2019