Legion Season 1 (2017)

Legion Season 1 Review

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Legion Season 1 Review

Legion is a 2017 superhero TV series which is the first ever live-action X-Men show. I did not care for it personally.

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Maybe this place, this hospital,

maybe it’s a version of reality, and not reality itself.

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Legion Season 1 Review

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Yes, this is a very overrated show in my opinion. Now I get and respect what they were going for here which is a more serious and cerebral take on superhero stories, but they failed as the show is nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is and is actually rather pretentious and not to mention boring as it moves at a slow pace and is pretty uneventful and repetitive at times.

The show also features a somewhat weird tone as it tries to by psychedelic and imaginative while also being confusing but it just manages to be confusing and again pretty pretentious. I definitely did like some of the episodes here, but most were either dull or frankly pretty repetitive as the show rarely moved anywhere with its story.

Dan Stevens is great as David Haller and he is the standout actor for sure. Sydney is a somewhat boring and typical love interest who had potential, but went nowhere in the end. Aubrey Plaza was honestly annoying to me and I would have liked a different actor and a different approach with its villain who definitely is interesting, but again a lost potential. And the other characters were all uninteresting and unimportant.

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Legion Season 1 Review

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The action and especially special effects are weak here but this is supposed to be more like a drama so that hardly mattered. Legion started off pretty intriguingly and I did like its premise quite a bit as it led to much more emotion and not to mention relatability. Its small scale is also a good thing.

But again they did not fully realize on its premise. In fact, they did not even half realize it as the direction and especially plot progression was beyond problematic and thus I am not interested in seeing season two and I do not think I will. If they bring some of the X-Men and start connecting it with the movies, then I will. But otherwise, I am not interested.

So Legion is a wasted potential with some good characters and capable acting, but an annoying approach with its psychodelic imagery and it is slow and ultimately boring. I expected more from it and I was entirely let down.

Worst Episodes: Chapter 4 and Chapter 6.

Best Episodes: Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.

My Rating – 3.1

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Difficult People Season 2 (2016)

Difficult People Season 2 Review

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Difficult People Season 2 Review

The second season of Difficult People is an improvement over the previous one with a more confident approach and better humor.

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When did comedies become 30-minute dramas?

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Difficult People Season 2 Review

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Unplugged features good Marilyn and such a great, hilarious guest turn from Tina Fey. And of course Billy’s subplot where he dates a rich man features a couple of excellent scenes. This is a great season debut with great humor and excellent character moments for everyone.

Kessler Epstein Foundation is not great and isn’t as funny as the previous episode, but it again features a terrific guest turn in a season full of them. This time around we got Nathan Lane who is so funny here and his death was hilarious.

Italian Pinata is one of this season’s finest episodes. I loved its theme of pretending as Julie pretends that she’s an Italian woman as those women find her so funny and Billy pretends that he was straight until now and has recently come out in order to get a man. Both of them are funny here and both get their well deserved comeuppance in that great finale.

Blade Stallion features a very dull Billy story as I find his brother obnoxious and annoying, but at least Julie is great. Arthur catching her watching porn provided a great premise for this episode which was very well explored afterwards.

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Difficult People Season 2 Review

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Patches is hilarious! Billy staying at Marilyn’s was a lot of fun, but Julie getting a TV gig by pulling an Australian accent and thus getting mistaken for a special needs person was so funny. She was incredibly funny here and I loved her every scene.

36 Candles has a solid Billy part, but I personally thought that Julie’s part went nowhere. She got drunk with her mom and had some fun with her, but it was a missed opportunity for some serious, well needed bonding by now.

Carter isn’t great and is mostly pretty typical and even dull but it has its moments in the theatre and with Matthew. Difficult People never really made a bad episode by now and even these weaker ones are quite solid.

Hashtag Cats is very good and funny. I loved Julie’s part, but the cannibalism part with Billy was hilarious and unexpected. That ending was so funny and it reminded me of South Park in its absurdity.

