While there’s still no news regarding any future console Skylanders games, the Netflix animated series Skylanders Academy is still going strong. Activision Blizzard Studios recently announced that season three will arrive on Netflix on September 28.
The new season brings in new showrunners. Creator Eric Rogers is stepping down, and will be replaced by Clayton Sakoda and Ian Weinreich (Mighty Med). They previously wrote several Skylanders Academy episodes, including the season two premiere.
Season three picks up where season 2’s bombshell cliffhanger ended (SPOILERS!). Spyro was transformed into Dark Spyro when Kaos unleashed a new villainous threat – his own father Strykore. The Skylanders must join forces with Kaos’ mother Kaossandra to combat this new threat. Kaos, meanwhile, becomes a pirate captain in the hopes of proving himself to his powerful father.
While Dark Spyro retains some of the personality of the series star, he’ll be voiced by a different actor: Jason Ritter, instead of Justin Long. The showrunners only tease about the return of the original Spyro.
One of the game’s primary NPCs, Captain Flynn, will finally join the cast in season three. Patrick Warburton and his iconic voice will reprise the role in the animated series. Crash Bandicoot will also return after his cameo appearance back in season one. Since former showrunner Rogers did the voice for season one, comedic actor Rhys Darby will voice Crash Bandicoot in season three.
Skylanders Academy proved so popular that the third season was announced before the second season even aired. I’ve watched several episodes (my daughter devoured the entire series). It’s well-produced and well-written, even if you don’t know your Cynders from your Spyros.
Skylanders Academy airs September 28 on Netflix. The first two season are currently streaming on Netflix. The series is rated TV-Y7.