VFX includes a lot of things. CGI, pyrotechnics, practical work, basically anything that makes the action scenes of these shows look awesome. It’d a broad category, but the masters behind this work deserve all the recognition in the world. They bring these worlds to life. It is up to you, dear reader, do decide who brought these worlds to life the best.
The Umbrella Academy (Season 1)
From time travel, to tentacle monsters, to robot moms, to talking monkeys, Netflix clearly threw a lot of money at this project to make it look great.
Runaways (Season 2)
Season 2 ramped up the Gibborim plotline, which meant more light shows and more flying. But it wasn’t just Karolina who saw an enhanced VFX budget. Old Lace looked noticeably better this season, as did the effects on Nico’s magic and those flying drones used by the parents. Overall, the show is surprisingly seamless considering it’s on a non-network TV budget.
Titans (Season 1)
Titans clearly had a limited budget, but they use it incredibly well. Beast Boy’s transformations alone are enough to give them this award, but they also showcase Rachel and Starfire’s powers amazingly, making Rachel seem terrifying and Kory a ball of amazing energy.
Doom Patrol (Season 1)
If you were looking for “realistic” VFX, you probably shouldn’t look here. Doom Patrol knows it’s limits and uses it hilariously. The things they use CG for are so outrageous that you don’t mind how they look. From Rita melting into the vents of Doom Manor, to a talking blue horse who sings “Horse with No Name”, Doom Patrol uses their limits to their advantage.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Seasons 1&2)
For a series about witchcraft on Netflix, the use of VFX was surprisingly decent. The use of bugs was especially real in many scenes. The minimal use of VFX also worked in the favor of the show, so it doesn’t have to get too crazy.
Preacher (Season 3)
Just…go watch the scene of the All Father exploding and Jesse and Herr Starr fighting while slipping in his guts.
Game of Thrones (Season 8)
Game of Thrones‘ VFX had been very good throughout the series, but the last season’s “Battle of Winterfell” was amazingly done. The battle against the undead was one of the best in the series.
Swamp Thing (Season 1)
This show went all in on the weirdly beautiful horror. The opening scene of the Swamp impaling a boat and the man on it leaves an image that looks almost like a painting. The swamp is a beautiful, terrifying place, and Swamp Thing makes that very clear.
Whether a show has a big budget or small, all of these shows did the best they could with what they have, and it paid off in amazing, believable worlds. But which show did it the best?