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Difficult People Season 2 Review

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Cedar Love again features a great ending as the series really does know how to make a great finale for an episode. It was funny and perfect for the episode which featured again weaker and less memorable Julie and more memorable Billy. That was the problem of the entire season.

High Alert is quite good though far from great as it isn’t hilarious. But Matthew’s wedding turning into a funeral was a hilarious, yet obvious development and I loved that it ended on that crazy note, both the season and the episode.

This second season finds Difficult People at more confident and funnier than before. It still has its problems as it rarely manages to have both of its subplots be great, but most episodes here quite good and some are terrific and hilarious. It is really satisfying following these two cynics and their chemistry is infectious.

Worst Episodes: Blade Stallion and 36 Candles.

Best Episodes: Unplugged, Italian Pinata and Patches.

My Rating – 4.1

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 (1990)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 Review

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 Review

The fourth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a new low for the series with too many either rehashed or ridiculous episodes and not enough great ones.

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Shredder, come see my newest invention

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 Review

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Plan Six from Outer Space finds a good use of Rocksteady and Bebop and they are quite a lot of fun here. Turtles of the Jungle is your typical gimmicky episode, but it is solid and far from the worst that the setting could have led to.

Michelangelo Toys Around is just a ploy to sell more toys to kids with a silly storyline and not enough humor. Peking Turtle is much better than the previous episode as it is unique in the Japanese setting and it is an action-packed, fun little episode.

Shredder’s Mom is definitely one of the season’s finest episodes. Although silly, it is positively silly and his mom is so funny and the banter between the two is hilarious. This episode is certainly out there, but it is so much fun that I could not resist it. Four Turtles and a Baby is silly and typical. The Neutrinos are getting dull by now, seriously.

The toy collector wants to collect the turtles for his collection in Turtlemaniac – a silly, but actually rather entertaining episode. Rondo in New York, on the other hand, is so forgettable that I forgot it entirely.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 Review

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Planet of the Turtles has a killer premise, but not that great execution. It should have been much funnier and much more entertaining. Name That Toon is too silly, forgettable and ultimately uninspired.

Menace Maestro, Please is a dull opera episode that works as a pretty weak parody. Super Hero for a Day is actually a pretty good superhero parody that is silly, but certainly a lot of fun.

Back to the Egg is a guilty pleasure. It is silly and childish, but seeing Michelangelo and Leonardo as little boys definitely provided a couple of heartwarming/fun moments. The Turtles and the Hare is also solid and definitely enough fun to compensate for all of its silliness. This show truly is silly.

Once Upon a Time Machine is also solid and I would like to get more of these time travel TMNT episodes as they can be surprisingly solid. Son of Return of the Fly II has a forgettable computer, but Baxter is always a welcome villain on this show.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 Review

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Raphael Knocks ‘Em Dead is entirely implausible, but seeing Raphael become a stand-up comedian was sometimes cringy, but mostly entertaining as he has always been my favorite turtle. Bebop and Rocksteady Conquer the Universe is delightfully silly and fun, but far from great. These two are amusing nonetheless.

Raphael Meets His Match should have been better given the premise, but it does have its sweet moments between Raphael and that lizard lady. Slash – The Evil Turtle from Dimension X introduces this new villain who should be important, but is ultimately not all that well utilized.

Leonardo Lightens Up has a solid premise, but Leonardo still remains boring and this episode was cringe-worthy in its humor. One of the worst parts of the season for sure. Were-Rats from Dimension X is not that great use of the Rat King as we’ve seen the kidnapping of Irma and Vernon plot many times before.

Funny, They Shrunk Michelangelo is your cliched cartoon shrinking episode and it is so dull and weakly animated leading to one of the worst episodes of the fourth season. The Big Zipp Attack is your typical alien episode and one of the most boring and inconsequential ones.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 Review

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Donatello Makes Time features a solid new gadget, a fun mad scientist villain and very good scenarios and action leading to one of the season’s finest entries. Farewell, Lotus Blossom! is okay, but I was never a fan of her character so I didn’t love this episode too.

