Having watched the first four episodes on this recommendation, I can see why Amaya is your favourite character. She is so far one of only three characters who is neither an asshole, nor incompetent. I mean holy shit. There’s Amaya, Ezran (the little prince) and Claudia. So these people are all completely competent for their age and duties, and none of them are assholes, at all.
Everyone else? Wow. Kinda fuck off.
King - WHAT AN ASSHOLE. Holy shit he’s like a mega-asshole, even though the show seems to be trying to give us an “honorable warrior” vibe (which it may be undermining but…). He’s fatalistic, he blames others for everything that’s gone wrong, he’s arrogant, he’s self-involved, he’s emotionally illiterate, and spoilers he’s willing to have dozens of people die solely for his pride (sorry man, your dark wizard was right). He’s also fundamentally incompetent, in trusting a fourteen-year-old he knows to be incompetent and distracted to look after his son and brutally mistreating loyal employees. But seriously who the fuck trusts a lazy fourteen-year-old to pack his stuff and doesn’t even check on him? That’s mad.
Wizard - I’m unclear on how much of an asshole he is because like I’m not entirely sure what happened in the King’s chamber and like, right up until the wizard went into the King’s chamber, the wizard seemed pretty good-hearted and reasonable, and soon as the wizard came out, he was an asshole in more or less exactly the same way the King was. So hmmm. Presumably Chekov’s Two-Headed Magic Snake did something. But he’s certainly pretty incompetent and bad at convincing people of stuff.
Callum - Are we supposed to like or empathize with this kid? It’s like, if you took all the negative traits of a bunch of other child heroes and stuck them together, you’d get Callum. He reminds me of the very very worst '80s kid heroes, the ones you didn’t like at all, even though the show wanted you to. He has like no redeeming traits. He’s slightly thick, a born liar (with no remorse or guilt), believes in his own random on-the-spot opinions 150% (natural in a six-eight year old, not in fourteen year old), thinks he’s really funny, only tries when girls are watching, goes on about how incompetent he is yet is somehow self-regarding, is a thief (again no remorse), and he’s not even a good artist, he just has a photographic memory. Like goddamn, really? Who wrote this guy? I guess they’re maybe setting him up so he can like can overcome all these jerk traits, but damn that’s a long road. If he’s supposed to be the hero of the show, god help us. Aang or Korra he ain’t. I guess he maybe has the Sokka role but he ain’t fit to polish Sokka’s boots. He’d kind of make a good villain, oddly enough. Maybe that’s where they’re going but it seems a bit weird.
Elves - Assholes. Possibly terrorists. Also so incompetent they brought along:
Elf Assassin Girl (does she have a name?) - World’s worst assassin. Not only does she want stand around and give speeches 24/7, she doesn’t kill people (despite terrifying flick-knives), she’s completely unable to follow instructions, is basically dishonest (no wonder no-one trusts you girl… also no wonder she gets along with Callum, two remorseless liars together), and has really easily hurt feelings by really bizarre things (admittedly a realistic trait in a person her age but honestly she needs a good stern finger-waggling telling-off from an old lady).
Young Knight - I mean, he could be worse, but he’s definitely a bit of a jerk, and not exactly thorough.
Random Priest-lady - She sure seems like a jerk.
So that leaves again with Amaya (and interpreter), Ezran and Claudia. Well good luck salvaging this shit-show of a situation by yourselves, guys.
Also just as an aside, how are we supposed to take seriously that dark magic bad because dead animals are involved when the main characters all appear to be non-vegans. Pretty sure squishing a spider to make fire is less wrong than killing a pig to make sausages, guys. But the over-the-top presentation of the “dark magic” as bad without any actual examples of it being bad does make one wonder if that’s some kind of down-the-line reveal.
Also also, like I don’t remember, in Avatar or Korra, the heroes (or in this case “heroes”) succeeding solely because the other side were incompetent. Whereas here like so much shit happens solely because of incompetence, in a spectacular “worst thing possible” way (at least Amaya has left the idiot ball alone so far). Which sure, reminds me of '80s kids cartoons, but not in a good way. I thought we were kind of past that.
Also also also, how are either Callum or Elf Assassin going to grow as people if whenever they do something bad or dodgy, there are no consequences and they feel no real guilt or remorse? I guess I’ll watch another episode or two but damn.