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:bulletblue:If you want to read my reviews for Rescue Bots Season One and Two, click here: neoyi.deviantart.com/journal/A…



PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome
59. Bugs in the System

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!



RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 60: SWITCHEROO
(This is the greatest episode in the history of Transformers.)


image

(I needed an image that captured this episode because a still screencap would not do it justice, but I don't know how to create gifs, so credit where credit is due: the image above was made by AeonMagnus.)


"Everybody appears to be having difficulties getting along today.”
“Maybe they all just need to walk a mile in each other’s shoes.”


Oh my God. Did this episode actually air? Did this episode actually exist? Did Hasbro spy on every fanfic writer to produce this insanity? I mean, body swap episodes been done before, but did this actually happen? “Switcheroo” forces the Bots, Burns, and Greene family to accidentally switch bodies via space nebula and a science experiment gone wrong. Seriously, Doc, why would you think taking your daughter to fucking space for a casual picnic is a bright idea? Especially after what happened last time? I would be fucking terrified! Only Graham is freed from the mess on virtue of being smart and not going into bloody space (that and with the combined number of people, it would be an odd number, so someone had to sit out.) What follows after is cracktacular.

I was expecting a generic switch-up between the Bots and their respective partners. I did not expect them to go the extra mile and bring the Greene family into the mix and completely jazz it up a notch. The writers wisely indulged in their creativity and went wild on who-ends-up-with-who, delivering an episode that I predicted would be "very good" to "off-the-wall-hilarious." I watched this episode late, so I had to do everything in my power to hold my laughter because everyone in the house was asleep. It’s just that funny. And it’s precisely funny because the episode knows how to milk the switch-up for all its worth.

I wasn’t expecting any of the Rescue Bots to switch with the female cast members, but they absolutely went there and both Blades-in-Dani’s body and Frankie-in-Chase’s (and vice versa) are the absolute highlights of the show. I think the most damning occurs between Dani and Blades because their candid personalities didn’t require a dramatic turn for the both of them, yet they're still distinctive enough to tell apart. I just...Blades is so adorable in this episode! He joyfully embraces the human body and he just really, really fits into Dani’s shoes fabulously. He twirls in her body. In a dress. Not to mention he takes a certain karmic glee in seeing Dani struggle with his copter mode, soaking up all the irony after dealing with Dani’s little quips. Oh, those two.

D.C. Douglas performs a fantastic Frankie by uplifting his voice that gives Chase’s usual stoicism a childish level you’d never hear from the bot. There is especially one good animation where Frankie-in-Chase’s body is sitting on a large crate and swinging her legs back and forth like an actual child would do (the first image.) Chase would not do this, but Frankie would. It’s so adorable and cracky and Oh My God I love this episode.I am so glad the creators didn’t let human genders get in the way of the mind exchange with the robots.

Other highlights include Maurice LaMarche pulling off Doc’s voice and coming out vaguely Jamaican; Kade lampshading the “Roll to the Rescue” catchphrase; Boulder-in-Cody’s voice dutifully performing his job with a shovel in spite of his puny size; ”these human Cody feet”; and oh god the embarrassing dance Charlie performs while he’s in Doc’s body.

There were a few elements I wished they had explored. Kade and Heatwave’s exchange is fitting, but there could have been more. Boulder would have tried to be in tune with his human body and I felt “Switcheroo” didn’t emphasize it well enough. Graham tries his best to keep a sane head and there’s a particularly nice moment when he puts out a fire himself while the rest are screwing up during a rescue, but I wanted to see exasperation. But they’re minor quibbles; everything is gold.

This episode wouldn’t have worked if Rescue Bots didn’t have such defined, well-made characters, but it’s the success of their shining personalities that managed to balance ten characters and work to its advantage. The voice actors are especially to be commended for their fine work. The episode doesn't lazily switch voices, leaving the actors to convincingly pull off the necessary tone and feel for each character. 

I loved it so much I wish it’d have gone another half hour (not that it needs it) just to see more antics amongst the crew. “Switcheroo” was inspired when the creators noticed the voice actors playfully mimicking each other’s characters, proving the crew has a vivid sense of humor. It’s charming to know such camaraderie is the cause of this episode’s existence. “Switcheroo” is all that’s right in the world.
:star::star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS


BONUS OBSERVATIONS


RON WEASLEY AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON THIS: Okay, I need to know the context behind this.

image

The episode opens up with Chase giving Charlie a basketball court-sized chess set. It literally just opens up like that for no reason. This isn't really a negative per say. I mean, it’s damn random, but it’s Rescue Bots random.

MAGIC COIN: Blades mentioned a magic coin was involved when he pointed out a movie he saw where the characters switched bodies. This is a reference I don't get, so if anyone knows, I’m curious.

FIRE-HOT RED: Heatwave-in-Kade’s body wears a red fire hat to match his own. I’m not sure if this was also meant to be a meta reference because Kade’s toy has him sporting a red fire hat instead of his standard yellow.

THE BENNY HILL THEME IS IN THIS EPISODE JUST TO EMPHASIZE THE RIDICULOUSNESS OF THIS EPISODE: Now a reference I do get.

DECADE-LONG DUOS: This episode reveals Doc and Charlie are childhood friends. Well, someone had to keep an eye on Doc when he got a little too experimental with his science.

BEST LINE:

CHASE-IN-FRANKIE: ”The experience in riding inside myself maybe more than this comparatively tiny brain can handle!”
FRANKIE-IN-CHASE: ”Can you believe it? I’m a car! Hey, can I turn on the sirens?”

Dialogue that explains the entire episode in a nutshell.

Oh, and this latter exchange.

CHASE-IN-FRANKIE: *annoyed* ”My apologies, Francine decided to take the long way; the very long way.”
FRANKIE-IN-CHASE: *excited* ”I was up to 35MPH!”



____________________________________________________________________________________________

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Discovery (A Transformers Animated Fancomic): Read the entire thing here. Placed there for archival purpose. Recently cancelled.

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  • Reading: The Complete Far Side
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  • Playing: Captain Toad/Super Smash Bros. WiiU
  • Eating: Nothing Right Now
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:bulletblue:If you want to read my reviews for Rescue Bots Season One and Two, click here: neoyi.deviantart.com/journal/A…



PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome
59. Bugs in the System

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!



RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 60: SWITCHEROO
(This is the greatest episode in the history of Transformers.)


image

(I needed an image that captured this episode because a still screencap would not do it justice, but I don't know how to create gifs, so credit where credit is due: the image above was made by AeonMagnus.)


"Everybody appears to be having difficulties getting along today.”
“Maybe they all just need to walk a mile in each other’s shoes.”


Oh my God. Did this episode actually air? Did this episode actually exist? Did Hasbro spy on every fanfic writer to produce this insanity? I mean, body swap episodes been done before, but did this actually happen? “Switcheroo” forces the Bots, Burns, and Greene family to accidentally switch bodies via space nebula and a science experiment gone wrong. Seriously, Doc, why would you think taking your daughter to fucking space for a casual picnic is a bright idea? Especially after what happened last time? I would be fucking terrified! Only Graham is freed from the mess on virtue of being smart and not going into bloody space (that and with the combined number of people, it would be an odd number, so someone had to sit out.) What follows after is cracktacular.

I was expecting a generic switch-up between the Bots and their respective partners. I did not expect them to go the extra mile and bring the Greene family into the mix and completely jazz it up a notch. The writers wisely indulged in their creativity and went wild on who-ends-up-with-who, delivering an episode that I predicted would be "very good" to "off-the-wall-hilarious." I watched this episode late, so I had to do everything in my power to hold my laughter because everyone in the house was asleep. It’s just that funny. And it’s precisely funny because the episode knows how to milk the switch-up for all its worth.

I wasn’t expecting any of the Rescue Bots to switch with the female cast members, but they absolutely went there and both Blades-in-Dani’s body and Frankie-in-Chase’s (and vice versa) are the absolute highlights of the show. I think the most damning occurs between Dani and Blades because their candid personalities didn’t require a dramatic turn for the both of them, yet they're still distinctive enough to tell apart. I just...Blades is so adorable in this episode! He joyfully embraces the human body and he just really, really fits into Dani’s shoes fabulously. He twirls in her body. In a dress. Not to mention he takes a certain karmic glee in seeing Dani struggle with his copter mode, soaking up all the irony after dealing with Dani’s little quips. Oh, those two.

D.C. Douglas performs a fantastic Frankie by uplifting his voice that gives Chase’s usual stoicism a childish level you’d never hear from the bot. There is especially one good animation where Frankie-in-Chase’s body is sitting on a large crate and swinging her legs back and forth like an actual child would do (the first image.) Chase would not do this, but Frankie would. It’s so adorable and cracky and Oh My God I love this episode.I am so glad the creators didn’t let human genders get in the way of the mind exchange with the robots.

Other highlights include Maurice LaMarche pulling off Doc’s voice and coming out vaguely Jamaican; Kade lampshading the “Roll to the Rescue” catchphrase; Boulder-in-Cody’s voice dutifully performing his job with a shovel in spite of his puny size; ”these human Cody feet”; and oh god the embarrassing dance Charlie performs while he’s in Doc’s body.

There were a few elements I wished they had explored. Kade and Heatwave’s exchange is fitting, but there could have been more. Boulder would have tried to be in tune with his human body and I felt “Switcheroo” didn’t emphasize it well enough. Graham tries his best to keep a sane head and there’s a particularly nice moment when he puts out a fire himself while the rest are screwing up during a rescue, but I wanted to see exasperation. But they’re minor quibbles; everything is gold.

This episode wouldn’t have worked if Rescue Bots didn’t have such defined, well-made characters, but it’s the success of their shining personalities that managed to balance ten characters and work to its advantage. The voice actors are especially to be commended for their fine work. The episode doesn't lazily switch voices, leaving the actors to convincingly pull off the necessary tone and feel for each character. 

I loved it so much I wish it’d have gone another half hour (not that it needs it) just to see more antics amongst the crew. “Switcheroo” was inspired when the creators noticed the voice actors playfully mimicking each other’s characters, proving the crew has a vivid sense of humor. It’s charming to know such camaraderie is the cause of this episode’s existence. “Switcheroo” is all that’s right in the world.
:star::star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS


BONUS OBSERVATIONS


RON WEASLEY AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON THIS: Okay, I need to know the context behind this.

image

The episode opens up with Chase giving Charlie a basketball court-sized chess set. It literally just opens up like that for no reason. This isn't really a negative per say. I mean, it’s damn random, but it’s Rescue Bots random.

MAGIC COIN: Blades mentioned a magic coin was involved when he pointed out a movie he saw where the characters switched bodies. This is a reference I don't get, so if anyone knows, I’m curious.

FIRE-HOT RED: Heatwave-in-Kade’s body wears a red fire hat to match his own. I’m not sure if this was also meant to be a meta reference because Kade’s toy has him sporting a red fire hat instead of his standard yellow.

THE BENNY HILL THEME IS IN THIS EPISODE JUST TO EMPHASIZE THE RIDICULOUSNESS OF THIS EPISODE: Now a reference I do get.

DECADE-LONG DUOS: This episode reveals Doc and Charlie are childhood friends. Well, someone had to keep an eye on Doc when he got a little too experimental with his science.

BEST LINE:

CHASE-IN-FRANKIE: ”The experience in riding inside myself maybe more than this comparatively tiny brain can handle!”
FRANKIE-IN-CHASE: ”Can you believe it? I’m a car! Hey, can I turn on the sirens?”

Dialogue that explains the entire episode in a nutshell.

Oh, and this latter exchange.

CHASE-IN-FRANKIE: *annoyed* ”My apologies, Francine decided to take the long way; the very long way.”
FRANKIE-IN-CHASE: *excited* ”I was up to 35MPH!”



____________________________________________________________________________________________

:heart: STUPID FANCOMICS:heart:


Discovery (A Transformers Animated Fancomic): Read the entire thing here. Placed there for archival purpose. Recently cancelled.

:heart: OTHER STUFF:heart:


Archive
If you ever want a list of links to all the reviews/rants/analysis/time-wasters I wrote.

My Twitter: Follow me ramble in 100+ words or less here.

My Tumblr: Lots of pretty pictures I like.

REQUESTS: No, I do not. Sorry.
  • Listening to: Various
  • Reading: The Complete Far Side
  • Watching: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
  • Playing: Captain Toad/Super Smash Bros. WiiU
  • Eating: Nothing Right Now
  • Drinking: Water
This journal is merely to serve as an archive to the many shit I review/analysis/rant about. Nothing more. So any one who likes reading my shit, but can't bother to scroll through the journal links, they're all here. Some of these links go to the same page because I sometimes do multiple reviews under one entry.

