Saturday, August 31, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: Thomas & Friends - First Day On Sodor | #BigWorldBigAdventures

Season 23, Episode 20: First Day On Sodor!
Written By Becky Overton
Directed By Dianna Basso

When we last left Jack And The Pack, Brenda The Bulldozer was so obsessed with keeping the construction site of the new Wellsworth Hospital nice and flat that she ended up causing confusion and delay by accidentally moving the stone needed for the foundations away from where it was needed since she believed that her jobs were more important than any of the other vehicles...in a way, you could say that Brenda got too big for her blade.  But no sooner do we get a proper introduction of one new recruit to The Pack, we are about to meet another new friend who goes from 'boring' to awesome with a spin of her drill...so let's welcome Darcy to the North Western Railway as she begins her 'First Day On Sodor'!  Let's take a look...

FIRST DAY ON SODOR: Darcy makes some mistakes on her first day, but she soon makes up for it when everyone sees what she can really do.

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PROS:
  • The return of Jack And The Pack-I don't know how many fans in the community really wanted to see Jack And The Pack again in the series especially ever since the Big World Big Adventures revamp first started, but I am probably in the minority when I say that I loved Jack And The Pack during the model era of the series as well as in Season 20's "Mucking About" since they were a very cool concept albeit only having one or two episodes in the series every so often...also if you really think about it, Jack And The Pack will be having more appearances and screen time in this one season than they've had in the entirety of the series prior to this unless you count the half-completed spin-off series that happened between Seasons 7 and 8 of the television series!  Also, there have been quite a few changes to the construction crew from Nathan Clarke no longer voicing Alfie The Excavator after Season 20's "Mucking About" as well as seeing more characters other than Thomas and Percy interacting with The Pack like they did during the model era days of the series on top of there being a couple of new recruits to join the team and balance out the genders...but we'll get to her in a moment!
  • The return of Miss Jenny-the marketing may say that Jack The Frontloader is the leader of The Pack, but the real credit goes to the manager of the company and that is none other than the stern but friendly Miss Jenny Packard making her highly anticipated return to the series after a decade since Season 12's "Percy And The Bandstand" albeit in a non-speaking role since her last official role in the series was actually in the Jack And The Pack spinoff episode 'Mud Glorious Mud'...but regardless of when she last appeared, it is so great to see Miss Jenny again after so long and what's also great is that writer Michael White who has closely worked with Andrew Brenner kept her personality intact when entering into the newly CG-environment of the Thomas & Friends universe from her stern but friendly personality to her Irish accent supplied by newcomer to the voice cast Harriet Kershaw who will also supply the voice of Darcy The Tunnel Boring Machine.  What else can you except...Miss Jenny, you'd make a mother proud!
  • The fantasy sequences-with this now being one of the major selling points for the series, this sequence triggered by The Pack wondering what new vehicle will be joining the team which leads to Miss Jenny revealing The Road Paver in a tribute to the popular Terminator movie franchise was certainly interesting since it shows that there is no stopping Thomas in the meta humor department when making pop culture references mostly from the 1980's when the television series first debuted since we had seen an Indiana Jones reference during the 'Digs & Discoveries' special and now we have friggin' Terminator...but at the same time however, I feel like the show staff knows about the fandom's dark theories a little too well with the most famous one being about why the engines and other vehicles have faces to begin with in which sparked two of the most disturbing fan-made videos I have ever seen from the Thomas community: 'Shed 17' and 'Project G-1' by PaulsVids.  If you like dark and disturbing imagery, then more power to you...but if you have never seen these videos before, don't say I didn't warn you!

CONS:
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Overall while the moral of 'just being yourself' is one that we know all too well in the Thomas & Friends universe from both males and females on the North Western Railway, 'First Day On Sodor' as the introduction to the newest member of The Pack certainly 'aimed to please' as Darcy likes to say and it certainly did in my opinion in order to receive a rating of a 9 out of 10...welcome to The Pack, Darcy!



Grudge Match-9.5/10
Batucada-9.5/10
Out Of Site-8/10
First Day On Sodor-9/10

SEASON 23 OVERALL RATING: 8.7/10

MLEEP Reviews: Thomas & Friends - Out Of Site | #BigWorldBigAdventures

Season 23, Episode 19: Out Of Site
Written By Michael White
Directed By Dianna Basso


When Thomas went on a big world adventure in Italy with his old friend Gina from the Great Railway Show, he met so many new friends on his travels from the amphibious giant Stefano to the excitable excavator Ester who was in need of help in digging the foundations for a new museum for ancient artifacts when the original site was on top of an ancient Roman palace...and while Thomas was not an expert on all things Italian, he was an expert in friendship and he called upon his construction friends from The Pack to help out with the archaeological dig while Thomas was busy solving the mystery of The Lost Engine much to the Pack's amazement when the old story was real after all.  But now that Thomas and the Pack's adventures in Italy are over for now, it's time to journey back to Sodor for a double dosage of construction with the most cracking crew the North Western Railway has ever seen by welcoming two new recruits as we go 'Out Of Site'...let's take a look!

OUT OF SITE: Brenda learns that it's important to work as a team and not just care about her own jobs.


