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    Simpsons- There Will Be Buds

    a good example of how the show is still capable of churning out good to even great episodes. I wasn't laughing all the way through or anything by any means, but it had a nice plot and a nice resolution, and kept me engaged, which is more than I can say about most episodes I've been watching. definite highlight of s28

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    Revolutionary Girl Utena, episode 19.

    I'm halfway through this series and I'm enjoying it, but for some reason I find the cast kind of just... there. Like, Utena is a perfectly serviceable protagonist, but there isn't anything super rich in terms of characterization for me to bite into. I enjoy the surreal postmodernism, although I could do with less Monster Of The Week storylines and more stuff about the ongoing plot. So far the best part of the series so far has been when Utena temporarily lost Anthy and she was so despondent that she switched to the girl uniform; that was a tangible conflict that you could get emotionally invested in, instead of people sitting around talking about their feelings and backgrounds.

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    Degrassi: The Next Generation - "Shout (Part One)"

    Paige sneaks into a college party, hooks up with a douchey frat boy, and we're treated to  an extremely disturbing rape scene the likes of which I'd never in a million years have expected to see in what is essentially a kid's show. She blames herself;  meanwhile, those two dumbass twelve-year-olds have an Odd Couple thing going with dividing their locker space with a line of tape in a tonally-dissonant attempt at comic relief that's more insulting than anything else. That's seriously a subplot that takes up half the episode.

    Been alternating between this and "Next Class" and the stupidity has been really entertaining for the most part. But uh, wow.
    I was told this episode was "intense" and I really have to applaud a show like this for trying to handle such heavy subject matter in such an upfront and unambiguous way, but christ I wish I had been forewarned about what happens and what makes it so "intense". Not at all a fun experience to watch, and I think I might be taking a break from this show for a little while. Not exactly the show's fault, but... fuck. I could have gone without that, and I'm not sure I have the energy to sit through a whole arc about this.

    Had to wash the bad taste out of my mouth with...

    King of the Hill - "Hank's Unmentionable Problem"

    Hank becomes constipated, and it throws his entire world into upheaval and fearful uncertainty.

    I fucking love this episode. It's one that feels like it really has its roots in Beavis & Butt-Head (and that show was still being made concurrently with this season so why not). Something completely mundane with a pretty simple solution that you might struggle to make an 11-minute episode about, let alone a 22-minute one, balloons into a dramatic ordeal thanks only to the neurotic stupidity of the main characters. Season 1 Hank, still a little more jerkassy and still feeling a little like Anderson, is a stubborn baby who refuses to make any compromises to his lifestyle in order to improve his situation and avoid invasive surgery that would affect his quality of life, while Peggy is infantilizing, invasive, and overbearing in her usual condescending way. Meanwhile, Bobby is just weird and gets into some brief Beavis & Butt-Head-style antics here and there. It's almost painful to watch but in a really funny dry, low-key way that's a good example of what set this show apart from the vast majority of its peers.
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    Degrassi sure spent a lot of time trying to get me to feel sorry for Paige but man it never worked.

    Actually it worked once, when she had a panic attack. That was it.
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    I just watched the episode that @LosTickaToeRest mentioned (and now I'm watching the followup) because I wanted to see how they handled the issue. (Also, just as an aside, I really think the person you were watching it with should have been aware or sensitive enough to warn you about what it contained.)

    I mean... I think they're handling it well, but dear god is Paige an unlikeable character. I guess some of that can be chalked up to being a teenager, but her friends/bandmates are teenagers too and they don't seem nearly as insufferable or bratty. Paige ignores her vocalist friend's advice during the party, lies to Spinner with a pretty self-serving lie in order to go to the party (I mean she could have just told him that she had a prior engagement and left it at that), she's bitchy to her chubby bassist bandmate over what she's wearing, and right now in Part 2 she's bitching out the friend that she apparently kicked out (or drove out, just by sheer virtue of being an asshole) of her band last year, who she brought back because her lyrics are more "real" and deal with real problems, and when her friend wrote some lyrics that just coincidentally happen to be about  rape  she flips out and stonewalls her over it, when that's exactly what she wanted in the first place. She's right about to open up to that friend and so hopefully that contrived conflict will be over in a few minutes.

