Maya and the Three: A Netflix Limited Series
October 31, 2021 12:58 PM - All Seasons - Subscribe

A Mesoamerican warrior princess embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to help save the world of gods and humankind. From Jorge R. Guttiérrez, the director of The Book of Life. Starring Zoe Saldana.
posted by 1970s Antihero (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I did not realize this was the director of Book of Life! At one point I actually thought "this is what I wanted Book of Life to be."

Anyway this series ruled. It started as a pretty bog standard princess narrative but quickly evolbed into something completely different. I actually found myself genuinely choked up at the end (when a certain trio of characters return) and found that the story and relationships worked on both personal and metaphorical levels.

I don't think this should be turned into a regular series (the ending is terrific) but if Guttiérrez wants to do an anthology series adapting mesoamerican myths I would be pretty happy.
posted by Tevin at 3:57 PM on October 31, 2021

This series evokes a bunch of complex feelings in me. Crying by the end and not just because of the plot.

Felt like a huge world. Glad Guttiérrez didn't stick to historical accuracy. It's epic adventure! The animation is stuffed full. Lavish detail. Overwhelming at times. Is Maya's helmet a Gatchaman reference? Do roosters lay eggs?

I want my kids to watch this and see themselves. I wish I had this growing up. Watched it over the course of a week. Need to go back and savor the details.
posted by Mister Cheese at 10:29 PM on October 31, 2021 [2 favorites]

Fantastic! I managed to stretch it out over multiple days, and every single episode had moments of stunning gorgeousness.
posted by surlyben at 8:09 PM on November 2, 2021

I'm not quite halfway through this, and I'm struggling between watching a new episode vs rewatching what I've already seen. There's so much to take in and it feels like a triumph on every level.
posted by polecat at 4:13 PM on November 11, 2021

This article has some really cool in-depth discussion of how they designed the show: The Indigenous influences on Netflix’s ‘Maya and the Three,’ explained

Lots of nice concept art and a few stills from the show here: Breaking Down the Elaborate Designs of ‘Maya and the Three’
posted by polecat at 8:31 PM on January 9, 2022

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