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PROS:
  • The return of Jack And The Pack-I don't know how many fans in the community really wanted to see Jack And The Pack again in the series especially ever since the Big World Big Adventures revamp first started, but I am probably in the minority when I say that I loved Jack And The Pack during the model era of the series as well as in Season 20's "Mucking About" since they were a very cool concept albeit only having one or two episodes in the series every so often...also if you really think about it, Jack And The Pack will be having more appearances and screen time in this one season than they've had in the entirety of the series prior to this unless you count the half-completed spin-off series that happened between Seasons 7 and 8 of the television series!  Also, there have been quite a few changes to the construction crew from Nathan Clarke no longer voicing Alfie The Excavator after Season 20's "Mucking About" as well as there being a couple of new recruits to join the team and balance out the genders...but we'll get to her in a moment!
  • The return of Miss Jenny-the marketing may say that Jack The Frontloader is the leader of The Pack, but the real credit goes to the manager of the company and that is none other than the stern but friendly Miss Jenny Packard making her highly anticipated return to the series after a decade since Season 12's "Percy And The Bandstand" albeit in a non-speaking role since her last official role in the series was actually in the Jack And The Pack spinoff episode 'Mud Glorious Mud'...but regardless of when she last appeared, it is so great to see Miss Jenny again after so long and what's also great is that writer Michael White who has closely worked with Andrew Brenner kept her personality intact when entering into the newly CG-environment of the Thomas & Friends universe from her stern but friendly personality to her Irish accent supplied by newcomer to the voice cast Harriet Kershaw who will also supply the voice of Darcy The Tunnel Boring Machine as we will discover in our next episode.  What else can you except...Miss Jenny, you'd make a mother proud!
  • The fantasy sequences-with this now being one of the major selling points for the series, this sequence of Brenda fearing that Max and Monty will leave piles of stone in everyone's way certainly played a part in fueling her cleanliness obsessed behavior with how she wants to keep the construction site as pretty as a picture as we see Max and Monty causing confusion and delay with their unsafe dumping for Thomas on his branch line as well at Brendam Docks with boats crashing into piles of stone in the sea and for Rebecca where it is revealed that the stone dumping is so high that it goes up into outer space blocking the moon from orbiting the Earth...only for Brenda to realize that she was moving the stone that was needed for the foundations of the new hospital at Wellsworth!

CONS:
  • Brenda-as I have stated countless times ever since Season 23 first started with 'The Other Big Engine/Grudge Match', I am going off of the broadcasting schedule for the United States and I don't know for sure if this is the correct order to view the season...but as for Brenda herself while she does have a very cool design, her personality however is not all that original since all I see with Brenda in this case is the show staff trying to give the audience (particularly the older fans) the character development that Byron The Bulldozer from the original version of The Pack the character development that he was lacking during their two-part debut back in Season 6 and the half-completed spin-off series.  Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of trying to make a gender balanced version of The Pack like with the Steam Team...but Brenda while having a cool design like I said earlier is basically just a female version of Byron The Bulldozer and it would've been better had we fleshed out the personalities of the other Pack members like Byron yet to be re-introduced into the television series!
  • The story-don't get me wrong, it's not a bad story for us to properly get to know Brenda after her brief introduction during the 'Digs & Discoveries' special...but the concept and morals of 'all jobs are important' and 'working together' are some that we know all too well in the Thomas & Friends universe-in fact, this might just be me...but was anyone getting vibes from the Jack And The Pack spinoff episode 'On Site With Thomas' in terms of Brenda thinking she was the most important member of the team in terms of her job which prevented the other members of the team from getting any work done?  It's not funny, it's not suspenseful and it's not dramatic because we know everything that's going to happen...but for a lot of people, they somehow don't mind this kind of story and I guess that's okay in my opinion

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Overall even with Brenda's constant desire to keep the construction clean and tidy, 'Out Of Site' still managed to be a pretty good and proper introduction for the newest member of The Pack into the Thomas & Friends universe along with bringing back a much loved familiar face after so long...for that, it deserves a rating of an 8 out of 10 and the fun is only just beginning in our construction double feature as we are about to welcome another new face to the team who goes from 'boring' to awesome.  See you next time!



Grudge Match-9.5/10
Batucada-9.5/10
Out Of Site-8/10

SEASON 23 OVERALL RATING: 8.68/10

Friday, August 30, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Stop The Presses/Old Acquaintance | #BoJack

Season 3, Episode 7: Stop The Presses
Written By Joe Lawson

Throughout the first half of Season 3, we have seen BoJack Horseman struggle with the idea of being micro-managed by his ruthless yet efficient publicist in an epic race to win an Oscar for his dream movie 'Secretariat' which was filmed throughout the duration of Season 2 all while he was nearly framed for a crime he didn't commit and tried to make things right with the ex-director of 'Secretariat' after getting her fired on top of crashing a wedding rehearsal dinner where he almost broke up the latest newlyweds in Hollywoo.  But as we begin the second half of Season 3 after what was easily the most appalling episode in the entire series in my opinion, let's just hope that BoJack can make things right again as we 'Stop The Presses'...let's take a look!

STOP THE PRESSES: While Todd builds a giant papier-mâché Todd head, a customer service rep gives BoJack some sound advice when he tries to cancel his newspaper subscription

