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Good on the original creators and all, I'm sure we're all eager to see what ideas didn't make the cut over "Jubilee's Fairy Tale Theater," but I'm just blown away at the idea of a creative enterprise with nigh unto infinite resources saying "What if we just did the thing from 30 years ago?" But, it solidly answers my questions of how a notoriously chaste organization is going to bring something as freaky and deaky as X-Men into today.

Gen: Lock season 2 is out. The world suddenly got bigger and darker with a LOT of important backstory and details from season 1 filled in. This feels very different than the first season but I'm very intrigued as to where it will go. Also includes an unnecessary (IMO) adult scene that I was definitely not expecting from this publisher.

Nice! I really enjoyed season 1, so I'll definitely check this one out.

Finished Part 2 of MotU: Revelations. It's trying to explore somethings with the nature of power and the quest for power, but just isn't good enough to stick the landing.

Though the 5 year-old in me is still excited to see the big fight scenes, and the 10 year-old in me is still exited for the tease at the end.

Watched Ron Gone Wrong and thought it was okay. Its about a boy that befriends a robot that is wrong. They learn how to make friends and something about social media is learned.

Also watched Rumble which is about giant monsters that wrestle, Okay movie nothing special. Kids probably will like it.

Encanto was pretty good. I didn't know anything about it before watching it. Its about the island of Krakoa that gives a place for humans with special powers to live. However, one girl doesn't have powers. When disaster strikes it will be up to this girl to save mutant kind.

The music was good for the most parts. A few toons didn't hit with me but that didn't hurt the movie. Animation looked good but didn't do anything new. The story was all about family, simple, and very good. A nice movie to watch with the family.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Encanto was pretty good. I didn't know anything about it before watching it. Its about the island of Krakoa that gives a place for humans with special powers to live. However, one girl doesn't have powers. When disaster strikes it will be up to this girl to save mutant kind.

The music was good for the most parts. A few toons didn't hit with me but that didn't hurt the movie. Animation looked good but didn't do anything new. The story was all about family, simple, and very good. A nice movie to watch with the family.

Lol. Love the description. I enjoyed the movie a bunch. Is it a masterpiece? Probably not, but a really good family film.

Watched The Breadwinner which was great. A very sad movie, think Grave of the Fireflies sad. At the end of it I had no idea why it was called Breadwinner. I looked it up though and it is a good title. I thought there was going to be baking contest or something, nope.

ZombieCoyote wrote:

Gen: Lock season 2 is out. The world suddenly got bigger and darker with a LOT of important backstory and details from season 1 filled in. This feels very different than the first season but I'm very intrigued as to where it will go. Also includes an unnecessary (IMO) adult scene that I was definitely not expecting from this publisher.

Wow. Uh...season two definitely took a massive left turn from the first season. I think I have conceptual whiplash or something. I think I read somewhere that nearly none of the original writers were involved with the second season...and it shows. I had a lot of high hopes for this because they had a lot of interesting ideas to explore but the story telling felt hasty, rushed, and in many cases just sloppy. The final episode in particular seemed to try to wrap everything up too quickly with some tired old tropes. The very end was actually kind of interesting but I really wish that they had taken a different path and maybe another season or two to actually get there.

I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it right now. About mid-season I was actually considering giving up on it after some key events took place...but it did sort of pick up again and I'm glad I finished it at least.

At least Hilda and the Mountain King was good. I really like that series and they ended the huge season 2 cliffhanger very nicely.

Didn't know about Hilda and the mountain king. Going to have to watch that next.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Didn't know about Hilda and the mountain king. Going to have to watch that next.

Watched it and thought it was pretty good.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Watched The Breadwinner which was great. A very sad movie, think Grave of the Fireflies sad. At the end of it I had no idea why it was called Breadwinner. I looked it up though and it is a good title. I thought there was going to be baking contest or something, nope.

I love everything that studio puts out.

Watched the first season of Infinity Train and it is very good. The episodes are only 10 minutes long and remind of Steven Universe. The mystery of the train isn't solved in the first season or maybe it is. I'm not sure if the why stuff happens is clearly explained.

Anyway a young girl finds herself on a mystery magical mighty train. Each car is like a different world. On her travels she picks up new friends and enemies. Will she find a way home? Wait is this quantum leap for kids, maybe.

Just started watching that as well. Seems interesting.

Spoiler:

I keep thinking that she's actually in the hospital after suffering from hypothermia or something and is dreaming the entire thing like in Over the Garden Wall.

Would I put my experience with Star Trek: The Lower Decks here?

I found Season 1 to be profoundly "meh" and the female protagonist to be utterly insufferable (I have zero patience for the hypercompetent protagonist these days), and Season 2 didn't start out much better.

But the last two episodes of Season 2 were great. Like "where the f*ck has this been?!?!?" great. Enough to convince me to tune in whenever Season 3 drops.

If we weren't in a pandemic and I didn't have oodles of time to binge 20 episodes in a week, I probably wouldn't have given this show much run past Episode 5 or 6 once I began to get annoyed. But I do, so I did, and I hope they lean more into what they did in the final two episodes than what they'd been doing in the previous eight (although, it should be said that Season 2's writing is on a general upward trajectory the whole time.)

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Mixolyde wrote:

I just discovered DBZ Abridged, a fan made project to condense DBZ down to fewer, faster episodes, and re-dub it with a lot of silly jokes. It opens with, "Oh, no, my Marijuana farm!" when Raditz crashes into the old man's field and it only gets sillier. It's like RvB made DBZ.

