Not Teen Titans Go | 101 Dalmatian Street Review (Spoilers)

The Disney+ show 101 Dalmatian Street follows the lives of Dolly and Dylan, two descendants of the original 101 dalmatians–give or take a generation. Dolly and Dylan care for the other pups while their parents are at work, which usually ends in some form of chaos. 

When I first heard of the series, I thought, “This is great!” I really liked the 101 Dalmatians movie and animated series (Amazon Affiliate link). But, then I saw the first trailer and became worried that they were going to do the same with this show as they did with Teen Titans Go. I was worried that the series would be too for kids–that it’d be full of fart jokes and random humor. I was pleased to see that while it is still targeted for younger audiences, it is not overly for kids. The humor isn’t overly silly and the characters aren’t over-the-top goofy or stupid. The characters are believable. They seem like they could be real people/dogs. The show doesn’t take a flaw or trait and over inflate it like they do in Teen Titans Go

img_2674I also enjoy the animation style. It has the simplistic style that has been in many animations lately, but not so simple that it looks like the animators don’t care or are rushed to finish.

While I was thinking about my review, I realized what my problem with Teen Titans Go was. I thought it was the animation style, but I’ve seen shows with weirder styles and enjoyed them. What bothered me is how it is like the show talks down to kids. In Teen Titans Go it seems like they think all children care about are fart jokes and people joking about baby hands. I feel like the show insults the intelligence of children. In 101 Dalmatian Street, the plot is kid-friendly. It isn’t complicated and deals with issues children might have–such as crushes or jealousy–but it isn’t watered down to an insulting level.

The people in charge seem to know how to talk to children on their level. They make the show entertaining while still sharing a lesson or message. 101 Dalmatian Street treats the audience with respect…so far. In shows like Teen Titans Go or Thundercats Roar, it seems like the show runners think the audience is stupid, or the producers don’t have much faith in humanity because all the characters act like idiots. Meanwhile, shows like 101 Dalmatian Street and Steven Universe seem to think of their audience as equals. These producers seem to be trying to make something unique instead of just following the latest trend.

Even though the animation isn’t my favorite and the plots are more geared to younger audiences, I found the series more enjoyable than others like it because it treats the audience like a human and not as an easy cash-grab. 4.7/5


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Owl House Chat | Review

The Owl House, on Disney Channel, centers around Luz, a young girl who finds herself in a magical land. She soon meets Eda, a witch, and King, a demon. After some work, Eda agrees to teach Luz magic.

When I saw the first trailer, I thought, “Eh, I don’t think so;” but one day, the full episode of the first episode appeared in my YouTube feed and I thought, “Why not?” While it isn’t my favorite show–probably not in my top 10 but maybe top 25–I did enjoy it. I was interested to see where the story went and looked forward to more episodes.

The show is one of those that I could wait a few weeks and binge the episodes. I’m not in my seat going, “Is it Friday yet?!” But, it is in my To-Watch List. 

img_2674I enjoy the animation. It looks professional and as if the crew cared; it does not look like they are trying to throw something together at the last minute. I like how there is some humor, but it isn’t goofy. I found the you-have-to-be-your-own-chosen-one life lesson a little corny. I also found the just-because-you-are-odd-doesn’t-make-you-a-bad-person lesson a little groan worthy too. The good news is it seems like the episode morals are improving. 

One of the best parts so far is that Luz learned her first spell within the first few episodes. I was worried that she would learn her first spell in episode 20 (if we were lucky). I really worried about how long it’d take her once Eda revealed that doing magic is biological. 

I was hoping that The Owl House team wouldn’t have some series wide mystery. After seeing the first few episodes, it looked like each episode would be semi-self-contained…and then it happened. It is revealed why Eda is called The Owl Lady and that is part of an ongoing series mystery. I do hope they reveal the mystery by the end of the season. They can have a new mystery next season or have a continuation of this mystery.

Finally, I am glad to see that Luz is a strong female character without becoming a tomboy. She speaks her mind and is proud of who she is but doesn’t resort to acting like a warrior woman.

So far the plot seems semi-original. I’ve seen many stories where the main character finds a magical land, but The Owl House does an excellent job of flipping that trope. 4.3/5

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Apex Connection | Infinity Train (Spoilers)

Contains spoilers for Book 2 of Infinity Train.

