Doctor Who Season 5 (1967)

Doctor Who Season 5 Review

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Doctor Who Season 5 Review

The fifth season of Doctor Who is another weaker season and I continue to not care for Patrick Troughton’s turn in this role.

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I wouldn’t leave you in the tender mercy of Salamander

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Doctor Who Season 5 Review

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The Tomb of the Cybermen is one of the best serials here without a doubt as it has the best use ever of the Cybermen, at least thus far. It benefits from a mysterious, atmospheric approach to its storytelling and it is a very well crafted, mostly quite engaging story.

The Abominable Snowmen has a good, interesting twist where we realize that the Yeti are actually extraterrestrial robots. But other than that twist, the episode that is not missing here, only the second one, isn’t particularly involving.

The Ice Warriors is one of those typical, archaic Doctor Who stories. It was forgettable to me and entirely uninvolving and too convoluted. This season was obsessed with ice and mountains a bit too much and that setting is not well utilized here.

The Enemy of the World is easily the finest serial of this fifth season because it is quite refreshing and original. For once, we got a political, spy thriller which we haven’t seen before. The Salamander is such a great antagonist and the shape-shifting is put to great use here. These episodes are dramatic, thrilling and with a lot of fun twists.

The Web of Fear is the continuation of The Abominable Snowmen and it’s again entirely forgettable and uninspired. Of all the stories the series got, I do not know why they decided to produce a sequel to this one.

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Doctor Who Season 5 Review

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Fury from the Deep sounds like a very interesting, fun and atmospheric parasitic tale, but unfortunately it is the only entirely missing serial here. The Wheel in Space, on the other hand, has its surviving episodes (two to be exact), and they are not all that interesting out of context. This is a proof that you need all episodes for the context and thus I could not judge this one properly.

In the end, this season of Doctor Who is pretty much on par with the previous one. Some serials are great, but the majority are forgettable, boring and uninspired and I continue to be entirely unimpressed by Patrick Troughton’s performance and I am just not a fan of the Second Doctor personally.

Worst Serials: The Abominable Snowmen and the Web of Fear.

Best Serials: The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World.

Worst Episodes: The Abominable Snowmen Episode 2, The Web of Fear Episode 4 and The Web of Fear Episode 6.

Best Episodes: The Tomb of the Cybermen Episode 1, The Tomb of the Cybermen Episode 2, The Enemy of the World Episode 5 and The Enemy of the World Episode 6.

My Rating – 3.5

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Trollhunters Season 1 (2016)

Trollhunters Season 1 Review

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Trollhunters Season 1 Review

Trollhunters is a 2016 fantasy animated series directed by Guillermo del Toro. It is a pretty good, albeit far from great effort from this famous director.

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If it’s everyone, it must be a conspiracy!

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Trollhunters Season 1 Review

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Now his shift to family friendly entertainment was mostly smooth and well done. It is a fun, frequently even moving show. It serves its purpose and it is mostly respectably crafted and never really bad. But it is not great mostly because of its plot which is a typically cliched hero’s journey and rarely anything more than that. It was predictable and rarely as exciting as it should have been.

I disliked this show’s tendency toward repetitive and dragging storytelling. It was certainly overlong and I would say that 26 episodes should have been 16 in my opinion as this was not as epic of a story and thus it did not justify that length.

Let’s talk about the characters. I don’t know what are they going to do with Jim as Anton Yelchin has died and now they do now have his voice. The character himself is your typical heroic protagonist and I really did not care for him. Having him at the center was a giant hurdle for me that the movie never managed to overcome.

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Trollhunters Season 1 Review

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Claire was at first a very cliched female love interest and a character from the past honestly, but eventually she became much more heroic and she joined the action which was great. Their relationship was quite solid even though I did not really like their characters. Toby is your typical fat and funny sidekick and although he sometimes was funny, he was mostly too cliched and over-the-top.

Now to the good stuff. Yes, the creatures were much better than the humans here. Aargh is such a sweet character and his death was very tragic to witness. Blinky is another very heartwarming, lovable character and I really liked him. Strickler was also very interesting and well developed. His shift to the good was quite well done. As for the villains, they were mostly really good and quite creepy and effective for children. Not to mention capable and powerful.

