Bojack Horseman Season 4 review

Back in the ’90s, I was in a very famous TV show

This review does contain spoilers. Bojack Horseman is considered one of the best cartoons out right now. It makes you laugh, cry, and question life. I binged watched seasons 2 and 3 though out summer to get ready. I even binged watched season 4. While the first three seasons focused on him trying to fix his career, season 4 focuses more on Bojack’s family. We are introduced to Hollyhawk Bojack’s “daughter” and the rest of the season is about them trying to figure out who her mother is. They also have to take care of Bojack’s abusive mother who is suffering from dementia. These characters are important to Bojack’s arc this season and are very entertaining.

I surprisingly compare the first two episodes to the first two episodes of Legend of Korra Season 4. The first episode focuses on Mr. Peanutbutter’s election. Like Legend of Korra season 4 episode 1 it focuses only on the supporting cast while the main character either shows up only at the end or is absent. Episode 2 of both seasons focuses on the main character and flashbacks showing where they have been. Episode 2 is about Bojack fixing up his Grandparents summer house while flashing back to when his mother was young. There are scenes where the present and past are visually shown at the same time. An example is when Bojack tries to steal the windchime from a restaurant while also showing Beatice’s mother singing. It’s visually impressive and helps the story progress.

Bojack is known for their episode 11 which are known to be the darkest of each season and this one is no exception. Episode 11 focuses on Beatice’s life and why she is mental. Every character’s faces except her family are scribbled out making it more uncomfortable. The scene where her father and servants burn her things and her doll while cutting to Beatice’s maid giving birth to Hollyhawk and Beatice taking her away might be the darkest scene of the whole series so far. This episode is very psychotic and messed up, this and episode 2 are probably my favorite episodes of the season.

If I had one problem with this season though very minor is that each season BoJack ruins a relationship with a character and that character ends up saying the f word to him. What happens here, BoJack plans to put on a show for his mother and confess “Fuck You Mom!”. That’s it? That’s are f word of the season? It just seems kind of a letdown because expecting someone like Mr. Peanutbutter to say it. Still very minor flaw.

The season ends with Bojack finding out that he is not Hollyhawk’s father but actually his brother. He manages to find the address of her mother and gives it to Hollyhawk’s 8 dads (it makes sense in context). It’s a bittersweet ending which is normal for Bojack but surprisingly this is probably the happiest bittersweet ending Bojack had. Season 4 delivered comedy and drama and mixed them together perfectly.

Verdict:
+Balance of Comedy and Drama
+Bojack’s family
+Episodes 2 and 11
+Bittersweet ending
-The F word

Score: A

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Steven Universe Wanted review

Steven Universe just had it’s season 5 premiere and boy did it start off with a bang. Here are my opinions of each episode.

Stuck Together: My least favorite mostly because I’ve already saw it online weeks ago. I like that they conclude that Lars was  still on the ship since we didn’t him escape in the last episode. Topaz’s almost redemption was cool though her voice does seem unfitting but I guess that’s the idea.

The Trial: My favorite episode of the special and one of my top 10 favorite episodes of the show now. Amy Sedaris as Zircons (lawyers of Homeworld) is great. Steven getting to meet the gems face to face is great. The whole last scene where Blue Zircon starts explaining the flaws in Rose shattering Pink Diamond and that it probably didn’t happened was great. It got me actually questioning who could have done it.

Off Colors: A Jurassic Park reference for the win. Rutile Twins are a really cool deisgn and work well with each other’s heads. Rhodonite might be my least favorite but shows promise. Padparadscha is my favorite of the off colors, the joke that she can predict what already happened is hilarious. Fluorite has my favorite design, she looks like a mix between a giant caterpiller and a Grandmother.

Lars’ Head: I like that the status quo has changed since Lars has to stay on homeworld until they find a way home. We now know that lion was probably just a regular lion that got injured and Rose healed. Some much for my Pink Diamond pearl being lion theory.

Can’t wait to see where this show goes.

Samurai Jack Season 5 review

Got to get back, back to the past, Samurai Jack

Just to get it out of the way, I was not the biggest fan of Samurai Jack when it was out back in 2001, I was too young back then and I wasn’t bothered by it’s cancellation. Then I heard that it was returning on Adult Swim and I decided to give it a try. I decided to wait to review it until the season ended.

The season takes place 50 years after the last season ended. Considering that it’s been 13 years since the show was cancelled, it makes sense to take place years later. Seven daughters of Aku are sent to kill Jack who has lost his sword and hope.  This season is a lot darker then the first four seasons. Airing the show on Adult Swim makes a lot more sense because it can take bigger risks and show more darker visuals and themes.

The first four seasons were mostly episodic and didn’t have an overarching story. Season 5 however has an overarching story which is really welcoming. Each episode doesn’t feel like filler or episodes that if you skipped nothing would change, each episode progresses to story. I also like that they showed cameos of previous characters from the past, therefore connecting those episodes to the whole story. The story is very well done and I got excited after each episode about what was gonna happen next. The animation is really good. Not only because the show had great animation to begin with but because the animation looks almost identical to the other seasons as if it was animated back in 2001. The animation also helps show great and fast paced action. Even the animation get’s dark in this season. The second episode actually shows Jack slicing the neck of one of the daughters of Aku.