I will put this specific journal link at the bottom of future journals. Also included are my Toonzone reviews, Tumblr ramblings, and any other outside stuff I've done beyond DA. Please tell me if any of the links aren't working for whatever reason.


:bulletred: SPOILER WARNING: A lot of these reviews will spoil, so click with caution.



:bulletgreen:DEVIANTART JOURNAL ARTICLES/REVIEWS:bulletgreen:


THE REVIEWS

All the reviews I did in DeviantART. All shows listed in alphabetical order except for Transformers which is up top because this is likely what the current batch of followers likely wanna read (and disagree with it.)

TRANSFORMERS PRIME/RESCUE BOTS REVIEWS

These are all my reviews of Transformers Prime and Transformers Rescue Bots. I clearly don't have a life.

TF PRIME: SEASON ONE (INCOMPLETE: At the time, I wasn't sure if I was going to review each episode)
Transformers Prime (First Impressions)
The First Eight or so episodes or something
Ep. 9: "Convoy"
Ep. 11: Speed Metal
Ep. 12: "Predatory"
Ep. 13: "Sick Mind"
Ep. 19: "Rock Bottom"
Ep. 20: "Partners"
Ep. 21 - 23: "T.M.I", "Stronger, Faster", and "One Shall Fall""


TF PRIME: SEASON TWO (COMPLETE)
27. "Orion Pax: Part 1"
28. "Orion Pax: Part 2"
29. "Orion Pax: Part 3"
30. "Operation Bumblebee, Part 1"
31. Operation Bumblebee, Part 2"
32. "Loose Cannons"
33. "Crossfire"
34. "Nemesis Prime"
35. "Grill"
36. "Armada"
37. "Flying Mind"
38. "Tunnel Vision"
39. "Triangulation"
40. "Triage"
41. "Toxicity"
42. "Hurt"
43. "Out of the Past"
44. "New Recruit"
45. "The Human Factor"
46. "Legacy"
47. "Alpha/Omega"
48. "Hard Knocks"
49. "Inside Job"
50. "Patch"
51. "Regeneration"
52. "Darkest Hour"


TF PRIME: SEASON THREE (COMPLETE)
53. "Darkmount, NV"
54. "Scattered"
55. "Prey"
56. "Rebellion"
57. "Project Predacon"
58. "Chain of Command"
59. "Plus One"
60. "Thirst"
61. "Evolution"
62. "Minus One"
63. "Persuasion"
64. "Synthesis"
65. "Deadlock"


TRANSFORMERS PRIME: PREDACONS RISINGS (COMPLETE)
PART ONE
PART TWO


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON ONE (COMPLETE)
1. "Family of Heroes"/2. "Under Pressure" (Premiere First Impressions)
3. "Hotshots"
4. "Flobsters On Parade"
5. "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock"
6. "Walk On The Wild Side"
7. "Cody On Patrol"
8. "Four Bots and A Baby"
9. "Christmas In July"
10. "Deep Trouble"
11. "Return of the Dinobot"
12. "The Other Doctor"
13. "The Reign of Morocco"

14. "Small Blessings"
15. "The Griffin Rock Triangle"

16. "Rules and Regulation"
17. "The Lost Bell"

18. "Bumblebee to the Rescue"
19. "You've been Squilshed"
20. "Countdown"

21. "The Haunting of Griffin Rock"
22. "Little White Lies"

23. "Shake Up"
24. "Rescue Boy"

25. "It's A Bot Time"
26. "Bot to the Future"


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON TWO (COMPLETE)
27. "Road Trip"
28. "Sky Forest"

29. "One For the Ages"
30. "Tip of the Iceberg"
31. "A Virtual Disaster"
31. "A Virtual Disaster" (April Fool's edition)
32. "Spellbound"
33. "Prescott's Bots"
34. "Blame the Gremlins"
35. "Feed the Beast"
36. What Lies Below
37. What Rises Above
38. Space Bots
39. The Island of Misfit Tech
40. The Vigilant Town
41. Buddy System
42. In Search of the Griffin's Nest
43. Bots and Robbers
44. Rescue Dog
45. Changes
46. The Riders of Midwinter
47. Movers and Shakers
49. Odd Bot Out

50. The Griffin Rock Express
51. Double Villainy
52. Rise of the Heroes


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON THREE (ONGOING)
53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome
59. Bugs In The System


TRANSFORMERS PRIME/RESCUE BOTS PREDICATION
Season Two Predication
Season Two Predication Results
Season Three Predication
Season Three Predication Results

TRANSFORMERS BEST/WORST DERP AWARDS
Best/Worst Annual One (TFP Season One)
Best/Worst Annual Two: BEST AWARDS, Part 1 (TFP Season Two/Little bit of Rescue Bots)
Best/Worst Annual Two: BEST AWARDS, Part 2 (TFP Season Two)
Best/Worst Annual Two: WORST AWARDS, Part 1 (TFP Season Two)
Best/Worst Annual Two: WORST AWARDS, Part 2 (TFP Season Two)
Best/Worst Annual Three: BEST AWARDS, Part 1 (TFP Season Three)
Best/Worst Annual Three: WORST AWARDS, Part 2 (TFP Season Three)




BRAVE POLICE J-DECKER (An Episode-By-Episode Commentary - INCOMPLETE)

This show is very 90s Japanese shonen. Big surprise.

Initial Impressions/First Three Episodes
Episodes 4 - 10
Episodes 11-17
Episodes 18 - 24


DIGIMON TAMERS (INCOMPLETE)

Time to revisit my favorite Digimon series.

1. Guilmon Comes Alive
2. Digimon, Digimon Everywhere
3. To Fight or Not to Fight
4. It Came From The Other Side

5. Dream A Little Dream
6. O Partner, Where Are Thou



THE LEGEND OF KORRA (INCOMPLETE: Book 3 and beyond continues in Toonzone. SEE below)

Man, this show started off so well, then hurtled into disappointment. EDIT: Well, it's gotten better.

