Despite previous warnings, someone decided more Neo Yokio would be a good idea. So, here we are, with holiday special and the talk of complete second season of the way. Does the holiday special make up for the faults in the first season?
Kaz finds himself having to deal with demons, family feuds, and finding a perfect gift for his secret Santa who is also his arch enemy.
It’s probably address the positive first before diving into the insane amount of negative which comes from this special. The episode does at least try to make up for some of the faults of the first season. It makes it a point to establish some more back story, introduces a new threat, and even attempts to give Kaz some development. Amazingly there is a an attempt to make strides for being a better show.
Unfortunately, this is all a lie. Almost all of Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas is a Christmas story Charles is telling Kaz while he is sick. None of the events which actually help to improve the show as a whole occur. They are a fairy tale which ends which trying to be deeper than it could ever hope to be. Much like the entire premise of Neo Yokio as a series.
Also, for some reason the special seems like it forgot it had the ability to use the F-word until the halfway point. Then it goes out of its way to make up for it by using it to the point it has lost its meaning.
The cast is once again giving less than thrilling and same bland performances. Jaden Smith feels like he is bored with a character which was specifically written for him. It’s fun to hear Jude Law as a robot butler, but this entertainment wears off fast.
Angelique Kidjo comes in as Kaz’s other aunt and brings a lot of energy at least. Sadly it doesn’t rub off on the rest of the cast. Also, Jamie Foxx is brought in but used poorly. It’s beginning to feel like this show relishes in bringing in stars just to undercut there talents.
The animation seems to be better than the first series. This may be due to the change in the animation style sprinkled throughout the episode. Unfortunately, it still fails to stand out really either. Too much of the detail work is drown out by the lighter colors. Just as it seems like there is a scene with good quality bits of animation, there is another to follow it up to remind the audience when the studio decided to cut corners.
Just as it seems like there could be hope for this series, it decides to shoot itself in the foot. If you are a fan of it, you’ll probably enjoy it but don’t try using it as a way to get more people on board with the show. There is enough holiday stress without forcing people to try and force others to enjoy this stale piece of gingerbread.
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas is streaming on Netflix.