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The Dragon Riders Race Again in its Fifth Season

Prepare for the Next How To Train Your Dragon Film

By: Matthew McKenna

Hiccup, Toothless, and friends take flight again for season five of Netflix’s original series Dragons Race To The Edge, based on the popular Dreamworks film series How To Train Your Dragon.  

Season five has the same thirteen episodes in seasons past and delivers the same amount of humor and action, but to a new level. Epic.  

The season also sets up the events in How To Train Your Dragon 2 by having little easter eggs in certain scenes.

At the end of season four, Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel, and his Night Fury and best friend Toothless defeated Viggo, voiced by Alfred Molina, and his evil band of dragon hunters, but at the cost of losing a valuable artifact, the Dragon Eye.

Fans were pleased that their two favorite dragon riders, Hiccup and Astrid, voiced by America Ferrera, who shippers call Hiccstrid, officially became a couple. The season ended with a cliffhanger of a volcano on their island awakening, setting up a danger for season five.

In season five, three months have passed since Hiccup’s victory over the dragon hunters and everything seems well, except for the active volcano on their island.

After they deal with it, they find that the dragon hunters haven’t vanished, nor have they given up. Under the new leadership of a ruthless bounty hunter named Krogan, voiced by Hakeem Kae-Kazim, he helps them to take revenge against Hiccup and his friends, with some help.

To make matters worse, the dragon hunters have learned how to ride dragons and use them for combat.

The animation for this season is as stunning, colorful, and detailed as the previous seasons.

Viewers are introduced to new dragons that have not been seen, such as the Sanbuster, the Slitherwing, Sentinels, and the Grim Gnashers.  

Not only that, but more lore is added to the world, which added more depth, and more interesting facts about dragons we have already seen.

The characters remain true to their personalities and had some episodes dedicated to them, which helped them undergo great development.

Hiccup remains as the riders’ leader and stays true to his love for dragons, wanting to be a peacekeeper, and sticks to his morals about not harming dragons by finding other ways to deal with them.

His relationships with his dragon Toothless and his girlfriend Astrid grow stronger in this season.  

However, going from a happy new couple to being betrothed within three months sounds rather rushed.

Astrid remains a headstrong warrior, but does show her softer side at times. Her companion, Stormfly, continues to fly by her side and learns some new tricks to help her fight foes.

The rest of the group, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Ruffnut, Tuffnut, and their dragons all remain the same.

However, Ruffnut and Tuffnut seem to be the show’s primary source of comedy with their mischief and lack of intelligence. Though at times, they surprise their friends by what they do know.

They are given a bit too much screen time, and quite frankly, the more they open their mouth, namely Tuffnut, the more you wish they wouldn’t.

At times, the episodes in this season can feel like filler, and don’t really advance the plot.

With season six coming soon, and it being the last season of the series, viewers hope that it will do the franchise justice and tie in to the movies far better than this season did.

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