Sunday, April 22, 2012

Avatar: The Legend of Korra: Nostalgia Reborn

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative purposes only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously. This review is more of an initial impressions rather than a full review.*

When you think of TV shows and spinoffs/sequels, your probably think of pieces of crap or that they're mediocre. Normally, you would be correct, however, this is about an exception to that expectation. The Legend of Korra is one heck of an amazing TV show and I can say that it faithfully stays true to the original series.

I can tell you now; it's worth watching.

At the time of writing and publishing this, there have only been three episodes aired so this is more of a first impression review rather than a whole view as stated earlier. Even though that's the case, I feel that these episodes are good omens of what's to come. If you've never seen the original Avatar series, don't fret. You can still jump into the show.
My question then becomes; why on Earth haven't
watched the original series?

This series takes place about seventy years after the events of the original Avatar series ended. While there is no longer any war(s) between the fire nation and the other elemental tribes (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water), there is now tension between those who can bend these elements and those who can't. When I say bend, I mean control these elements to a certain extent. These non benders feel as though they are being treated as second class citizens and now are demanding for change and equality. The Avatar is the only person in this universe who can bend all four elements and is supposed to bring balance between the four different tribes.
Fairly simple concept.


Korra (voiced by Janet Varney) is the Avatar reincarnated. She's a very stubborn and rebellious individual despite the job description of being the Avatar. In many ways, she's someone you can relate to even if you're not a girl. Or someone who can't bend all four elements. Or one.

She's awesome. 

Mako (voiced by David Faustino) is a firebender on what is known as a professional bending team called the Fire Ferrets. He's calm and collected most of the time. 

He's an okay guy by my standards.

Bolin (voiced by P.J. Bryne) is the earth bender on the Fire Ferrets and the brother to Mako. It's very clear he and his brother are close. Bolin can be best described as a easy going guy and a fairly happy guy too.

He's funny to watch, too.

Tenzin (voiced by J.K. Simmons) is the youngest son of the last Avatar (Aang). He's is a calm and fairly traditional in the sense that he has that old man kind of personality and he kind of is one. 

He doesn't have gray hair, yet.
Yet.

Amon (voiced by Steven Blum) is the the leader of the non-bender revolution. He knows how to give a speech, is very reclusive, and wears a mask to hide his face. While he cannot bend any elements...well...you'll see for yourself why he's the main antagonist. Hint: He's evil.

I don't know if anyone has told him, but
facial expressions are nice if you're giving a speech.

While this isn't a complete list of all the characters, these are the major ones to look out for. 

So, what do I think of this show? Well, you already know the answer; I. LOVE. IT. The writing is fantastic, the animation is eye-catching and jaw-dropping, and the voice acting is perfect. There are a few jokes here and there that children won't get, but some if not most teens and almost all adults should get and laugh at. Go watch it. Now.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Clone High: MTV makes me sad

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative purposes only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously.*

When you think MTV and their line up of shows, you probably think of shows like 16 and Pregnant and Jersey Shore. Of course, common knowledge is that these are terrible shows and they are terrible. However, back in 2002, there was an animated show that was soon forgotten despite how much of an amazing show it was. That show was Clone High.

Plain, but it didn't have to be flashy.


The show...well, I think the show's intro speaks for itself really...

No caption needed. Except for this one. 

Basically (if you didn't understand the intro), a bunch of famous historical people were cloned and are now teenagers put into a special high school for only them.

Abe Lincoln (voiced by Will Forte) is the main character and your average slightly socially awkward teen. There isn't much to say. It's Abraham Lincoln. You should know who he is.

No top hat included.

Joan of Arc (voiced by Nicole Sullivan) is Abe's near and dear friend. She's your average teen goth just with more intelligence. She's also got a huge crush on Abe, but Abe is completely obvious to it. 

No voices from God included.
Sort of.

Gandhi (voiced by Michael McDonald) is another close friend of Abe's. Despite where the original DNA came from, Gandhi is a party animal and not really a peace activist

He's also a funny character.

Cleopatra (voiced by Christa Miller) is the one that Abe has a huge crush on. She can be summarized in one word: bitch. It shouldn't be a surprise that she's also on the cheerleading team. 

You'll both hate her and 
laugh at her.

J.F.K (voiced by Chris Miller) is the typical jock of the school. He's arrogant, unintelligent, and very funny to listen to. 
Let the headshot jokes commence.

Principal Scudworth (voiced by Phil Lord) is the scientist you saw in the intro digging up the bodies from their graves. He's the principle of the school and is always trying to somehow use the clones for his own entertainment and gain. 

Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), 
he's crazy.

Mr. Butlertron (voiced by Chris Miller) is the robot butler to Principal Scudworth. Unlike his master, he's not crazy.
He's also fairly funny as well.

So, with a cast of characters almost entirely composed of historical figures, how could this show only last one season? Yes, only one season. I mean, it had witty and smart humor, witty dialogue, and Bill Lawrence (the guy responsible for the hit TV show "Srcubs") as an executive producer. Well, it was because all of the episodes were aired out of order as well as different times. The show times were never consistent

The sadness...It will never leave me.