    Half of this girl's problems wouldn't be problems if she just dropped her attitude and communicated more clearly in the first place. I get that this is a common problem with people of any age but it's hard to watch with her because she just comes across like a smug, know-it-all jerk.

    I actually liked the stupid fluffy B-plot with the two younger boys and their locker a lot better, both because the characters actually seemed more engaging and the actors for those characters are also more charismatic actors. Mr. ToeRest is completely right about it being really out of place and jarring in an episode that's handling something much more dark in its main plotline, though.
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    So, what's the last TV show you watched (that isn't the Simpsons)?
    How funny of what this turned into.

    Anyway...

    World of Winx
    "Dangerous Waters"

    So why did it take me this long to review something from the Winx Club franchise? That thing's been the bane of my existence since I joined with an avatar.

    Anyway, I really do like this spin-off of the show so far. It's breathing some new life into the franchise by changing up the formula a bit and having the girls not at Alfea for once. Roxy and Artu appear to be the only supporting characters, so the Trix, the teachers, the Specialists, and the others aren't here. It kind of reminds me of the "Behind The Laughter" episode of The Simpsons.

    The only thing that doesn't make any sense is... when does this show take place? The Winx are still trying to keep their cover from the world, but by the time they met Roxy, they stopped trying to hide that fact (and actually embraced letting everyone know who they were to fuel their Believix power). But Roxy's right there. I suppose it could be an alternate timeline but a few episodes ago, Stella mentioned Bloom coming up with the name "Winx".

    Eh, whatever. Onto the review.

    Lorelei used to be annoying when they introduced her, but I think she's kind of funny. Especially since even Stella finds her to be too rambunctious. Speaking of Stella, I do like that they undid some of her Flanderization and made her at first just super excited to be in California... but then having her miss Bloom being on the show with them. Season 5 Stella would just continue to spaz out about everything, but I guess they already have Lorelei to do that.

    I also got a laugh out of the assistant pointing out that Ace hired Lorelei when he asks, "Who hired this idiot?" And of course, we see some pirate guy there, who seems to have hypnotized Ace. Ace is a bit of a jerk, but I like him as a character. He basically represents a reality show host. Plus, I do like Jason Griffith as his voice - I have always loved his announcer voice, like Cilan from Pokemon BW ("It's evaluation time!") or Reed Pepper from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

    And Roxy finally gets some action! I was really disappointed that they just shunned her to the side when Brafilius stole her time stone in Season 7 and just made her a background character in 5 and 6. At first it seemed they'd be continuing that trend by just having the girls talk to her at the Frutti Music Bar, but she's actually joining in!

    Furthermore, Flora realizes the sharks are being hypnotized, Aisha guides them along... wow, they really are trying to make all of the Winx get great time! Last episode, Musa had time to shine too... the main show'd just been Bloom this, Bloom that, for so long. I really am enjoying the way things are going now. I guess not having Alfea or the specialists around is shining their traits a bit more as well.

    Looks like Lorelei finds out the Winx are fairies and a man named Jim knows about the World of Dreams watch. I really also like how they keep tossing cliffhangers at the end to keep me excited for next time. I can't wait to see the last 3 episodes of this spinoff.

    5/5

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    Family Affair: Marmalade 8.4/10



    Ellen Latimer (a date of Bill's) comes over to the house and notices Mr. French's love for marmalade. This gives her the idea of casting him for a marmalade commercial. Bill agrees to ask him since it gives him a chance to gain Ellen's trust. Mr. French agrees since he thinks it will just be a very small ad which few will even notice (he's very camera shy). But things don't go as he expects...