SEASON ONE
Ep. 1+2: "Welcome to Republic City" and "Leaf in The Wind"
Ep. 3: "The Revelation"
Ep. 4: "The Voice In The Night"
Ep. 5: "The Spirit of Competition"
Ep. 6+7: "And the Winner Is..." and "The Aftermath"
Ep. 8+9: "When Extremes Meet" and "Out of The Past"
Ep. 10: "Turning the Tides"
Ep. 11+12: "Skeletons in the Closet" and "Endgame"


SEASON TWO
Ep. 13+14: "Rebel Spirit" and "The Southern Lights"
Ep. 15: "Civil Wars, Part 1"
Ep. 16: "Civil Wars, Part 2"
Ep. 17: "Peacekeepers"
Ep. 18: "The Sting"
Ep. 19+20: "Beginnings, Part 1&2"
Ep. 21: "The Guide"
Ep. 22: "A New Spiritual Age"
Ep. 23: "Night Of A Thousand Stars"
Ep. 24: "Harmonic Convergence"

Ep. 25: "Darkness Falls"
Ep. 26: "Light In The Dark"



MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT (An Episode-By-Episode Commentary: COMPLETE)

I got nostalgic for this show. Not great, but still a good show worth watching on a lazy weekend.

My Life As A Teenage Robot Season One Review...ish
My Life As A Teenage Robot Season Two Review...ish
My Life As A Teenage Robot Season Three Review



SYM-BIONIC TITAN (COMPLETE...ish? I feel like I might revisit this show someday and write better, comprehensive reviews)

This show was too damn good to be cancelled. ;_;

First Impressions
General Review
Ep. 1 - 8 Reviews
Ep. 9: "Tashy 497"
Ep. 10: "Lessons In Love"
Ep. 11: "Fortress of Deception"
Ep. 12 - 14: "The Ballad of Scary Mary", "The Demon Within", and "I Am Octus"
Ep. 15: "Disenfranchised"
Ep. 16: "Escape From Galaluna"
Ep. 17: "Under the Three Moons"
Ep 18 - 20: "A Family Crisis", The Steel For" and "A New Beginning"



OTHER REVIEWS

These are reviews I did in DA that aren't thorough analysis (read: bitch and rant) and/or recaps of each episode of specific TV shows. Don't stare at them for too long, the snark may burn your eyes.


2010
The Venture Bros.
Earthbound
Turtles Forever and Link to the Past Manga
Phineas and Ferb
Titan A.E
Ouran Hugh
Alice in Wonderland (The Time Burton film)
Avatar (The one with the blue alien cat people)
Fairy Oddparents
Hachi: A Dog's Tale
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
MY Sister's Keeper
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Sailor Moon Stars
The Secret Saturdays
The Tenth Circle

Generator Rex (First Impressions)
Invader Zim
Generator Rex (Second Impressions)
How To Train Your Dragon
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Toy Story 3
Futurama Sixth Season Premiere
Scott Pilgrim
The Last Airbender, Despicable Me, and other small reviews
Transformers Animated
TUFF Puppy and Panty and Stocking First Impressions
Transformers 1986 Movie
Transformers Animated: The Video Game


2011
Revisiting Beast Wars
MOTHER 3
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
MiP: FiM Ep. 18: "The Show Stoppers"
Beast Wars (a small retrospect)
Bob's Burger (a small, small chatter on why it's good)
Cardcaptor Sakura
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Ghost Trick
Okamiden (and the Okami artbook)
Summer-Wars

Catherine
Professor Layton and the Lost Specter
Oban Star Racers
Firefly
A Song of Ice and Fire series

Zelda: Skyward Sword


2012
Tintin Movie (2012 Version)
A Monster in Paris
Bioshock and The Avengers
Wreck-It Ralph


2013
The History of Sonic the Hedgehog
Hyrule Historia
Super Wagon Adventure
A Cat in Paris
Cucumber Quest
Gravity Falls
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Kotoura-San
Mark of the Ninja
Nimona
Paprika

Monsters University/Despicable Me 2
Homestuck
Atomic Robo
Beware The Batman
The Last Of Us
Ni No Kuni
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated
Teen Titans Go
Xiaolin Chronicles

The Art of Journey
The Art of Korra
The Art of The Last Of Us
The Art of Mass Effect
The Amazing World of Gumball
Attack On Titan
Bastion
Fargo
Futurama Episode: "Meanwhile"
Girl Genius
Harmoknight
House Of Leaves
ICO
il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Making Comics

The Art of Prime
Mass Effect
Mystereobot
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (manga)
Paranorman
Parks and Recreation
Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo
Regular Show
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
Steven Universe
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (2012 version)
Thor: The Dark World
The Truman Show


2014
Frozen
Danny Phantom: The Complete Series DVD (Tumblr link)
The Last of Us: Left Behind
Professor Layton and the Azran legacy
South Park: The Stick of Truth (Tumblr Link)

Windblade #1 (Tumblr Link)
Ava's Demon
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Tumblr Link)
Blindsprings
The Last Mechanical Monster (Tumblr Link)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Shovel Knight
The Art of Naughty Dog
The Book of Life
Wakfu (Whimsically Tedious)


ARTICLES, RANTS, AND NON-REVIEWS

What it says. The DA articles that aren't reviews.

My Personal Top 15 Cartoons of 2000-2010: Part 1
My Personal Top 15 Cartoons of 2000-2010: Part 2
My Personal Top 15 Cartoons of 2000-2010: Part 3
Prowl and Birds: An Analysis on the Symbolic Connection Between Both
First Episode Impression: TRON: Uprising, Kaijudo, and Wander Over Yonder
The Importance of Names in Transformers Animated
Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015): So Optimus...


15 Games Meme: (ONGOING):
1. Crash Team Racing
2. Child of Eden
3. Chrono Trigger


:bulletblue:TOONZONE ARTICLES:bulletblue:

These are all the articles I wrote for Toonzone.


