Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: Teen Titans Go! "Ghost Boy"

In my opinion, this episode marks the moment where the Titans' sociopathic tendencies are truly born.

Recap: Teen Titans Go! "Ghost Boy"

One of the things about Teen Titans Go! that some take issue with is the Titans' modified personalities. Their personalities changed on an individual level, to be sure, but every Titan went through one specific change together: They're sociopaths now.

The dictionary describes a sociopath as "a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial behavior and a lack of conscience.." And over the course of about 200 episodes so far, this would seem to describe each Titan to a degree, some more than others.

Now, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I don't automatically hate this change in the characters. If somebody were inclined to do a comedic spin on the Teen Titans, then antisocial, conscience-impaired behavior isn't necessarily a bad way to go about it. Sociopathy is a staple of comedy. I mean, who among us didn't at least chuckle when the Joker made that pencil disappear? Heck, just look at Deadpool. And no matter how far back you go, you can find examples of humor that rely on a protagonist who doesn't care about others' wellbeing. George Costanza. Edmund Blackadder. Bugs Bunny.

On the other hand, if a character is improperly characterized... well, nobody's going to root for a character who simply comes across as an unlikable meany-face jerk-pants.

Watching Bugs Bunny take Elmer Fudd down a peg? That's funny.

Watching George Costanza's petty little machinations? That's funny.

Watching somebody take advantage of another person's innocent trust simply because he woke up and decided to be an ass to anyone and everyone?

That's "Ghost Boy."

Saturday, November 4, 2017

November Update

Gonna be taking a couple weeks off for real life stuff.

Will return with new recaps of a show I haven't covered in a while.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: Goosebumps "Werewolf Skin"

Sorry, I can't really be bothered to say something snarky here. I googled "skin" to try and come up with jokes on the title of this two-parter, and I got some horrifying news stories to instantly pop up, from some lady with worms under her skin to a guy who got the skin on his arm bitten off.

So my mind is occupied with trying to not think about skin. Although I must say that these two episodes all of a sudden seem a lot tamer...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Recap: "Goosebumps" Werewolf Skin, Part 2

Now, you might be thinking at this point that it's pretty ironic for a town called Wolf Creek to have a werewolf problem. And you'd be wrong. "Ironic" means "the opposite of what's expected."

If Wolf Creek had a vampire problem, that would be ironic.

If a Goosebumps episode ended without an ironic twist, that would, ironically, be ironic due to the absence of irony... which would then mean that it didn't end ironically, so....

Oh, dear, I've gone cross-eyed.

Happy Halloween! Have a scary day!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Recap: "Goosebumps" Werewolf Skin, Part 1

Readers, for Halloween this year, I'd like to welcome you to the final werewolf story to be adapted into a Goosebumps episode. And ironically, the first one I'm going over. And like "The Werewolf of Fever Swamp," this one's a two-parter.

Full-body werewolf costumes are expensive, I guess. Gotta get your money's worth.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Recap: Doctor Who "The Face of Evil" Episode 1

Today, the Doctor goes someplace and causes more of a stir than usual. And when you consider that the Doctor usually upheaves six civilizations before breakfast on your average day, that's really saying something. Of course, you have to keep in mind that a "day" is a very arbitrary concept when time travel is involved.

Time is an illusion. Breakfast time doubly so.