The Vox Machina takes a road trip to Whitestone in another hilarious, action-packed installment.
This recap of Amazon’s The Legend Of Vox Machina season 1, episode 5, “Fate’s Journey” contains spoilers.
The Legend Of Vox Machina season 1, episode 5 recap
Throwing us straight into the action, episode 5 opens with Keyleth and the twins (Vax and Vex) on the run from spear-wielding guards. The trio head for our dear old friend Gilmore’s to acquire some weaponry and potions. The fabulous Gilmore, in blue mascara and plenty of bling, sells them wooden stakes, garlic, enchanted arrows, and of course, holy water. The Vox Machina have slain a dragon, now they want to defeat a couple of vampires too. The Briarwood’s are the gang’s newest enemy and they’ll stop at nothing to have their vengeance.
As the filmmakers make their way through the many subgenres of cinema and television (last week we got horror), this episode ticks off the road trip movie. The mercenaries obtain a cart and two horses, ready for the long journey to Whitestone. This expedition takes them through a foggy forest and it isn’t long before more of Delilah’s undead hybrids are back on the scene. These werewolf-like beasts stalk the cart, masked by the mist and shadows from the forest.
Another day, another monster to tackle. One of the unholy hounds lets loose a ghastly, elongated tongue, which wraps around poor Scanlan (you know, he actually enjoys it). The gnome is yanked from his seat and the gang gives chase. As always, the monsters are after one thing only – Delilah’s book. The Vox Machina put up a gallant fight, but eventually, the book is lost and Gilmore’s gifts are destroyed.
With all the action out of the way, the gang set up camp and try to relax for a moment. In this downtime, Scanlan reads from a magical scroll (please make this a recurring joke, please), whilst Vax and Keyleth’s awkward relationship blossoms. There’s room for some nice character development and lots of hilarity, the standout moment being when the gang describes their strangest kills and Scanlan steers the game into seriously adult territory. Once again our musical gnome is treated to the best, scene-stealing lines.
This episode is clearly building up to a showdown between the Vox Machina and the Briarwood’s, which is exciting, but it does feel like the best is still yet to come. It isn’t necessarily a filler episode, as there’s plenty to enjoy, yet that sense of imminent battle looms heavy over “Fate’s Journey”. As the series develops, the gang takes more shape, becoming relatable and dare I say, lovable. In contrast, the villains appear more inhuman and devious with every dastardly decision (stick around for that spine-chilling ending). The creators are working towards a palpable head-to-head, let’s just hope it all lives up to the hype.
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