Steven Universe In Too Deep Part 3 Review

Peridot and Lapis must learn to get along if there going to live in the barn together.

This episode definitely shows how much Peridot has grown over the last few episodes. The part where Peridot tells Lapis about not being home. Lapis was kind of mean spirited in this one compared to the last one. It’s to the point where she yells at Peridot to leave. The ending while some of it was leaked does end on a good cliffhanger.

I don’t think it’s the best episode of In Too Deep, it’s still good.

Verdict:
+Peridot’s character development
+ Cliffhanger ending
– Lapis is a jerk

Score: A-

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Review

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I consider the Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland a guilty pleasure despite it’s flaws.

The movie is much more colorful than the previous one but sadly the story is more of a mess then the previous one too. The characters like the white rabbit, and the Cheshire cat have minor roles compared to the previous movie.

Sacha Baron Cohen as Time is good. I really liked his design and his kingdom which is shaped like a giant clock. I was also surprised to see that Time was not really a villain unlike what the trailers made him out to be.

However this give the movie with no clear villain or big threat. The closest threat is the Red Queen. The movie gives her a back story. She became evil because it turns out that the Mad Hatter laughed at her big head which made her loose her temper and ruin her coronation. It then turns out that she got her big head all because she hid her head on the floor while running away because her sister accused her for eating the last tart. Yeah that’s are villain. All because of a tart.

The story has a lot of plot holes. For example, Alice steals the chronosphere so that she can go back in time to find out about Mad Hatter’s family. Yet Time follows her in another time vehicle (which looks silly even for Alice in Wonderland). So what wast he point on stealing the chronosphere (which removed from the great clock destroys all of Underland and time)? She could have used the vehicle that Time uses later. She even uses it to to catch up to the Red Queen near the end. It’s just a weird plot hole that messes up the story.

I don’t think it’s a good to me that is as the first movie but it’s a fine time waister for people to watch.

Verdict:
+Time
+Visually nicer
-Plot holes
– No clear villain
– Characters feel minor

Score:C

The Loud House review

 

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My first TV show review :). When I saw the pilot back in 2014, I thought yeah this would be a promising cartoon. When it finally became a show this month it didn’t disappoint me. The premise is simple, Lincoln is the middle child of a family of 10 sisters, Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, Lynn, Lucy, Lola, Lana, Lisa, and Lily (the parents must have had a lot of free time). You’d think that 11 main characters is too crowded but creator Chris Savino managed to make it work.

Lincoln is a likable main character. He tries to deal with problems in the house and when he makes a mistake he tries to fix it. Lincoln’s sisters are also very likable. All of them are well established, there designed to fit their personalities, and don’t feel like one-dimensional stereotypes of girls. It is hard to remember which name goes to which character at first but you’ll catch on. My favorite sisters are Leni and Lucy. Even Linoln’s best friend Clyde is very likable.

The style of the show is a lot like the Sunday funnies like Charlie Brown or Garfield. It makes up for good designs, good backgrounds, and even the title cards are a lot like a comic strip. The actually feels like a Nicktoons show you’d see in the 2000’s or 1990’s.

The show is also heartwarming at times. The relationships between Lincoln and the sisters feels genuine. Some of them fight like in the Sweet Spot episode, but hey siblings fight but they still love each other dearly. I think the best example of how heartwarming this show is was in the episode Picture Perfect. Lincoln wanted to make a better picture by altering the sisters appearances because he thought that the original picture was too much of themselves. Lincoln walks through the house looking at the new picture and observing his sisters’ true personalities, he sees how happy they are and begins to feel guilty about the way how he viewed them. It’s a very heartwarming moment because we see that Lincoln loves and cares for his family.

One problem I do have is that the show does have toilet humor. I still can’t believe they got a away with a nosebleed! It can also get mean spirited at times, such as Brawl in the Family and No Such Luck.

The Loud is one of my favorite Nickelodeon shows and definitely the best one on right now. I’m really glad this got renewed for a second season.

Verdict:
+Great characters
+Simple premise
+ Animation style
+ A lot of heart
– Mean spirited at times

Score: B+

Alan Young R.I.P.

