Monday, December 25, 2017

Review: Justice League "Comfort and Joy"

Looking back on it, Batman and Wonder Woman are probably missing from this episode because he's an eternal Grinch and she's... well, a Pagan. She probably doesn't see much point in the holiday celebrating Jesus' birth when she can go hang out with Zeus and Hermes.

Still, you have to wonder how they spent the holidays.

I have a pet theory.

Recap: Justice League "Comfort and Joy"

December is the perfect time for peace and togetherness, and not just because we're all huddling together for warmth.

Sure, it's summer in the Southern Hemisphere, meaning those of you down there might not be huddling together for warmth... and okay, not everybody celebrates Christmas, or Kwanzaa, or Hannukah, or Festivus....

But gosh darn it, we shouldn't need an excuse to appreciate the people we care about. And when the calendar outright gives us an excuse to come together in peace and friendship with the rest of humanity... well, I can't think of any reason not to take the opportunity and spend time with loved ones.

And... well, it has been a difficult couple of years for many of us, hasn't it?

I know it's not much, but I'd like to dedicate this Recap and Review to any and all people out there who need a friend right now, whether you be black, white, green, blue, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Pagan, Jedi, Pastafarian, pantheist, atheist, straight, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, cisgender, transgender, Republican, Democrat, or anything else.

Happy holidays, God bless us every one, live long and prosper, may the Force be with you, and may the odds ever be in your favor.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: Doctor Who "The Shakespeare Code"

Alright, before I review this episode, I'm going to address the elephant in the room that only fans of the Classic Series noticed. It's a pretty small elephant, all things concerned.

In "Planet of Evil," the Fourth Doctor claimed to have met a young Shakespeare and told him "There's no point in talking if you've got nothing to say."

As I understand it, Gareth Roberts wrote a line or two into "The Shakespeare Code" to acknowledge this, but they ended up getting cut out because, apparently, most viewers aren't obsessing over dialogue from an old Fourth Doctor episode. Which I find pretty amusing, since the two-parter story "The Magician's Apprentice"/"The Witch's Familiar" was pretty much based on dialogue from an old Fourth Doctor episode.

Oh, the Russell T. Davies Era. It seems so strange that there was a time in the show's modern history when references to the Classic Series were almost... taboo. These days, the writers say "I'm putting an Alpha Centauri cameo in this episode! I don't care if no one in the audience has seen 'The Curse of Peladon'!" To say nothing of this year's Christmas special, which will be a team up with the First Doctor that takes place during the final First Doctor serial, apparently.

But I'm getting off track. Shakespeare!

...Actually, let's get back off track real quick.

Recap: Doctor Who "The Shakespeare Code"

Now that's a 2007 episode title if ever I saw one! According to David Tennant's video diary, the working title was "Theatre of Doom," which I guess riffs on the second Indiana Jones film, rather than 2006's then-culturally-relevant The Da Vinci Code.

That's like if, next year, they end up giving Jodie Whittaker an episode called "War for the Planet of the Ood," or "Time Wars: The Last Time Lord."

Also, I would love it to no end if there were an episode called "War for the Planet of the Ood."

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Review: Teen Titans Go! "Hey Pizza!"

Before I actually Review this episode, I'd like to ask you something real quick.

What would you say the A-plot for the episode is? Robin's dilemma over building a pool or a senior center? Or Beast Boy/Cyborg's quest to con the pizza place?

Because I always assumed that Robin's plot was the main plot here, with the pizza shenanigans serving as a B-plot. So I was always confused as to why the episode was named after its B-plot.After all, Robin's plot definitively starts first, and arguably ends last, with the pizza stuff sandwiched in between alternate Robin scenes.

And that's when I timed this episode.

The pool plot only lasts about 4 minutes, while the pizza plot lasts about 5 minutes and 21 seconds, even though most of that time is made up of montage.. Which I guess explains why the episode is named after the pizza plot.

But I think this serves to highlight the fact that this episode is structurally weird, as far as episodes of Teen Titans Go!.... go.

Recap: Teen Titans Go! "Hey Pizza!"

Beast Boy and Cyborg try to slow down the pizza guy to take advantage of their "30 minutes or it's free" deal.

Boom. I've said all I need to say. The episode is pretty much exactly what you'd expect this show to do with that premise.

It's common knowledge by this point that "Meatball Party" was the moment where the writers realized how off-the-wall they could make these episodes. And if you ask me, I'd say that "Hey Pizza!" represents some of the inside-the-box thinking they were finding themselves doing for a bit.

Inside the pizza box, perhaps?

...Yeah, I really reached for that one.