Been ages since I typed anything, so I thought I'd blog about random stuff I've been watching. The list goes like this in this order, in case you want to skip anything, and I MIGHT drop a spoiler or two so consider yourselves warned.
1. Phineas and Ferb review
2. Doctor Who Season 7 finale (FINALLY DONE)
3. TMNT 2012 Season 2 finale
1. Phineas and Ferb review
This is a show I've been following for years, but never very religiously. It was always a cute little thing on that was great for kids because they generally avoided confrontational and preachy liberal left-wing subjects that I'm getting tired of having my face crammed into. Instead, this show had songs and fun jokes and was generally cute. But I'm more of a fan of the shows that have an ongoing plot and character development, so I only watched it occasionally.
Then I saw the Across the 2nd Dimension movie, and I was convinced there was the potential for epic in this episodic show. I doubt it will ever be REALLY epic, but all I need is something for my imagination to take hold, and I can have fun with it. Then I marathoned the series from the get-go so I could get the whole buildup. I ended up loving it by the end, but that's probably because I have a REAL soft-spot for inventorgeeks, and this show is full of them. I like how the series creators made a point of having no stupid characters in it; everyone has their own areas of expertise. And there are a lot of high vocabulary jokes that the English major in me loves. In a world where every kid is glued to their phones and Facebook and Twitter and what-not, its nice to see something try to elevate kids' vocabularies instead of mushing it.
So in short, this series gets a 9/10 for me. Hits 10/10 when it gets epic, like in Across the 2nd Dimension and in the Star Wars special (which in my opinion is canon for explaining the Death Star's "self-destruct button" ALONE).
2. Doctor Who and Series 7 Finale
Not sure who here follows Doctor Who, but I've been a fan since season 5. My sis got me into it since we're both sci-fi geeks and she loves the series. To be honest, I liked it and all but it was rather . . . uh, corny. At least for the first few seasons, and periodically after that. I was so excited to see Agatha Christie (my all-time favorite author) in an episode, but they really lamed-up the bad guy reveal. A giant bee? Disguised as a person? Really? Yeah, stuff like this sort of yanks me out of the series.
But addicted I got all the same. After all, I've watched anime, and this wasn't any worse that other stuff I've seen. And once Matt Smith (Doctor 11) showed up and we had Amy and Rory, the best companions EVER, and River Song's hilarious running-joke flirting with the Doctor . . . yeah by then I was hooked. The companions have been pretty top-notch the whole series: I liked Rose and Martha, and I loved Donna (gosh her snark is funny, although I know I'm in the minority thinking that), and the married AmRory duo were AWESOME, and even season 7 Clara is adorable. All the Doctors have been interesting too, and vary enough to shake things up a bit.
I could really go on and on, but you probably don't want to read forever. So I'll get right to the point. The last three "episodes' of Season 7 (from "Name of the Doctor" on) were some really amazingly epic scenes. I'm gonna try not to ruin too much for those who don't know (or care) but I saw them and I STILL don't know how they managed to make the Doctor's name so blinking important, and STILL manage to avoid saying it at all. That was impressive. I'm not one to get upset at the teasing; if anything, I'm in the camp that the ONLY time we should hear the Doc's name is if the series is ending, and even then I'm not sure it should be said because nothing could match up. I kept thinking that the whole season 7. "Oh, they're making a big deal out of ____, there's no way it's going to live up to expectations in the end." WRONG. They did it really well.
I spent most of Season 7 arguing with my sister over who was a better match for Doctor #11; River Song or Clara. The banter between the Doctor and River were top-notch and always worth watching. But the actor himself, Matt Smith, seemed to have just so much more chemistry with Clara's actress. I was torn, really. So when they finally wrote out River Song (something I had been wondering for episodes how it would be possible when we've seen her entire timeline, so where's the ending), in a way I was relieved because that meant there went one side of the problem. Of course, I also knew that in two eps the Doctor would die and become something/someone else again, and thus ruin both relationships completely, so the relief was short-lived. That, and River Song's goodbye was one of the saddest things on the show, and yet it fit so well. It wasn't tragic, like David Tennant's exit as Doctor #10 (which makes me cry every time, dang it), but it was . . . final. Sadly final. No more River Song. And several eps later, no more Matt Smith. And that also made me cry, dang you Doctor Who. You and your sad and meaningful yet inevitable goodbyes.
They say you never forget your first Doctor. David Tennant really launched the series's popularity and he's got more geeky fangirls than Sephiroth right now. But Matt Smith was the first Doctor I saw in action, and the first one I watched regularly (saw season 5 before going back and starting over from the getgo, even though Blink with David was my first ever complete episode). Matt Smith was my Doctor, and the series just won't be the same for me without him. I wonder if this is how those legions of David Tennant fans felt.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 Season 2 finale (VAGUE SPOILERS)
AAAAAUUUUUUGGGGGHHHH!!!!! DANG YOU TMNT FOR FAKING ME OUT!!
I'll take every bad thing that happened here. Gonna try not to blow it too badly for those who haven't seen it yet. I was impressed on how they hearkened back to a particularly dark time in the comics, and also in the 2003 series. I thought they wouldn't go that way but nope. This series got DARK pretty darn fast. Every time the Turtles managed to get a leg to stand on, the series kicked it out again like Rahzar kicking a puppy. Season 3 better get here QUICK because I have got to see how the fix all this. World's going to heck in a handbasket. Hope you're happy, Shredder the Nutcase. Talk about a total Bad Guys Win finale. Ouch.
What I WON'T take is that fake-out at the beginning. DANG YOU WRITERS I LIKED THAT CHARACTER!! I spent all of Season One trying to imagine what she would be like if in this series! I geeked out when her design was leaked! I waited on the edge of my seat for any episode referring to her! I was going to write FANFICTION if the series didn't get her more involved! I LIKED HER WITH DONNY BETTER THAN APIRL FOR CRYING OUT LOUD (sorry Don/April fans, but it has and always will be Casey/April). And you do THAT???
. . . . Don't get me wrong. That was some GOOD writing, and a wonderful fake-out. Good bluff. Totally had me. And you managed to get a bigger yell of "WHAT" than anything else in this series. Not Doctor Who finale level "WHAT", but close enough. But JEEZ. I admit it was a good writing move, but I don't like it. I really get attached to characters, blast it. And I was really looking forwards to that one. Now I have nothing. NOTHING. *dramatic fists up in rain* WHAT SHALL I FILL THIS RANDOM SIDE-CHARACTER VOID WITH NOW?? WHYYYYYYYYYY?? KHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!!!!!!
At LEAST you'd better introduce Mona Lisa, and make her HECKA COOL to make up for this. She's the other character I'm waiting on. I hope that one doesn't fake me out like Irma. ARGH.
. . . But again, not saying this was bad writing at all. Props to the writers and series creators. I'm just sad now.
PS> About TMNT:
And yikes, what was with that The THING reference? TRYING to give kids nightmares? If anyone's seen it, doesn't that . . . uh, walking head remind you of that movie? No wonder Mikey freaked.