I have just heard the voice of Scrooge McDuck from the famous cartoon Ducktales has passed away. 😦

While Ducktales was not my favorite Disney cartoon, it did have one of my favorite Disney characters of all time. Scrooge isn’t the only character that Alan Young has played. He also played Wilbur Post in Mister Ed, Hiram Flaversham in The Great Mouse Detective, and Haggis McMutton in The Curse of Monkey Island. He might be gone but his greedy but lovable character Scrooge will keep on diving into his money.

To end this dedication is a salute to him.

DUCKTALES WOOHOO!

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Alan Young

(19 November 1919 – 19 May 2016)

Steven Universe In Too Deep Part 2 Review

Steven Universe In Too Deep continues with the return of Lapis Lazuli.

I liked watching Steven and Lapis intereract without any disasters such as the mirror or Jasper. Seeing them fly reminds me a lot of Aladdin. Lapis’s backstory is interesting and explains a lot of the question I have had about her.,

One problem I did have was the whole Steven looking for lion scene. It’s not bad, it’s just unnecessary, unresolved, and was only there just so Steven can find Lapis.

The ending was a funny way to buildup next week.  Peridot is so inoscent while Lapis is so demanding for her new home for herself. Steven is left in a difficult situation that will be the main topic in Barn Mates. It’s a good cliffhanger. To quote Steven at the end “oh boy”.

Verdict:
+Steven and Lapis
+Lapis backstory
+Funny ending
-Where is lion?

Score: A-

Steven Universe In Too Deep Part 1 Review

Finally Steven Universe has returned and it had a big start. I will be doing a review for the next Steven Universe episodes since they are part of the In Too Deep event, but when there’s a Steven Bomb I will review all of them at once.

I was surprised on how both Super Watermelon Island and Gem Drill were connected much like (Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem) and (The Return and Jailbreak). While the fight between Alexandrite vs Malachite was leaked months ago it’s still an awesome fight. I really liked the star iris at the end of Super Watermelon Island. It’s emotional and a good leadway to the next episode. We finally get to see the cluster which looked interesting.

One problem I did have was that the payoff with the cluster was rushed a little. This could have been saved for a season finale but its just a nitpick.

These are probably my favorite episodes of 2016 so far but I can’t wait to see what happen with Lapis and maybe Yellow Diamond.

Verdict:
+ Both episodes are connected
+Alexandrite vs Malachite
+Star iris at the end of the watermelon episode
+The cluster
-Anti climax to the cluster arc
-Those darn leaks

Score:
Super Watermelon Island: A
Gem Drill: A

 

Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of my favorite movie series and honestly my favorite superhero movie series of all time. Now that Captain America Civil War has come out I thought I’d show how I rank the Marvel movies. I’m excluding movies such as X-men and Spider man, even if I included them most of the top Marvel movies would just be Avengers movies.

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Captain America Civil War review

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Captain America Civil War is the 13th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s hero vs hero that’s actually better then Batman vs Superman.

The reasons Steve and Tony are fighting for is done well.  Steve is against the Sokovia Accords while Tony is all game for it. They both have good points but also have had points as well. It leads to good drama in the climax.

Black Panther is a nice addition. I was surprised that he had a much bigger role in this movie then just some hero added just to make fans happy. Tom Holland as Spider Man is the best version of the web slinger and the best character in the movie. He steals the show whenever he’s on screen and he gets a fair share of screen time whether then just being a 5 minute cameo.

The airport scene is the best action scene in the whole series. The action is awesome and wonderfully choreographed. The jokes are funny too. Giant Man is awesome. Every character gets a moment to be awesome and not feel left out. It mixes epicness and fun at the same time very well.

A problem I do have is the villain Helmut Zemo.  He was just here just so the movie could have a villain and not make Iron Man the villain either. His backstory is tragic and it is refreshing that the main villain is not killed off in the end. He’s not bad, he’s just not the most memorable villain.

Captain America Civil War is better then Batman vs Superman in every way. It’s an epic start to the third phase of MCU and an epic start for summer movies this year. Whether you choose Team Iron Man or Team Captain America you will be amazed by one of the best  marvel movies ever.