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Trollhunters Season 1 Review

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The villains in Trollhunters led to such good action and they are the best parts of the show which tends to go pretty dark at times and those were the highlights. Whenever mayhem ensued, I was not a fan. But whenever it went dark and with well executed, dark action scenes, I was having a blast. I loved the utilization of magic, the suit and the trolls, all very well done.

The animation is definitely very good as this CGI is actually very competent for a TV show. The character designs are highly typical, but the backgrounds and the visual effects were mostly terrific, especially fantastic for TV standards. The score is also very good and that opening theme was quite memorable. The show really has a good attention to detail and it was so well crafted on every technical level.

Trollhunters is a good, but not great show. This first season ended with a great scene that teased the second season so well. This was an overlong and cliched in plot story, but some characters are memorable (though some are dull), the action is stupendously executed and the technicalities are all superb. In the end, it is a good show that should prove great for children.

Worst Episodes: Young Atlas, Mudslinging and Roaming Fees May Apply.

Best Episodes: It’s About Time, A Night to Remember and Something Rotten This Way Comes.

My Rating – 3.8

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Doctor Who Season 4 (1966)

Doctor Who Season 4 Review

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Doctor Who Season 4 Review

The fourth season of Doctor Who is another difficult season to judge after the third one.

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There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things,

things which act against everything that we believe in. They must be fought

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Doctor Who Season 4 Review

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The same applies here as the previous time. Literally the same. Only 10 episodes survive out of 43 which really does not provide me good context for this review, but I will try my best. So the first serial is The Smugglers and it is unfortunately entirely missing. It was I presume a fun pirate-centric episode.

The second serial is The Tenth Planet. It isn’t the greatest story although it does have its moments. Here the First Doctor, William Hartnell, leaves us which is unfortunate as I prefer him over Patrick Troughton, at least thus far. The Second Doctor just isn’t as interesting or as memorable so far.

The Power of the Daleks is missing and I guess it was a more sinister take on the Daleks‘ storyline owing to its premise whereas The Highlanders is another historical episode, but this time with the new doctor. It is also missing in entirety.

The Underwater Menace truly is one giant curiosity. It is silly and ridiculous even, but I have to applaud them in a way for making it so different than your usual Doctor Who story what with all the underwater scenery and the weird visuals and performance artistry even. Very weird.

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Doctor Who Season 4 Review

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The Moonbase is a pretty solid serial which features competent and memorable villains in the Cybermen. It is half-missing, but the two episodes that do exist are quite entertaining and well crafted.

The Macra Terror is entirely missing which is a good thing presumably as the insect Doctor Who storylines are not my cup of tea. The Faceless Ones has identity stealing aliens as villains and although a typical setup, it is the one storyline that works to this day as it doesn’t require great effects.

The Evil of the Daleks only has the second episode available for viewing and it is another one of those dull Dalek storylines which did not interest me particularly.

So all in all, this is one pretty difficult to judge season. Most of these episodes are solid, but none are great. Without the option to see the missing ones, I still cannot judge it accurately though I do think it is slightly better than the previous season. But the Second Doctor thus far does not capture my interest too much.

Worst Serial: The Evil of the Daleks.

Best Serial: The Moonbase.

Worst Episodes: The Underwater Menace Part 2 and The Evil of the Daleks Part 2.

Best Episodes: The Tenth Planet Part 1 and The Faceless Ones Part 3.

My Rating – 3.5

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Doctor Who Season 3 (1965)

Doctor Who Season 3 Review

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Doctor Who Season 3 Review

The third season of Doctor Who is the final First Doctor season and the most difficult one to judge.

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Doctor Who is required! Bring him here!

