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(Or “The One with Hot Cody and frankly, I’m disturbed I think that way of what is originally a ten-year-old boy.”)
”You don’t get it because you’ve never been small. Being big means you get to do more cool stuff.”
Kade’s a dick. I just wanted everyone to know that.
But it’s a big part of his character and at times, a necessary evil to utilize for conflict. Similarly, Cody’s ongoing character arc is his age. He’s an exceptionally well-behaved, clever ten-year-old stuck on the low end of the scale in a family of first responders. He’s constantly encouraged for his resourcefulness, but too young to join the team professionally. While Kade’s jerkass personality can be tedious, Cody’s isn’t simply because they like to spice up the plot whenever he’s in woe about his personal issues.
I could not take Older Cody for a bit there. I just…I just…the mustache. It took a while, but it’s a good fit. He’s quite handsome. (Oh God, I feel like I’m going to the special Hell for saying that.) His hairstyle mimics his father and with Charlie out of commission, Cody largely spends time rescuing inside Chase. (I am definitely going to the special Hell.) I’ve theorized Cody would grow up to be most like his father. They share near match-for-match personality: they’re noble, rational, quick-thinking, and respectful to others. It’s the ideal police officer. Despite his childish glees, Cody still remembers to be kind and patient. When Evan and Miles zap Kade to pre-adolescence, Cody respects his abilities and treats him as an equal member of the family. The show has the right idea: Cody IS too young to get into scuffles his older brothers and sister does, but unlike Kade, they don’t constantly belittle his intelligence. And hey, Charlie’s got to retire someday. The man looks like he has at best, a good decade of lawbending to do while his kids have another good 20-30 years tops; someone in the Burns family has to replace him!
But boy howdy does he get giddy. It’s an age old tale: sometimes kids get frustrated on the limitation older folks place on them. The way I see it, they usually default to two options: try to run away from home (silly nine-year-old me threatened dad with this decades back) or wish they could grow up so they can do whatever they want. The latter is unfamiliar to me because I don’t remember ever desiring to be an adult when I was young (but I sure do wish I was below eighteen again sometimes, just to get out of the hell that is your twenties and all the bills and health insurances you have to worry about, but then I’d have to relief High School and screw that), but it’s a classic setup for many children’s entertainment. Which reminds me, I still need to see Big. Cody acts appropriately for a ten-year-old who gets a brand new adult body: visible excitement. He energetically parades around and takes advantage without losing his childlike viewpoint. He’s a twentysomething with the mind of a ten-year-old and this is reflected by his youthful exuberance, his tendency to tease Kade endlessly (though the dick had it coming), and how gross he feels when Haley hugs him in a romantic way (and she was totally flirting with him.) The balance is perfect and it made for a highly entertaining episode and by “entertaining”, I mean drop dead funny.
What I find even more hilarious is that the Burns siblings take this extremely well. What does that say about Griffin Rock? The ending however is the cake-topper and it perfectly captures the ridiculousness of Rescue Bots.
Evan and Miles are put to good use: effective enough to annoy the central cast, but not so threatening that they’d put Morocco to shame. Like Priscilla, the two are in a certain middle scale between antagonistic assholes who are perfectly good people otherwise and dangerous denizens like Morocco himself.
Cody’s voice actor is definitely going through puberty. The first two episodes seem to be toying with his vocals by trying to find the right pitch so he still sounds vaguely like a ten-year-old. I say this because his voice here is noticeably higher than the first two episodes, so presumably they got the pitch they wanted. He sounds squeakier than his Season One self, but I think that’s an inevitable acceptance unless they have to replace the kid actor. Are they going to keep doing this for the upcoming third season because I can’t really imagine how long they can keep this up? Not unless Season Three must pull the possibly even more inevitable and age Cody up a few years and I don’t mean with one of Doc Greene’s inventions.
OUT OF FIVE STARS
DID EVERYBODY TIME TRAVEL OR SOMETHING? What is up with these cars and their fins? For an island that looks towards to the future, their cars seem stuck in the past.
THIS ISLAND IS DOOMED: So the next oldest Burns is in command if Charlie is down, which means Kade. Which means the island is doomed. Charlie, I think you need to rethink this rule a little.
”EW, HUMANS.” What the fuck, Blades? Why would you say that? That’s racist, yo.
SMOKEY AND THE ROBOT: When Blades flies out of the smoke, he’s coughing. Why is he coughing, he doesn’t need to breathe.
SUDDENLY SPEECH…FUL: After Taylor spoke in “Road Trip”, Haley finally gets her chance and it’s to flirt with “Cole.” Well, when you’re dating Kade...
Boulder: Cody! What happened? You have a lip warmer like Chief.
Chase: I believe it is called a sneeze guard, or in some jargons, a crumb catcher.
Blades: Was that inside your nose the whole time?
RUNNER-UP: "Alright everyone, I need you to, um, step back for your safety and you have to listen to me because I'm an adult. Really."
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