The score I’m giving this season all depended on the finale. I heard people say it has flaws but honestly it didn’t disappoint me. It brought back so many characters from previous episodes like the Scotsman, the jumping monkeys, and Spartans. Ashi realizes that being Aku’s daughter gives her the same abilities as Aku and be able to make a time portal so that Jack can return to the past. Jack returns seconds after Aku send Jack into the future. Aku’s death is very satisfying considering we waited 13 years for it.  Someday somebody should upload the first episode and edit in the part where Jack and Ashi return LOL. Sadly Ashi erases from existence but Jack moves on with a better future. It’s bittersweet and a great way to end.

I can’t think of an episode that I would say is my favorite, there all great. The episodes are some of the best the show has ever done. I honestly have no problems with this season at all. Season 5 was an amazing final season to an amazing Cartoon Network show.

Verdict:
+ Great animation
+ Great action
+ Overarching story
+ The finale

Score: A+

StevenBomb 5: Out Of This World review

For a while I felt that Steven Universe season 4 was more filler then plot progression. That is until this Steven Bomb came out. This was an awesome StevenBomb even if it did leak a month ago. I will now show my opinions for each episode and then talk about the StevenBomb as a whole.

Steven’s Dream: This one is my favorite of the five. I liked seeing Garnet be afraid showing the seriousness of what’s going to happen. I also like how some episodes of season 4 that seemed like filler like Buddy’s Book or Gem Harvest actually served a purpose. For some reasons I always thought of Blue Diamond as quiet and soft sounding and seeing her actually proved my theory right.

Adventures in Light Distortion: A funny but also intense bridge episode (that means episode that connects the previous and next episode together). The ending is like something out of 2001 A Space Odyssey.

Gem Heist: Introducing Holy Blue Agate is great and finding out more about Pink Diamond was great too.

The Zoo: I would say this one is my least favorite of the five. Seeing humans that never seen the earth is interesting and disturbing. Not really much to say about it though.

That Will Be All: After a whole year of waiting we finally get to see Yellow Diamond again. I like that they showed the diamonds in a much more sympathetic way then before. Yellow Diamond’s song was great.

In my opinion I think this is my favorite StevenBomb so far. It has everything I wanted in a Stevenbomb. You get to see new gems, new plot elements, and not just one but two diamonds. The only problem I had with these episodes were that they were leaked a month ago. All these episodes were great and I can’t wait to see what direction this show goes.

Verdict:
+Each episode connected
+World building
+The diamonds
-Leaks

Score: A+

A Regular Show Epic Final Battle review

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH!

Regular Show has officially ended. Regular Show was one of the most popular Cartoon Network shows not just in the 2010’s but of all time. Me personally I liked this show more then Adventure Time. I really liked Regular Show because of the characters, the comedy, and the episodes but I was not a fan of the whole love triangle thing. Who the hell interrupts a wedding to break up with somebody?! Regular Show was one of those shows where anything could happen and being sent up into the space pretty much completes the shark jumping.

Warning this review has Spoilers so don’t on from this point.

I loved that all these supporting characters such as the baby ducks, death, party pony, and blue ray return and help in the final battle. It’s just like the battle of Hogwarts, the invasion from Avatar, or the fight against Bill Cipher. I love when shows and movie series bring back characters from the past to help in the climax.

When part 3 started it starts with the first episode The Power. I was so shocked and almost mad that Cartoon Network either goofed up and showed the wrong episode or that idea was that the show repeated after Pops and Anti Pops punched. I literally had to check the schedule on my DVR to see what’s going on until I heard Rigby in slow motion say “wait a minute I think we’ve done this before”. Such a clever and hilarious way to start the last part.

The episode ends with Pops sacrificing himself to defeat Anti Pops. It’s really sad that such an innocent character like Pops gets killed off and DOES NOT come back. The dome ends up returning to Earth and everyone goes there separate ways. Mordecai becomes an artist and Rigby marries Eileen. The last scene is Mordecai and Rigby at a park reunion 25 years later talking about Pops and there lives. The ending is both happy and sad and gives a bittersweet feeling to it.

If I had one problem with the ending is that Mordecai ends up meeting this bat girl, marries and has children. It just seemed odd that this random character who had never appeared until the very end becomes Mordecai’s wife. Still it’s probably best then choosing between Margaret or CJ and bringing up the whole love triangle thing which was main problem with the show.

I don’t think it was as spectacular as Gravity Fall’s Take Back the Falls or Avatar’s Sozin’s Comet but it ended on a way that fans of the show can be satisfied with.

Verdict:
+Characters return
+Shocking start to part 3
+Bittersweet ending
-Mordecai’s new girlfriend

Score: A-

Nothing else to say but Jolly Good Show.

Star Vs the Forces of Evil: Bon Bon the Birthday Clown review

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Sorry that I have not reviewed this show or any episodes yet. It’s mostly because some of the episode aren’t big enough for a review or I just haven’t had the time but this episode however, there is so much to talk about this one. This review does have spoilers so if you have not seen it don’t read this.