    We've jumped forward to the series' fifth episode, and the show already seems to have evolved quite a lot. For the better. There's much more humor in this offering than the other episodes I saw, and the pacing is quicker as well. I can guarantee you that I didn't think I'd laugh this much at Family Affair, but this was really a joy to watch.
    The plot is set up like a typical episode, subtle but significant. Marmalade is just incorporated naturally into the opening scene, then is used as a mechanism for the plot. As soon as negotiations start going underway, it gets really good. Mr. French acting so uncomfortable and nervous around the idea of being in a commercial is comedy genius, and makes us see an insecure side of him I haven't gotten much of a taste of before, but suits his personality. His insecurity shows even more with the troubled photo session, where he keeps interrupting the shot. The camera man who gets frustrated at French was hysterical, especially his facial expressions. Either way, the photo gets taken and the ad published. To his shock however, the ad is anything but small and he gets famous. I liked the slow transition from him being ashamed of the fame (his arch nemesis making fun of him for instance), to loving it once he attracts the ladies' attention. I think it's so funny that with his incredibly down-to-earth nature he still is quite the womanizer. He even goes so far as to sign autographs to people. There's a great scene between him and Bill where Bill tries to convince him to go on a tour as well to keep advertising the product. And French now loves being a star, but almost conceals it from Bill. But that is not for long.
    The ending is as good as it could be, since it shows that even if he enjoys being a star, he doesn't sell out for anyone. He discovers the marmalade tastes like shit and quits. Good on you, Mr. French. Another thing I liked is that they so easily could've just ended with Bill losing the girl he had an attraction to, but instead she's impressed with French's ability to stand up for himself and gives him another date.
    Another sidenote: the kids' role were small, but had one cute scene. Jody tries to fix Cissy's radio, with Buffy sister lovingly calling him "a good fixer". Cissy thinks he's ruining it, but it turns out he fixed it for real and she's overjoyed. I think it might be the first real scene I've seen where the character dynamics between all of them really play off. Usually it's Jody and Cissy, Buffy and Jody, Buffy and Cissy... you get the idea. Here the three of them were truly interactive with each other, which was nice to see.

    A very good and comical episode! Best one yet.

    (And man, that marmalade ad pic is just too good! Would hang it up on the wall if it was real.)
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    King of the Hill - "Three Coaches and a Bobby"

    After ousting the ineffective coach of Bobby's little league team, Hank decides to call in his old-fashioned hardass coach from his own high school football days to whip the team into shape, which only makes things worse.

    I like this one. It's that more refreshing even-handed satire the show had early on where Hank is just as much a jackass whose ignorance we're supposed to be laughing at as anyone else, and the issues are more a matter of individual people, as opposed to the "only sane man in a world of self-loathing liberalism gone mad" approach the Altschuler & Krinsky years took where Hank became a libertarian mouthpiece who was never, ever wrong about anything.

    Phil Hendrie is really funny as Coach Sauers, and I like Hank's gradual realization that the guy whose 'traditional' methods he respected when he was young is actually an abusive maniac. It's fun seeing Hank hit people who deserve it. That whole thing feels like it retreads just a little into "Life in the Fast Lane: Bobby's Saga", but I don't really care.
    Hank's extreme aversion to soccer is fucking hilarious and I love how after he explains his reasoning it makes even less sense. Peggy's subplot with the soccer moms is alright but it runs into that weird territory like several other episodes where they have to make up friends for her for story purposes who we've never seen or had acknowledged before or since except maybe occasionally as silent background characters, kind of like Lisa's friends the handful of times they need her to not be the friendless outsider for some reason or other.
    Will Ferrell as the soccer coach is just kind of forgettable. That side of the story was funny but didn't seem developed well enough. Based on the kind of people who have kids on the team, the writers also seem to have maybe sort of mistaken snobbish yuppie entitlement for the Political Correctness Monster requiring a Van Driessen stand-in, but whatever, it's still kind of funny.
    My biggest issue is really that Sauers just disappears from the episode after Hank lays his ass out is never mentioned again despite being a major player and essentially the villain. I'm curious to find out what happened. I'd be pretty concerned if Hank didn't feel the need to involve the police over a man trying to run over several children who were under his care with his fucking car (seriously, the only reason he didn't kill those kids who'd fallen down right before Hank decked him is because the tire got stuck in the mud).

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    Steven Universe
    "Mr. Greg"

    So that's two episodes in a row where all of the main characters don't appear. Last episode, none of the Crystal Gems appeared, and here, it's only Pearl. I actually do like when main characters don't have to appear in every episode (after all, some say it's one of the biggest problems with modern Simpsons, and as I just said in my previous reviews... I know a lot of you are going to say these "aren't on the same level" as Steven Universe regardless of what kind of role the main characters serve, but I felt the same way about World of Winx and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, liking how they don't overuse their main characters).

