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User Info: Eddv

Eddv
3 weeks ago#51
We all know it was on purpose ;)
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User Info: Johnbobb

Johnbobb
3 weeks ago#52
no one's gonna blame you for wanting to erase it from history
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User Info: scarletspeed7

scarletspeed7
3 weeks ago#53
Samurai Jack - "XCIV"
Nominated by: Pirateking


When I run into Tartakovsky animation, I'm often struck by the animation style. Of course, for me, I primarily think of the original Clone Wars series in association with his name, but clearly Samurai Jack shares a significant style similarity with Star Wars. There's a graceful economy of motion, straddling a line between comic panel and cartoon. The result is a naturally more mature tonality. The decision to be measured in all motion may come from a budgetary restriction, but it's interpreted stylistically in such a way that it comes across as completely intentional. The sparse backdrops only serve to give an artistic presence, a forlorn desolation that is still rich and colorful. Watching Jack fight is less enjoyable than the first half of the episode and the bright blood intermingling with the darkness of shadows, but still the fighting style is quite unique - I've really only seen it duplicated in other Tartakovsky shows.

As for the plot, there was nothing special here. A flashback episode is tough to care about when you are picking up an episode deep into its run. It feels clear that flashbacks aren't a consistent feature of the show (and if they are, god help the viewers), so once this episode shakes that shackle, there's a more original and intriguing tone to the episode. The fight itself isn't totally spectacular, but it's memorable and, once again, the economy of motion makes it spectacular. There even is a whimsical wisp of humor in this sequence. Right up until the cliffhanger ending (which felt really forced), the episode seemed to never have an issue with time management, and the pacing was great.

The material itself, the real meat of the episode, was less than thrilling, but all of the other components were well-done.

Storytelling: 5/10
Characterization: 6/10
Scarlet Factor: 10/10
Overall Rating: 21/30
"It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." ~Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful

User Info: scarletspeed7

scarletspeed7
3 weeks ago#54
Next up is... Mystery Science Theater 3000 - "Pod People" (Nominated by: Inviso)

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: DS9 - "In the Pale Moonlight"
Game of Thrones - "Blackwater"
28 Points:
Star Trek: TNG - "The Inner Light"
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"
Babylon 5 - "Confessions and Lamentations"
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"
Samurai Jack - "XCIV"
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"
MLP:FIM - "Pinkie Pride"
"It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." ~Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful

User Info: Johnbobb

Johnbobb
3 weeks ago#55
Samurai Jack is such an odd show. It was targeted at kids but seemed like it was meant for an older audience, so it ends up in a weird place between the two

but for the most part it's still excellent
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User Info: scarletspeed7

scarletspeed7
3 weeks ago#56
It strikes me, much like the Star Wars series, as being aimed at families. The tone is mature, but the content is not.
"It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." ~Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful

User Info: Eddv

Eddv
3 weeks ago#57
that makes sense
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User Info: Pirateking2000

Pirateking2000
3 weeks ago#58
Neat, Brave and the Bold ended up my highest nom from what I recall (though with the same score).

Wonder how the previous Samurai Jack ep where he is first being hunted by that group would have done. There were some pretty nice shots in that too.
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User Info: scarletspeed7

scarletspeed7
3 weeks ago#59
Maybe you'll have the chance to nominate for Season 2!
"It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." ~Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful

User Info: Pirateking2000

Pirateking2000
3 weeks ago#60
Maybe!
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