While watching the last episodes of season 2/book 2 of Infinity Train, I got serious The Matrix vibes. That passenger farm (or tape car) seemed a lot like that place that hooks everyone into the virtual world. When they downloaded the passenger’s memories onto the tape, I started to wonder if The Apex were right. Maybe the passengers weren’t human; maybe they’re clones or robot duplicates. Once I was done shivering from that thought, I started pondering about The Apex.

You meet The Apex in the carnival car but their real story is in the episode “The Mall Car.” The Apex believe that lowering your number is a bad thing; they think that leaving the train is bad. This attitude only reinforced my idea that the train is really downloading people’s memories into machine duplicates. Grace even says to Simon, “We just lost a human, show some respect.”

But, what got me interested is that Grace kept saying, “I read it in a book.” She says she got the Apex name from a book. It made me wonder if some company called Apex created the train. If Apex made the train, it would make sense that The Apex would name themselves after it, since The Apex believe the train belongs to them. I wonder if the book was some kind of manual or journal left behind by the developers.

If my idea is correct then why would they build the train. I think it has something to do with the Wasteland. I went back to The Matrix connection. Maybe there was some kind of disaster and now the train takes people from the past. The train sets up these journeys so that people will become better and hopefully change the future. Maybe Apex created the train, set up the robots to run it, and then the humans died off. Now, there’s a train trying to get people to change their ways.

When MT steals a pod, One-One says that the tape car is the only car were the universe is on the outside of the car. It could mean that the tape car is the reality while the rest of the train is just an illusion. It kind of made me think that the train is just a place for AIs to learn to become human. We see MT, a native of the train, want to become human.

I think I just got another chill.

What did you think of Infinity Train, if you saw it? Do you have any theories? Let me know in the comments below.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.

The Scooby-Doo Theory

Lately there’s been a trend of people trying to come up with the “super” shared universe. People keep trying to connect as many franchises and stories as they can.

As the meme says: Hold my root beer.

If you’re looking to start your own shared universe theory, you can’t go wrong by starting with Scooby-Doo. The mystery solving canine has crossed over with just about everyone; he even showed up in an episode of Supernatural. And with the new Scooby-Doo and Guess Who series there are going to be a lot more crossovers.

Granted most of these crossovers involve Warner Brother properties, such as Batman, but that is why he is the starting point…or nexus. For instance, not only does Batman bring in the whole DC Universe, but Batman did team up with the Ninja Turtles, which starts another branch. Also, the Justice League has crossed over with characters like the Power Rangers (the Turtles have also crossover over the Power Rangers). Finally, DC has crossed paths with Marvel, so you can add all the crossovers Marvel has done–which includes the time Phineas and Ferb helped the Avengers. This is just for Batman; you can see how this tree quickly branches out.

Scooby-Doo has also teamed up with real people, so you can add times that celebrities have shown up in other shows as themselves, like The Simpsons.

I’m sure there are plenty of other connections, but that’s where you come in. Try your luck and see how far you can connect Scooby-Doo to other properties–leave your discoveries in the comments section.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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Infinity Train Episodes 1-2 (Spoilers and Theories)

Here’s the complete playlist: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Infinity Train is a (as of now) mini-series airing on Cartoon Network from Aug. 5-9. For now, it is ten 11 minute episodes. Each night two episodes will air. The show is also available on the Cartoon Network app.

In the first two episodes, Tulip is on her way to coding camp. She is already working on a video game similar to Space Invaders. Unfortunately, her divorced parents are unable to take her at the last minute. She decides to make her own way there. Soon, she discovers a train. Upon entering, she is transported to a seemingly endless train where each car contains its own–and sometimes bizarre–universe. She needs to make her way to the Conductor in order to leave.

The first episode gives us a few theories to work with. Tulip meets a round robot that can divide itself called One-One. One side is depressive while the other is more upbeat. Both are pretty naive. One-One is looking for its “mother,” which it doesn’t know who she is or what she looks like. Since Tulip is a coder and interested in video games, it is possible that she is One-One’s “mother.” She could either create the robot as a video game character or as an actual robot.

The next big theory that I have comes from what happens after Tulip tries to escape the train. Outside the cars is a desolate wasteland. She soon runs into a cockroach-like creature that can age people/suck out their souls. It would seem like Tulip has been transported to the future, but I think the train cars are actual other worlds–either imaginary or real–with the train as some sort of hub or container. I am thinking that the train is more symbolic like the place is a dreamworld or the mind. The soul-sucking roaches might be things that cause us to give up on our dreams; they kill us on the inside.