    Anyway, this was a pretty sweet episode. It's another mostly musical episode, much moreso than the last one, even though the last one was about music. I knew Steven was going to try to invite Pearl along to get the two to make up, and I'm glad they did. My favorite song from this was probably, "Don't Cost Nothing". I also liked how they said, "Forgetting the worst don't cost nothing" because once again, it made me think of that Futurama song ("I can't believe the devil is so unforgiving / I can't believe everyone's just adlibbing!"). I love when in musical episodes, people just reference how something isn't scripted yet they still sing.

    5/5

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    One day cricket, Australia vs. ... Pakistan, maybe?
    Come to think of it, there's a good chance I never actually knew who was playing.

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    Futurama - Amazon Women in the Mood.

    I haven't watched Futurama in a long time so I figured I would sit through an episode on TV. To my luck it was one of the funniest of the show - Amazon Women in the Mood. Such an absurd idea that works excellently due to the humor. The Amy/Kif story was...alright but the many laughs contained in this episode still holds up to this day.

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    King of the Hill - "Leanne's Saga"

    Luanne's mother Leanne is released from prison supposedly-reformed, and temporarily moves in with the Hills and begins dating Bill.

    Now here's a good example of how skillful the show was with dark, emotional storytelling when it wanted to be. I don't know if it's more of a southern thing or what but I've met a whole lot of people exactly like Leanne. She's not the kind of strawman caricature the show usually designates as the antagonist-of-the-week, and her comparative realism makes her and the storyline surrounding her that much more depressing and tragic. Luanne's fight for her approval and struggle for a healthy relationship with her mom in a traditional nuclear-family setting is almost painful. For once I even feel for Peggy and how deeply hurt she is over being cast aside by Luanne despite being a much greater and more-involved mother-figure than Leanne ever was. I have to applaud the show for being pretty frank about her abuse of Bill once it becomes physical and more or less playing it straight, and not turning it into a joke, ha-ha-lookit-the-loser-who-gets-beaten-up-by-his-girlfriend. Having seen a lot of pretty much everything in this episode firsthand, it really grounds it for me and gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling to see such unpleasant topics being approached in such a sincere way that isn't condescending or dismissive towards what the characters are going through just because it's "white trash problems".

    The ultimate message that in the end family is those who support you and that you're under no obligation to have anything to do with toxic, abusive people just because they're related to you (or even your parent in this case) is really refreshing in how pragmatic and inclusive it is compared to how most sitcoms really, really push the you-can't-pick-your-family-so-deal-with-it-because-they're-what's-most-important crap where after 22 minutes everyone hugs and makes up and resolves their differences because they realize that since they're related by blood everything's cool and should be forgiven because nobody anywhere has abusive family members and shame on you for thinking otherwise (as an aside I just made myself think of Seahorse Seashell Party and pissed myself off). A lot of the episode feels extremely bleak to me but the resolution is just a perfect release that pays it all off. It's also an important episode for Luanne's character development and her growth towards independence and shedding the remnants of her crappy upbringing as she realizes that doesn't define her. Which makes her abrupt character-decay once Altschuler & Krinsky put on the showrunner caps and fuck things up even more infuriating, but I'm not gonna get into that now.

    The episode is funny as all hell, but that's really kind of just a cherry on top; I've always thought of this as a primarily dramatic episode where the humor leans more towards sad and cringey to service the story and better fit its tone, and compliments it without trying to upstage it like other animated shows trying to do a serious story like this would.

    For all the above reasons, this is easily a top-tenner for me and definitely one that I'd show to people if I were trying to get them into the show.

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    I have watched The Lion Guard S1 about 6 times thanks to my kid. Gotta say for a Disney Junior show and a Disney animated show based on a movie, it's not terrible. The animation has spots of looking too computer-assisted and strange but it's actually a good looking show. And the main character Kion (the younger brother of Kiara who was in The Lion King 2) is almost a better future king than Simba because Kion actually puts in work around The Pridelands and keeps it safe. I feel like Simba would be a failure if not for Nala and Zazu because pretty much all he did was come back and claim a birthright :x Also Timon and Pumbaa ended up being everyone's fave gay uncles again and raised another orphaned/lost offspring who is also one of Kion's pals in The Lion Guard. There aren't too many frustrating tropes, the songs don't suck, and one neat thing is just watching the animal packs exhibit natural animal qualities such as the zebras whole thing apparently fucking being "PANIC AND RUN" all the time which...I guess, yeah, they do panic and run.


