Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cartoons Won: Plastic Man, Beach Party, Gator People and Stupidness

Taking a look at the fairly weak second episodes.

I want this to be Jurassic Park 4.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Episode 2: "Terror on Dinosaur Island"

      This time around, Batman is teams up with Plastic Man, however their team-up goes south when Batman catches former thief Plastic Man trying to steal stolen money (It makes sense in context). However, the two must put aside their differences when they crash land on Dinosaur Island and discover that Gorilla Grodd has built a machine that will turn all humans into apes. This episode thankfully improves on the first one. Plastic Man is a great character and he adds a lot of humor to the show. One top of that, he keeps the story going interesting place and keeps it a lot of fun. Grodd is a good villain, nothing too special, but he gets the job done. Most notably he turns Batman in Bat-Ape, which is fine, though it never really amounts to much. Plastic Man's powers also never really shine. In the beginning they are used creatively, however as the episode goes on, he just turns into a money gun. Well, maybe that was kinda cool. Overall, the best episode this week and a fun episode in general. "Terror on Dinosaur Island" gets 5 stars out of 6.

Now The Amazing Race need to find him.
Phineas and Ferb
Episodes 3/4: "The Fast and The Phineas/Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror"

      In the first of the 2 stories, Phineas and Ferb team up to turn their mom's car into a racecar and compete in a NASCAR-style race, all while Candace tries to stop them. Again. I do like this show and I know kids would love it. And I know that, as such, it is only a kids show. But, man is this show getting repetitive. This story does really get a chance to get off the ground because it spends so much time following Candace doing the exact same thing she did the last 2 episodes. It not really that funny and the episode is forgettable. The second story, though, does fare better. Here, Phineas and Ferb turn their backyard into a beach and Candace actually finds herself having fun. That is until their mom returns home. Thankfully, this episode changes up the already stale formula with some good results. The episode is fun again and Doofenshmirtz reason for hating lawn gnomes is hilarious. Plus, they every throw in a great beach song that's also packed with laughs. Overall, the first story isn't that good, but the second one makes up for it. "Fast and Phineas" gets 3 stars, "Beach Party" gets 5 stars out of 6.

That's actually pretty damn terrifying.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Chapter 2: "The Creeping Creatures"

      I really do like this show, the most out of any of the shows in the set. I love Scooby-Doo!, but never has the show actually scared me. But this one is just so damn creepy. This episode follows the Scooby Gang as they get stranded in the ghost town of Gatorsberg. There, they discover that mysterious "Gator People" seem to be driving people away from the town. The episode begins funny, with oddly enough a cameo from Clark Griswold of the Vacation series. After that begins what I'll admit is a pretty standard episode of Scooby-Doo! I would have liked to seen more continuity in this one, it being the second episode, but I guess when you have 26 episodes to tell a story, there has to be some filler. The animation here is gorgeous. It looks creepy and really dirty, like any number of horror films and those Gator People would have had be scared silly as a kid. It's a shame the episode there in wasn't more original, but overall, it's a strong episode of the show and just another piece of the puzzle. "The Creeping Creatures" get 4 and a half stars out of 6.

That is, in fact, the actual animation.
Tron: Uprising
Episode 2: "The Renegade: Part 1"

      Ugh. Now, I really don't like this show. At all. In this episode, Beck gets himself captured and is forced to compete in gladiator-style games from the movies, all while his idiot friends gets himself robbed. I mean, come on. Did they even try to make an interesting story? The characters are absolute morons and very unlikable. Beck, our hero, who in the first episode went out as Tron specifically to make a change and now here he is, getting trained by the real Tron and he's whining about having to be a hero. Beck is serious one of the most downright hateable protagonists I have ever seen in a TV show. He's our hero and he's literally does nothing but whine in this episode. Oh, and get himself capture. Combine that with his friend, who falls for such an obvious trap that Admiral Ackbar's head would explode. Plus, the animation is at time, shockingly cheap looking. Overall, I really hate that I have to watch more episodes of this crap. "The Renegade: Part 1" gets 2 stars out of 6.

1 comment:

  1. At least Tron: Uprising seems to revamp some of the costume designs found in the original Tron. Just look at that picture you put there. Specifically his helmet. Now look on the cover of Tron. Yep, you'll see what I mean.