"Generator Rex: Volume One": There Are Some Gems in this Scrap Heap

Generator Rex is far more intriguing than a show of its quality has any right to be. It gets a depressing number of things wrong, but at the end of the nine episodes on this set, I found myself wondering what would happen next and, by extension, caring about the people in it. This is […]

"'Twas the Night Before Christmas": Unexpected Gifts

Rankin-Bass is widely acknowledged as the prime source for all your corny-Christmas-special-related needs, but their few really famous films, like Rudolph and Frosty, tend to overshadow some surprisingly decent ones. This sadly short featurette is a prime example of that, and it’s a shame that it isn’t better known. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part Two": Focus, People!

The second part of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood can be a frustrating watch. It contains many episodes that deal with original material, which seems to have made the show into its own thing after thirteen episodes of rushed recapping, balanced with a few episodes that are still feeling the effects of said recap. The treatment is […]

"Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment": Buy It for the Extra Bits

Family Guy is a show that has made a name for itself by crossing every line imaginable, so an episode that apparently finally went too far and got itself banned from US television (or at least from FOX) is going to attract some attention. In a masterful money-making maneuver, the controversial episode in question, Partial […]

"Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare": It'll Doo

Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare is the best Scooby-Doo DTV I’ve seen in a while. It perfectly captures everything that made the TV show work, while still having a scale that makes the whole exercise worthwhile. It’s one of the only modern Scooby ventures I’ve seen that successfully modernizes the franchise, which has always been very much […]

"The Pirates of Dark Water": Avast, Ahoy, and All Aboard!

With its beautifully drawn monsters and bold, evocative landscapes, The Pirates of Dark Water drew me in. This was not an uncommon feature of “high fantasy” shows from the eighties and early nineties—it seems to have been one of He-Man’s main claims to fame—but Pirates distinguishes itself even among its contemporaries. It’s not very well […]

"Courage the Cowardly Dog": Nobody Here But Us Chickens

Courage the Cowardly Dog plays out basically like a combination of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and Lemmings. The title character is a pink dog of predictable temperament. He lives in “The Middle of Nowhere” (“Nowhere” here is both a noun and an adjective) with his elderly owners, Muriel and Eustace Bagge. Muriel is kind, Eustace […]

"Soul Eater" Parts 3 & 4: Well, This Bites!

How is it possible for a show to fall from “great” to “mediocre” so fast? Soul Eater Part Two ended in the middle of a fight scene, and the show’s collapse in quality begins mere minutes after the same scene is picked up in Part Three. According to Wikipedia, it is during these episodes that […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" Part 1: The Boys Are Back in Town (Sorta)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood certainly has big shoes to fill. It is the second adaptation of one of the most popular manga of all time, whose first adaptation is also one of the most popular anime of all time. The first anime caught up with the comic too quickly, and famously split off from its source […]

"Total Drama World Tour: Walk Like an Egyptian" Walks Tall

Total Drama is a franchise that constantly amazes me: Against all odds, it manages to be good. I enjoyed the first season immensely despite a myriad of problems, including predictable jokes, one-dimensional protagonists, and an extremely poor style of animation. Now, after missing most of the second season, I come back to a show that […]

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