The Fast & Furious franchise just keeps on rolling with this third season of the spin-off animated series for kids carrying the subtitle of “Sahara”. That’s right, it’s a desert theme where the crew is racing across sand dunes and taking on some interesting foes. This time around the crew is attempting to stop this rich opponent from wrecking havoc on Earth’s natural weather patterns. He’s joined by some returning villains and a new one or two as well along the way.
It’s an interesting setup, and perhaps the best season of the show thus far. It’s carrying more of a precise narrative, and trying to move along the group timeline wise. You’ve got Tony Toretto (Tyler Posey) dealing with the fact that he’s been rejected by the spy school whereas Echo (Charlet Takahashi Chung) was accepted. The two are at ends with one another throughout due to this.
Other characters also have a sense of progression, though Layla (Camille Ramsey) strangely seems to have none despite being such a focus of prior seasons. Whatever the case, it’s neat to see the gang do their own things and them come together for this latest adventure across the dunes. There are neat action set pieces, better developed story lines and interesting conflicts along the way.
The animation work on this was very interesting, the push towards a realism while still being animated was unique. More depth within the areas this time around as well, yet some emptier moments. It reminded me of “Into the Spider-Verse” to a degree visually.
It worked well for the visuals on the high speed racers that were in action. It was a sort of motion blur, it’s hard to describe but it makes the vehicles come across as very fast. I felt this season actually had some very lovely spots despite the empty desert glow. This also brings in some fun tech, with a varied cast that should hit many individuals on different levels.
The crews have their own unique quirks and I found the focus of their goals to be interesting. The voice acting was fine, the leads worked well and this is a varied group. They had an interesting set of villains, yet again the plot was fairly straight forward. It seems like things have largely reset by the end of this and I’m curious as to where they’ll take it next time around.
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Season 3 in the Sahara is an interesting change of pace for the series having a focused narrative while still bringing the action. It’s definitely a kids focused series and with that it’s ultimately fine being easy to consume. I would like them to perhaps bring some heavier themes into the series as it has that potential, at the same time it’s fine existing as it is.
It’s just like the movies, easy going action switching from place to place. I actually quite like the concept of them going to new areas around the globe as a setting for each season, makes things feel less grand despite them still going wildly insane with the plots that are happening. Still, an easy watch and a good option for the target audience.
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