Rebel Without a Fin is such a ridiculous, cliched episode where April gets turned into a fish. It is both dull and uninspired. Rhino-Man is actually pretty solid and definitely different than usual in its interesting, fun plot.

Michelangelo Meets Bugman is fine. Again silly in superheroics, but with a good and memorable use of Michelangelo. Poor Little Rich Turtle is actually pretty well crafted and entertaining and watching the foursome tackle an annoying teenage girl was a lot of fun.

What’s Michelangelo Good For? is solid and somewhat well executed, but I want more respect for this character on this show. The Dimension X Story is an action-packed, fun episode that reminded me of the first season pleasantly. I want more of these episodes in my TMNT.

Donatello’s Degree is one situational and Donatello episode too many with forgettable Irma as well. The Big Cufflink Caper! is too crime-oriented and gangster-like for my personal taste.

Leonardo Versus Tempestra is an over-the-top, cartoony video game episode with a good villain and fine action. Splinter Vanishes has too much going in it, but Leatherhead and the Rat King are always welcome villains.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4 Review

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Raphael Drives ‘Em Wild is another one of those dull, stupid body swap episodes and by this point the show has repeated itself way too often. Beyond the Donatello Nebula is very interesting, though not well executed in its plot. I want another one of these episodes, but done right.

Big Bug Blunder has too much action and too much everything going on in it. The Foot Soldiers Are Revolting has some fun banter between Shredder and Krang, but should have been better as a whole. Unidentified Flying Leonardo is way too silly and stupid to work as a good finale for the season.

Overall, this fourth season is very weak and mostly dull and rehashed. It has its good and funny episodes, but I wanted more action and originality in it and Shredder and Krang need to get back on this show soon.

 

Worst Episodes: Four Turtles and a Baby, Name That Toon, Leonardo Lightens Up and Unidentified Flying Leonardo.
Best Episodes: Peking Turtle, Shredder’s Mom and Donatello Makes Time.

My Rating – 3.3

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Broad City Season 3 (2016)

Broad City Season 3 Review

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Broad City Season 3 Review

The third season of Broad City is a solid season, but it is definitely inferior to the previous two.

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Hahaha, the power of the butt, bitch!

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Broad City Season 3 Review

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Two Chainz is an excellent episode that is fast paced and filled with a lot of hilarious scenes. The entire gallery sequence is so much fun and with perfectly delivered humor especially from Jacobson.

Co-Op is a solid, but still uninspired take on a typical switching roles part and although it does have a couple of solid moments and typically good performances from the two actresses, it is one of the weakest episodes here.

Game Over is not great, but thankfully Ilana finally got fired which was definitely coming throughout the whole two seasons. And seeing Abbi portray her competitive side was a lot of fun and very funny. Her being competitive came as no shock to me as I would expect something like that from her.

Rat Pack has some solid, hilarious scenes concerning the titular rat, but it is also an episode that didn’t really introduce anything new or interesting in terms of humor or narrative though Trey and Abbi starting a relationship did lead to some great episodes later on.

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Broad City Season 3 Review

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2016 is an improvement over its couple of weaker predecessors. Abbi getting her driver’s license photo retaken is relatable and hilarious. Such a strong humor is present in those scenes and the last sequence with the perfect DMV was inventive and memorable. Hilary Clinton’s cameo is problematic politically speaking, but still solid and funny.

Philadelphia has its moments and is great for finally featuring a different city in this show, but again nothing too remarkable and it does lack in terms of the humor and lasting impression. The scene with Alice is funny, but frustrating.

In B&B-NYC, Abbi and Trey have sex for the first time which is important and Ilana body-shaming Blake Griffin was funny, but ultimately this episode was too slight and forgettable as a whole.