Verdict:
+Steven and Tony have good reasons
+Each hero has good moments
+Spider man
+Black Panther
+The airport fight
– Zemo is just here to be the villain

Score: A

 

 

Top 10 Favorite episodes of Steven Unverse

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With Steven Universe returning on one week. It would be appropriate to show my top 10 favorite episodes of Steven Universe. Steven Universe is one of my all time favorite cartoons of all time!. Ed Edd n Eddy is still my favorite cartoon for personal nostalgia. It has great characters, comedy, drama, and of course episodes.

10.Together Breakfast: This is the earliest episode on this list. It establishes the characters very well by showing their rooms. Pearl’s room is more peaceful and clean while Amethyst’s room is more messy and full of junk. While its not the best episode it definitely shows the life of Steven and his gem guardians very well. It’s an good episode of a balanced cartoons.

9.Mirror Gem: Note to self: never piss off Garnet. At first this episode seems to be about Steven and a mirror that can communicate with him, it then takes full turn and becomes more complicated when its revealed that the mirror was actually a gem named Lapis Lazuli. The reveal of Lapis is surprising and unexpected. The mirror scenes at time can be very creepy and foreboding.

8.Ocean Gem: This is a nice continuation of Mirror Gem.  The reveal of corrupted gems is good (though I am still confused whether there crystal gems or homeworld gems). The fight between the gems and water versions of themselves is cool and it’s nice to see Steven use his shield. The background when Steven is talking Lapis is the most beautiful of the series so far.

7.Lion 3- Straight to Video: I’m noticing that a lot of Steven Universe episodes start off with something simple like this episode where lion keeps laying on Steven but then transfers into something more deep, shocking, and emotional. The scene where Steven watches Rose and Greg is touching and a nice introduction to Rose. I have a theory that lion is actually Pink Diamond shape-shifting as a lion. Gems can hide stuff in their gems.

6.Alone Together: My reaction after watching this episode: What the hell just happened?! Garnet summed up the whole episode in one line, “now go have fun!”, and that’s what this episode is, just a fun episode with no monsters, no actions scenes, its just showing Stevonie having fun being a fusion. Garnet’s excitement in Steven and Connie fusing cleverly foreshadows her being a fusion of Ruby and Sapphire.

5.Back to the Barn: This episode is on the list because it showed how strong Pearl can be (there was pretty much a Steven bomb about Pearl trying to be strong). It also gave worldbuilding to homeworld gems showing that there is more then one gem and they play a part in a caste system back on homeworld. The robots have both strengths and weaknesses and the challenges that face off in are funny.

4.Jailbreak: This is pretty much a lot of people’s favorite episode and for good reason. The reveal of Garnet being a fusion of Ruby and Sapphire is done very well and it payed off. I liked how this episode showed a different title card background showing that this is a different episode.The song Stronger then You is wonderful to listen to and it has great characterization for Garnet. This is one of the strongest and most memorable episodes of the series.

3.Rose’s Scabbard: Dylan Hysen, host of the “Overly Animated Podcast” (anyone who likes animation should check out this podcast) placed this as number one on his Top 25 favorite episodes of 2015 and I don’t blame him. This episode showed how much Pearl cared about Rose and how much she was crushed when she found out that Rose hid secrets even from her.  I am now realizing that the Lion episodes have built up to this episode. It’s ironic because this episode came out the same day as Gravity Fall’s Not What He Seems which both episodes had emotional endings.

2.Sworn to the Sword: The only flaw I have with this episode is that we never got to hear Garnet’s joke. Now that that’s out the way, this is episode was amazing. I found the Scene where Connie says that Steven is everything and that she is nothing kind of creepy but effective and the ending is also effective too. Also this episode introduced the new intro which is amazing. “Do it for him” is my favorite song from the show.

1.On the Run: Before I start explaining, Amethyst is my favorite Steven Universe character and this episode is a good example on why she is. This episode starts off as a typical running away episode but then it turns into a dramatic reveal of Amethyst’s backstory. What I love about this episode is that it changed my view the gems. At first the gems seem the same, allies of Rose and that fought creatures and that’s about it. But this episode showed that the crystal gems were more different than we thought. Jailbreak would later reveal a lot about Garnet.  The fight between Amethyst and Pearl and ending are both fantastic and emotional. All these reasons show that this is my favorite episode of Steven Universe and one of my favorite episodes of any cartoon.

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