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PROS:
  • 'The Problem With Paper'-when something is stealing food from BoJack and Todd's house, Todd makes a giant papier-mâché Todd head to scare whatever it is away...at least until he forgot about when working on the female equivalent of Uber known as Cabracadabra which angers BoJack resulting in him calling the L.A. Gazette to complain where The Closer reveals that he had never made a complaint until now only for it to be revealed that BoJack has only offered them Todd and Emily to use his house for their business not only because Mr. Peanutbutter's house is still full of spaghetti strainers for some weird reason but also to hide the fact that BoJack slept/had sex with Emily a few weeks prior so that Todd doesn't find out...pay attention to that little detail of BoJack having sex with Emily behind Todd's back because it's gonna play a part in one of the two episodes coming out next week and it looks like the papier-mâché isn't the only 'sticky situation' that BoJack has landed himself into so far this season if you know what I mean while The Closer in this episode acts more like a therapist for BoJack in getting him to realize his mistake in what could cost him the only friendship that he has ever had in recent years as well as his chances of winning an Oscar when it is also revealed he had sex with his publicist as well!
  • 'The Aftermath Of Margo Martindale'-for those who don't remember from back in Season 2's "The Shot", Character Actress Margo Martindale became a fugitive of the law while helping BoJack and ex-Secretariat director Kelsey Jannings steal a crucial shot for the film in Yorba Linda behind producer Lenny Turteltaub's back and it is here where we finally get to see what happened to her after the events of that episode as she is seen taking refuge in BoJack's boat that he brought home ever since the events of 'Escape From L.A.' after doing a run of an obscure Tennessee Williams play at the La Jolla Playhouse before being called 'a talent to watch' by the San Diego Union-Tribune thus prompting her to seek shelter in BoJack's boat which she eventually steals along with Todd's papier-mâché head after being nominated for an award

CONS:
  • N/A

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Overall, 'Stop The Presses' 'cause this episode was just the rebound that Season 3 of BoJack Horseman needed in order to get back on track again in the race for the Oscars...we may still have a fair share of adult humor mostly relying on sex, but it's all to set up what's to come over the next few episodes and that is why I'm giving 'Stop The Presses' a rating of an 8 out of 10

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Season 3, Episode 8: Old Acquaintance
Written By Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Alison Flierl and Scott Chernoff

When we last left BoJack Horseman, he had received some sound advice from The Closer when he called to have his newspaper subscription cancelled after not saying a word about it for six months to hide the fact that BoJack had sex with Todd's high school crush Emily out of fear he might lose Todd as a friend in order to let him and Emily set up their female Uber business at his house after abandoning a papier-mâché head project to stop something from stealing their food...and while BoJack is still in the race of the Oscars for 'Secretariat', his future may be starting to look up after all when he meets an 'Old Acquaitance'. Let's take a look...

OLD ACQUAINTANCE: While BoJack is up for a role in a David Pincher film, Diane meets Captain Peanutbutter and Todd makes a series of business decisions

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PROS:
  • 'Carolyn VS. Gekko VS. Kelsey'-if you guys remember from way back in the early days of the series, Princess Carolyn and Vanessa Gekko have been involved in one of the biggest rivalries that Hollywoo has ever seen with both of them competing against each other trying to be the better agency in Hollywoo especially when it comes to this episode where Princess Carolyn is trying to sell the idea of BoJack Horseman being the replacement lead in the David Pincher film 'Flight Of The Pegasus' while Vanessa Gekko and Rutabaga trying to get Chuff Hollister as the replacement lead immediately after Rutabaga promising his pregnant wife that he'd be there for her in her time of need...in the meantime, it is revealed that ex-Secretariat director Kelsey Jannings who despite never wanting to see anyone again asks BoJack to be in her movie 'Jelle Belle' to secure funding for a real movie and that despite while he won't star in the movie will do something meaningful unlike with 'Flight Of The Pegasus' to which BoJack agrees only to not get in either movie when his agent keeps demanding more money. Speaking of which, next topic!
  • 'Ethan Around'-through a phone call that brings back Sarah Lynn as she asks BoJack if she has heard about the Horsin' Around sequel 'Ethan Around', BoJack is offended that he hadn't been contacted yet and it is here we discover that it was just an idea that Bradley Hitler-Smith wasn't actually trying to get made but rather a way of saying that he's coming to Los Angeles and discuss it with a now invested BoJack as the sitcom stage has been calling him all these years...but it apparently isn't calling the right number for BoJack's ruthless publicist Ana who wants BoJack to accept the replacement lead role in 'Flight Of The Pegasus' as it will help make BoJack look like an actor and not just a movie star thus putting BoJack on the spot since he doesn't want to let his old friend Bradley down, did I forget to mention how much I am not a fan of Ana in this season of BoJack?!
  • Captain Peanutbutter-not only do we get some payoff from what had been discussed a few episodes back in terms of Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter visiting his family on the Labrador Peninsula, but it is here where we meet Mr. Peanutbutter's five minutes older brother Captain Peanutbutter who is voiced by none other than Grammy winning singer-songwriter 'Weird Al' Yankovic who you may remember also recently came back to voice Cheese Sandwich in the final season of My Little Pony...and let me just say that despite not being able to hide his recognizable voice, 'Weird Al' was a perfect choice to voice Captain Peanutbutter since his voice for the character is almost identical to that of Mr. Peanutbutter's thus making it easier to see the resemblance and making it a great contrast when he starts talking to Diane about how every labrador on the peninsula will die one day if they don't believe in the soul since life is precious...as the Peanutbutter Brothers said, 'nothing bad ever happens on the Labrador Peninsula'...right?!

CONS:
  • N/A

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Overall, I didn't think this would happen again during Season 3 of BoJack Horseman...but 'Old Acquaintance' managed to keep the quality of this week's episodes consistent with another 8 out of 10 rating-it may not be the levels of greatness that we received at the start of the season, but we're slowly but surely getting back on track again. But all I can say is that we're in for one hell of a doozy with the final four episodes of the season as tempers will rise and friendships will fall...see you all next week!