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Doctor Who Season 3 Review

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Of 45 episodes, 28 are missing. As a result, only 3 serials remain complete. That is why this is very difficult to judge but I will try my best to be kind to it, though the episodes that survived were certainly not the greatest…

Galaxy 4 seems interesting in premise, but only one episode survives out of the four and it is a solid episode but I do not know if the entire serial was good or great. As for Mission to the Unknown, it is a lost serial which is interesting for being the only Doctor Who one-episode serial. It sounds good on paper and who knows if it was good in execution.

The Myth Makers is entirely lost, but I suspect that it was a perfectly solid, if typical outing as it is one of those historical Doctor Who stories, this time happening in Troy. The Daleks’ Master Plan is definitely not my favorite serial as it relies on the Daleks a bit too much for my personal taste (not a fan of them) and the surviving episodes are mediocre in my opinion.

The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve is set in 1572 Paris and I do think that this serial was pretty good, but unfortunately it is lost in its entirety. The Ark is not as great as it could have been, but it is a pretty solid take on the Noah’s Ark storyline where the human race in the future travels to the new world. It is an interesting, classic concept done right.

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Doctor Who Season 3 Review

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The Celestial Toymaker only has one surviving episode and judging by this episode, it was a pretty crazy and silly, though incredibly fun game-oriented serial. As for The Gunfighters, I am most certainly not a fan of it. It is a Doc Holliday western and this story has been done much better before and here the songs are annoying as are the American accents. A boring serial.

The Savages sounds solid and interesting, but is sorely missing. The War Machines is an okay serial, pretty solid, but not great as its “machines are better than humans” storyline is overly familiar and not particularly entertaining. Here we get introduced to Polly and Ben Jackson whereas Dodo leaves us. She was forgettable and at times even annoying so I don’t mind.

So overall, this third season is fine, but just not as good as the previous two seasons are.

Worst Serial: The Gunfighters.

Best Serial: The Ark.

Worst Episodes: Day of Armageddon, Counter Plot, Johnny Ringo and The OK Corral.

Best Episodes: The Steel Sky, The Plague and The Final Test.

My Rating – 3.4

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Doctor Who Season 2 (1964)

Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

The second season of Doctor Who is an improvement over the previous season with better crafted, more interesting serials.

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I shall miss them. Silly old fusspots

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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I actually liked Planet of Giants despite its quite mediocre reception. As the critics have pinpointed, visually it is very good, especially for its time and budget. I liked the setting and how well it was utilized. ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’ looked better but that was a Hollywood film and this is a British series. Barbara was surprisingly weak here, but I really liked those two shady murderers and their subplot was quite interesting and well juxtapositioned with the TARDIS crew.

The Dalek Invasion of Earth is actually a bit overrated, quite the opposite from the previous underrated serial. I continue to not care for these robotic villains as they seem foolish to me. Here they should be villainous and creepy but they just aren’t. The serial, per usual, started intriguingly with the first episode, but then it quickly was relegated to your typical post-apocalyptic fare.

The last episode is famous for giving us the departure of Susan, the very first departure in the show and it was actually quite well executed in that it made me sad for a second even when I have never cared for the character. A really well done, memorable departure, but not the best of the season for sure.

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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The Rescue should have been better given the premise, but the first episode was awesome and intriguing and the entire serial benefits from an interesting storyline and characters. Especially the atmosphere is striking here and it carries it to the next level. This serial is famous for replacing Susan with Vicki who serves a similar purpose to Susan but is infinitely better as a more likable, more admirable and stronger female character who’s quite spunky, energetic and fun.

The Romans is a different than usual historical period serial because it is much more fun and casual in its approach and execution which I actually really liked. It still has all of the pitfalls of these serials such as a slower pace and some episodes are much more interesting than others, but the humor carries it through and Ian and Barbara in particular are so wonderful here in their great, fun dynamic and with some hilarious lines of dialogue. The ending is quite striking too.

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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The Web Planet featured a terrific, intriguing and visually arresting and creepy first episode, but everything afterwards went downhill and it just never recovered. This is easily the worst serial of this second season because I just could not take those Menoptra creatures seriously as they were obviously humans in costumes and here the budget definitely held the story back hugely. The action was particularly silly and stupid. The most dated Doctor Who serial for sure.