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    So I've been watching been the last couple of episodes of Justice League Action, and honestly, I'm liking the show a lot. I like the animation style, it's very fluid and leads to some good looking fighting scenes. The humor is actually pretty good and got some laughs out of me instead of annoying me (especially Batman punching Booster Gold), and I like the usage of slightly more obscure characters that you don't normally see shown out of the comics too much, such as Swamp-Thing, Plastic Man, and Captain Marvel and Shazam the wizard.

    The last episode I watched involved Superman hitching a ride with Space Cabbie (probably the most obscure character on the show) to deliver Mr. Mind to prison while being chased by Lobo. This episode was probably the best, with the highlight being Lobo, who is not only in his classic version (instead of the awful New 52 version that was still canon when the show was in production), but also because he's voiced by John DiMaggio, who does a fantastic job in the role and was a perfect fit for the character. Overall, the show is a lot of fun to watch. I'm going to miss it when it inevitably gets cancelled after one season thanks to Cartoon Network already putting it in an early morning slot with no reruns, due to their bizarre obsession and seeming hatred of any DC show that isn't Teen Titans Go (despite this being an era where superheroes are more popular then ever), as well how they seem to be going steadily against action cartoons in general and trying to make everything on the channel into lame, stupid comedies if their treatment of Regular Show and Adventure Time is any indication.

    The most interesting thing I noticed when I watched the shows was the credits. I was shocked to discover that the episodes actually give credit and fully acknowledge the creators of the major characters that appear in an episode. Not just Batman and Superman, even Firestorm, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, and Lobo are given "created by" credits with the name of their original writer and artist (the sole exception so far is that Alan Moore wasn't listed as a creator of John Constantine, but that's probably because, well... its Alan Moore, the guy absolutely hates whenever comics book give him credit because of how much he seems to hate mainstream comics now). As someone who has become a lot more aware of how badly comic book creators are often screwed by the companies (especially back then, and especially by Marvel) and receive no credit or any money from the licensing deals, I thought it was a really sweet, nice thing for this show to actually acknowledge these creators and give them the credit they deserve.

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    Still convinced at this point that CN is putting most of their effort into Adult Swim these days

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    Also, the inclusion of Lobo catches my interest.

    Anyway -

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Revenge"

    The profoundly-stupidly-named Savage Oppress has finally finished his season-long journey to find his brother Darth Maul, and now the two of them team up to take out Obi-Wan. Ventress, having now become a freelance bounty hunter, gets involved while seeking a bounty on Oppress, and herself teams up with Obi-Wan.

    I've been looking forward to this Darth Maul arc, and it's been worth it. I'm glad they've been picking the stuff with Oppress and Ventress back up after having put them on the backburner over a season previously. Ventress' development is continuing in a really interesting direction, and I like seeing them try to gradually make her somewhat more sympathetic and rounded as a character; "loyal ice-queen henchwoman" got pretty dull after a while. The real star of all this is obviously Maul, though. I wasn't prepared for how goddamn creepy they were going to make him here. Sam Witwer deserves an award for his convincingly-scary delusional rambling, and so do the people responsible for his gorgeously-expressive animation. The inexplicable spider-legs crap was weird but it looked amazing. The direction they took him in general is surprisingly compelling. The writhing, screaming, scared-of-his-shadow insanity works really well and I can't remember seeing anyone else characterized quite like this in SW. I'm confused as to what the hell happened though, as far as why he's still alive, how he got there, etc. and hope they come up with a better explanation than "my hatred kept me alive" but I'm not holding my breath. It's whatever though, I'm willing to forgive that if they keep him as interesting as he's been for these two episodes so far. Trying not to spoiler myself but seeing that he survives to come back in Rebels is a huge plus.


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    Sealab 2021 - "Bizarro"

    The crew is taken hostage by 'Bizarro' alternate versions of themselves.

    This was so stupid I hated it at first but came around by the end. The designs and concepts for the evil characters are amusing and the "bizarro!" thing started out funny, became intensely irritating, then kept being so irritating for so absurdly long that it became funny again. They manage to make the whole episode succeed on that principle, with the only part that fell flat for me being the overlong offscreen sex scene while Bizarro Quinn gyrates in front of Debbie (though Murphy's "That's it! Resist his charms!" had me cackling and pretty much salvaged that part). Funny stuff.