THE LEGEND OF KORRA


BOOK TWO
13. Rebel Spirit
14. The Southern Lights
15. Civil Wars, Part 1
16. Civil Wars, Part 2
17. Peacekeepers
18. The Sting
19/20. Beginnings, Part 1&2
21. The Guide
22. A New Spiritual Age
23. Night Of A Thousand Stars
24. Harmonic Convergence
25. Darkness Falls
26. Light In The Dark


BOOK 3
27. A Breath of Fresh Air
28. Rebirth

29. The Earth Queen
30. In Harm's Way
31. The Metal Clan
32. Old Wounds
33. Original Airbenders
34. The Terror Within
35. The Stakeout
36. Long Live the Queen
37. The Ultimatum
38. Enter the Void
39. Venom of the Red Lotus


BOOK 4
40. After All These Years
41. Korra Alone
42. The Coronation
43. The Calling
44. Enemy At The Gates
45. The Battle of Zaofu
46. Reunion
47. Remembrances
48. Beyond the Wilds
49. Operation Beifong


TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED



SEASON ONE
1. Transform and Roll Out: Part 1
2. Transform and Roll Out: Part 2
3. Transform and Roll Out: Part 3
4. Home is Where the Spark Is
5. Total Meltdown
6. Blast From the Past
7. Thrill of the Hunt
8. Nanosec
9. Along Came a Spider
10. Sound and Fury
11. Lost and Found
12. Survival of the Fittest
13. Headmaster
14. Nature's Call
15. Megatron Rising, Part 1
16. Megatron Rising, Part 2


SEASON TWO
17. The Elite Guard
18. The Return of the Headmaster
19. Mission Accomplished
20. Garbage In, Garbage Out
21. Velocity


TRANSFORMERS PRIME


SEASON ONE      
1 -5. Darkness Rising Review                       
6. Masters and Students
7. Scrapheap                       
8. Con Job
9. Convoy                      
10. Dues Ex Machina
11. Speed Metal                   
12. Predatory
13. Sick Mind
14. Out of His Head
15. Shadowzone
16. Operation: Breakdown
17. Crisscross
18. Metal Attraction
19. Rock Bottom
20. Partners (NOT REVIEWED)
21. T.M. I (NOT REVIEWED)
22. Stronger, Faster (NOT REVIEWED)
23. One Shall Fall (NOT REVIEWED)
24. One Shall Rise: Part 1
25. One Shall Rise: Part 2
26. One Shall Rise: Part 3


SEASON TWO:
27. Orion Pax: Part 1
27. Orion Pax: Part 2                       
29. Orion Pax: Part 3
30. Operation Bumblebee: Part 1                       
31. Operation Bumblebee: Part 2
32. Loose Cannons                      
33. Crossfire
34. Nemesis Prime
35. Grill
36. Armada
37. Flying Mind
38. Tunnel Vision
39. Triangulation
40. Triage
41. Toxicity
42. Hurt
43. Out of the Past
44. New Recruit
45. The Human Factor
46. Legacy
47. Alpha/Omega
48. Hard Knocks
49. Inside Job
50. Patch
51. Regeneration
52. Darkest Hour


SEASON THREE
53. Darkmount, NV
54. Scattered
55. Prey
56. Rebellion
57. Project Predacon
58. Chain of Command
59. Plus One
60. Thirst
61. Evolution
62. Minus One
63. Persuasion
64. Synthesis
65. Deadlock


REVIEWS


Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: The Comic That Made Me Cry
Rayman Legends is a Game for the Epics
Transformers Animated: The Complete Series is Energon-y Goodness
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Ticks A Good Beat, But Needs A Good Wind-Up
Rick and Morty Season One Blu-Ray/DVD is Wubba-Dubba-Dub-Demented Fun
The Wind Rises: A Beautiful Mind


JOINT ARTICLES

Articles I didn't solely write myself; they were group efforts from Toonzone's staffs.

TRANSFORMERS WEEK: (A week long celebration of Transformers in time for the third movie, Toonzone wrote and hosted a number of articles on them robots in disguise.)

Best Episode Ever: Beast Wars (I chose "Possession")
Best Episode Ever: Transformers Animated (I chose "Nature's Call")
Transformers Prime - The Road So Far (This is the only article here that I wrote myself. Most of this came while Season One was halfway through airing at the time. I have a slightly better impression of Season One now, but a lot of what's written is still how I feel.)


BEST EPISODES EVER: (We pick selects shows and talk about episodes we love from them.)

Best Episode Ever: The Simpsons (I chose "Lisa on Ice")
Best Episode Ever: Avatar: The Last Airbender (I chose "The Waterbending Master")
Best Episode Ever: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (I chose "Sisterhooves Social")




:bulletyellow:TUMBLR NONSENSES:bulletyellow:

More stupid shit outside of DA, this time in Tumblr: Electric Bugaloo!


DANNY PHANTOM RECAP/MINI-REVIEW (COMPLETE)
1 -14: "Mystery Meat" to "Public Enemies"
15 - 22: "Fright Night" to "Doctor's Disorders"
23 - 36: "Pirate Radio" to "Masters of All Time"
37 - 45: "Reality Trip" to "Forever Phantom"
46 - 53: "Urban Jungle" to "Phantom Planet"



30 DAY CHALLENGE: JAK AND DAXTER (COMPLETE)
Day 1: How did you discover Jak and Daxter?
Day 2: What is your favorite Jak game: Jak II
Day 3: Which is your least favorite Jak game: Jak 3( COME AT ME, BRO.)
Day 4: Favorite Character: Jak (This is article is stupid long.)
Day 5: Who Is Your Least Favorite Character: None, really
Day 6: What mission do you love the most: Mar's Tomb
Day 7: What mission do you hate the most: 75% of Jak II's frustrating shit
Day 8: Who is your favorite couple: None, but I analyze all the canon couples

Day 9: What is your favorite gun mod: The Yellow Mod
Day 10: Do you Believe Jak is Mar: Not really, but I think his Uncle could be...
Day 11: Which eco is your favorite: Green and Light, also read my ramblings on the concept of balance between light and dark that Eco represents very well
Day 12: Who is your favorite Precursor: Certainly not the ottsel reveal nonsense

Day 13: Who is your favorite citizen: A bunch of people
Day 14: Do you like The Lost Frontier: Yes and no, and I explain why
Day 15: What’s your preferred Wasteland Vehicle: Probably the Sand Shark and Dune Hopper, but they're all bad
Day 16: How Often do you use the Hoverboard: A lot
Day 17: Dark Jak or Light Jak: Light Jak
Day 18: What is your Favorite Location(s): Various
]Day 19: Every collected all the orbs in Jak II and 3: Pfft, no

Day 20: Which moment shocked you the most: The Precursor's true form and Damas' death
Day 21: Which Opening/Ending is your favorite: Various
Day 22:  Favorite quotes: Various
Day 23: Toughest/Easiest Bosses: Most of The Precursor Legacy's was easy; Kor was tough
Day 24: Ever just go on a KG killing spree: No, but I talk about the Krimzon Guards a bit

Day 25: Favorite Jak and Daxter fanart: Yes
Day 26: Who is your favorite sage: Keira
Day 27: What is your favorite secret: Various
Day 28: Do you like Jak X: No

Day 29: Would you like to see another game: Ehhhhh
Day 30: Any unanswered questions: Not really


Let's Play (Blind) The Last of Us (COMPLETE)
I'm doing a blind Let's Play for this game on tumblr, so click the link and tag along as I follow the journey of a grizzled, manly cynic and his spunky, foulmouthed teenage companion in a post-apocalyptic world infested by Fungus Zombies. Plenty of tragic shit and Scissor-Bats to be had! Do keep in mind, I will heavily spoil, so read at your own risk!

