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Review – The Cape – Kozmo (S01Ep03)

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Actually, it is part of my contract that I have to show how bendy I am in every show. You will see me get bendy and kick butt soon. You can call me The Curtain!

This week:
The previous owner of The Cape’s Cape wants it back. We find out about Max. Oh mysterious, hot blogger with unsuspected family history (if unsuspected means “dead obvious from the first few moments we meet her”) you get bendy. Vince’s wife thinks she can prove his innocence. ARK gets all sneaky. Chess doesn’t get dressed up. Good triumphs over evil.

Pluses:
At least we got to see some Rolo again.

Minuses:
Oh the Cape feeds of the darkness in men’s souls – OH NOES!
Orwell on the back of a mini bike – seriously who rides like that.
Such obvious plot twists and turns I felt almost offended by how dumb the show thought I must be.

The Cape is officially on notice. Only two more eps and I can be free of it I think. It still has no clue what kind of show it is. The plots is painful, the dialogue worse. I guess actors have to pay their mortgage somehow. This is a train wreck of epic proportions and I think it is wrong to watch a show for schadenfreude. I do hope it gets its act together as there are brief moments of potential, very brief moments.

#onenoncapewearingpanda

Review – The Cape – Tarot (S01Ep02)

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Hi there Mr International Assassin. How are you? Did you know I kick arse in a skirt?

This week:
Toby Zeigler now works in local council in Palm City and is opposing the privatisation of the prison system by ARK. Flemming puts a hit on Toby. We meet the organisation Tarot. The Cape has to save the day, with some help of the “mysterious” blogger Orwell.

Pluses:
It wasn’t as bad as the pilot.
It is always nice to see Richard Schiff on the teev.
Tease to a secret crime organisation who all seem to have obvious tattoos.
Fun seeing The Cape getting his arse kicked.

Minuses:
Apparently The Cape can draw on the darkness in mens souls. Riiight.
What a waste of Schiff.
Ridiculousness of The Cape’s magical abilities.
Poison tolerance.

This was a shown in the US back to back with the pilot. I can’t imagine why they would choose to do that. They are two distinct, stand alone eps. Maybe they thought it people just saw the pilot they wouldn’t come back. This is going to sound weird, but even with super heroes there is some level of believability to their actions. This has none. The character of Orwell is so blatantly involved/related to XXX it is insane. Do they really think that their audience is that dumb… well given the writing, maybe.

#twopandasjust

Review – The Cape – Pilot (S01Ep01)

Monday, January 17th, 2011

You think I look silly now? You should see me in my mask too!

Synopsis:
Good cop gets framed for being criminal master mind. Hangs out with circus folk who also rob banks with furry woodland creatures. Determined to clear his name and reassure his family he isn’t a super villain with stupid contact lenses. Thankfully, he has a cape and a hot blogging side kick!

This week:
Oh noes! The man I am supposed to protect just blew up! I don’t trust the police force I am a part of, so I will join a private police force.  Betrayl! Oh look! Carni folk! The Cape gets a cape. Takes on villains.

Pluses:
Just proof that all female bloggers are super hot and very rich!
Ridiculously bad. Like watching a train wreck, you can’t look away.
James Frain when he isn’t trying to be stupid. This character of Peter Flemming is actually incredibly interesting – him being a super villain ruins it. (oh and it isn’t a spoiler – you are told this like 10 mins in)
Rollo.
The Cape getting his arse kicked.

Minuses:
Really? Those contacts?
Atrocious acting.
The most stupid stunts you will see for a long time.
What a waste of a guest star.
I sang “Too Hot for a Hoodie” to myself through the entire episode.
Ridiculous plot.

This show needs to work out if it is going to be superhero twee or a crime fighting procedural (as I read it was intended, just that it happened to have a super hero) or a scifi show (which I read some up coming episodes will be). I think the Australian channels are wisely hanging onto their cash to see how it goes before signing up for this show. Then again, No Ordinary Family was terrible, and it rates well each week.

#oneandahalfpseudocrimefightingpandas

Review – Community – Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

The Great Christmas Wizard here to get a paper published, I mean help Abed.

This week:
Abed sees the world in stop motion animation and even sings and dances. Christmas songs. Real HumBugs. A world where the atmosphere is 7% cinnamon.  Home truths. Friends coming together.

Pluses:
John Oliver guesting again.
The representations of each of the characters and their meanings.
The meaning of Christmas!
Sad, Sad Christmas Song.
Christmas Wizard.
“Troy and Abed in Stop Motion!”
Pearce’s squeaking whenever he took a step.

Minuses:
It was enjoyable but 20 mins of stop motion was plenty.
No StarBurns.

Overall, it was everything you want a Christmas episode to be. Everyone learnt something, realised the importance of something and used a pterodactyl to get rid of what you don’t want.

And may I just say I rule for getting the spelling of pterodactyl right on my first try without even having to look it up!

#fourpandas

Review – Community – Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Learning, Reading and other courses for credit for Greendale's night classes

This week:
When a lie becomes truth and all truth becomes lies. Pillow fort of gigantic proportions. Professor S. Professorson. Britta in a den in iniquity. Best chase scene ever.

Pluses:
Everything from the moment it started to the last second of the closing credits.
So many brilliant lines, infact there has been a lot of quoting going on today in twitter.
Said chase scene.
Toy guns.
Zing, double zing, triple zing, quadruple zing.
Seriously just everything this week was brilliant.

You know it was a killer episode when your twitter has this sort of ongoing conversation that is too long to screen grab.

