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User Info: Maniac64

Maniac64
4 weeks ago#21
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User Info: Johnbobb

Johnbobb
4 weeks ago#22
scarletspeed7 posted...
I don't know what Squidbillies is, but it sounds like the stuff of nightmares..

Given what I know of your taste you'd f***ing hate Squidbillies
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User Info: scarletspeed7

scarletspeed7
4 weeks ago#23
American Dad - "Rapture's Delight"
Nominated by: Xeybozn


I've generally found that Seth MacFarlane's animated work leaves me cold. Strangely, I enjoyed A Million Ways to Die in the West, and the sci fi nerd in me is absolutely head over heels for the love letter that is The Orville. I went in with relatively low expectations to American Dad here, given that I've always seen it as a B-list back-up to Family Guy. That low expectation may have helped the majority of this episode, which in a strange way plays on the It's a Wonderful Life theme while going in an entirely different direction.

Stan is left behind after the Rapture (a concept which feels extremely contrived), and hijinks ensue as the world turns into Escape From New York. The end of the episode brings the episode full circle and, in theory, sets up a new entire status quo for the show. I highly doubt the following episode maintained continuity, but still, it was a little bit interesting to see what should have been a major risk taken on such a light, fluff piece cartoon.

For me, there are aspects of satire in regards to Christianity at the start of the episode which are wicked and well-presented, but the episode lost momentum pretty consistently throughout the episode. In fact, the character of Jesus and, further along, the character of the Antichrist were so terribly presented that it ended up being a turn-off for me here. It was too schticky, and the consistency of Jesus in particular was all over the place. I think, for me, humor needs to have a straight man also, and there was none of that here. Alice in Wonderland, for example, works because Alice is a normal person. She asks the right questions. Here, everyone is just as ridiculous as the person before, and it makes the stakes feel less meaningful. When everyone is crazy, no one comes off as crazy.

The climax featuring the Antichrist was particularly bad in my estimation. The gimmick, the schtick, of being the opposite of Christ in every way could have played well, but it went for the obvious jokes in a hackeneyed way. There's a bit of a wink and a nod to the fact that these are the most contrived and unoriginal opposite aspects of Jesus, but that doesn't handwave the criticism. By the episode's end, the potential from the start felt fairly squandered, almost as if multiple writers divvied up sections of the episode so no theme could be carried through.

Very much a show that feels like a filler show.

Writing: 3/10
Characterization: 4/10
Scarlet Factor: 3/10
Overall Rating: 10/30
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User Info: scarletspeed7

scarletspeed7
4 weeks ago#24
Next Up... Babylon 5 - "Confessions and Lamentations" (Nominated by: CybrMonkey)
30 Points:
Penny Dreadful - "Seance"
Arrested Development - "Top Banana"
LOST - "The Constant"
Scrubs - "My Lunch"
Community - "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics"
29 Points:
Doctor Who - "Heaven Sent"
West Wing - "20 Hours in America"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - "In the Pale Moonlight"
Game of Thrones - "Blackwater"
28 Points:
Game of Thrones - "A Golden Crown"
X-Files - "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose"
27 Points:
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "Charlie Work"
Atlanta - "Teddy Perkins"
Paranoia Agent - "Happy Family Planning"
Sports Night - "The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee"
26 Points:
Louie - "In the Woods Part 1/Part 2"
House - "Last Resort"
Better Call Saul - "Five-O"
Black Mirror - "Nosedive"
25 Points:
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Turns Black"
Star Trek - "The Trouble with Tribbles"
Archer - "Placebo Effect"
Fargo - "The Castle"
24 Points:
Star Trek: DS9 - "The Visitor"
Firefly - "Out of Gas"
23 Points:
Castlevania - "For Love"
22 Points:
Flash - "Duet"
Agents of SHIELD - "Self Control"
21 Points:
Avatar: The Last Airbender - "The Southern Raiders"
Fresh Off the Boat - "The Shunning"
Black Mirror - "The National Anthem"
Batman: The Brave and the Bold - "Chill of the Night"
South Park - "The Death Camp of Tolerance"
20 Points:
Frasier - "My Coffee with Niles"
Newsroom - "What Kind of Day Has It Been?"
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse"
Seinfeld - "The Contest"
19 Points:
Bojack Horseman - "Time's Arrow"
DuckTales - "Woo-oo!"
18 Points:
Breaking Bad - "Pilot"
Twilight Zone - "It's a Good Life"
12 Monkeys - "Splinter"
17 Points:
Seinfeld - "The Bris"
Justice League - "Starcrossed"
Simpsons - "A Streetcar Named Marge"
Broad City - "Knockoffs"
16 Points:
Galavant - "Pilot"
15 Points:
Black Donnellys - "Pilot"
Burn Notice - "Friendly Fire"
Stargate: SG-1 - "Window of Opportunity"
Angel - "Hero"
14 Points:
Futurama - "Godfellas"
Frasier - "Ham Radio"
Teen Titans - "Troq"
24 - "Day 1: 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM"
13 Points:
Twilight Zone - "The Masks"
Star vs. the Forces of Evil - "Star Comes to Earth"
Father Ted - "A Song for Europe"
Arrow - "Kapiushon"
Studio 60 in the Sunset Strip - "What Kind of Day Has It Been"
12 Points:
Xena: Warrior Princess - "Been There, Done That"
10 Points:
Steven Universe - "Alone Together"
American Dad - "Rapture's Delight"
9 Points:
Married With Children - "Married... With Aliens"
8 Points:
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - "Surprise"
Courage the Cowardly Dog - "The Tower of Dr. Zalost"
7 Points:
Danny Phantom - "The Ultimate Enemy"
6 Points:
Gravity Falls - "Sock Opera"
5 Points:
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - "Maud Pie"
Regular Show - "The White Elephant Gift Exhange"
Hey Arnold - "Stoop Kid"
4 Points:
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - "Chaos Theory"
3 Points:
Spongebob Squarepants - "Band Geeks"
Invader Zim - "Mysterious Mysteries"
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User Info: Pirateking2000

Pirateking2000
4 weeks ago#25
Johnbobb posted...
scarletspeed7 posted...
I don't know what Squidbillies is, but it sounds like the stuff of nightmares..

Given what I know of your taste you'd f***ing hate Squidbillies


He should watch 12 oz Mouse!

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User Info: scarletspeed7

scarletspeed7
4 weeks ago#26
I'm actually looking forward to the end of this run so I can see what the next 100 nominations will look like. As long as there's not a ton of animation, it should be fun.
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Pokewars
4 weeks ago#27
Ohhh yeeeah, let's go!
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User Info: Zigzagoon

Zigzagoon
4 weeks ago#28
scarletspeed7 posted...
I'm actually looking forward to the end of this run so I can see what the next 100 nominations will look like. As long as there's not a ton of animation, it should be fun.


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Mega Mana
4 weeks ago#29
Oooh, I still have one!
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User Info: scarletspeed7

scarletspeed7
4 weeks ago#30
Zigzagoon posted...
scarletspeed7 posted...
I'm actually looking forward to the end of this run so I can see what the next 100 nominations will look like. As long as there's not a ton of animation, it should be fun.


:weary:

Well if it's like a lot of this animation it will be rough for me, but if it's not, it could be fun.
"It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." ~Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful
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