Burning Bridges is a spectacular, standout season three episode which is perfect in every way. It gives us likable Trey for once and Ilana’s family is funny, but this episode is not only very briskly paced and very funny, but also emotionally resonant and important for once, very important and moves the show to new directions. Lincoln leaving Ilana provided her first truly emotional scene and Abbi hurting Trey’s feelings was also sad. Their last scene is perfect as it shows us how they still have each other and always will.

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Broad City Season 3 Review

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Getting There and Jews on a Plane is a two-parter which isn’t great, but is still quite good for being carefree, energetic and silly. It is plotless, but well executed and actually quite inventive at times. The former is weaker, but the latter episode is a good finale with a lot of funny scenes with those two stewardesses stealing the show this time around.

All in all, the third season of Broad City is weaker than the previous two, but still good. It definitely struggled in its middle episodes as it suddenly devolved into typical storylines and it lacked conflict and plot progression, but thankfully that all changed with the episode Burning Bridges where both Abbi and Ilana progressed and moved forward. I liked how serious that episode was and how it showed they their actions definitely can have lasting consequences.

Worst Episodes: Co-op and Philadelphia.

Best Episodes: Two Chainz and Burning Bridges.

My Rating – 3.9

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Difficult People Season 1 (2015)

Difficult People Season 1 Review

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Difficult People Season 1 Review

Difficult People is a 2015 comedy show about two struggling comedians who hate everyone besides each other. It is a very funny show.

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You know what ‘understudy’ is?

A fancy word for disappointment

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Difficult People Season 1 Review

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Julie and Billy are such great, cunty characters. I love them. It is a very interesting dynamic set up here as they are great friends and great towards each other, but are terrible to everyone else and that is an excellent setup for a comedy. Their negativity is realistic, yet it can be very funny and leads to many hilarious parts. The show does rely too much on pop-culture references and half I did not understand, but at least it does that well and it is much more than that and everyone can enjoy the show no matter what knowledge they have about the industry.

Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner both give terrific performances and they carry the show on their shoulders. Others are fine, but nowhere near as good as they are. Similar to ‘Broad City’, this show has strong main characters, but significantly weaker and less memorable supporting ones. Julie’s mother is great, but Arthur is dull. Nate is solid, but Matthew is too much of a stereotype and Denise has her moments, but is ultimately forgettable.

The first season just has eight episodes but all are pretty good. Library Water is a good start for the show and I instantly realized who these characters were thanks to some strong characterization. The plot is also pretty good here. Devil’s Threeway has solid subplots in both of the stories, but should have been stronger and funnier regardless.

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Difficult People Season 1 Review

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Pledge Week is great in Billy’s subplot where he hits it up with a new man who turns out to be a participator. I was on Billy’s side here as that man was very annoying and although harsh, the ending was still very funny. The Courage of a Soldier is a very funny episode with a strong emphasis on familial troubles as both of their families are well utilized. I liked Julie’s part with satisfying her mom a bit more as that pervert veteran was very funny.

The Children’s Menu is a typical episode which is solid but far from great or hilarious as it is your regular Billy and Julie try a new gig storyline. Even Later again finds the two getting to work and struggling at it. It is good in terms of characterization, but way too slow and uninvolving as a whole.

Premium Membership is a pretty good episode that is again very strong in terms of characterization, though not so much in the script department. These episodes where the two try a new job is overdone by now, but this is still a good use of such a scenario.

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Difficult People Season 1 Review

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Difficult Christmas is one of the standouts of this season and such a strong finale for the first season. I loved how it showed us the human and positive side of both Julie and Billy. It was emotionally satisfactory seeing Billy give up on their show in order to help a little girl and seeing Julie take her own responsibility and stop taking money from her mother. Both of them progressed here leading to a strong finale that changed the game for sure.

Overall, the first season of Difficult People has its less than great episodes and it relies too much on similar scenarios, but at least the show is very funny, its two leads are superb and it hits more than it misses with strong character development and realistic outcomes in all episodes.

Worst Episodes: The Children’s Menu and Even Later.

Best Episodes: Pledge Week and Difficult Christmas.