Negatives:
Not a single thing comes to mind.

From brilliant lines, comebacks, to set pieces and the end credits, this episode is now up there with the bestest ever in Community. I can’t believe they managed to get Annie a gun, let alone say “Annie’s got a gun!” The bar has been reset on what can be done in a primetime sitcom, and we have finally seen the allocation of the mythical and mystical #fivepandas. In other news, Community is going to be up against Idol in the States – but I think we are safe, because only people with brains watch Community – so totally a different market to that of Idol.

#fivepandas

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Review – Community – Cooperative Calligraphy

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

It's called a Bottle Episode, Troy.

 

This week:
We learn what a bottle episode is. Clothes come off. Slim Jims are in the most unusual places. Real feelings under the surface simmer up. Annie’s Boobs.

Pluses:
Excellent dynamic of the cast – was great to see the alliances change so fast.
Brutal comments in self defense.
Annie’s Boobs.
Puppies!
Puppies!
Puppies!
Troy putting two and two together.
Puppy Parade.
Did I mention there were puppies?

Minuses:
No Starburns.

This was a fantastic little episode, with some brilliant tie ins to previous episodes and each character was themselves, but amped up to 11. It was really fantastic to see what can be achieved with dialogue and good acting. Dan Harmon is my hero.

#fourandahalfpandas
SPOILER
Apparently you can see the moment that the pen goes astray (when the Dean comes in the first time) but I can’t catch it.

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SPOILER TWO: Thanks to Simon for this link to the exact moment of the incident!

Review – Community – Aerodynamics of Gender

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

What do you mean my makeup stops at my chin!?!?

This week:
Abed becomes what can only be describe as RoboCop of girls’ self confidence. Troy and Jeff discover the Bounce. Pearce spoils everything. Nazism.

Pluses:
Loved the whole “Secret Garden” thing when Troy first encounters it.
Abed’s “assessment” program.
All girls really are bitches.
The return of the status quo was wonderfully done.
End gag with StarBurns.
Lots of awesome Chang moments.

Minuses:
I didn’t really get the whole bounce thing – it must be an analogy for something or a twist on another show which I didn’t get. Was it for smoking weed out the back of the classroom or something?
Pearce wasn’t even his endearingly annoying self and therefore Chase wasn’t given the opportunity to be funny.

This was a fun episode but the two plot lines didn’t really mesh for me – I loved the Abed one, but the Jeff and Troy one didn’t resonate or even make me laugh – other than the maze joke during a montage at the end. It is still a fantastic show, but the bar is so high now (I feel like I say this a lot) that anything less than a stellar ep leaves me unsatisfied and anticipating next week.

#threepandas
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Review – Community – Epidemiology

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Go on... pick up something again, oh great Dragon Turtle!

This week:
Toxic tacos. Zombies. The end of days. Flying cat. Awesome costumes. ABBA. 6 hour response.

Pluses:
Alien (heck there was even a cat – and I so wanna see the outtakes of the cat wrangler trying to throw that cat!).
Last man standing.
The Dean’s playlist.
Believable  (within the world of Community).
PokerFace.
StarBurns!
Chang!
Jeff cool – always.
Human Centipede.

Minuses:
Trying to think what I didn’t like…

Let’s be honest, the bar is so high for Community that even a great episode like this one pales in comparison  to greats like Modern Warfare. That being said, there were a lot of very clever moments, and they got away with a lot! I wonder what the future will be for Shirley… Will Troy tell?

#fourpandas
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Review – Community – Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples (aka ABED)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

ABED - All Caps!

 

This week:
YouTube and AutoTune. Pearce goes petulant teen. Abed makes a movie. God works in mysterious ways.

Pluses:
The ep goes for 21mins 1sec – all of that time!
End gag was great and a twist on the norm.
Chase finally gets the opportunity to actually be funny.
Awesome subplots.
Meta!
Almost every line was one you wanted to remember to repeat later.
Jesus rap!

Minuses:
Nada – I just wish it went longer.

So just how good was this week’s ep? ABED trended on Twitter. My stream alone had ABED lines and fandom and it is 95% Australian. The last couple of eps I have said – MORE ABED! This week I got it, and then some. I loved how this ep didn’t focus on Britta and Jeff. Great play on the cult of personality and Hollywood’s obsession with itself. Up there for three way tie now on my fav ep of Community. I know I keep saying it – but Community really is the best show on TV you aren’t watching.

#fourandahalfpandas

Review – Community – Basic Rocket Science

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Community Basic Rocket Science

Yes, we simulated many things while on our mission...

This week:
Oh noes, Greendale is under threat from evil City College. BOMBOMBOMMMMMM! Space simulators. Space simulator simulators. Claustrophobia. Set a course for delicious! Questioned loyalties. Friendship wins out. Oh and an arse flag.

Pluses:
Slo-Mo
Some great movie clichés, eg how the person meant to be on the mission has to stay behind and ends up helping the mission succeed.
Awesome end credit gag.
Arse flag.
Map gag – thumbs up!
Britta and Troy?

Minuses:
Not enough Abed.
Too much going on.
Pearce (Chase) not really given room to show talent.

Just writing my synopsis I was thinking – wow that sounds funny. It was, kinda, but again just too much going on for it really to gel. Even with a less than “stellar” episode of Community again, it is still the funniest thing on TV after The Vampire Diaries – only difference is Community is designed to be funny.

#twoandahalfpandas which is waaaaay better than #twoandahalfmen will ever be.