So with the conclusion of The Lion Guard, I have a few thoughts to share on it. For the most part, I think things have wrapped up quite nicely, and better than some animated series I've seen. However, showrunners can't please everybody, and we as fans can't expect that everything in something we love will unfold to our satisfaction. Still, I see no reason I can't share a few things that may have disappointed me a little, while recognizing that they're my disappointments only.
Makucha is among my favorite Lion Guard antagonists, and for a while I was expecting him to join the Army of Scar and make it a more credible threat. When he didn't, I was pleasantly surprised when he looked to take on a primary antagonist role in the third season. This pleasure only grew as he began collecting allies in his quest for revenge on the Lion Guard and free reign on the Tree of Life. However, what had the promise of an awesome "Anti-Lion Guard" turned into more of Scar's army 2.0, slightly more formidable than Janja's former circle of allies but also lacking the menace of Scar's ghost as a leader.
Moreover, I was rather disappointed that we got two new male leopards as Makucha's minions in the third season, instead of reusing the three from The Golden Zebra and maybe even Mapigano. It's also somewhat dissatisfying that the fate of the whole group is left-quite literally-up in the air, after they are whisked away by a Roar-generated tornado. Are they dead, or just banished somewhere and now utterly without hope of ever posing a threat to the Pride Lands or Tree of Life again? For that matter, whatever happened to Kiburi's float and Rei Rei's jackals? (I haven't seen Battle for the Pridelands yet)
Vitani's Lion Guard
Now, I have absolutely no issues with Vitani forming a new Lion Guard. I quite like the fact that a character who was basically left with no role but "additional lioness #whatever" at the end of The Lion King II is going to be the new protector of the Pride Lands. I'm also totally cool with an all-female Lion Guard, particularly after that whole deal of Fuli being the first girl ever on the team. However, I am disappointed by one thing about the new guard: it's back to being all lions.
It was pretty cool in Return of the Roar when, after Simba made a whole thing that the Lion Guard had always been made up of lions, Kion went ahead and chose varied animals for the group. Might have been fun if Vitani could have put together some old guest characters to help protect the Pridelands alongside her. Still, it is nice to see an all-girl incarnation of the Guard, and for the Outlanders to be making a visible effort to make up for their past misdeeds.
Other than that, I'm pretty pleased with how the series has turned out. For an unexpected spinoff with a number of cringe-worthy villain songs, The Lion Guard has been a great show and a worthy addition to the franchise.