My Rating – 3.9

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Broad City Season 2 (2015)

Broad City Season 2 Review

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Broad City Season 2 Review

The second season of Broad City is even better and more diverse in style than the first one with its fair share of absolutely phenomenal, hilarious episodes.

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Ab, all throughout college, I slept with a strap-on on,

just in case the opportunity came along that

you have handed to you on a silver platter!

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Broad City Season 2 Review

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In Heat isn’t as memorable as the rest of the episodes here, but it features a solid guest turn from Kumail Nanjiani and especially Seth Rogen who is quite memorable and so well used here, not to mention the most likable he’s been in quite some time.

Mochalatta Chills has a good use of Bevers for once as he ruins Abbi’s chance of promotion. He is a frustrating character whom you wanna strangle but that is exactly the point as he is there to make life miserable for Abbi. Meanwhile, Ilana finally getting to work was amusing and the final scene where she realized that she created a “slave plantation” atmosphere was hilarious.

Wisdom Teeth is not one of my favorite episodes as it focuses too much on drugs and I am not a fan of that. Admittedly, Abbi on drugs does produce a couple of hilarious moments and Lincoln is very good here, but the episode is too trippy and mostly in a typical fashion.

Knockoffs is Broad City’s best episode so far! Wow, this is such a winner in every way possible. Of course finally getting to meet Ilana’s mom was a treat and it was lovely seeing their great dynamic and how alike they are. Great humor there. But the episode’s highlight is Abbi finally having sex with Jeremy who it turns out is into pegging. Ilana’s reaction is hilarious, the final scene where she again makes a move on her is touching and the episode is great because it makes comedic use of pegging, but it also showcases how perfectly okay it is and doesn’t ridicule it in any way. It’s the most progressive thing the show’s done so far.

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Broad City Season 2 Review

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Hashtag FOMO isn’t perfect, but seeing Abbi’s different personality emerge while she’s drunk was hilarious mayhem and the most different and unique thing the show’s done so far. I loved every second of her show.

The Matrix is a weaker episode as it doesn’t utilize on the silliness of a dog wedding as much as it should have and although Abbi has some great moments in that pit, Ilana is not as memorable this time around.

Citizen Ship is also not great, but it does give us memorable Jaime. I like his honesty quite a bit and that he is a different kind of gay character than what we usually get on television. Ilana realizing that Lincoln and her might be in a relationship of course led to some great gags.

Kirk Steele somehow loses its steam in the second half, but naturally it was great that Abbi finally got an upper hand in workplace. Trey turning it to have been a porn star once of course provided a couple of funny scenes, especially the after-credits stuff.

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Broad City Season 2 Review

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Coat Check is so good. Kelly Ripa’s presence helped it a lot and those scenes between her and Abbi were just fantastic, but the highlight is Ilana falling in love with her doppelganger as it shows us hysterically how much she truly loves herself.

St. Mark’s is somewhat too scattershot and at times odd for a finale, but it does have a great chase scene and it is a diverse, different episode than usual, even for this show. I liked it, but I didn’t love it I’m afraid.

In the end, Broad City continues its strong streak with an even better and stronger second season with so many hilarious episodes and once again Glazer and Jacobson show us how immensely talented and truly funny they are. A joy to watch.

 

Worst Episodes: Wisdom Teeth and The Matrix.

Best Episodes: Knockoffs and Coat Check.

My Rating – 4.2

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The Pirates of Dark Water (1991)

The Pirates of Dark Water Review

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The Pirates of Dark Water Review

The Pirates of Dark Water is a 1991 fantasy animated show from Hanna-Barbera. It is a solid, fun adventure.

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Really? Do you really think I resemble royalty?

No, Monkey bird. But you’re a royal pain!

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The Pirates of Dark Water Review

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This is one of those 90s shows that feature high adventure and a memorable crew. It surely reminded me ‘Conan the Adventurer’, but surprisingly it is a better series despite my nostalgia for Conan. It has its flaws, but is mostly just a solid, fun time to be had and it is one of the more underrated animated series from the nineties.

