Monday, April 28, 2014

Adventure Time blogs: Big-Time Catch-up!

So I finally sat down and caught up with...  most of the episodes of Adventure Time up to this point.  It's been something I've really been procrastinating on, and I wanted to get down to it, since I've been trying to beat Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (which yeah, isn't really that good, but I at least appreciate what it's trying to do...  plus it contains a piece of canon information that I want to know).  Hopefully I'll try to stay on top of new episodes after this.

I feel bad because I went all details with Red Throne, but now I'm back to general summaries since I'm marathoning this.  Hopefully I'll get across everything I wanted to talk about while keeping it short.

Oh, and uh, spoilers ahead, obviously.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Friendship is Magic season 4 blogs: Trade Ya

Saw Trade Ya earlier today.  I definitely had a lot to nitpick about while watching it, but I don't think it's that bad...  from a neutral perspective.  The ending definitely felt way too corny and wishy-washy for my tastes.  It's not like I don't expect the series to be like that, but...  there's a difference between genuine emotion in writing and half-hearted, ham-handed corny stuff that don't feel believable.  Family Guy falls into this trap quite frequently, it pulls the rug from under the audience so frequently, and the characters act so horrible to one-another that I can't be invested when they try to act nice once in a while.  Obviously this episode doesn't got that far, and I can't put my finger on why I don't like it...  Hell, I'm not even sure if I like it or not, I just know that the nitpick train's in town and I'm the conductor this time.

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Thoughts on the Super Smash Bros. Direct

Alright, so...  This past Tuesday, there was a special Super Smash Bros.-themed Nintendo Direct, in which a lot of things were revealed for the new Super Smash Bros. games for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.  I've have a lot of time to collect my thoughts on it, and since I have a LOT of thoughts on it, I figured I'd post about it on my blog!  I've also been arguing my thoughts on what I saw on Facebook and the like, so there's that.  Either way, I feel like now I can finally say what I thought about what I saw in it.  BTW, for anyone who hasn't seen it, you can watch it here:

So I guess I should start by saying I at first found it rather underwhelming, mostly because what was implied about a character I really wanted to see playable and the newcomer they revealed at the end.  I'll explain further when I get to those parts, but I'll just say that now I feel a lot better about the Direct then I originally did...  though still kind of off.  Anyway, let's begin...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Friendship is Magic season 4 blog: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

Right, so I watched Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3 after watching last week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which, along with this week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is tied in with what happens in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  That, coupled the Super Smash Bros.-themed Nintendo Direct later today, gives me a lot to think about so it's hard to concentrate on this episode.  I will say that I enjoyed it, for the most part, but I don't know if I necessarily like it.  Hard to say, with a lot going on in my mind, though I don't want to say it's bad or I didn't like it because that's not true, though part of me isn't completely on-board with it...

I just want to say, throughout this entire episode, the one thing I was constantly thinking about (aside from how awesome it is that I'm hearing how the Wonderbolts were formed) was The Simpsons episode "Bart Gets an F", and any of you who've seen that episode know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.  I'll guess I'll go into further detail when I go down the line.

So sorry if my recap is a bit jumbled or if I don't explain myself well enough, bear with me for anyone that's reading this.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Friendship is Magic season 4 blogs: Leap of Faith

God dammit I hate my procrastinating nature.  I had a big list of things I want to get done, watching this episode and commenting on it being one of them, but now it's so late...  But I don't want to put this off any longer, not only because I want to comment on the episode before it gets too close to the next one, but also because I have a busy day tomorrow, so I won't have much time to talk about it then!

But yeah, I saw Leap of Faith earlier this afternoon, and even though it's around midnight while writing this, I want to get this out there, so here I go, my thoughts on the episode!

But first, Josh Haber.  Josh Haber is an interesting writer...  in that there's nothing all that interesting about the episodes he writes.  With the exception of writers who have only written one or two episodes, and other newbie writers this season, most of the writers for this show have distinct styles which makes it easy for one to tell who wrote it just by looking at what happened in that episode.  The vibe I get from Josh Haber's three episodes this season, including this one, is "meh".  Not bad, but not very good either.  The only one I really liked was Simple Ways, and it had almost nothing to do with his writing.  Hell, I actually found that episode's writing rather annoying, I'll be honest.  Same goes for Castle Mane-ia; no Castlevania references at all outside of the title, plus a slightly contrived set-up, mentioning the star spiders twice at the beginning, leading you to expect them to be relevant only for them to never be mentioned again, all meant to be a shout-out to Scooby-Doo, which...  okay?  Yeah, that's what hard about talking about his episodes, for as much as I like to nitpick about them, they're not bad, like there's nothing atrocious about them, and he CERTAINLY never made me angry the way Dave Polsky, Merriweather Williams, or even Amy Keating Rogers did.  there were parts that annoyed me, but they were never frustrating to watch.  They're frustrating to talk about, in that I have to begrudgingly say they aren't bad while simultaneously being incredibly unsatisfied with the results.  This seems to be a major problem with critics that I've seen, they come across something that's either mediocre or average, and they have a hard time explaining what's good and bad about it, as opposed to something that's just wholly bad or wholly good.

In the case of this episode, yeah, it's not bad, but there's not much that I particularly like about it.  I found a lot more to complain about then I did to actually praise, though that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad.  Yeah, I give other writers a hard time for similar complaints, though that's because I either have a vendetta against them or they've shown to be inadequate writers (to me, anyway) and I hope they improve as time goes on.  With Josh Haber, there's nothing I can really comment on when it comes to improvement, other then incredibly nitpicky details.  So forgive me for being incredibly petty with my "in-depth" overview of this episode, as I totally respect Josh Haber as a...  decent writer, I guess I'll call it.