The Crusade has a couple of interesting scenes and especially good dialogue and some good characters. It is solid as historical serials go, but it is not a particularly strong and memorable serial. I, however, cannot judge it properly as two of its four episodes are missing. Thankfully, this is the only incomplete serial this time around.

The Space Museum is a particularly original and authentic in premise serial. Really interesting and memorable. But the execution wasn’t the best. I loved it at first, but then it ventured into more boring stuff and the Daleks were present here and they did not need to be in this serial in my opinion.

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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The Chase is not the greatest serial because it is overly rushed and frenetic in pacing with too much action in it. Some episodes are cheesy and others are boring. And as I said, some are too frenetic. But still the story is solid and actually very important for the show.

Yes, Barbara and Ian departed in the last episode of this serial and I was just amazed by their departure. It would be hard to top this departure, but let’s see. I loved seeing them having a fun time back in London in 1965. It was just so incredibly sad to see them go as I loved their characters and dynamic, but it was all the more sad seeing the Doctor and just how brutally he was hit by their departure. He will miss them and he did change during these two seasons. A great character arc and I loved that final scene, the best thing the series did so far.

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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The Time Meddler is one of the best serials here for sure. Steven is introduced as the new male addition to the team and he is just not Ian. He is solid and will do, but he is far from great or memorable. This story is set in 1066 but is not concerned with history all too much. Instead it gives us the first ever Time Lord apart from the Doctor and The Monk truly is such a fascinating character, extremely memorable and the scenes between the two were just a lot of fun with great dialogue. An excellent twist and a very important serial for the entire show with the best cinematography so far.

Overall, this is a solid season which has some very important episodes in terms of story developments and departures. Some serials are weak, but others are actually very good. Overall, it most certainly is better than the first season.

Worst Serials: The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Web Planet.

Best Serials: The Romans and The Time Meddler.

Worst Episodes: Escape to Danger, Crater of Needles and Invasion.

Best Episodes: Flashpoint, The Powerful Enemy, The Planet of Decision, The Watcher and Checkmate.

My Rating – 4

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 (1994-1996)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-9 Review

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

Here is my review of seasons 8, 9 and 10 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as I am putting them all in one review for obvious reasons.

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You are truly exceptional students and I am proud to call you my equals

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

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These are known as “Red Sky” episodes. From season 8 to the end of the series’ run, suddenly you did not have Krang and Shredder, well mostly, and Dregg took over. He was at first overly typical, but he grew on me as he became more powerful and obsessed with killing the turtles. He was a worthy villain. But these seasons are much more serious and less funny in tone and although that gave it its edge, I was still disappointed by that choice as I found the humor the best aspect of this series as a whole so the decision to get rid of it for the most part was ridiculous to me.

Get Shredder! is actually a pretty good, action oriented episode that finds the two villains for once pretty capable and tough and that was refreshing to witness. They are both superb here and I am at once both glad and sad that they got rid of Channel 6 crew eventually. Wrath of the Rat King has Burne turning against the TMNT and I thought that storyline was interesting, but not fully explored. And also we see the end of the Rat King in this episode as he finally gets arrested.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

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State of Shock is a typical premise executed solidly, but still it was overly familiar and I was mostly bored by it. Cry H.A.V.O.C.! actually has a pretty solid, respectable conflict in its plot and I thought it was mostly a very engaging, interesting episode that got a weak conclusion in its subsequent sequels.

Yes, H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets is quite boring as an episode that really did not do anything for me. As I said above, it was a good idea, but maybe for just one episode and the rest resorted to too much action. Enter: Krakus is more of the same, but at least it has more fun, memorable action in it.

Cyber-Turtles is overly ridiculous in its storyline and with such silly, ludicrous sci-fi elements to it. Turtle Trek is a weak episode as it isn’t really a memorable conclusion to the eight season although it does dispose of Krang and Shredder for a while.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

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The Unknown Ninja opens the ninth season in such a mediocre manner as it introduces us to Carter who is a young African American ally of the TMNT. I was bored by this character as I found him forgettable, shallow and although an improvement over insufferable Zach, he was still thoroughly unnecessary. Also we are introduced to Lord Dregg here. Dregg of the Earth continues this story in a forgettable manner, but I guess it was an improvement that finally we see some serious continuity in these three last seasons.