Part 1: The Prologue
Part 2: Operation: Kill Robert
Part 3: Video Game Logic is Weird
Part 4: Something major is revealed here and I only just started this game! Also subways stations are fucking scary
Part 5: The Museum of DEATH
Part 6: Tess
Part 7: Bill (or why he's crazy awesome)
Part 8: Hunters and the Hotel of EVIL
Part 9: Cameos! Cameos! Cameos! :D
Part 10: Brotherly Love
Part 11: I HAVE A MOTHERFUCKING FLAMETHROWER (Oh, and some important stuff happens)
Part 12: This whole part is made of legit BADASS.
Part 13: Final Destination, Some Items, Joel Only
Part 14: The End



Let's Watch Neon Genesis Evangelion (INCOMPLETE)
My attempts to watch an anime I kinda sorta grew up with and watched a bunch of, but never really quite watched the entire thing. IT ENDS NOW!

1. ANGEL ATTACK
2. THE BEAST
3. A Transfer
4. Hedgehog's Dilemma
5. Rei I
6. Rei II
7. A HUMAN WORK
8. ASUKA STRIKES
9. Both of You, Dance Like You Want To Win!
10. MAGMADIVER
11. The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still



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Articles I wrote hosted outside of DA, Toonzone, and Tumblr.

Danny Phantom: Season 2, Part 1 DVD Review: "Hauntingly Good, DVD Bad" on Nickandmore.com
20 Best Episodes of 2012 on Nickandmore.com (This was a joint effort that I was part of.)
23 Best Episodes of 2013 on Nickandmore.com (This was a joint effort that I was part of.)
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 17, "Blue Hope" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 20, "Cold Fury" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 21, "Babel" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 22, "Love Is a Battlefield" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 23, "Larfleeze" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 25, "Ranx" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 26, "Dark Matter" Review
  • Listening to: None
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  • Watching: None
  • Playing: None
  • Eating: None
  • Drinking: None
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PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome
59. Bugs in the System

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!



RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 46: THE RIDERS OF MIDWINTER
(Obligatory "Christmas" Episode)


(NOTE: “The Rides of Midwinter” is actually a season two episode that never aired while that season was still going, presumably because they were saving it for the holidays. As such, this is episode 46 on the list and will be written as such because I like my numbers in order, damn it.

Also “Switcheroo” is getting its own review page because that episode is cracktastically gold.)


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”It’s not about the bread.”
“No, it’s about the internal combustion.”


Christmas. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas.

Yeah, I don’t really care about Christmas.

There’s nothing wrong with Christmas. Look beyond the cynical commercialism and obnoxiousness of it all (Christmas songs can all go to hell) and I can dig the message it’s sending: be good to your fellow men, peace and love for everyone, and celebrate the joys with friends and family. etc etc. They’re lovely memos to pass on and I by no means will crash another person’s enthusiasm with this holiday, but I’ve always retained a lukewarm feel to the whole thing. I think it’s the overabundance of sentimentality that does me in. Cutesy and/or heartwarming shit isn’t something I avoid and I’ve made it pretty clear I can gush over adorable nonsense before (I will never not love happy, playful puppies), but Christmas’ plethora of tenderness is too much for me to handle. Call me a coldhearted woman if you must, but I’ve never been a touchy-feely person, so all of this is just mush to me.So forgive me if “The Riders of Midwinter” doesn’t exactly fill me with good tidings. For a time, the Burns and Bots assume the same of Mrs. Needlelander, too.

It’s retrospectively amusing to watch this episode for the first time after constant observations of the badassery this woman possess in latter season three episodes. She does visibly react to a pile of logs on top of her car with her inside, but as per usual, she shrugs it off and demonizes our heroes (although she has a point, was no one watching the bonfire logs?) Suffering under her demerits for too long, the family has had enough of Neelelander's crap and finally complains about it. They donh't say that to her face because Charlie is sensible enough to know better and keep his kids and the Bots quiet, but even he shares their exasperation.

Mrs. Needlelander proves she’s more than meets the—nope, not going to say it, this franchise has abused that phrase one too many times already. *ahem* Mrs. Needlelander is the secret Midwinter Rider and has been for the past 49 years, leaving bread in every door. Leaving aside the physical impossibility of this, it’s probably the only time we’ll ever see a calm Mrs. Needlelander, but how smart is it that she covered her tracks so easily through a grumpy exterior. It took me a while to realize she was the Rider; the woman did a damn good job hiding it.

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“The Riders of Midwinter” is Christmas in name only. The creators made up a holiday specific to this town and for all intents and purposes, it works. It’s got all the bells and whistles to qualify it as an annual holiday special that the network can air come December, but the history behind Midwinter gives it that nice Griffin Rock touch. It elaborates on the little island the Bots call home and emphasizes why it’s such an important place to protect by "Rise of the Heroes." Griffin Rock isn’t going to dethrone Springfield for most memorable town, but events like these give it a life of its own. Somehow, Rescue Bots really sell the idea that these breads have a genuine measure of attachment to these folks. I especially love the individual reactions of the holiday from each bot, especially Boulder’s. He’s the one who gets the heart of Midwinter while the rest only kinda sorta gets it. It definitely fits with his empathetic nature.

But god, I could have done without that cheesy song. I don’t particularly care for any of the songs Rescue Bots punches out. Outside of that ridiculously catchy western in "The Island of Misfit Tech", they’ve all been secondhand embarrassment for me. “Light Up The Fire” doesn’t do it for me either, though I am surprised the show went for country music. I don’t know, when I think Rescue Bots, I don’t think country music. Hmm, now I’m rethinking that desire to have a Rescue Bots musical. …Oh hell, I still want it. I would love to hear Chase sing.

