As my readers know, I have had strong reservations about the LXD dance web-series for the past couple of seasons. For the most part, it has been bursts of inspired dance sequences nearly ruined by hackneyed plots, bad dialogue, and stilted acting. So I have been somewhat nervously waiting for season three to come out.
I am frankly relieved to discover that the first two episodes were actually really good.
Episode one, "The Extraordinary 7" places you in the middle of a country carnival, where you are introduced to seven "magical" performers. Thankfully, one of them is a female dancer, although nothing really to distinguish her. The bollywood dancers at the opening get a lot more camera love. The bot dancer is very impressive, as are the b-boy "twins." And I love how the krumper moves and is shot.
A very solid opener.
Episode two, "Ashes," is much darker and more dramatic. It features a crew of scary clowns doing some wild locking, which works so well. I love how it is shot in half-light, nearly black and white. Their faces are so expressive and costuming just perfect. One of my favorites in the series.
So now I'm optimistic again about the LXD. Well played, Jon Chu!