The Wrath of Medusa features a pretty solid villain and I guess Carter’s role here is the best in his run. The New Mutation sees the Turtles becoming to mutate into monstrous creatures and I never really liked that development and I found it not fitting in style to this show at all.

The Showdown is the weakest episode of this bunch with a very annoying, typical and dull story and action whereas Split-Second introduces a new foe who is very forgettable and boring. Carter, the Enforcer is another mediocre episode, but at least April is becoming pretty proactive and helpful by now. Doomquest is a pretty solid finale for having April finally expose Dregg to the world as a villain.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

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The Return of Dregg opens the final season in a weak manner as I have always found his various henchmen to be very forgettable and uninspired and this episode relies on them way too much. The Beginning of the End is another forgettable episode with an overly typical plot and villain goal.

In The Power of Three, Carter leaves the Turtles and Dregg enlists the help of Krang and Shredder so it is a pretty important episode plotwise. A Turtle in Time is actually a very good, pretty memorable action oriented episode that finds Dregg at one of his most powerful and I liked its various plot points and what they led into.

Turtles to the Second Power has the final appearance of Shredder and Krang and I have to say that I absolutely loved what they did with them here. They helped the Turtles unknowingly by fighting Lord Dregg himself which was an excellent choice, but their dynamic and how friendly they have become to one another was a lot of fun and this villain versus villain angle was great here. Mobster from Dimension X, on the other hand, is anything but interesting as its villain is a typical silly gangster and the plot is stupid.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

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The Day the Earth Disappeared is a pretty entertaining build up to the finale with Dregg becoming more and more unstable in such a fun fashion. Divide and Conquer is honestly a fabulous end to the season and the entire show as it has Dregg super powered and Turtles for once using both their brains and brawn to fight him and beat him in the end in a very thoroughly, surprisingly smartly executed manner. It was a great final fight and the ending itself where Splinter said they are now his equals was just a perfect way to end the entire series.

So all in all, the ninth season was quite weak and the worst of the entire run, but the eighth one was solid and the tenth is actually one of the series’ best. I liked the villain, I loved what they did with Krang and Shredder and they gave us a great finale. These Red Sky seasons were too serious, but admirably different. Overall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a very flawed, silly show, but fun and funny and I am sad that I ended it.

 

Worst Episodes: H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets!, The Unknown Ninja and The Showdown.

Best Episodes: Get Shredder!, The Wrath of Medusa, A Turtle in Time and Divide and Conquer.

My Rating – 3.4

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Doctor Who Season 1 (1963)

Doctor Who Season 1 Review

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Doctor Who Season 1 Review

Doctor Who is a British science fiction show which is the longest running genre series in history. The first of the classic seasons is pretty good, but far from great.

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It all started out as a mild curiosity in the junkyard,

and now it’s turned out to be quite a great spirited adventure

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Doctor Who Season 1 Review

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So this first season came out in 1963 and it consists of 42 episodes, but only 33 can be watched as nine are unfortunately missing. The series works like this – it changes doctors and each doctor gets a couple of seasons and in those seasons you get serials. One serial contains one full story and consists of basically around four or six episodes mostly.

Let’s talk about the first serial – An Unearthly Child. Now this is one of the weakest serials here. The first episode itself is truly terrific and probably the season’s finest episode as it gives us the intrigue superbly and it introduces us to all four of its characters really well. It has a great mystery to it and is all around wonderfully effective. But unfortunately the rest of this season is spent in Stone Age and there you get a lot of wooden acting, ridiculous lines delivered and an all around unintentionally campy approach.

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Doctor Who Season 1 Review

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The Daleks is a serial that introduces us to the series’ most famous adversaries. I don’t know what to think about them. They are memorable and villainous, but overly robotic and annoying in that robot voice. I guess I have to forgive the show for some really weakly executed action and those voices because this is 1963 we’re talking about. Overall, this serial is solid. I liked its atmosphere and as the first truly sci-fi serial, it works pretty well.