More evidence to my dreamland theory shows up in the second episode. On Tulip’s hand is a glowing number. In the first episode it is 115, but it changes to 114 in the second. The thing is it doesn’t change during her “fails” through the other cars. She has trouble in the crossword, evil plant, and pinball worlds, but the number stays the same. It only changes after she yells at One-One for causing her trouble.

If One-One is her creation and she yells at it, and later tries to sell him/it in order for a way off the train, her dropping a “health point” could mean she’d been tempted to give up on her dreams. She states that all she wanted was to get off the train; she is willing to give up on going to camp (i.e. give up on her dreams) in order to escape.

When Tulip asks One-One what happens if the number reaches zero, One-One says she’ll be gone. He doesn’t say she’ll die–Tulip assumes she’ll die. There are other ways “to be gone,” such as giving up on your dreams or just simply getting kicked off the train. In the first episode, we do see someone getting vaporized by a strange light, but we don’t know if the person was killed or just transported away.

For now, my theory is that the Infinity Train is some kind of dreamland filled with imagination (possibly other worlds). People are brought there to come up with ideas, fight for their ideas, or learn some lesson–this part I haven’t completely figured out. It does seem the main point of Tulip’s story is her fight for her dreams. It is almost like she is deciding something–maybe does she continue running away or does she return to her family.

What’s your theory? Let me know in the comments.

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Recommended 10-2-18

The following are my recommendations and do not reflect the views of any person or organization. 

Carter–A TV show about a TV actor who returns to his hometown and begins solving crimes. It’s a funny show with lots of humor and some action and mystery, but follows the usual theme of the “civilian” who solves crimes much like Castle or Murder She Wrote. I found the light-hearted mood of the show to be refreshing. 4.3/5img_2674

Smallfoot–A movie about a Yeti who comes across the mythological creature known as Smallfoot (aka humans). The movie is filled with tons of humor; there are moments you just don’t stop laughing for minutes. There isn’t a lot of action or violence, which makes it a great family movie. I enjoyed how it had a lesson but didn’t hit you over the head with it. Also, the animation was great–you can see each hair on the Yetis. 4.4/5

Total Dramarama–A TV show that takes place in a daycare and showcases the crazy adventures of the kids in it. At first I thought this would be a show really directed to very young audiences, but I found that even “older” younger audiences would enjoy it and maybe even “older” audiences. They don’t give you life lessons all the time; most of the episodes focus on the crazy things that happen in daycares but just cracked up to eleven. 4.4/5

Minecraft Evolution SMP–A group of Minecraft YouTubers (including SystemZee, Netty Plays, and Solidarity) “travel” through the different versions of Minecraft showcasing how it has evolved. On Oct. 1, they celebrated their one-year anniversary, which also was close to the “soft reboot” after Grian’s departure. The Evolutionists were kicked out of their old area and forced to begin again (but not completely from scratch–they were allowed to bring some items with them). Right now, the Evolutionists are building bases and getting started, but I’m sure the pranks and other mischief will begin again soon. In the meantime, they’ve added a Death Counter and the loser will face some form of public embarrassment. 4.3/5

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Mega Review

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I recently started watching Mega Man: Fully Charged thanks to Cartoon Network’s on-demand service. I’ve been impatiently waiting for the release. I’m a big fan of Mega Man. It was the first action video game I played–up till then it was Mario Bros. And I enjoyed all the comics and TV shows of the Blue Bomber (who can resist name gags like Rock and his sister Roll).

But, after watching the first few minutes of the first episode, I could see how old fans could be turned off by it. First, Rock is now Aki and his sister is now a human named Suna. Second, the Mega-Mini that “lives” inside Aki’s head was kind of disturbing and off-putting at first. Then there was the fact that for awhile they kept putting “Mega” in front of everything.

However, as the episode continued, I found the series to be quite interesting. img_2674They hint at some previous dark and troubling war, and it was nice to see someone other than Wily be the main villain. I also enjoyed how Mega Man has to stay in range when he’s copying robot powers. In the first episode (second part), he also copies a piece of Fire Man’s personality and has to learn to control his anger in order to finish the fight. It was also interesting how the robots weren’t reprogrammed by Wily (at this point–they might change this at some point); the robots were choosing to attack; it added a bit more personality to the characters.

I also enjoy the short episodes. It makes it great to watch during breaks or just before bed or work. And the moments when the characters switch to 8-bit game characters for flashbacks or moments of extreme emotion add a nice twist to an anime-like formula.

For now, I find the show to be enjoyable and hope it continues. That opinion might change as the series continues; but now, I find it fun and funny–4.5/5.

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