The storytelling is quite good for a 90s cartoon. It does have its typical plot trappings at times, but it flows well and the pacing is mostly good. Of the twenty one episodes only a couple are truly phenomenal, but there aren’t any stinkers in here so it is a good batch of episodes overall. It is a shame that it was never completed though.

The Pirates of Dark Water has pretty good, though highly typical characters. But they are admittedly very well developed. Ren is your typical hunky protagonist and Tula is also too bland, but admirably a strong female character.

Ioz is more memorable and interesting than the two and I liked his relationship towards others and his bitterness is fun. Niddler is a Monkey bird and thus has an interesting, different look to him, but again he is your typical animal sidekick who is more annoying than anything else. Needle from Conan is exactly the same.

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The Pirates of Dark Water Review

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My favorite episodes are the first and especially the last one, so well done. But A Drop of Darkness is the most emotional and mature episode here and is thus the standout one for me. The score is solid and I really liked its opening. But the animation is its greatest achievement as it surely is magnificent for its time period with good scenery, colors and character design.

Overall, The Pirates of Dark Water isn’t as fun as it should have been and is mostly just standard fare, but it’s pretty solid nonetheless with memorable characters, good adventures and a specially terrific animation for its time.

Worst Episodes: King Niddler, The Little Leviathan and Sister of the Sword.

Best Episodes: The Quest, A Drop of Darkness and The Living Treasure.

My Rating – 3.4

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Broad City Season 1 (2014)

Broad City Season 1 Review

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Broad City Season 1 Review

Broad City is a comedy TV show starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. It is such a good recent discovery for me and I really loved the first season.

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Nose, vagina, butthole.

If God didn’t want us to put our fingers in them,

then why did she make them perfectly finger sized?

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Broad City Season 1 Review

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As is the case with every season one, I am first going to talk about the overall show and its characters and then I am going to review each and every of its ten episodes. So Ilana and Abbi are just amazing female characters and I love both of them. Abbi is my favorite as she is more realistic and relatable and I just love her personality. But Ilana is a lot of fun and her many ridiculous lines frequently made me laugh here. She is out there, but mostly in a good way.

The relationship between the two is absolutely phenomenal. I loved it because it is different than usual. They are true friends, inseparable really, but Ilana has sort of a crush for Abbi and that led to many hilarious moments. Their dynamic is infectious owing to absolutely fantastic performances from Glazer and Jacobson who kill it here. They truly are the new female comedic stars who really should be appreciated more. They are so great that they manage to compensate for the lack of strong supporting characters of whom Bevers is too disgusting and only Lincoln is solid.

What a Wonderful World is solid for the first episode, but not the greatest as it doesn’t have all that many jokes and the ending with that pervert was a bit too ridiculous. Pu$$y Weed is more of the same. The show is pretty confident from the beginning which is great, but the humor wasn’t up to par in these first couple of episodes.

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Broad City Season 1 Review

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Working Girls is the first truly great episode of Broad City thanks to both of its storylines working wonderfully. Ilana’s part with dogs is just hilarious in each and every scene and Abbi’s darkly adventurous turn was quite interesting and her potential relationship with her hot neighbor Jeremy is off to a good start here. The Lockout is a solid episode that benefits from the two being on the street and thus the stakes are raised more.

Fattest Asses explores Abbi’s character really well. She is not as confident and as feisty as Ilana is and she definitely puts up with a lot of crap at her work so seeing her get loose was a lot of fun. And the seeds for Ilana’s crush are so well planted here. Stolen Phone relies too much on NYC but thankfully it is also fun and funny with a good energetic approach.

Hurricane Wanda was a bit too influenced by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia both in style and in execution and it truly is a gross episode, but Jeremy and Abbi’s relationship continues to be interesting and some of the humor here really hit home, but some did not. Destination: Wedding has a rushed, problematic start, but the second half is so great that it saves the episode. Lincoln is so good here, but that bus sequence is hilarious, I loved Abbi and Ilana’s fight and that line – “Go fuck your brother” – was one of the funniest thus far.