Stop The Presses/Old Acquaintance-8/10

SEASON 3 OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: Mary Poppins - 55 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' Years | #MaryPoppins55

MARY POPPINS
Written By Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi
Composed By Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Produced By Walt Disney
Edited By Cotton Warburton
Directed By Robert Stevenson

Out of all the original live-action movies that Disney has made, the one that people by far enjoy the most has gotta be 'Mary Poppins' and this film much like 'The Lion King' is one that I know pretty well-the songs, the characters, the story, I know it practically inside and out and I guess you could make the argument that I'm already sorta prejudiced towards this movie as I'm obviously gonna love it...but upon seeing it again after growing up not having seen the film in years, 'Mary Poppins' is still a damn impressive movie-not just for the songs, not just for the acting, not just for the effects, not just for the sets, not just for the atmosphere but for the characters and for the story.  There's just no other word I can use for it except magic, it's a friggin' magical movie!  The best way I can describe it is like being cheerfully drunk at a party: you go and have fun dancing and having all sorts of great times, but then you wanna get into the serious moments when you wanna question life and...yeah, that's kinda here too since it doesn't shy away from some of the really heavy stuff that it's doing alongside the simple stuff to the point where you could argue it's too simple in terms of its concept of a workaholic father who needs to spend more time with his kids.  But the way that they deal with it and the creative way they talk about it and...oh, it's just so damn good.  But is Mary Poppins still practically perfect in every way after fifty-five years?  Let's find out, this is 'Mary Poppins'!

MARY POPPINS: When Jane and Michael-the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family-are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents


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Julie Andrews plays the titular role of Mary Poppins and man does she hit it out of the park...yeah she can obviously do the really charming pretty moments where she has the nice voice, but what sets it apart is when she is strict and she is just so hard to figure out since I love the way how she constantly plays people against themselves yet they're never aware of what's going on since they always think that they came to the conclusion themselves when everything is actually going exactly to how she planned.  Of course, you also have Dick Van Dyke as Bert...yeeeah, everyone makes fun of the accent and its not unwarranted since it's a really bad Cockney accent and yet I really hope that doesn't divert people too much away from really still what a good performance it is.  I mean, yeah the accent is distracting and I can understand if you can't see past it...but look at how much energy he's putting in from the dancing to all the physical stuff he's doing at the same time!  Just look at what a great character Bert is...I love the fact that he always has a different job every time you see him-this is probably a guy who lives on the street and yet he doesn't care since he's just so happy with everything in life including having air in his lungs.  Mr. Banks is a perfect bulls-eye as well...sure he's a stick in the mud and doesn't ever get the joke, but you see that he's really trying hard and you see that he is legitimately excited about it when he does actually want to bring his kids closer even if it's just about something that he's excited about in terms of his work.

The memorable moments in 'Mary Poppins' are too many to count: Ed Wynn laughing on the ceiling, the 'Chim Chim Cher-ee' song and its dance sequences, walking on top of the rooftops, blowing the smoke into stairs to see that wonderful sunset, oh gosh...it's overload, there's so many good moments of atmosphere and music and wonder and it just takes you back to being a little kid again!  All the effort that they put in is there: the look and size, the dance numbers, the music, the lyrics and...okay, I like this movie a lot as you can obviously figure out and yet I'm trying to figure out what's actually not good about it with the only thing that I can really think of is that maybe the scenes where they're playing and having fun go on for a bit too long which results in it becoming unfocused.  But I don't know, it's still supposed to be a family film that entertains the kids too and kids just really wanna stay in this entertaining world and it lets them stay there for as long as they would probably wanna stay there in my opinion until it goes on to the next cool thing or balances it out with some really touching moments-the biggest scene that comes to mind is the unbelievable 'Feed The Birds' sequence which turns something as simple as giving money to an old woman to feed birds into something powerful and you can definitely see why this was Walt Disney's favorite song.

The way it seems to blend in from one scene to another going from happy and dancing into something a little bit more heavy and serious into happy and dancing again into animation into live-action...it's just a perfect blend!  The song sequence for 'Step In Time' near the end...I just never want to stop since it just keeps going and going and going like a party you never want to end and yet it ends on a perfect note where you just have to catch your breath when it does.  It allows you to calm down from this high that you've been going on for the past ten to fifteen minutes, but then again what makes it so friggin' good is the ending scene where Mr. Banks is walking to his job knowing he's about to lose it-there's no song and no dialogue, it's just him walking down these empty dark roads and it takes the time to really let this moment sink in and it's not only one of my favorite moments in the movie but also one of my favorite moments in film altogether.  Listen to the music and look at these shots, you can just feel the atmosphere coming through on the screen...this is a man who's tied everything to his job and now he's about to lose it which equals to him about to lose everything leading up to this great moment where he goes to the stairs where the woman feeding the birds was and she's not there.  I could be reading too much into it, but I always sorta took it that she may have died...listen to that choir, it sounds like the choir you'd hear in a church.  Maybe this wasn't the intention since Disney can't clearly say that, but that's what I get out of it since you never see her again almost as if it was signifying to do those good moments when you can because there may not be another time...it's just such a perfect moment, but of course the ending equals out to a happy one and it's just the perfect one that you need.  I won't ruin it to those who haven't seen it, but it's such a happy positive delivery and it's such a good feeling when you watch it even if you know what's gonna happen along with a bittersweet exit for Mary Poppins as well and it just brings me back to being a little kid again every single time I see it.  As an adult, I can appreciate so much about it too not just from a technical or special effects level but from a writing or musical or character level...it's just so strong!

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Overall, 'Mary Poppins' is one of those kids' movies that just every family has and for good reason: it deserves to be in every family, it deserves to be on every shelf, it's just a wonderful movie from the writing to the acting to the visuals to the music...it's just wonderful and a film as 'practically perfect in every way' as this deserves a rating of a 10 out of 10.