Star obviously is great and it’s great to see how she’s dealing with Marco dating Jackie. I’ve been very impressed that season 2 has used Janna for a lot of episode because she awesome and funny. “Smell his butt you’ll thank my later” (Actual Disney Dialogue). Having Star and Janna together is a lot of fun. I did predict that Ludo would show up but I didn’t expect him to dress up as a clown. The fight between Star and Ludo is great and intense. Though I will ask how did he know that Star would be at the seance? I still bet that Toffee is inside Ludo’s wand.

Now to the most interesting part of the episode. To quote Mr.Poopybutthole from Rick and Morty, “Hoo-wee! What a cliffhanger! Oh boy oh my! That’s a real… crazy ending, huh?” and boy was it. It ends with Star at probably her lowest point even worst then Storm the Castle. Star’s expression saying “I lost Glossaryck!” is so heartbreaking and shows how torn apart she is about losing the book and him. Geesh, first that dark Cars 3 teaser and now this, November 21 is a dark day for Disney.

I think this is my favorite episode of SVTFOE and one of the best episodes of 2016. It’s funny but very emotional. It was like watching an episode of Gravity Falls or Steven Universe.

Verdict:
+Star and her plot
+Janna
+Ludo fight
+Emotional
+Intense cliffhanger

Score: A+

Can’t wait to see what happens to Star next year.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Season 6: To Where And Back Again review

Season 6 was not really the strongest season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. The season finale however is really something to talk about. FYI, I did see this online earlier due to the UK release. I just waited until now since it premiered on TV today.

Bringing in Trixie who hasn’t had a role in any two parters yet is great. The changeling Thorax returning makes sense and bringing in Discord was the icing on the cake. It also great because the episodes that Trixie and Thorax appeared in now tie together with the season arc much like the episodes of season 4 where the mane 6 find the keys. The chemistry between Starlight and her group is great and a refreshing change of formula compared to the last seasons that mostly focused on the mane 6. The return of the Chrysalis Queen was great and it was refreshing that she turned down the chance of redemption. This could set up something for season 7 but time will tell.

The finale does have problems though. The mane 6 feel very minor here, heck I don’t think Pinkie Pie, Applejack, and Rarity even get a line in part 2. There was also no songs or even an ending song. It just ends with Discord and Trixie riding flying pigs. While the changeling’s transformation is cool it’s not much of a change for the series compared to season 3 where Twilight became a princess, season 4 where Twilight got a castle, and last season where Twilight got a pupil.

This is definitely my favorite episode of season 6 and while it wasn’t the best season it still had good episodes. I’m still looking forward to season 7 and the feature length movie (not Equestia Girls related) next year. 🙂

Verdict:
+Starlight and her group
+Change of formula
+Return of Queen Crysalis
+Ties episodes of Season 6 together
– Mane 6 are demoted to extra
– No real change in show like last seasons
– No finishing song

Score: A

Voltron: Legendary Defender Review

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Voltron: Legendary Defender is a remake of the famous anime Voltron.  Five boys find five lion robots that combine into one giant robot. Now they must work together to fight evil.  It’s a simple though a little too familiar story.

The animation is great and helps make the action incredible. Most of the people working on this show worked on Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. It clearly shows because the character designs make it  look like there characters from Avatar and Korra.

The characters are also good. I like how the lions represent the characters. Though the villain is just a generic take over the world type of villain and even the witch is just a generic witch character. I was very surprised finding out that Pidge was actually a girl. At first you’d think oh he’s played by an actress well so is Bart Simpson, but then it actually is a hint that Pidge is a female. When I saw the picture she had I thought it was Pidge and “his” girlfriend. Then it turns out that it’s her brother. I liked the flashbacks of how she came to be what she is now.

A problem I have is that the season ends on a cliffhanger. It’s not a bad cliffhanger, it just felt like an ending to the second to last episode of the season.

Despite the cliffhanger, Voltron is a fun action cartoon that get’s us excited for next season.

Verdict:
+Great Animation
+Action
+Good characters
+Pidge twist
-Familiar story
-Uninteresting villain
-Cliffhanger

Score: 7.8

Steven Universe In Too Deep Part 4 Review

Steven Universe In Too Deep has finally come to a close. I think Peridot’s smile from Barn Mates sums up my feelings about this episode. The episode continues from where Barn Mates ended. Five rubies pop out of the spaceship and decide to search for the leader of the Earth mission in the barn. Steven tells them to play a baseball game so that they can enter the barn if they win.

The chemistry between Ruby and Sapphire takes a new level of sweet which becomes a problem for baseball team. The scene where Sapphire runs home to Ruby is adorable (Come to ME!). I also enjoyed the 5 rubies. They have different and enjoyable personalities. I loved watching the gems play off each other and the comedy also really helps. I like how it turns out that the Rubies were just looking for Jasper which kind of shows how little importance peridots have on Homeworld.

This is one of my favorite episodes of the show now. I’d probably place this as my second favorite episode.

Verdict:
+ Ruby and Sapphire
+ The 5 rubies
+ The Comedy
+ Gems playing baseball
+ Ending twist

Score: 9.5

 

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-