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Broad City Season 1 Review

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Apartment Hunters has a somewhat too annoying and over-the-top guest turn from Amy Sedaris, but it is a solid episode overall, just not particularly great. But The Last Supper is a great finale for season one and truly a terrific episode. From Ilana’s clam allergy to the waiters’ consistent annoyed facial expressions to the heartwarming final scene, this episode has it all and it is both sweet and hilarious.

So Broad City is a great show and the first season is so good, but it started in a not that great manner so I am sure that the next seasons will be even better. Ilana and Abbi are great characters and the actresses play them stupendously, the humor is strong, their playfulness is a lot of fun and this season is so funny and filled with quite a couple of great episodes that it compensates for those weaker ones easily.

Worst Episodes: What a Wonderful World, Pu$$y Weed and Apartment Hunters.

Best Episodes: Working Girls, Fattest Asses and The Last Supper.

My Rating – 4

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Modern Family Season 8 (2016)

Modern Family Season 8 Review

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Modern Family Season 8 Review

The eighth season of Modern Family is another solid, but far from great season. The show continues to be a lot of fun, but rarely truly great as it once was.

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How dare you.
That pig was my dearest friend

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Modern Family Season 8 Review

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The first of its twenty two episodes is A Tale of Three Cities which again showcases how horrible Gloria is to her sister which I just despise witnessing. Also, Mitch and Cam’s part was too typical. A Stereotypical Day is, well, a mostly stereotypical MF episode and I thought that the introduction of a transgender boy was handled not so greatly. He should have been used much more.

Blindsided is typical in almost every of its little stories and I thought that the rivalry between Like and Manny was way too rehashed from many previous seasons. Weathering Heights is a solid episode, but it’s guilty of introducing Reiner as Haley’s new boyfriend. Their age difference is creepy and their relationship wasn’t the greatest in my opinion.

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Modern Family Season 8 Review

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Halloween V: Revenge of Rod Skyhook is a pretty good Halloween themed episode with Phil absolutely killing it and proving once again that he is the most fun dad in the world. However, the episode falls short of many great previous same themed episodes. As for Grab It, it is way too forgettable and does not deserve to be talked about more.

Thanksgiving Jamboree is packed with too many plot points and situations which is a problem this season has been struggling continually, but at least Cam killed it and I loved his farm take on Thanksgiving. The Alliance is easily one of the best episodes of this season, if not the very best. I love Modern Family episodes full of intrigue and schemes and having the non-Prichetts start a team where they help each other with their partner problems was a silly, yet expected thing to happen and I loved how energetic and funny this episode was.

Snow Ball is one of those episodes that is way too stereotypical in its portrayal of gay people, this time gay bullies, and I was just not having it. Ringmaster Keifth is the best in its Cam subplot as learning about his past relationship with the titular ringmaster was a rewarding and surprisingly touching experience.

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Modern Family Season 8 Review

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Sarge & Pea is surprisingly thoughtful in the Jay and Dede storyline and thankfully she seemed like a human being here for once. Do You Believe in Magic finds Alex beginning a relationship with Ben who is Claire’s clumsy and nerdy employee and I have to say that I like this relationship, definitely much more than Haley’s one. But where the episode shines is in finally featuring wonderful Claire who at last gave her husband a magical Valentine’s Day experience in that beautifully romantic finale.

Do It Yourself is a pretty good episode which benefited the most from Cam getting bitten by a wasp. The physical humor was great there, but I just loved this season for exploring his country upbringing and how Mitchell is prejudiced towards it. Heavy Is the Head features a clichéd take on all of its characters and once again is guilty of portraying gay people in a negatively sissy light.