The Edge of Destruction finds Ian and Susan having a slight case of amnesia and soon everybody starts behaving strangely. There are only two episodes in this serial and in my opinion they are flawed. The premise was excellent and the story is intriguing and pleasantly mysterious, but because the mystery is never properly decoded, it remains a missed opportunity.

Marco Polo is an unfortunate serial as all of its seven episodes are lost. The Keys of Marinus has a very interesting video game structure to it along with an incredibly well explored, fascinating planet. It has excellent imagery for sure. Definitely this show is theatrical in quality, but once you realize and forgive them for that given the time, you can actually really enjoy its stage-like sci-fi imagery. This story is interesting, but ultimately suffers for its too many detours and components that do not mash well into a satisfactory whole.

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Doctor Who Season 1 Review

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The Aztecs is a textbook example of an over-reliance of First Doctor’s stories on history which is done for better and for worse. Certainly the plot with human sacrifice and false goddess is overly familiar by now and the serial is too historical with no SF whatsoever, but it is actually a pretty good costume drama and period piece in its own right with well crafted drama, a great message and it is the best role yet for Barbara.

The Sensorites is the most sci-fi this season has to offer. Ultimately the second half was weaker and disappointing, but still those aliens are very memorable and interesting in their looks and although the action is silly here, the story is mostly well crafted and these creatures are interesting not just in looks but in grey area morals as well.

The Reign of Terror finds the foursome visiting 18th century France during the French Revolution and two episodes here are missing. Although the first episode was truly excellent and very intriguing, the rest of it was somewhat silly and ultimately boring in its overly repetitive structure of capture, escape and so on.

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Doctor Who Season 1 Review

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Let’s talk about the characters. Susan is very annoying and easily the worst member of the team. Actually, she is the only one I dislike here as she is entirely disposable and just a weak female character overall. Barbara is much better, much more complex and much more admirable of a female character.

Ian himself is overly heroic and stoic at times and he can be really annoying with his macho behavior, but he can also be really likable and his relationship with the Doctor is particularly strong and amusing. As for the First Doctor, he is pretty good. Interesting for not being a hero and overall well developed, but not the greatest or most memorable Doctor for sure. Carole Ann Ford is a weak actress; Jacqueline Hill and William Russell are pretty good, but not great and only William Hartnell excelled in the most important role.

In the end, this first season of Doctor Who is a pretty good one, but inherently flawed too. It has too many slow episodes, sometimes silly stories and a reliance on repetitive storytelling at times, but most of the episodes are pretty good, most of the serials are memorable and the best stories here have excellent atmosphere and imagery.

 

Worst Serials: An Unearthly Child and The Reign of Terror.

Best Serials: The Aztecs and The Sensorites.

 

Worst Episodes: The Forest of Fear, Firemaker, A Change of Identity and Prisoners of Conciergerie.

Best Episodes: An Unearthly Child, Strangers in Space, The Unwilling Warriors and A Land of Fear.

My Rating – 3.8

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7 (1993)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7 Review

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7 Review

The seventh season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is half pretty good and half mediocre leading to a messy season.

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It was about time this show got educational

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7 Review

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That is because it consists of one main season of fourteen episodes and most are pretty good there, but it also has a sideseason where they travel to European countries and those thirteen episodes are mostly very mediocre.

Tower of Power sees the Turtles visit Paris and it has its moments being one of the better episodes here. But Rust Never Sleeps is a weaker second half of their Paris trip and it isn’t particularly educational for children which these episodes should have been.

A Real Snow Job is in the Alps and unfortunately it doesn’t utilize on its great setting at all leading to a frustratingly dull and forgettable episode. I have recently been to Venice and I was thus immensely disappointed in Venice on the Half-Shell which is incredibly weak and the villains are incompetent once again.