All in all, this show was amazing even though it didn't last very long and was soon forgotten. If you understand and know history, the people in it, and what it's like to be in high school, you'll probably get every single joke and laugh. A lot. It's show definitely worth checking out. All the episodes should be on YouTube for your enjoyment. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Terra Nova: Survival of who gets canceled last

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative purposes only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously.*

I am I am typing this, I have just finished watching Terra Nova. This show, honestly, has given me mixed feelings. On one hand, it was a pretty good show, but on the other, some of the writing left something to be desired. Also, Fox killed the show. Big surprise, but not really.

It was like a small bowl of bland oatmeal. 

The basic concept of Terra Nova is that the future (2149 to be exact) is essentially what every environmentalist fears. The world has become polluted and the air practically unbreathable forcing everyone to use rebreathers. Not only is the Earth's atmosphere fubar, but there is of course overpopulation. Because of that, there are only two children allowed for each household. 

Yes, that's what the Earth in 2149 looks like from 
outer space according to the show.

After scientists discovered a rift in space and time, they turned into a way for humanity to start again by colonizing this new place. This rift actually points to a different time stream than the current one and it goes back to the late Cretaceous or about 85 million years into the past. The show focuses on the Shannon family who have been picked to go to what are known as "pilgrimages" to the colony named "Terra Nova". Of course, not everything is the paradise it seems.

Looks kind of like this, but not really.

Of course the obvious problems being dinosaurs, but there is also a group called "Sixers" are people who came through on the sixth pilgrimage and separated from the colony. I'm not going to spoil their reason for doing so. Just watch and see for yourself. 
Kind of sums it up. Kind of.

James "Jim" Shannon (played by Jason O'Mara) was a cop in Chicago in 2149, but was arrested for having a third child. He's a likable character, a dedicated father, and overall, a likable character. There's really not a lot that can be said about him other than that. 

He's a pretty cool guy.

Dr. Elisabeth Shannon (played by Shelley Conn) is the wife of James and the mother of their children. She is a very smart and skilled doctor/surgeon. She's basically why her family got to Terra Nova because the colony needed someone with her skills there. Also, she's English.

Not bad for someone who's had three kids.

Mira (played by Christine Adams) is the leader of the Sixers. Not going to say much about her other than that you both hate her and also be sympathetic with her. It depends on the episode.

She's a tough one.

Skye Alexandria Tate (played by Allison Miller) is one of a few people who has been with the colony since the fifth pilgrimage. She's a nice person and other than that, there's not much that can be said without spoiling anything.
She's a lot older than you think she is.

Josh Shannon (played by Landon Liboiron) is the oldest and only son of James Shannon. He's an okay character, but I really didn't grow too attached to him. He's kind of the angsty teen at first, but luckily, there is character development

Not that great of a character,

Maddy Shannon (played by Naomi Scott) is the oldest daughter of the Shannon family. She's the stereotypical intelligent teen who is socially awkward. She's an alright character, but in all honesty, it's not much of a character. She almost becomes an annoyance

Meh.

Zoe Shannon (played by Alana Mansour) is the youngest out of all the Shannon children at five years old. She's just a kid and really, doesn't play much of a role. 

She's basically a background character
at the most, in my opinion.

Dr. Malcolm Wallace (played by Rod Hallett) is the chief science officer/director for Terra Nova. He's actually a pretty likable character and not too shabby of a character, especially later on. There's not much else I can say other than that.
He's also one smart cookie. You should've guessed
that when it said "chief science officer/director".

Commander Nathaniel Taylor (played by Stephen Lang) is the leader and the first person to step though the rift. Basically, he's a badass. He's got a long history behind him and most of it being his military career. You really hear a lot about his past throughout the show which, I like. Really, I think most people will like him just because he's badass. 
A.k.a the stereotypical grizzled war veteran

So, with Steven Spielberg as an executive producer to the show and with the concept it has, how could this show only last one season? Well, it was just too damn expensive. That and ratings weren't that great. Between the cost of the CGI, props, sets, and extras that were used, I'm not surprised the show was expensive to make and really, no one else should. 

Remember kids; it's money that makes the
world go round, not love.

Another flaw the show had was the writing and the delivery of some of the lines. Some of the jokes and lines just seemed forced and sometimes dry. Sure, it's not the writers fault alone, but it's still there and it's still something that bothered me about the show. There have been talks about giving the show to another network, but I honestly feel it would just become even more of failure it does get rebooted on a new network.
It's a stupid gamble that just isn't worth it.

One other problem it had was it's scientific accuracy. Sure, it's only TV and such, but some of the stuff in the show was either inaccurate or something speculative. In one episode, there was what appeared to be a 
Spinosaurus, but there is something very wrong with that. What's wrong? Spinosaurus did not exist in the late Cretaceous period which is the time the show takes place in. Oops.

Wrong time period buddy. Why don't you 
do everyone a favor and be extinct for about 10 million years before
show takes place?


All in all, it's not that bad of a show, but I feel it had so much potential behind it. I honestly don't want it to comeback even though there are some unanswered questions. I just want the show to rest as is. What's my final verdict? Watch it if you're into this kind of thing, but don't expect to be blown away or amazed.