There is one horrifically sad theory a friend shared with me. I questioned why the Autobots were so clueless about the holidays. Do Cybertronians not have cultural celebrations and festivities of their own? She then pointed out that perhaps the war had gone on so long that the Rescue Bots simply were not aware of it. Maybe they’ve read history, I don’t know, but since we don’t know how old these guys are they could very well have been born or been exposed to the attitudes of a war torn world for so long that concepts like the holidays are not familiar territories for them. Man, that’s depressing. Griffin Rock is doing them a lot of damn good.

“The Rider of Midwinter” is typical of its kind, spreading the same Christmassy jargon that's been shoved up out asses for decades. It’s competent in its own right and sincere in its effort though. I can’t say I felt anything and I’m obviously biased, but my final scores are based on how good the episode is and not necessarily how much I like it, so four stars it is.
:star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS

BONUS OBSERVATIONS


HOLY SHIT THE BELL RINGS!? I think this is the only episode where the fire station bell rings. I can’t recall it ever going off onscreen!

ONLINE GOODIES: Outside of primetime cartoons I see on FOX, I think this is the only other cartoon I can think of at the top of my head where everyone admits they shop online. I totally do all my gift shopping online. Like hell I’m going to deal with the damn crowds.

WINTER WRAP-UP: The budget increase in season two is enough to afford jackets for the whole rescue team. I remember “Christmas in July” didn’t give them anything but scarves and “A Virtual Disaster” only have Charlie a jacket. Okay, Kade is wearing nothing but a scarf, but I imagine his fireman jacket is more than enough.

But how is Huxley Prescott keeping warm with that flimsy business suit?

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Did you join the Polar Bear Club? (Other characters barely wearing winter gears is Frankie, Doc, and the mayor's wife. I always knew the latter was hardcore. ;D)

BEST LINE:

BOULDER: So people give presents now as a way of honoring the mysterious rider who’s saved the town?
CODY: Right! And the cool part is everyone still finds bread on their doorstep every Midwinter Morning.
BLADES: A 300-year-old rider? I’m sorry, but I would not eat that bread!

Oh, Blades.



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PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!



RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 59: BUGS IN THE SYSTEM
(All Hail Queen Morocco!)


"You need to play to your strengths; you're good at science, let that do your talking for you."

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It's about time Graham got a love interest. Every other Burns sans Cody has one, so I guess it was only a matter of time before our favorite nerd deserved that special someone. It is fitting he’d be the last member of the family to have a romantic plot due to general shyness. Poor Graham has no idea what to do in spite of Amy's already obvious interest. Well, nobody claimed love is simple. It certainly brought up a lot of dorky, d'aww moments from Graham though. Kade is all for it and trying to teach his younger brother the finer points of dating is as obtusely compensating as you’d expect from Kade. Haley is the most patient girlfriend ever. It is heartwarming regardless to see a dip like Kade pulling everything he’s got to help Graham win Amy’s heart.

Graham thinks he's solved the problem when he creates a cologne to make everyone like him in a bold attempt to gain confidence, but he's hiding under a false shadow. I love that Boulder understands being yourself is important and that he values Graham for who he is. Graham manages to save the day in a kind of understated way; it's really Cody who thought of the idea to use his cologne. Graham successfully mutters a sentence to Amy, but it occurred during an emergency, a situation Graham was already prepared to handle. The episode does end the way it should though: Graham being his geeky, adorable self when he engages in a conversation with Amy at the end.

Amy herself looks and sounds cute and her scientific ramblings is a pitch perfect compliment to Graham. It probably doesn’t give her much of a character beyond being a Female Graham (with better confidence), but most of the Burns’ love interests rarely possess any kind of a personality. Amy is one of the better defined (the other is, by default, Carin), so I'm not complaining.

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“Bugs in the System” explores the aftermath of Morocco’s fate after his arrest in “Rise of the Heroes” and for reasons I can’t even fathom, Charlie lets Barney in charge of his imprisonment. Barney. Boo Boo Box Barney. Charlie, you are smarter than this. Even more comical is leaving the youth machine right next to Morocco’s jail cell. Don’t they have police lock-ups for this kind of thing? Doesn't Griffin Rock have an entire storage room for tech best left forgotten? The best theory I can present for this is to maintain Morroco’s youth. The show never explores the ramifications of Morocco’s aging and whether or not he’ll die without the machine or simply resume the age he was supposed to be in and age naturally.

Of course Barney is going to screw it up. I guess I can’t be too hard on him; even I wouldn’t perceive what Morocco would do with an ant farm. Morocco figures a way out with them and reassembles the Morbot the Rescue Bots defeated waaaaaay back in season one's "The Reign of Morocco." Having an Earth equivalent of Scraplets in the form of metal-eating ants is ingeniously frightening. Through the creatures, Morocco escapes to plan another day (he takes the Verne device, too) and I can't wait to see him back in action.This isn't Morocco’s best episode though. I have to ask what was the point in jailing Morocco in "Rise of the Heroes" if he's going to escape in his next major appearance. I suppose the reassembly of the Morbot might be the payoff and Morocco episodes have a tendency to build up to something grandiose, so I guess I'll wait and see. But because his entire shtick is to break out of jail, a lot of his schemes feel light in comparison to his previous menace

“Bugs in the System” is a good Graham device, but an average - though necessary - Morocco episode.
:star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS


BONUS OBSERVATIONS


AN ACKER BY ANY OTHER NAME: So Graham’s love interest happens to be a a brunette haired, glasses wearing scientific genius who babbles in a cute, awkward way. And her name just happens to be Amy? Either someone is a fan of Angel or this is one good coincidence (it’s probably the latter.)

I BET HE’S REALLY INTO THOSE CUFFS: I’m just easily amused by Morocco casually waiting for the Burns family to take him back to prison with his handcuff still attached to one of his wrist.

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You’d think Charlie would put him in that maximum security prison the first time instead of that flimsy little barred one. Apparently the budget for prison clothes have also been cut since Morocco dons his usual garb in jail.

And then he does this in front of Barney.

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Morocco just does not give a shit. I love this man!

”MAN SMELL:” I bet Kade would be the kind of asshole who’d enjoy man candles.

EMERGENCY BACK-UPS: Chase literally gives Graham a box of chocolate and flowers from his chest. I wonder if he prepared this knowing Kade’s plan would go bust. Always prepared, that one.

