After binging season 2 recently (and loving it to bits), I just couldn’t help but check in on season 3 (even though these days I prefer to wait for a series to be done its season before watching it). The first episode was pretty good, but oh man, episode 2, with the return of Los Pollos Hermanos… I’m so fucking in.
I saw this stand-up special pop up on Netflix, and since I’ve found these two to be pretty funny in the past — mostly in cameos — I decided to watch it, and really liked it. It doesn’t have huge laughs, but I found myself constantly giggling throughout — I mostly like their laidback vibe, and the kinda stupid jokes they make (like the “OJ Joke Trilogy” bit).
I absolutely loved this series, and couldn’t wait for the second part of its first season to come out. Well, it’s out, it’s short (only 5 episodes), and now that I’m on the 3rd episode I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed. I’m still enjoying the performances immensely, but the story is falling flat for me. I kinda wish each episode was just wall-to-wall performances by the The Get Down Brothers.
The best thing about this morning’s cartoon cavalcade was the happy return of Samurai Jack — it had been preempted last week because of the Rick & Morty special. An interesting episode, with the — well, sorta expected — turn of one of the daughters of Aku. I followed that up with three Mickey Mouse shorts — that’s “O Sole Minnie” pictured in the post — and then some Ren & Stimpy (with the good ol’ “I don’t like it” horse). I capped things off with the Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show. I really do enjoy these Sunday morning cartoon sessions.
I was suddenly in the mood to check out Powerless, a sitcom set in the DC Comics universe that debuted earlier this year. I liked it so much, I ended up binging all 6 episodes that have aired so far. The cast is terrific — and I really quite like Vanessa Hudgens’s super genki character — and it’s really pretty funny. Glad I checked it out, and looking forward to more episodes.
Well, it didn’t take long for my plans to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings to switch over to Sunday mornings, and that’s because the new season of Samurai Jack airs on Saturday nights, and so it’s what I want to watch first thing on Sunday. This past Sunday I again kicked things off with Samurai Jack, which was episode 3 of the new season, and another fantastic one at that — the fight in the snow was mesmerizing. I followed that up with Star Wars Rebels, although with that series I’m running a few episodes behind — I think the 3rd season just ended, but I’m at episode 16. I then watched a couple of Mickey Mouse shorts, one of them the “Tokyo Go” one, which is just so much fun to watch. After that, I still had Samurai Jack on my mind, and so decided to go back and watch one of the older episodes. I had started watching them a while back, and so went back to that, which was season 2’s 5th episode. There were interesting parallels with what we’re seeing in the new season, as he confronts 8 deadly robots, with a scene that surely inspired the one where the sisters each get their masks. I liked going back to watching something old, so decided to follow that up with Ren & Stimpy, which I haven’t watched since back in the day. I watched the pilot episode, and I think I’ll keep watching some each week. I then capped my cartoon watching with Steven Universe. I’d heard it was good, but for some reason had never bothered checking it out. I watched the first 2 episodes, and absolutely loved them. I’m in.
Let me start by stating how I feel about the Marvel Netflix series so far: I thought the first season of Daredevil was fantastic, and I was especially wowed by Fisk and the great fight choreography; season 2 of Daredevil was a disappointment, and although I liked the portrayal of The Punisher, I felt that sticking him in court for a half a season was beyond boring; I very much disliked Jessica Jones, too dour with frustratingly slow development, and the only reason I watched the entire season was because I kept hoping it would right itself; I loved Luke Cage for the first half of the season, but then I felt it lost its way after they got rid of Cottonmouth. So Iron Fist, which arrives with horrible reviews. I used to be excited for this series — after seeing the exciting fight scenes in Daredevil, I thought we’d get that and more with Iron Fist. Alas, two episodes in, although I’m not hating the show like I did Jessica Jones, it is hugely disappointing to see such uninspired fight scenes. I don’t know if I’ll make it to the end of the season, but I’m at least still willing to give it a few more episodes.
I thought the movie Tangled was pretty good — a lot more than Frozen, and most Disney animated films since — but what really has me interested in the upcoming Tangled TV series is that I really dig the 2D animated style they’re using. Last week they aired a movie that leads into the series (starting later this week), and I quite enjoyed it. It’s got a fun vibe to it, and I do really like the art direction. I’ll at least watch the first few episodes of the series.
I love Samurai Jack — and its creator, Genndy Tartakovsky — to death, and so the prospect of a new season had me beyond excited. The first episode of season 5 aired last night, and it made for a perfect cap to my animation-heavy day (Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot, Gantz: 0, Your Name, Onihei). What did I think? I’ve already watched last night’s episode twice, and it went beyond my expectations. It promises a darker storyline, and the visual flair is intact. I often complain about the lack of animation for adults in the West outside of comedy, and Samurai Jack is proof that it can be fantastic. I’m so happy to get more Samurai Jack, even if it’s just for 10 episodes.
I already wrote about checking out the Onihei series, but after watching the first two episodes, I’d fallen behind — I wasn’t watching a lot of anime in general these past two months, probably because of my 1985 movie marathon — and over the past few days I’ve been catching up on the season, and have really fallen in love with the series. I’m not usually that into straight up jidaigeki stuff, but this show has really gotten my attention, and I’ve been enjoying each self-contained episode. This winter anime season has been pretty light for me, and this is the only show that I’ve been engaging with (I’m still debating whether I want to watch more of ACCA, beyond the first few episodes I already watched).