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Modern Family Season 8 Review

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Finding Fizbo has a boring Manny subplot, but at least the rest of it was pretty fun and solidly executed. Basketball is a missed opportunity as it is too tame sexually speaking which is a problem all sitcoms share plus of course Gloria’s part is very annoying as it sheds some bad light on her and Phil is dull here.

Pig Moon Rising is a pretty underrated episode in its own right as I loved its convoluted and amusing nature. The part with Cam and his pet Lily was of course the funniest. As I said, I love everything about his country side. Five Minutes has a somewhat moving Jay and Gloria part and of course Claire and Phil meeting Alex’s new boyfriend is the emotional highlight. But the rest of the episode is pretty mediocre. Haley finally broke up with Reiner in a not so great scene and Mitchell and Cam’s drug-fueled story here was awfully annoying.

Frank’s Wedding has a good usage of Pam and I found its take on Phil and his dad wonderful. They finally showcased how wonderful having a partner and father with a sense of humor is and how fulfilling Phil is to their lives. All Things Being Equal features a terrific plot with Phil and Jay, but the woman rights subplot is awfully misguided.

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Modern Family Season 8 Review

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Alone Time finds somewhat dull Cam, but Jay and Mitch share a couple of wonderful bonding moments together and I really liked how the show handled the parents wanting finally some time alone after so many years with kids. Claire and Phil’s part there was definitely realistic and great. As for The Graduates, it is overly emotional, but a pretty good and charming finale. But even though the jokes with Cam and Mitch not knowing a lot about Lily were funny, they were also very problematic as that implied that gays are bad parents.

Overall, the eighth season of Modern Family has its great episodes and is overall pretty solid, but too uneven with too many weaker episodes and missed opportunities. It is a typical example of how this show is still fun, but almost never as great as it once was.

Worst Episodes: Grab It, Heavy Is the Head and Basketball.

Best Episodes: The Alliance, Do You Believe in Magic and Pig Moon Rising.

My Rating – 3.8

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Hunter x Hunter (Greed Island) Season 4 (2012)

Hunter x Hunter Season 4 Review

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Hunter x Hunter (Greed Island arc) Season 4 Review

The fourth season of Hunter x Hunter is an incredibly disappointing one and a huge let down from the previous seasons.

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You are my best friend.

Stop, it’s embarrassing

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Hunter x Hunter Season 4 Review

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Yes, I wasn’t that big a fan of Phantom Troupe arc, but Greed Island arc is new low for the once great anime. So what I didn’t like here? Well, basically its entire storyline. It is honestly a rip-off of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh with all the cards and the duels and collecting cards. I just found it incredibly uninspired and of all the ways they could have handled this game, they chose the most anime cliched and that was a problem as this series was once incredibly inventive and original.

The characters do not help either. Bisky is the only truly excellent new character in this saga and I really liked her and her interactions with Gon and Killua were great. The boys were likable as always, but other new characters did not get much to do and were ultimately forgettable.

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Hunter x Hunter Season 4 Review

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There are some pretty great episodes here and that is why this season is ultimately solid. It has pretty good action at times and I loved its ending and particularly some of Gon’s great fights, but its story is so uninspired and almost came as a detour in a way that it significantly hurt the entire season. I can’t wait for the next arc as I do think it will get much better and that we will finally meet Gon’s father, but this one wasn’t a great build-up towards that goal at all.

In the end, Greed Island is the weakest arc so far in Hunter x Hunter and I do think that it will be the weakest of them all when I watch the rest of the two sagas. It does have its pretty good episodes and some fantastic fights, but most of the episodes weren’t all that great and of the new characters only Bisky is memorable with others being dull. It is such an uninspired card collecting story that came as a detour and I disliked it to be honest. Not a proud moment for once great anime. It isn’t bad at all and is rather solid, but I expect much greater things from Hunter x Hunter and solid just ain’t gonna cut it in this series.

Worst Episodes: Bid and Haste and Reality and Raw.

Best Episodes: A Heated Showdown and Guts and Courage.

My Rating – 3.7

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