B Six: Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I love the show. My nine-year old son and I watch it together every week. Really enjoying it. His favorite parts are the relationship with Jasper and Henry, as well as the action sequences. Jasper's his favorite character and very frequently laughs out loud at some of Jasper's antics. It's a really smart show and I love that it shows high school kids who care about making good grades and who actually RESEARCH for fun! LOL (That's totally the parent in me.) Anyway... it's a great bonding experience for my son and I... we watch the show and then talk about it. He thinks Henry is really cool (he doesn't think the flashback are cheesy, because he doesn't know what cheesy means). He did note that he understood how Henry was able to scale walls with no problem (because Henry was trained) but he couldn't understand how Jasper and Maggie picked it up so quickly. (Since, you know, he figured that he and friends would never be able to do it so easily.)
Our favorite episodes is "Thor's Slammer"... my son liked the scene where they re-create the night sky to figure out the map. What I really like about your show is those "a-ha" moments and that you're able to actually bring it down to a level that a kid will understand, but an adult can actually enjoy. I can imagine that it must be difficult to write a kids show that has such smart and intellectual characters, whose main interest involve researching things and teaching each other minute facts about history. And, yet, you manage to make it very exciting. It kind of reminds me of scenes from the Harry Potter books, where Ron/Harry/Hermoine have these detailed conversations and then go to the library to research, because - OF COURSE - that's what makes total sense.
Personally, I don't think that Henry is too perfect. I was afraid, in the beginning, that this would be the case. But, since then, we've seen that he's actually not a good student. And he's quite stubborn. And he has a tendency to resist doing things that may require him to assimilate to US culture. (Like not wearing shoes; the lack of bathing and deodorant.) He does have flaws and I do think that it causes him problems. Same with Jasper and Maggie. I thought it was really cute that Maggie became clumsy under pressure. She's very pretty and incredibly smart, so I liked that she had this endearing flaw. I feel like you guys write the characters incredibly well and they just seem like a normal kids who enjoy doing normal things. (I do wonder, though, why they don't talk to Uncle Brian more... it would save them so much hassle!) And, finally, I adore that Jasper has a good relationship with his father. These two genuinely care about each other and I was so touched in that final scene when Uncle Brian wants Henry to come to the dinner, as well, and forces him to wear a tie. (My kid laughed out loud at the cutting of the ties, by the way.) And yay to showing a kid who misses him parents. And loves them and isn't afraid to show it.
Anyway... just wanted to thank you for making an awesome show... one that I can actually enjoy watching with my kid! I hope you get a second season! And can I just say that if these are the sorts of live action shows that Cartoon Network is going to make, then bring it on. Many steps up from ABC Family, let me tell you.
edited 8th Sep '10 5:51:22 PM by sanalayla