The Liberator: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
The Liberator

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The Liberator's eccentric animation gives it some creative gloss, but clichéd storytelling and stock characters keep this World War II tale from being wholly salute-worthy.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 84

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Air date: Nov 11, 2020

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Critic Reviews for The Liberator Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

While The Liberator is adapted from real-life events, the events Stuart chose to recount are unreasonably slight when considering the representational storyline the show promises.

Nov 10, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A truly epic story of heroism and tragedy... The CGI overlay of the live action is respectful and haunting, and far more lifelike than older techniques used in things like Richard Linklater's Waking Life.

Dec 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The Liberator qualifies as an interesting experiment, and not much more -- using digital animation over actual footage to create a highly stylized look, but then telling a World War II story in a stiff, uninspired way.

Nov 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Even as The Liberator does its best to become a capital-d Different sort of war show, it too frequently lapses into the same beats and tropes TV's explored before.

Nov 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Check out The Liberator for the animation, for observance of a commemorative day too frequently ignored in the medium, as an uncomplicated portrait of a single man's heroism. But be prepared to be frustrated

Nov 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Quirks aside, The Liberator is an entertaining and impressive series, with the show's appeal evident through the strength of its performances.

Nov 10, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Novel animation style enlivens diverse, violent WWII drama.

Dec 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I found myself respecting the show a great deal, and even appreciating how the animation kept the drama at a human scale, while maybe minimising the horror and gore enough to make the show almost binge-watchable.

Nov 30, 2020 | Full Review…

While its blockbuster contemporaries are better crafted and less shopworn narratively speaking, The Liberator seems more interested in recalling its predecessors, like Band of Brothers, than saying anything of note.

Nov 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The animation elements, while eventually blending into a full tapestry, hinder the saga at times and create unintended walls between the characters and the viewer. Overall though, it's a good and sturdy true story trek into man's darkness.

Nov 14, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Liberator would not have worked if it wasn't animated, due to its speechifying corniness. But the fine acting and arresting visual style takes the WWII drama from mundane to at least watchable.

Nov 11, 2020 | Full Review…

If a story can touch the audience, then it's a winner. The Liberator wins at that rather easily.

Nov 10, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Liberator: Season 1

  • Feb 14, 2021
    This flat story driven war mini series that shouldn't have been made the way it was. It's a little cliche and noticed that it's more focused on its spectacle aspect instead of the actual storytelling. War movies shouldn't be artsy, it should be raw,emotional, captivating and real. With emotions not Instagram filters.
  • Dec 12, 2020
    Honestly, the storyline was decent but the animation style plus the live-action combination didn't really work for me, it kind of felt in the end you just got the worst of both worlds and that really kept me from diving into the storyline.
  • Dec 01, 2020
    This Netflix miniseries was very good. Bradley James, Martin Sensmeier, Taylor James, Jose Miguel Vasquez, Matt Mercutio, and the rest of the cast did a spectacular job in this miniseries. This true story about the 157th Infantry Division that fought in WW2 was intense, heroic, and dramatic. It's about fighting together to achieve a common goal no matter how different you look from others. If you're a Netflix member, you have to check out this miniseries. It's an absolute must see.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    those who liked band of brothers will love this. a great show.
  • Nov 20, 2020
    After seeing some reviews indicating that this show was somehow not doing the vets justice, I had to leave one that respectfully disagrees. No, you should not expect high def explosives, realistic gore, or even particularly immersive combat. Yes, it is a hybrid cartoon/live action, which might look more like Bugs Bunny than Band of Brothers at times. What you can expect from this series is an incredible depiction of a young leader making his way up the ranks as a result of death, attrition and near impossible tactical decisions. The military aspects were accurate and extremely well researched. You get a sample of proper patrol formations, the ugliness of real tactics being applied and HQs being denied the use of heat because other troops are freezing on the frontlines. These writers did not skimp on the details - they did thier research. The story is a balance of inspiring and sickening. There are many combat shows and films out there that intend to tribute vets. Many of them opt for the bottomless magazine and hot hunky actors. This forgos the above and is one of the most plausible and moving that I have ever seen in terms of military depiction. I can't think of a better tribute.
  • Nov 19, 2020
    I was optimistic about this series, but I'm divided on it. For me, the Trioscope technique is not the main problem. I did enough reading about the technique prior to watching the show to understand it. I also respect people creating new ideas for screen entertainment. What really weakens this series is the writing. The drama and dialogue doesn't flow smoothly and you don't fully connect with the characters. The writers only seem to scratch the surface with the characterisation and lines feel like triggered dialogue from within a video game, rather than feeling like natural conversation, especially with Sparks. I know the actor playing Felix Sparks is British, and it feels like he's trying too hard to sound right in an American accent, rather than getting the drama and emotion across, to the point of sounding slightly unnatural so it distracted me from what he was actually saying. Also, for a show that tried to market itself on the racial element, they focus far too little on those characters. I really wanted to learn more about the Native American & Latinx soldiers, but they weren't given enough material. A missed opportunity to tell the stories of people Hollywood usually & unfairly ignores. In terms of the background animation added after filming, one thing that did bug me was the lack of weight & gravity when you have a shot from above of vehicles or soldiers passing over ground or through water. It's as if they are gliding across a few inches above it but not making contact with the surface. Also, why is Sparks traveling around without a kit most of the time? He doesn't appear to be carrying anything with him. What soldier would go out into a war zone with nothing on him, as if he's just going to the corner shop to pick up a snack? Surely they could have gotten hold of some US military kit bags from WW2 or made lookalikes just to get the exterior shape to animate over. You also don't get a true sense of expression in Sparks' face. There's a flatness to it - you cannot sense what he's feeling or thinking. He just seems to be strolling through it which is quite unrealistic for a military officer in such an environment, confronted the worst of the Nazi soldiers - the SS. That sense of urgency in life/death scenarios doesn't come through. He looked bit too cocky for the dire situations they were in like the actor was trying to play cool rather than real. I know they were all on sets with no more than blue surfaces and markers, but it is very noticeable that they are not 'feeling' their environment. Actors should be able to make audiences unaware that they just had blue/green screens. There's an unfortunate detachment from the story, and it's not the absence of live-action in the final product. It's in the writing and the actors not having the scope to truly pull the audience into the story or into the souls of the characters. The result is a disconnect that frustrates the audience because you feel blocked from getting into it, as much as you wanted to. As with the vehicles and feet on the surfaces - it's not making contact.
  • Nov 19, 2020
    You quickly realise the animation is a ( failed ) ploy to mask the unrealistic costume, battle scenes and most importantly, lack of budget. Battle of the Bilge, if you will.
  • Nov 19, 2020
    Lack of action and a flat script made this feel like I was watching cut scenes from a video game. Along with the historical and military inaccuracies within the episodes, the animated style really felt disconnected from reality. In short, this was super disappointing...
  • Nov 19, 2020
    I loved it definitely one of the best war series ive seen.
  • Nov 18, 2020
    The story is good. But the producer thinks it'd be cool to polarize the film. I really hate it.

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