    Sealab 2021 - "Tinfins"

    We're treated to an Access Hollywood-style sneak peek at a movie starring the Sealab cast.

    Here's an episode format I've always been fond of - the "fake TV show". Even better with all the creative fake commercials and newscasts and such. The Grizzlebee's runner got overused just a little, but otherwise, this was funny and did a great job capturing that late-night-television vibe.

    Sealab 2021 - "Fusebox"

    The power's out!

    It's a testament to the writing and cast chemistry on a show when you can do an episode where all but the last minute or so is a near-static establishing shot with dialogue over it. Practically no animation whatsoever. This turned out way better than it could have. There's some semblance of a story but it's basically just a lot of pure, cooked-down snappy banter and it's really funny. I don't know if they needed to save money or what but this experiment worked. Good job, guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosTickaToeRest View Post
    The profoundly-stupidly-named Savage Oppress
    This is true; however, it really isn't any worse than "General Grievous" or like a dozen other PT-era names I can think of. I don't know what George was on when he was thinking up these names, or if he just let a bunch of grade-schoolers pick them out of a hat or something.

    Also it's "Sa-VAGE"... like in "gavage". (I know it's still stupid, though.)



    Sam Witwer is indeed fucking awesome as Maul and you will be happy to know that he keeps on being awesome and creepy right through TCW and into Rebels. More than that I'm not gonna say. He's an actor that I would love to see in a live-action SW film doing whatever, playing pretty much anyone (mostly because he is an awesome character actor but also because he's really, really, really hot), and I really hope that he pops up either in Ep 9 or one of the anthology films.

    I'm confused as to what the hell happened though, as far as why he's still alive, how he got there, etc. and hope they come up with a better explanation than "my hatred kept me alive" but I'm not holding my breath.
    You're gonna be disappointed there, unfortunately. I mean, any sort of explanation really wouldn't hold a candle to what fans might think up or see in their mind's eye (and we know Anakin survived something about as bad for an unspecified amount of time). I know that if that adult-oriented live action Star Wars series about Palpatine's backstory comes to Netflix or HBO or whoever, I'd love to see some Sith alchemy in practice with a Sith surviving some really gruesome, fucked-up disemboweling or dissecting injuries or something.

    Anyway, last thing I watched was S1 of Ripper Street, a really good late-19th century crime thriller/drama series about a bunch of detectives and coppers in London at the tail end of Jack the Ripper's killing spree, waiting for the killer to resurface and in the meantime investigating other crimes. It uses historical characters in some pretty interesting ways, the dialog is really sharp and more considerate of accuracy to how people probably actually spoke back then than most historical shows care to be, and it has top-notch acting and costuming. My only complaints are that sometimes the cutting is really fast, the shots are framed oddly on occasion that just sort of calls attention to it as a shot rather than as a good composition in-frame, and the music can be a little odd at times, feeling too light for some particular scenes. But these are minor quibbles and overall it's a great show. Would definitely recommend, especially if you have an interest in that time period or true crime.


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    Also, the inclusion of Lobo catches my interest.

    Anyway -

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Revenge"

    The profoundly-stupidly-named Savage Oppress has finally finished his season-long journey to find his brother Darth Maul, and now the two of them team up to take out Obi-Wan. Ventress, having now become a freelance bounty hunter, gets involved while seeking a bounty on Oppress, and herself teams up with Obi-Wan.

    I've been looking forward to this Darth Maul arc, and it's been worth it. I'm glad they've been picking the stuff with Oppress and Ventress back up after having put them on the backburner over a season previously. Ventress' development is continuing in a really interesting direction, and I like seeing them try to gradually make her somewhat more sympathetic and rounded as a character; "loyal ice-queen henchwoman" got pretty dull after a while. The real star of all this is obviously Maul, though. I wasn't prepared for how goddamn creepy they were going to make him here. Sam Witwer deserves an award for his convincingly-scary delusional rambling, and so do the people responsible for his gorgeously-expressive animation. The inexplicable spider-legs crap was weird but it looked amazing. The direction they took him in general is surprisingly compelling. The writhing, screaming, scared-of-his-shadow insanity works really well and I can't remember seeing anyone else characterized quite like this in SW.
    The return of Darth Maul arc was actually what got me back in The Clone Wars cartoon. I had watched several episodes of Season 1, back when the show was still ironing itself out, and while I did like it, after Cartoon Network stopped showing repeats of it and only showed it once a week, I lost interest in the show and moved on. However, when I heard Darth Maul was coming back, I immediately started watching the show again waiting for his return, and have since become a fan of the show again.

