In Review: Vixen: The Movie

Having now seen both seasons of the CW Seed digital series and this expanded compilation, I really prefer the “Director’s Cut.”

Synopsis: Originally from Africa, Mari McCabe grew up an orphan after her parents were killed by local greed, corruption and wanton violence. But Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family’s Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals – anything from the strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect the world from threats like those that claimed her family.

Vixen: The Movie combines the first two seasons of the CW Seed digital series into a single uniform story and includes 15 minutes of all-new, never-before-seen content.

Review: Bless the summer hiatus. I finally have time to review Vixen: The Movie, which has been available since late May. Having now seen both seasons of the CW Seed digital series and this expanded compilation, I really prefer the “Director’s Cut.”

When I watched the original digital series, I thought the production team had frankly bitten off more than they could chew in the time allotted. They had to cover a super hero origin story, make time for crossover elements, and handle allegory for the unmitigated clusterfrak that is post-colonial Africa. They had to do all of that within seasons made up of six five minute installments. It was an insane mandate, and despite valiant efforts from all involved, the strain showed in the final product.

Vixen: The Movie rectified all the structural problems within the original series, allowing the story to flow. Moreover, the additional 15 minutes of material gave viewers no less than two additional coherent subplots that enhanced the characters. My favorite of these involved an adorably unapologetic Planet of the Apes homage, as Vixen learned about the creatures from which she drew her strength. I also really appreciated the post-credits tag, which led into Vixen’s live-action appearance in the Arrow episode, “Taken.”

Finally, I would like to thank DC, the CW, and other relevant parties for hashing out an agreement, so viewers outside the US can finally see this story. The geo-blocking of CW Seed content has been an issue for International fans.

Vixen: The Movie is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and V.O.D.

Cast

Megalyn Echikunwoke, Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, Emily Bett Rickards, Carlos Valdes, Katie Cassidy, Victor Garber, Franz Drahmeh, Brandon Routh

Directors

James Tucker, Curt Geda

Writers

Wendy Mericle, Keto Shimizu, Brian Ford Sullivan, Lauren Certo, Nolan Dunbar, Sarah Tarkoff, Marc Guggenheim

9.3
Vixen: The Movie
  • Story
    10
  • Performances
    9.0
  • Animation
    9.0

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.

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