BEST LINES:

This:

BLADES: Maybe you just need practice talking to girls. Try it with me. Pretend I’m Amy.
GRAHAM: Uh…
BLADES: *falsetto voice* Flowers please.
GRAHAM: I…don’t have nearly enough imagination for this, Blades.


And this gem from Dr. Morocco: ”This is your Queen, my army. Attack!”

And THIS from Chase:”Were I but a Queen.”

I don’t understand how anyone would think Transformers is strictly men’s club only.


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PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!



RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 58: NO PLACE LIKE DOME
(A reeeeeeal treat for claustrophobic people.)


”I cannot allow you to jeopardize the safety of Griffin Rock.”
“But what kind of town is it if everyone’s asleep?”
“A vigilant town.”


Doc Greene creates a giant dome that can cover Griffin Rock and protect the island from harsh weather conditions.  

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, do you remember the scene in Serenity where Mal’s crew end up in the planet where every human died as a mummified corpse because of a chemical experiment that made them too docile to do anything (or too aggressive that they became Reavers)? “No Place Like Dome” is a kid-friendly variation. Wait, what am I saying? Apply fridge logic and it’s still the scariest thing you’ve ever heard of.

Vigil escapes his imprisonment in the Island of Misfit Tech (seriously, the name just sounds so cute when it’s really a reminder of Griffin Rock flying too close to the sun) and moves from one machinery to the next until he gains a hold of the dome's central control. He proceeds to put everyone to sleep for what could be presumed an eternity because it’s the only way to keep the island safe. Asleep. Forever. As in these people would eventually die. The only consolation between Rescue Bots and Serenity is that the former isn’t conscious for all this. Admittedly, Vigil loses the creepiness the second time around after making a good first impression back in “Vigilant Town”, but his plan here is terrifying when you look deep into it. On a small personal note, I can’t be the only one who would be horrified living in a town covered completely by an outer structure, yes? I’m a smidge claustrophobic enough that it would probably ruin me.

There’s not much to say about “No Place Like Dome” though. The Burns family split when Dani and Charlie are exposed to Vigil’s Sandman tricks, leaving the episode to experiment with just Cody, Kade, Graham, and Frankie. It doesn’t take advantage as much as I was hoping; Kade and Graham do their thing before they’re out of commission. The episode is focused on Frankie even if it doesn’t really show it very well. She’s vital to the recovery of Griffin Rock and it’s nice to see her pull off a widespread rescue. The Burns separation likely occurred to provide foreshadowing of the future Frankie may pick as depicted in “Phantom of the Sea.” Just as likely is Cody in Chase, a nod to similarities he shares with his father.  And boy does Frankie have a blast being a temporarily first responder (probably another callback to “The Griffin Rock Express.”) The best is seeing Chase take to the whole codename business Frankie cooked up seriously. Blue Ninja to the rescue!

It’s a decent episode and delightfully nightmarish, but fairly routine all things considered.
:star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS

BONUS OBSERVATIONS


THEY PREFER TO BE CALLED SOMETHING ELSE, YOU INSENSITIVE CLOD: Boulder prefers the misfit tech to be called “misunderstood.”

WEATHER FINE: The dome may scare the crap out of me, but I like the idea of it keeping the temperature at a nice 70 degrees.

MOON PIE: The rocket-in-the-moon’s eye is a direct reference to the infamous Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon.) It’s something I have not seen despite its ready availability, but it seem to be the basis for this kickass Smashing Pumpkin music video.


SPEAKING OF POP CULTURAL REFERENCES: They finally used the popular 2001: A Space Odyssey quote here. You know the one.

SO ABOUT THAT SLEEP THING: Dani and Charlie put the kids in their respective vehicles first before they fall asleep, but if the inside of the Bots are safe from the air Vigil used to put everyone to sleep, why doesn’t Chase or Blades just pick up the two and put them inside? Sure, Frankie and Cody will be exposed for a while, but wouldn’t they just snap back to normal after a bit? Will the “air” actually get “trapped in” Chase and Blades or something? (I honestly don’t know. Someone one to explain?)

HOLY CRAP DITHER TALKS!? I mean I know he does, but he usually only says one word. I didn’t think he was capable of full sentences!

BEST LINE: ”The Luskey Dome? Isn’t that under the mayor’s toupee?”

ZING!

RUNNER-UP:

CHASE: As the humans say, “The town is cozy as an insect-infested carpet.”
CHARLIE: ”Snug as a bug in a rug.”
CHASE: Isn’t that just what I said?

Chase has a point.

Also this line:

”Please exit the stroller with your pudgy little arms above your oversized head.”

WORST LINE: ”Putting a dome over the island is radical science!”

Can we ban the word “radical” until someone successfully brings it back as a slang word everyone would use unironically?


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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to know I was a (terrible, evil) influence. XD
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks...I think?
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry too much. I'm just self-deprecating myself since you mentioned Chess Piece. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I honestly cannot stand my own work on that anymore, so I tend to think of it harshly.
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BlehMaster7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
So I made a Transformers Prime AMV to the TMBG song "Fingertips", I just figured it might be something you might enjoy. :J

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCjvkH…

This song is immensely fun to make AMVs to, I wonder why more people haven't done it.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha Ha, that was pretty amusing. My favorite would probably be the "What is that blue thing" with Smokescreen because I am damn sure that was my reaction, too. Nice job ending it with the high-pitched Bulkhead scream.
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BlehMaster7 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
I like the bit with Ultra Magnus advancing on him at the end. I didn't even plan for it to turn out that way, it just did. It's also kind of uncanny how effortlessly the second "Fingertips" segment synced up to the scene where Starscream kills Cliffjumper.
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lockdownthemoodyone Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I true lockdown fan here.
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BlackSkeletonGirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Q: I was looking at your gallery and I was wondering........may you do a sailor Lockdown??? :D
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, I don't have any plans to do more Sailor pictures. I doubt Lockdown would be much of a Sailor Senshi anyway. He'd probably fit one of the villains role. ...Maybe?
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BlackSkeletonGirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ok. :)
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ninitynine Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
hey, weren't you the one with a danny phantom fancomic?
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, you're going to have to be more specific because I'm not the only one who did DP fancomics. ;)
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ninitynine Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
it was in a website, and it was cancelled, also it had mature content
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess it's mine? But that's still very vague. :/
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Kaliko08 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Girl New legend of korra season has already aired
last Friday 3 episode showed
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm aware. I've already watched them days ago.
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