Monday, August 26, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Love And Or Marriage/Brrap Brrap Pew Pew | #BoJack

Season 3, Episode 5: Love And/Or Marriage
Written By Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Peter Knight

Love and marriage have played a big part in BoJack Horseman throughout the series so far from BoJack wanting to confess his true feeling for his ghostwriter Diane despite her being in a relationship with his sitcom rival Mr. Peanutbutter to Princess Carolyn having feelings for what BoJack described as 'very obviously three kids stacked on top of each other under a trench coat' by the name of Vincent Adultman which not only went nowhere but was also extremely disturbing in my opinion...but what about Todd, does he have any plans for relationships any time soon? Let's find out by wedding crashing while asking the question of 'Love And/Or Marriage'...let's take a look!

LOVE AND/OR MARRIAGE: While Todd and BoJack crash a rehearsal dinner, Diane gets high with a client and Princess Carolyn goes on a series of blind dates.

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PROS:
  • Emily-for those who don't remember during the episode 'The BoJack Horseman Show', we discovered that Todd had a high school crush back in the day where he managed to score the yellow beanie that we have seen ever since Season 1 of the series and it is here in this episode where the two of them finally reunite after many years where it also revealed that she was a huge fan of 'The BoJack Horseman Show' in a 'so bad it's good' way while being pretty much in love with BoJack to which BoJack appeared to be on for having sex with her as well by his reactions of which this moment between them is gonna be playing a part later on in this season during the Oscars campaign...if you saw the BoJack Horseman parody video that I made for the My Little Pony episode 'Student Counsel', you'll know the episode that I'm talking about and which scene hit so many people hard regarding BoJack Horseman
  • Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter-seeing as they are having trouble putting their thoughts and words together about their relationship despite the fact that one of them is a ghostwriter-turned celebrity tweeter, it is also mentioned from before that Diane never had the support growing up as Mr. Peanutbutter did before getting a text from Alexi Brosefino about attending a party that night for her to take Instagram photos despite Mr. Peanutbutter wanting to stay in with Diane and reminding her to call him if she's out late of which of course she ends up going on a drug high in order to confess her feelings for Mr. Peanutbutter accompanied by some cool trippy animation albeit not as massive as the acid trip we went on back in Season 1's "Downer Ending"...and then when she ends up in the hospital breaking her wrist and not to do any more drugs because of the revelation that she is pregnant, it's gonna lead to what is gonna be a very disturbing joke as we will soon discover in the next episode!


CONS:
  • The story-just from the concept alone of BoJack and Todd crashing a rehearsal dinner, it unfortunately makes this episode feel like a rehash of Season 1's "Horse Majeure" where BoJack was trying to sabotage the wedding of Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter in order to confess his true feelings for Diane after everything they had been through together while writing his memoirs and I honestly don't feel like that's enough to warrant a new episode-at least Vincent Adultman is nowhere to be seen, thank God! On top of that, the subplots of Diane getting high with a client only exists to make drug jokes in order to meet the quota of adult jokes in this episode and Princess Carolyn's subplot of going on a series of blind dates goes pretty much nowhere since you can pretty much tell where it is going without even seeing the episode of which I could've sworn I was seeing myself in the world of BoJack Horseman on Princess Carolyn's first date based on how the character is designed up until her last date which takes the phrase 'a game of cat and mouse' to a whole new level


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Overall despite being a rehash of a wedding crash, 'Love And/Or Marriage' still managed to be a pretty great episode in addressing the topic of long-lasting relationships and what love is really all about which for that earns a rating of an 8 out of 10

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Season 3, Episode 6: Brrap Brrap Pew Pew
Written By Joanna Calo

When we last left BoJack Horseman, he and Todd crashed the rehearsal wedding dinner for the best friend of Todd's high school crush Emily to which everyone went crazy over the fact that a celebrity crashed their wedding...at least until BoJack almost put the brakes on the love train when giving his toast to the happy couple and despite being a rehash of a wedding crash from Season 1 still managed to patch things up in order for the couple to live happily ever after, but it looks like Diane may have landed herself in hot water yet again!  Let's find out in the midway point of Season 3 simply titled 'Brrap Brrap Pew Pew'!

BRRAP BRRAP PEW PEW: While Diane's tweet lands Sextina Aquafina in hot water, prankster and A-list actor Jurj Clooners gets under BoJack's skin.


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PROS:
  • N/A


CONS:
  • Continuity with 'Love And/Or Marriage'-picking up right where we left off from the previous episode where Diane is at the hospital with Mr. Peanutbutter cursing him out on the revelation that she is pregnant, the fact that the two of them decide on getting an abortion since they had always agreed since the beginning that they didn't want kids while thankfully getting rid of the bestiality fears that were going through my head for the past year is also extremely disheartening because of how dark the subject matter is seeing as there are many parents in today's age that don't want to take on the responsibility of being parents for children thus resulting in them having their baby aborted...in my opinion, every child deserves a chance to live and to see BoJack Horseman as a series basically tell its viewers that it is perfectly fine to have unborn children aborted just made me sick to my stomach! I may not like children, but I would never want to see any child get aborted or see the parents go through with plans for abortion...this is another example of agenda pushing for those who watch these kinds of shows!
  • The story-whereas in last week's episode 'BoJack Kills' where I was all for having a murder mystery scenario despite it being a rehash of Season 1's "BoJack Hates The Troops" in terms of BoJack making headlines for a misunderstanding that was blown completely out of proportion, I didn't think that we would be getting another rehash within the same season with the only difference this time being that this episode is a rehash of Season 2's "Hank After Dark"-all you have to do is replace Hank Hippopopalous with Sextina Aquafina as the celebrity whose career that Diane ruins and you're all set!  On top of that, the subplot with BoJack Horseman and Jurj Clooners was just boring to sit through...whereas throughout the first two seasons when BoJack is trying to one up Mr. Peanutbutter which kept getting more and more entertaining and while I can understand BoJack's desire to win an Oscar for his movie Secretariat, seeing him and Jurj Clooners being at each other's throats while in a race for the Oscars doesn't carry the same charm or humor especially when the series is trying to tell you that being famous isn't worth it since it will only make you happy for a little while!