    Still, it's kind of amazing if you think about it, Maul was basically a glorified henchman in Episode I, having almost no personality or lines at all, no backstory, and doing nothing other then having two fight scenes, and yet he became so popular, they brought him back for The Clone Wars cartoons and made a big deal about it too, because I remember there being a lot of hype over Maul's return back when it was first announced. At this point, he's arguably the most popular character who came from the prequels. And yes, Sam Witwer does a great job with the role, I'm glad that after they made The Force Unleashed noncanon, they still kept Witwer around to do more voice, and as The Force Unleashed shows, his Palpatine impersonation is nothing short of amazing.

    I'm confused as to what the hell happened though, as far as why he's still alive, how he got there, etc. and hope they come up with a better explanation than "my hatred kept me alive" but I'm not holding my breath.
    Yeah, they never really explained it in the show. Wookieepedia says that some Star Wars books explains it by saying that Maul used the force to push himself into a trash compactor when he fell down the reaction shaft in Episode I, and he ended up getting thrown out on some junkyard planet with the rest of the trash, where he built the spider legs to survive but went crazy there until Savage found him.

    Fun fact: Maul's new look at the end of Season 4 and the whole "Darth Maul survived, gets robot legs, and goes after Obi-Wan for revenge" plot is all a gigantic homage to an old non-canon Star Wars comic called "Old Wounds", in where several years before the events of Episode IV, Darth Maul arrives on Tatooine, tracks down and confronts Obi-Wan in the desert, and has a battle to the death with him. In fact, Maul's new design he gets in the episode "Revenge", is literally the exact same design he had in the comic, down to the robot legs looking completely identical in both the cartoon and comic, with the only difference in the design being that Maul's horns were short in the cartoon while in the comic they had grown to be much larger.

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    I have watched The Lion Guard S1 about 6 times thanks to my kid. Gotta say for a Disney Junior show and a Disney animated show based on a movie, it's not terrible. The animation has spots of looking too computer-assisted and strange but it's actually a good looking show. And the main character Kion (the younger brother of Kiara who was in The Lion King 2) is almost a better future king than Simba because Kion actually puts in work around The Pridelands and keeps it safe. I feel like Simba would be a failure if not for Nala and Zazu because pretty much all he did was come back and claim a birthright :x Also Timon and Pumbaa ended up being everyone's fave gay uncles again and raised another orphaned/lost offspring who is also one of Kion's pals in The Lion Guard. There aren't too many frustrating tropes, the songs don't suck, and one neat thing is just watching the animal packs exhibit natural animal qualities such as the zebras whole thing apparently fucking being "PANIC AND RUN" all the time which...I guess, yeah, they do panic and run.
    Yeah my nephews are big into that show and it's pretty solid. I kind of wish they would've used someone other than Rob Lowe to voice Simba because he sounds way to much like Chris Traeger in that role
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    Haha yea I noticed his voice right away due to the way he enunciates and was like "well sure ok why not." The first ep I had to watch was that one where he leaves Kiara in charge to go to that elephant funeral and fucks up the Elephantese phrase so he had a lot of speaking to do there.

    Have watched s1 about 30 times now Amy, for whatever reason, does not watch the Return of the Roar movie at all and yells at me to watch S1 if I try to put it on.

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    LAST MAN ON EARTH

    this show is my jam. anybody else like it? highly recommended hulu binge.

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    Beavis & Butt-Head - "Held Back"

    To get the boys out of their hair, McVicker and Buzzcut send the boys back one grade, into middle school. Unfortunately, the teachers at their new school all get the same idea.

