Morgan's return in this and subsequent episodes filled a void in the show I hadn't even realized was there.
This movie isn't terrible, but it certainly could have made better use of its premise. The script is broadly written, and the characters never quite gelled for me. Even Max, our protagonist, is awfully flat—and I don't blame Francis Capra's performance for it.
No one should expect Shaq to be a great actor! That's one of the most frequent critiques I saw in looking at other reviews, and it's simply not fair. Criticize the production for casting him based on stature and name recognition, but don't rag the guy for his acting skills. :sweat_smile:
"'Eiu!' Sound like you'is'a Jewish."Appa is still my favorite.
It's some kind of accomplishment that Fran Drescher and Bill Cosby's characters were more compelling than Robin Williams' title role. Remember, he's supposed to be the (shooting) star.
I wish Williams had been a believable 10-year-old, but neither his performance nor the way his character was written made it work. And truthfully, nobody got good writing in this film. The comic bits weren't funny, and the dramatic moments (especially with Jack's parents) were absolutely cringe-worthy.
Once again, here I am in the aftermath of choosing a movie based on knowing nothing about it other than who some of the lead actors are—and once again, I find myself disappointed.
I mean, the title literally tells you why the episode will be subpar.
This film might not blaze any new trails in the "Disney movie" genre, but it certainly puts a unique Spin on things.
While I admit that there were multiple points during the story that made me roll my eyes and mutter, "Could you not use that cliché?", there's a gravity to this picture. Unlike many Disney productions, the main characters are believable. Little tidbits that seem thrown in to feel current (such as "Tik-Tacos") can't hide Avantika's acting skills—nor Meera Syal's, nor Abhay Deol's.
Most importantly, though, I think this came out at perhaps the best possible time in history. We're living in an era of unprecedented creative tools, widely (and often freely) available. The one thing I would change about the script is its subtle emphasis on equipment. Just by spending a bit of time in her school's media lab (surely they have one, given everything else we see), Rhea could have digitized everything and created her mix entirely in an audio editor, on the computer she already had at home. I realize that doesn't fit with the DJ theme, but her friends bringing over a bunch of gear so she can get started sends the wrong message—to say nothing of the brand-new setup offered as a prize at the Beatmasters competition.
To mitigate the focus on equipment, I think this movie should have shown a bit more use of school/public resources. Maybe not every high school or library will have music-production gear, but many do. This story's strongest element is the push to try creating things. Its target audience should see that the tools might be easier to find than they think.
…and the lockers are now back to stacked dual units. OK then.
I'm surprised that my average episode rating this season was only 7.34375.
Excluding the two biggest outliers (two 4/10 scores I gave late in the season) yields 7.5666… which is a bit more believable. I would rather not drop the score for such a lengthy season when 28/32 episodes earned at least 7/10, so I'll round up.
Poor scripts aside, the core cast of the show is great, I look forward to watching them, and one must especially remember that writing for television is hard when choosing ratings for a show about a television writer.
Sally knows about Freddy's intentions but doesn't seem to care…until she does, and calls it off. But it's not actually called off, only postponed. But she goes off to have "a two-hour cry" as if it's really over. But…
Quitting her job as a writer and only creating jokes for Freddy to use in his comedy act for the rest of her life would have been fine, but Sally draws the line at Freddy's remark about a marriage to her proving "half of show business" wrong about him?
And that whiz-bang act that Rob and Buddy supposedly wrote for Freddy wasn't even that funny. It was a mess of disconnected impressions with no coherent structure or flow. I just don't get it.
Rob, of course you recognize Mr. Darling—Robert Vaughan played Napoleon Solo on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for four years…
Wait a minute, this was before that show started. So much for that theory.
Cory's locker is suddenly a full-height unit. Last week, when Cory got the "locker genie" from Janitor Bud, his locker was the top half of a two-unit stack.
I never knew who played the animal control officer (Richard Karn) before. Now that I'm going through episodes of Boy Meets World with a bit more TV knowledge, he was instantly recognizable as Al Borland, Tim's assistant from Home Improvement.
I guess Francis isn't nearly as good at navigating the Great Material Continuum as Jake & Nog. :grin:
It's very hard to take this story seriously when Felicity is shown doing patently impossible things (remote control of large construction equipment? really?) just to demonstrate how smart she is, then in the next beat she's ignoring obvious danger signs (her phone's creepy Matrix routine).
No dice on my hopes that we'd be done with the Lazarus Pit and League of Assassins nonsense after last season. New meta and his card-throwing routine makes me roll my eyes, but at least that can be justified somewhat by pointing to the show's genre tags ("Superhero").
Jeri Ryan best guest star…just weird that her character only shows up this one time even though it's implied that the Queen family knows her pretty well.
Trains going that fast around that sharp of a turn, derail. Not buying it.
I refuse to believe my average episode rating of 6.913. Well, I trust the arithmetic, but you know what they say: Garbage in, garbage out. Chances are I was overly generous with my ratings on account of the production always feeling polished, and maybe a bit too much pleasure at getting to see John Barrowman and Willa Holland in so many scenes.
Truth be told, I didn't much care for this season—it felt too full of filler episodes, stagnating the plot for the sake of motivating One More Sparring Match between Ra's (why could no one say his title right?) and Oliver. Bringing in Barry every time the Arrow team had been painted into a corner got old, too. Don't even get me started on the love polygon.
Oh, so now we remember that Ray's nanotech exists.
This episode starts some undefined time period after the end of the last one, not immediately after. Thea was lying in the middle of the smashed table before, and in the first scene here she's moved out of there and closer to the fireplace. Odd choice.
Spent pretty much the entire episode distracted by a nagging little thought: Why not just use Ray's nanobots?
Seriously, though, why not? Who needs Ra's and his prophecy crap—we can fix Thea with science!
Great performances from the regular cast, as always, but I really struggled to find the humor in this script.
I'm guessing at least one high school or college student somewhere has written a ten-page essay on the multi-layered meaning of the audience never getting to see Sara's face.
Average episode rating for this season: 7.24
Linda Porter didn't age a day in the 15 years between this and her role on Superstore.
Why would you ever try to frame bloopers as part of the show's universe?
Average episode rating for this season: 6.61538462
…but I'm not going to round up. Too few genuine laughs this season for me.
"TRUE OR FLASE"Is this why Reese doesn't learn from that teacher? Mistakes in the classwork?
"connected the virtual TCP to the open source sensor"What? Just, what?
"I'm not persecuted. I'm just a ass[bleep]."First line to crack me up in how many episodes now? I lost count.
Still waiting for Metta World News to be funny.
These are better when they keep the sketches short enough that the premise isn't flogged to death by the last line.
TVDB calls this one "Meagan's Fight" instead of "Tackle & Grapple", but I don't care enough about TVDB to look into why.
Average episode rating for the first season: 8.0If this gets another season, someone please ping me!
With the exception of that frustratingly stale final episode, this is a really fun and cute watch. I certainly hope it can get a second season, even if it didn't seem to hint at one.
Average episode rating for this season: 8.0 (yes, really; no repeating decimal!)