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Overall, why is it that we always hit rock bottom during the midway mark of each season so far because 'Brrap Brrap Pew Pew' unfortunately managed to be worse than Season 2's "Higher Love" and Season 1's "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen" combined while also managing to bring our streak of great episodes in Season 3 to a literal dolphin screeching halt just by the mere concept alone that getting an abortion is perfectly fine...every child deserves a chance to live, but 'Brrap Brrap Pew Pew' shouldn't never seen the light of day since I couldn't even finish it from how disturbing it was and for that earns a rating of a 3 out of 10. All I can say at this point is...BoJack, you'd better clean up your shit and deliver two truly amazing episodes next week because this episode was f--king appalling and a clear sign that the writers have absolutely no regard whatsoever for the shit that's coming out of their mouths! F--k this episode, f--k the person who wrote this episode and f--k you too if you try to defend this episode!


Love And Or Marriage/Brrap Brrap Pew Pew-5.5/10

SEASON 3 OVERALL RATING: 7.33/10

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - BoJack Kills/Fish Out Of Water | #BoJack

Season 3, Episode 3: BoJack Kills
Written By Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kelly Galuska

With Season 3 of BoJack Horseman already underway, we can see that BoJack is realizing more and more that the celebrity life ain't all it's cracked up to be especially when the success of his best-selling memoir from back in Season 1 and landing the role of his dreams in the movie 'Secretariat' throughout the duration of Season 2 have only been short term successes in his life...and it looks like BoJack's race towards the Oscars could soon be put in jeopardy when he could be in jail for a crime he didn't commit, let's find out 'cause we're in for a whale of time investigating this mystery as we discover what happens when 'BoJack Kills'!

BOJACK KILLS: BoJack is framed for the murder of a Whale World dancer while Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd get into a stinky situation with the skunk next door.


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PROS:
  • The humor-while this episode does have its fill of adult humor throughout the episode, it's great to see that the series can still have moments that don't rely on sex or drug jokes that actually managed to make me chuckle like all of the bat puns regarding a Bat Mitzvah that BoJack and Diane have to attend while solving the mystery of BoJack's framed murder as well as all of the whale related puns which played a part in making one big jab at what I can only assume was SeaWorld and the non-denominational holiday puns which I know a lot of people are gonna enjoy because of how 'politically correct' they feel that the world is becoming these days...and how could I not burst out laughing when Mr. Peanutbutter can't resist the urge to shake off from his tomato juice bath with Todd after getting sprayed by the skunk next door.  The story that was chosen to carry the humor through however is another story...

CONS:
  • Goober's Whale World-while I will give credit to the show staff for giving us another flashback to the days of 'Horsin' Around' in developing one of the cast members and how his life has changed ever since the series went off the air, what Goober has decided to choose for his career is unfortunately where a lot of the humor for this episode comes from and it really took me out of it since it felt like they were trying to copy 'Chicken 4 Dayz' from back in Season 2 but go to the max in showing how they extort female killer whales for the sexual pleasure of everyone who comes to Whale World.  I can understand wanting to make a parody of SeaWorld with this concept, but this isn't exactly how I envisioned it especially since I know that BoJack is a television series that is known for its adult humor and raunchy moments!
  • The story-don't get me wrong, I am all for having a murder mystery scenario for an episode of BoJack Horseman since it gives me nostalgic vibes of the 1988 classic 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'...but it is here where I have to take the nostalgia goggles off since the backbone used to make up the story for this episode is pretty much a rehash of Season 1's "BoJack Hates The Troops" in terms of BoJack making headlines for a misunderstanding that was blown completely out of proportion-all you have to do is replace the story of BoJack calling the troops 'jerks' after arguing with Neal McBeal to wrongfully being framed for the murder of a Whale World dancer and you're all set!  On top of that, the subplot with Mr. Peanutbutter didn't go anywhere and it was just boring to sit through...whereas in "BoJack Hates The Troops" when he actually was helping BoJack with the predicament that he was in, seeing him and Todd trying to get rid of a skunk while a relatable concept doesn't carry the same level of humor that we had seen in the past with these characters!

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Overall, I didn't think we'd be getting another bad episode of BoJack Horseman especially this early into a brand new season...but thanks to an extremely thin story and humor that didn't really appeal to me for a lot of the time, 'BoJack Kills' unfortunately gets a rating of a 5 out of 10

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Season 3, Episode 4: Fish Out Of Water
Written By Elijah Aaron and Jordan Young

When we last left BoJack Horseman, he had been framed for the murder of a Whale World dancer...and when he and Diane investigated the situation, the culprit turned out to be one of the long forgotten stars from 'Horsin' Around' using BoJack's name to sell heroin to his overdosed killer whale dancers...and for what was basically an underwater version of 'BoJack Hates The Troops', it really wasn't that great of an experience.  But it looks like the wild watery adventures of BoJack aren't over just yet for this week because he is about to feel like a real 'Fish Out Of Water'...let's take a look!

