Patrick, the hapless squire of Hulu's Crossing Swords (voiced by Nicholas Hoult of the X-Men franchise), ended Season 1 on a high note. He prevented a deadly coup against the royal family and was deemed a "good squire" by Sgt. Meghan (Yvette Nicole Brown). Let's just hope he can maintain that good luck heading into the second season, which was given the green light back in June.
During a recent interview with SYFY WIRE, executive producer Seth Green teased out what viewers can expect from Season 2 of the fantasy parody series. After seeing firsthand that his criminal siblings were capable of good deeds, Patrick will have to redefine his perception of decency.
"Without saying any real spoilers, I think you can expect to see Patrick continue to wrestle with his own morality and ethics and struggle with the realization that no one is all good or all bad," Green, who also voices Blinkerquartz the wizard, says. "And that he, as a squire to the king, is maybe in a position to bring about real change, but is also having to gut check his own moral concessions to accomplish that. Plus, it’s gonna be very, very silly, and super funny."
Green serves as a producer alongside his Robot Chicken co-creator Matthew Senreich. Like that show, Crossing Swords uses children's toys in a stop-motion format to create raunchy comedy for adults.
"With Robot Chicken, it could only be stop motion because the [concept] is that these are toys that you have played with in your real life or have seen in person. The device is to give them human characteristics or make them have a conversation that feels like they’re actually alive," he explains. "With Crossing Swords, the entire concept of the show is to tell a comedic story in a Game of Thrones-style world, but juxtapose it with this almost child-like aesthetic, so it softens all of the harshness of any of these concepts and makes them funny."
He adds that it's always important to "define an aesthetic specific to [a] project that helps convey the concept organically and effectively. With any type of thing you put out, you think: ‘What’s the best visual display in this? What is the clearest way to make this joke?’"
In this case, stop motion was ideal because it could utilize concepts we've all come to expect from the live-action fantasy genre (i.e. over-the-top sex, violence, and cursing) "without really confusing the audience’s brain about how to feel," Green says.
He concludes: "You can’t have visual representations of actual blood or gore or sexuality in a comedic context without raising all kinds of other questions. But to parody that dramatic of a world and offset the grimness of it with these peg people with no arms, it’s just something inherently silly and makes those jokes receivable."
Created by John Harvatine IV and Tom Root, Crossing Swords also features the voices of Luke Evans, Tony Hale, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Breckin Meyer, Adam Pally, Adam Ray, Tara Strong, Alanna Ubach, and Maya Erskine.