Just chiming in on this, but as one of the few teenage boys who wasn't mega-into DBZ, I found DBZ Abridged to not only do a great job of telling the story but to be an absolutely hilarious re-contextualization of a lot of it. Like, the greatest compliment I can give it is that it's churning out peak-30 Rock level jokes/in-jokes and references. It's ridiculous.

Like, I know it's a fan-made labor of love, and this is definitely coming from the perspective of someone who broadly prefers the ways stories are told and characterization happens in Western/Anglosphere nations, but I've gone back and seen some of the original, and I vastly prefer Abridged.

Well I completed all four seasons of Infinite Train and thought it was fantastic. The last season actually happens first in the story.

Something I didn't notice until the last season is that each season protagonist is a different ethnicity. Doesn't play into the show but it is nice to see diversity.

The show gets real at times. I almost cried at some points. Characters die in this show and they stay dead, well mostly.

The show has been canceled but don't let that stop you from watching it. Each season is self contained. There are background stories going on but I didn't feel those stories needed to have endings. Because of the nature of the train they might not have a conclusion to their story. They could be on the train forever doing what they are currently doing.

Don't read this spoiler if you plan on watching the show.

Spoiler:

There is one aspect of the train that is made late in the series. There is no guarantee people trapped on the train will ever get off or survive. The purpose of the train is to get people to work through their problems. The problems are things like divorce and peer pressure. No one is given a choice or told before hand why they are being put on the infinity train. So someone could end up dead because they couldn't get over their pet dying.

Also it is possible to be stuck on the train for years before returning home. One kid was stuck on the train for five years. How will he deal with society after being on a magic train for five years. How will his parents deal with him. They must have thought he died.

Anyway it is a fun, sad, moving show.

New season of The Owl House has started.

The second half of the last season of Young Justice has started. If you were wondering why the last season ended so oddly it was because it was only half the season.

Currently watching Archer 1999 which I think is season 10. This season has a future space theme. After three episodes I'm liking it.

Oh is Young Justice wrapping up?

Veloxi wrote:

Oh is Young Justice wrapping up?

That is what I thought but I just seen one site say season five is coming out this year. They might be mistaken the second half of season 4 as season 5 though.

This is the remainder of Season 4, "Phantoms." It hasn't been renewed for Season 5, yet.

Completed season 10 of Archer and thought it was great. Almost cried at one scene in the last episode of the season. I'm guessing the show is going back to the real world but I'm not sure. I haven't watched any trailers of season 11.

Kind of interesting this season were all self contained episodes except the last two. Only two really uncomfortable moments. One character kept making sexual advances on another character that clearly wasn't into it. The other moment was a character being attacked pretty violently which came off pretty rapey. The scene was a parody of something that happen in a sci fi movie that was also kind of rapey.

I started that one and definitely enjoyed it more than the other recent weird parody seasons.

I know I am a little late to the party, but I finally managed to finish Kipo: Age of the Wonderbeasts and what a wild ride. I really enjoyed the show and am sad there won't be any more seasons.

Just finished The Legend of Vox Machina last night. Pretty fun little D&D campaign turned into an animated series. Some cool voice actor cameos as well.

Watched The legend of Vox Machina and liked season 1. I thought the show would be all comedy but it gets dark at time. The animation is pretty good on par with Invincible. Story was also good but not perfect. Someone that starts glowing needed more explanation. A couple of characters are separated for decade but don't really act like they have been separated that long.

Don't know how close it followed the campaign but it was a good party based fantasy show. I imagine there will be nerds complaining about spells not working right forgetting this is a tv show not a tabletop game.

Watched Smiling Friends and liked it. The show is very adult so no kiddies allowed. The show is about a couple of dudes with the job of making people smile. Kind of hard to explain but it is a adult swim show. Each episode is about 10 to 12 minutes long.

As a adult swim show you can imagine the type of random things that will happen. The episodes do have form though and are well written. I guess it might be closest comparable to Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Watched The legend of Vox Machina and liked season 1. I thought the show would be all comedy but it gets dark at time. The animation is pretty good on par with Invincible. Story was also good but not perfect. Someone that starts glowing needed more explanation. A couple of characters are separated for decade but don't really act like they have been separated that long.

Don't know how close it followed the campaign but it was a good party based fantasy show. I imagine there will be nerds complaining about spells not working right forgetting this is a tv show not a tabletop game.

It was pretty good - the juvenile humour and "adult stuff for the sake of proving it's an adult animation" prompted a fair number of eyerolls though. (Especially since a lot of it was new to the series and not in the original campaign which means they just addeded to the cartoon to be 'edgy')

That said, it's relatively accurate to the campaign. A few things changed because (a) they aren't able to use copyrighted material from D&D -- hence "Scanlan's Hand" instead of "Bigby's Hand" and "The Whispered One" instead of Vecna, etc and (b) because they're streamlining multiple 4 hour long gaming sessions with a LOT of rambling and in-joking into 20min chunks.

Also the first couple of episodes were made up for the show I believe, loosely based on stuff from their pre-stream Pathfinder game with the same characters (the original CR stream started with them mid-campaign at level 10 when they switched over to 5e). Most they're just there to introduce the characters and set up the Chroma Conclave stuff next season.