FISH OUT OF WATER: BoJack takes an underwater trip to the Pacific Ocean Film Festival for the Secretariat premiere where he tries to reach out to ex-Secretariat director Kelsey Jannings.

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PROS:
  • Continuity With 'The Shot'-for those who don't remember, BoJack and ex-Secretariat director Kelsey Jannings had worked together to steal a crucial shot for the film back in Season 2's "The Shot" against producer Lenny Turteltaub's back which led to her being fired from the movie and replaced with Abe D'Catfish who didn't give a crap about the quality of the movie at all on top of them finishing the movie without BoJack when he escaped from L.A. by using a computer face scan that they had done at the start of Season 2...ever since then, BoJack had no real way to contact Kelsey to apologize for getting her fired and not staying in contact with her-you really feel for BoJack since all he wants to do is tell Kelsey how he really feels and yet he can't since the entire episode is set underwater without any dialogue whatsoever throughout a majority of the experience using the 'show don't tell' method of storytelling extremely well through the use of expressions and actions-if you can do that right like this episode did, it's a sign that there is a really gripping experience ahead for you since it's up to the mind to figure out what's going on through the expressions of BoJack and Kelsey!  In fact, I could be crazy for saying this...but seeing as they used 'show, don't tell' so well for a majority of the episode, it could've gone the whole episode without saying a single word!

CONS:
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Overall for the second half of our watery double feature, 'Fish Out Of Water' was just the rebound that Season 3 of BoJack Horseman needed in order to get back on track since it is a shining example of how your typical talking animals animated series can be a lot more human than you think because it shows that BoJack despite his best efforts to change his ways will always be a literal fish out of water especially after what happened in this episode that truly deserves a rating of a 10 out of 10


BoJack Kills/Fish Out Of Water-7.5/10

SEASON 3 OVERALL RATING: 8.25/10

Saturday, August 17, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: Thomas & Friends - Digs & Discoveries | #BigWorldBigAdventures

THOMAS & FRIENDS: DIGS & DISCOVERIES
Written By Becky Overton
Directed By Joey So

Ever since Thomas The Tank Engine first arrived on the Island Of Sodor, he had always wanted to see the world...and through the encouragement of the dangerous thrillseeker Ace, he saw his chance as he journeyed across five different continents with the help of his new friend Nia through deserts and jungles and climbing mountains in an attempt to become the first railway engine to go all the way around the world before he returned to help out on the railways of his international friends that he met at the Great Railway Show.  But what big world adventures will Thomas get up to when he and his construction friends travel to Italy?  Let's find out and go go go on a big world adventure to the Eternal City for some 'Digs & Discoveries'!

THOMAS & FRIENDS - DIGS & DISCOVERIES: Thomas and the Sodor Construction Company discover a new world of wonder as they explore the buried history of Italy!

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Season 23, Episodes 15-16: All Tracks Lead To Rome
Written By Becky Overton
Directed By Joey So

ALL TRACKS LEAD TO ROME: Thomas tries to prove to Gina that he is an expert in all things Italian

PROS:
  • The animation-even if they had to reuse a lot of assets from Sodor in order to create the railways of Italy like they did for the movie such as the Ulfstead Castle Mine and Maron Station, you can't deny that the team at Jam Filled still did an amazing job in capturing the beauty and serenity of Italy from the lush green valleys filled with trees to the magnificent mountains and beautiful beaches even going as far as animating the Leaning Tower Of Pisa and the Colosseum...I may not have ever been to Italy myself, but I adore how gorgeous it looks and authentic it sounds in the music department thanks to the compositions by Chris Renshaw-what else can you say except 'bravo, bellissimo'!
  • Teaching Italian culture-some or even many fans might be turned off by this due to feeling like that they are back in school learning things that they don't want to (as if they didn't want to learn anything before), I'm all for learning new things about different cultures because I have been to many Italian-inspired restaurants throughout my time even if it is mostly for pizza with family...and with the much anticipated return of Gina from 'The Great Race' as Thomas' tour guide in her homeland of Italy albeit without a reintroduction from Thomas like he had with Yong Bao and Raul, it is clear right from the start that she is very proud of the heritage in her homeland though she is quick to correct anyone who has misunderstandings about her homeland's heritage especially from Thomas in this episode which we will get to discussing soon!
  • The fantasy sequences-with this now being one of the major selling points for the series, this sequence of Gina and Thomas in a horse drawn chariot race while a rather excitable Sir Topham Hatt as a great Roman emperor cheers Thomas on from his throne was amazing to witness and quite a lot of fun with how authentic it looked through the many different camera angles being animated by Jam Filled...although I have to wonder why we haven't received a Wood or TrackMaster version of this fantasy among the merchandise coming out for this new movie-I know that we have the TrackMaster Armored Thomas and Gina in their own three packs, but it would be cool if they released a Colosseum set of Gina and Thomas racing each other in a similar style to the one they released for 'The Great Race'!
  • The introduction of Stefano-just from his legendary beach landing alone, Stefano has certainly made a grand entrance into the Thomas & Friends universe since we've never had a 'super cruiser' as Mattel calls him in Thomas before-in fact as his character bio states, he is quite charming and gentle despite him being a bit of a showboat who loves to wow everyone with his amphibious abilities and revels in their surprise...but I really wish that a majority of the fandom would stop making D-Day jokes about Stefano every time that he enters and exits the beach when talking to Thomas-guys, it's flat out insulting to history and to those men who gave their lives so that we could continue to live ours!
  • The introduction of Ester-although she doesn't appear on screen as much as Stefano does, Ester still makes for a pretty enjoyable character since we have never had a female excavator in the world of Thomas before seeing as we've only had Alfie and Oliver from The Pack who we will be seeing make their return in the second part of this special and we can see that she gets very excitable about the archaeological dig that she is working on with Gina...and as we will soon see in Part 2 of this special, she is gonna get a big surprise both with her digging and who she has to help her out!