Artless is easily the best of the European Vacation episodes as it features a story which should have been done many seasons ago. The turtles are mistaken for their eponymous painters and the results are stellar and funny. Ring of Fire is probably the most forgettable episode of this bunch as I cannot recall it all that well.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7 Review

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The Irish Jig Is Up doesn’t use its Irish setting at all and is frankly very annoying in its stupid plot and situations. The worst of these episodes for sure. Shredder’s New Sword is similar to other episodes where he seeks some sort of sword, but at least the inclusion of Merlin spruced things up a bit.

The Lost Queen of Atlantis is well animated, but surprisingly annoying in its use of April and actually very slight when the setting should have provided some great adventure. Turtles on the Orient Express was a good idea, but the execution is mediocre with too much action and frenetic pacing.

April Gets in Dutch is very familiar in its use of April and an overall plot whereas Northern Lights Out is also very disappointing and it doesn’t utilize on the Norwegian setting at all. Elementary, My Dear Turtle should have been fun, but it wasn’t as I disliked their version of Sherlock Holmes and the episode was mostly just a gimmick.

And now to the good stuff which is the main season. Night of the Dark Turtle is a weak start to this season with an annoying superhero story and Donatello. The Starchild is surprisingly strong and stellar in terms of storytelling and especially emotion as that third act was a great twist and it provided a touching conclusion to the story. The Legend of Koji is another exceptionally strong episode where they travel to Ancient Japan and Shredder is very good here.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7 Review

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Convicts from Dimension X relies too much on Vernon and Irma and I really dislike those two annoying bitches so of course I wasn’t a fan of this episode. White Belt, Black Heart is a very forgettable gangster episode.

Night of the Rogues finds the Turtles having to face Leatherhead, Tempestra, The Rat King and so many more of the iconic TMNT villains and the results are great and a lot of fun. They should have done this type of episode much more often. I disliked Attack of the Neutrinos of course as I hate those brats.

Escape from the Planet of the Turtleoids is fun and solid, but should have been better given the premise and it’s too frenetic in pace. Revenge of the Fly again finds Baxter Stockman getting needlessly horribly punished and I have never understood why they continued to sadistically torture this poor character.

Atlantis Awakes is another episode about Atlantis and it is ridiculous that we got two distinctly different Atlantean episodes and both are not very good. Dirk Savage: Mutant Hunter! features another one of those disposable villains and the episode itself is forgettable.

Invasion of the Krangazoids is a lot of fun! Seeing Krang make an army of Krangs was extremely entertaining and the banter between all of them was so funny but also seeing his true original form for the first time was unforgettable and finally we saw how he looked like and I liked that look.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7 Review

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Combat Land is another one of those episodes where someone wants to use the Turtles for something and it is repetitive and rehashed. As for the finale, Shredder Triumphant!, it is a very strong, fun episode with has too much action, but that is to be expected from the season finale and I really liked how Shredder and the rest of the villains were competent for a change.

All in all, this TMNT season is hurt by its unfortunate European Vacation sideseason which is dull and not all that educational, but the main season is actually one of the better seasons of this show with a lot of fun action, a great use of its villains and a couple of entertaining, really well crafted episodes.

Worst Episodes: Ring of Fire, the Irish Jig Up and April Gets in Dutch.

Best Episodes: Artless, The Starchild, Night of the Rogues, Invasion of the Krangazoids and Shredder Triumphant!

My Rating – 3.4

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Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Review

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Review

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a 1995 mecha anime series that is one of the most famous animes ever. It is a pretty solid, but expectedly not great show.

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Mankind’s greatest fear is mankind itself

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Review

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I am usually not a fan of mecha, big robots and everything surrounding that narrative so me liking this anime was a surprise. I did not love it, but still I liked it to a degree. That is mostly because it doesn’t only rely on action, but it also has a strong story and a surprisingly hefty emotional investment.

I still found the second half of the show overly action packed and dull with only the final couple of episodes being standout in their original concept and execution, but the rest are not great. The first half is much better as the first 14 or so episodes are very engaging and a lot of fun.

The show’s humor is exceptionally strong and I loved the more hilarious and fun episodes. That penguin in particular was so funny. So Shinji is such a respectable central character and the rare hero who is at first whiny and not all that strong and heroic. That I loved and it was relatable to me.

