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  • Critical Dissonance: On Rotten Tomatoes, the critical score of 57% is significantly lower than the 87% audience score.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Imogen and Agreus. Even the critics who disliked the first season usually agreed that their story line was the most well acted and compelling, albeit rather rushed.
  • Fandom Rivalry: This series and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance were released on the very same day, and both clearly trying to be the next big fantasy series after Game of Thrones ended.
  • Genius Bonus:
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    • The Fae continent, Tirnanoc, gets its name from Tir na nOg; realm of the gods and the Tuatha De Danann of Irish mythology. This may double as Bilingual Bonus because Tir na nOg means "Land of the Young" in Gaelic, Tirnanoc roughly translates from Gaelic to English as "Land of the Exposed."
    • Similarly, Vignette's homeland of Anoun is named after Annwn, the Otherworld in Welsh mythology. "W" is a vowel in Welsh and makes the "oo" sound.
  • Hollywood Homely: Imogen, played by Tamzin Merchant,note  describes herself as plain in the first episode. Given her status as an upper-class young woman with no romantic prospects, it's likely that she's not supposed to be terribly attractive.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The show received middling reviews and currently stands at a borderline "Rotten" rating of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, though the audience score is a much higher 87%.
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  • Special Effects Failure: Most of the time the special effects are pretty good, but there are a few scenes where a puck's hooves are visible that it's painfully obvious that they're nothing more than boots in which the actors are standing on the balls of their feet while wearing. Which is probably why shots that show a puck's feet are so rare.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Imogen and Agreus go from utterly despising everything the other stands for to having sex within just one day (after knowing each other for a week). And it's not even a Slap-Slap-Kiss kind of relationship - we're supposed to buy that Imogen, who was barely considering Pucks to be anything more than animals, suddenly fell genuinely and tenderly in love and became irresistibly sexually attracted to Agreus, who had been outright hostile to her up to that point, just because he made her laugh a couple of times during an otherwise teeth-clenched and very awkward date at the auction. And she's apparently so hot for him that the Victorian rules of sexuality that normally apply to well-born unmarried young ladies in the Steampunk genre (i.e., sex before marriage means complete ruin and no marriage chances, which had not been established as not applying in this series) don't even merit a second of consideration.
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  • Suspiciously Similar Song: It's due to world-building rather than copyright-dodging, but the Soldiers of the Burgue song that Philo and Darius sing sounds very like the classic war song It's a Long Way to Tipperary.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • In the Season 1 finale, Philo somehow completely forgets that a Darkasher can only be killed by the death of the person who created it.
    • In the backstory, Piety Breakspear married Absalom in order to be the mother of his son, who would be greater than him — while also carrying on an affair with his greatest rival. Surprise surprise, the latter turns out to be the biological father of her son, which makes her exceptionally paranoid and eventually willing to carry out multiple murders.
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