CONS:
  • The story-while I was blown away by the animation and authentic sounds of Italy, it couldn't hide the fact that the first part of this adventure isn't all that original since it is mostly an Italian rehash of Season 22's "Outback Thomas" as well as every single time within the series where Thomas claims he knows all about something when he really doesn't and you're just waiting for the moment where Thomas realizes his mistakes and makes things right with whichever engine he had originally angered or upset-all you really have to do is replace Thomas wanting to be a fun tour guide like Shane from Australia with thinking he knows more about Italian than Gina does and you're all set on top of having a majority of the episode being spent on Thomas and Gina arguing with each other about who knows more about Italy than the other engine!  It's not funny, it's not suspenseful and it's not dramatic because we know everything that's going to happen...but for a lot of people, they somehow don't mind this kind of story and I can understand why


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Overall despite being an Italian rehash of Thomas' first adventure in Australia during Season 22, 'All Tracks Lead To Rome' still manages to be a pretty great start for Thomas' new adventures in the Eternal City with some gorgeous animation and plenty of new friends to meet from the amphibious Stefano to the excitable excavator Ester...so for that, 'All Tracks Lead To Rome' also led to a rating of an 8 out of 10 and this big world adventure has only just begun!

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Season 23, Episodes 17-18: Mines Of Mystery
Written By Becky Overton
Directed By Joey So

MINES OF MYSTERY: In an attempt to impress his friends, Thomas finds a discovery beyond his expectations

PROS:
  • The return of Jack And The Pack-I don't know how many fans in the community really wanted to see Jack And The Pack again in the series especially ever since the Big World Big Adventures revamp first started, but I am probably in the minority when I say that I loved Jack And The Pack during the model era of the series as well as in Season 20's "Mucking About" since they were a very cool concept albeit only having one or two episodes in the series every so often...also if you really think about it, Jack And The Pack will be having more appearances and screen time in this one season than they've had in the entirety of the series prior to this unless you count the half-completed spin-off series that happened between Seasons 7 and 8 of the television series!  Also, there have been quite a few changes to the construction crew from Nathan Clarke no longer voicing Alfie The Excavator after Season 20's "Mucking About" as well as Thomas meeting a new member of The Pack that he had never seen before among his old friends...but we'll get to her in a moment!
  • The fantasy sequences-with this now being one of the major selling points for the series, this sequence of Thomas imagining him making an exciting discovery like his friends from The Pack a la referencing the Indiana Jones classic 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' was friggin' amazing since Thomas has been known for referencing television shows and movies in the past along with adapting classic media...and with Indiana Jones being one of my favorite film franchises, this sequence was an absolute blast in how on-point it was in adapting this classic film series from the careful extraction of the ancient artifacts to being chased out of the closing walled caverns while being chased out by boulders which turns out to be in Brazil where Thomas almost crashes into the collapsed bridge that he crossed with Nia and Ace while delivering coffee in the Big World Big Adventures movie before being woken out of his fantasy by Max's horn in present day reality...while I can see Mattel making a TrackMaster or Wood set out of this particular fantasy, what surprised me the most was that I never thought I would hear Thomas say the word 'booby traps' which I'm sure is gonna awaken the immature fans in the community!
  • The introduction of Lorenzo and Beppe-through a beautifully crafted mosaic tiled backstory of 'The Lost Engine' from Stefano to Thomas in 'All Tracks Lead To Rome' and then to Jack And The Pack in the second half of this special, it is here where we finally meet the legendary best friends duo of Lorenzo and Beppe who both have amazing designs and we can see right from their introduction that they love being the center of attention while having a love for singing opera which not only leads to an unfortunate cave collapse leading to being rescued by Stefano but will also play a part in two upcoming episodes of Season 23 when we return to Italy to meet up with our newbies for this special again and follow them on their own adventures.  While not much is known about Lorenzo and Beppe as of this moment, but I look forward to seeing what adventures these two will get up to with Thomas in the future...


CONS:
  • Brenda-as I have stated countless times ever since Season 23 first started with 'The Other Big Engine/Grudge Match', I am going off of the broadcasting schedule for the United States and I don't know for sure if this is the correct order to view the season...but as for Brenda herself while she does have a very cool design, her personality however is not all that original since all I see with Brenda in this case is the show staff trying to give the audience (particularly the older fans) the character development that Byron The Bulldozer from the original version of The Pack the character development that he was lacking during their two-part debut back in Season 6 and the half-completed spin-off series.  Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of trying to make a gender balanced version of The Pack like with the Steam Team...but Brenda while having a cool design like I said earlier is basically just a female version of Byron The Bulldozer and it would've been better had we fleshed out the personalities of the other Pack members like Byron yet to be re-introduced into the television series!


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Overall while the concept of the engines making exciting discoveries through their misadventures is nothing new for the series since we've had both good and bad examples from throughout the series even before the international revamp, 'Mines Of Mystery' is definitely a shining example of how this concept can be done right and I'm proud to give this episode a 9 out of 10 and give 'Digs & Discoveries' in general a rating of a 8.5 out of 10.


Grudge Match-9.5/10
Batucada-9.5/10
Panicky Percy-6.5/10
Diesel Do Right-10/10

Digs & Discoveries-8.5/10

SEASON 23 OVERALL RATING: 8.73/10