    This one is still a favorite. Takes a not-too-out-there sitcommy premise and drives it way over the top into farce. There's no possible way two 14-year-olds could be pushed back into kindergarten, with discussion taking place about potentially sending them back to pre-K, I mean it obviously just doesn't work that way, but it's funny, okay? The door-slam scene transitions are too damn funny and the boys' observations about their new classes and confrontations with the baffled teachers are so amusing that I wish we got to see more of those. "These chicks are flat" is so wrong but I can't not laugh. "Like, two squared or something?" is my favorite line in the episode and a really quotable stock response to use IRL. It's so nice hearing "Black Hole Sun" that I don't mind them not having much funny to say about it (though Butt-Head's insistence on trying to impress Beavis with his scientific knowledge by attempting to describe what exactly a black hole is is pretty good). Much more interesting is their commentary for the Violent Femmes' "Breakin' Up", where Beavis describes voices in his head and the destructive things they tell him to do. It's an amusing example of the music segments' severely-underrated ability to flesh out and give more dimension to the boys as characters thanks to the focus on their version of casual conversation at home rather than their adventures causing property damage and pissing people off in the outside world like more people tend to associate the show with.
    The ending of the episode is a little anticlimactic in a surprising status-quo-is-god way, but I don't really know where else they could have gone with it; I guess I'm at least somewhat more used to this show having abrupt endings where things are left at least partially unresolved and the boys may or may not be dead.
    Anyway, like I said, still a favorite and still one of the go-to episodes when I'm introducing people to the show.

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    Legion- "Chapter One"

    I recently decided to check out the newest comic book show on the block, Legion. This show is actually kind of a big deal to me, because this is the very first live-action X-Men TV show ever produced, something I never thought would ever happen in this day and age (long story, Fox owns the X-Men movie rights, but Marvel owns the TV rights, so they would need to agree to allow Fox to make an X-Men show, and Marvel has been very unkind in recent years to characters whose movie rights they don't own). So for anyone who doesn't know, Legion is David Haller, the son of Charles Xavier himself. His mutant power is that he basically has every single superpower while also having a massive personality disorder, with each of his personalities having control over a different superpower, so he's basically omnipotent and mentally unbalanced. Also he can absorb the psyche of dying people and add it as a personality too. Despite this, he's basically a C/D-Lister at best, who's really remember by most fans for being the one responsible for the Age of Apocalypse happening, and for having one of the most amazing hairstyles in comic book history. So I was interested in seeing what they would do with this overall minor character, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this series.

    I won't try to explain the overall plot, because...well it's mostly impossible. Not only is the show told in a non-linear fashion, with flashback within flashbacks, but everything is shown through David's prospective, who is mentally unbalanced here like in the comics and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, so it's unclear how much of what we see actually did happen and how much is just his imagination. The only basics that seem to be real so far is that David was in a mental hospital where he fell in love with a patient there, with cut backs to sometime afterwards where he's being interrogated about the accident. The episode has a very strange, surreal style to it, with odd camera angles and cutaways to what's happening in another time. Oddly enough, the show outside of the word "mutant" being used and a recurring cameo by some bizarre short yellow blob creature David keeps seeing who may be either  The Shadow King or Mojo  , there's pretty much no real connection to the X-Men franchise. The casting was perfect, the highlight being Dan Stevens as David. I also enjoyed the show's ambiguous nature and all the unanswered questions like: what exactly are David's powers? What is the mysterious organization that's after him, and what are they motives and plans for mutants? What is the other organization and why are they protecting mutants? What's Syd's backstory? Are mutants public knowledge or not? How crazy is David? What's with the yellow blob he keep seeing? Do the X-Men exist here or not? Is David still Xavier's son?

    Overall, Legion is a very strange, but very good and intriguing show that I enjoyed watching, even if it left me in total confusion while and after I was watching it. I recommend people to at least try out the first episode to get an understanding on the show and see how it is.

    The most shocking thing about this episode? They actually show the end credits for the episode. I mean, a tv show that actually shows it's credits without being interrupted or cut for a commercial? Not only that, but at the end of the episode they actually credit to the actually creators of the character by putting in a line at the end going "based on the comic book by Chris Clearmont and Bill Sienkiewicz". This is really shocking to me because Marvel is usually really crappy about giving proper credit to their creators, plus they love to pretend that Stan Lee made the entire Marvel universe by himself, so it was nice to Clearmont and Sienkiewicz actually get some credit for their creation.



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