Rei and Asuka are also quite well developed and I loved the dynamic between these three. Ritsuko is also memorable and strong, but the rest are forgettable. Neon Genesis Evangelion has a typical approach for anime with an abundance of female characters and not that many male ones which was troublesome and unrealistic. But I did like its sexual humor quite a bit.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Review

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Neon Genesis Evangelion features a pretty strong animation and its visuals are the strongest aspect here as the series aged really well and looks good even today. The designs of the robots are also very good and diverse. The score is also good, not great, but memorable and it serves its purpose along with good sound effects and the show is overall technically polished. I just wish that the action-filled second half was slower.

In the end, I liked Neon Genesis Evangelion. It has too much action and is sometimes too convoluted and I have to say that it is intellectually not as profound and is overrated, but its characters are well developed and memorable, the show is emotional in approach and I liked its score and animation quite a bit.

Worst Episodes: She said, ‘Don’t Make Others Suffer for Your Personal Hatred, Weaving a Story, Fourth Child and Introjection.

Best Episodes: The Beast, Hedgehog’s Dilemma, The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still and Take Care of Yourself.

My Rating – 3.7

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Once Upon a Time Season 6 (2016)

Once Upon a Time Season 6 Review

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Once Upon a Time Season 6 Review

The sixth season of Once Upon a Time is solid with a couple of actually excellent episodes, but it is still a low point for the show along the line with the previous season.

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There’s just one problem. All magic comes with a price

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Once Upon a Time Season 6 Review

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The second arc is better than the first one this time around. The first arc sees the Evil Queen returning and going against Regina and everyone and that was at first great, but it eventually went nowhere and it was boring and unnecessarily convoluted at certain points.

The Agrabah arc was entirely disappointing. It did start off really nicely as both Aladdin and Jasmine are very well fleshed out and complex characters here, but Jafar was disappointing, the inclusion of Ariel was ridiculous and stupid and the entire story ended really weakly and was not worth all of that pay off.

The second arc is better because it posed bigger threats and a better villain. I really liked the Black Fairy. At first she seemed dull, but eventually I really liked how competent she was and I thought her story provided us good answers about Rumple and the source of the Curse to begin with. She was very good, but died off too abruptly and in a frustrating manner.

Snow and Charming got some lovely moments, but this was mostly a rehash of their previously told love story, it was told again for at least fourth time. Belle was forgettable, but Rumple was reliably great and I really liked his eventual, this time final turn to the good side.

I liked Emma and of course Regina was great as was her evil side. However, Zelena was the best of the bunch as I really enjoyed her story. She has always been one of my favorite OUAT characters and she really got a great redemption arc here. Her episode she got was beautiful and touching and so emotionally rewarding.

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Once Upon a Time Season 6 Review

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The finale was disappointing in my opinion, solid but not as great as the show usually makes them. The action was lacking and there should have been much more of it plus the first half was kind of boring.

The musical episode, on the other hand, was quite a success and I did not see it coming. Yes, at first it annoyed me as the songs came as detours, but eventually I came to like them as they represented the style of the characters singing them oh so well from the Charmings’ annoyingly upbeat tune to Evil Queen’s more sinister song to Zelena’s Wicked Always Wins which stole the show how unexpectedly great and catchy it was. It was a showstopper for sure and her character was the best in this entire middling season.

Overall, I liked this sixth season of Once Upon a Time. Both arcs had their great episodes and good stuff to offer, I liked Hook and Emma’s wedding quite a bit and he was wonderful here, Zelena was great and the villain was mostly pretty memorable. The Henry tease at the end was interesting and this was a pretty good finale for all of the characters and their stories and I am glad that they are taking the series to a new direction, but sad to see some of the regular cast members go.

Worst Episodes: The Savior, Heartless and Tougher Than the Rest.

Best Episodes: Street Rats, I’ll Be Your Mirror, Wish You Were Here and Where Bluebirds Fly.

My Rating – 3.6

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