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Fastest Liveblog Alive! Let's watch Sonic X!:
UTINNI!Despite the less than idea (apparent) response to my first liveblog (NSMB Wii), I still had fun with it, and was looking to do another one. Which is what we have here, with Sonic X, picked because I've had minimal exposure to the show itself, at least sounds like something I might be able to enjoy, and is easily accessible (will be watching it free -Legally!- via the official 4Kids Youtube Channel (Found here, if you're interested and/or want to check the validity of my statement: http://www.youtube.com/show?p=vAfzWwpEp2Q&s=1 ) So let's get started, shall we?
UTINNI!Episode 1: Supersonic Hero Appears! (Sub) But first, an anti-meth PSA. Open with the theme song in the original Japanese, which shows they’re going for the ‘extreme radical’ approach (It’s Sonic, so I can’t suppose I’d expect anything else). Lots of running and stuff. It’s also particularly long compared to most TV intros I’m used to. Moonlight night, with Big Fishing, only to be woken up by what turns out to be Sonic raiding a base. No doubt owned by Robotnik. Machine Guns and Missiles abound. Sonic, of course, outruns them all. He’s clearly having fun with all this, given his snickering and all as the weapons fail to hit him even at point blank range. It’s not until he runs over a giant hidden spring thing with Robotniks face on it and is thrown up into the air that Robotnik’s machines get a hit in, courtesy of a giant robot which is ready to punch him into the air. But never fear! It’s Tails and Amy arriving in a bi-plane! Which, not being super-fast, is a much easier target. It lasts all of…what, not even ten seconds before it gets holes put in it. “Smoke!” declares Amy. Thank you, Ms. Obvious. She also wants Tails to do something about it. Tails isn’t looking pleased, but I can’t tell if it’s because he’s annoyed or if he’s simply determined. He says he’ll do something, but first he needs to launch a missile out of his biplane. Rule of Cool keeps me from questioning it. Oh, turns out it’s not just a missile, but a missile with a ring in it, giving Sonic the power to roll around with a pinball for massive damage. Scratch that - allowing him to roll around like a big blue hairy bullet. Tails and Amy, meanwhile, are landing their plane. “Rock!” declares Amy. “Don’t hit it!” Again, thank you for that. I’m expecting a good explanation for why you’re on this mission sooner or later. Fortunately, a fist flies out of the darkness (It’s Knuckles. I’d know that fist anywhere!) and breaks the rock. Tails confirms my guess. Knuckles just stands there like the Badass he is while being thanked. Apparently, he’s also disturbed about something. Maybe it’s just his opinion that Sonic’s going overboard. Nonsense, Knuckles! There Is No Kill Like Overkill. Inside, Robotnik wonders why Sonic is always getting in his way. His prisoners, Cream and Cheese, answer the question for me. You’re a bad guy, Robotnik. Sonic is a good guy. That’s the way these things work. Also, he displays the standard villain mistake of talking when he should be acting. Maybe instead of saying your machine will give you ultimate power when you put the gem in, you should actually put the gem in and let it speak for itself. Rogue is in the room too, apparently, though I don’t know if anyone realizes she’s there or not. Cream, of course, protests Robo’s plan. Robo, of course, ignores her pleas, only to tempt fate and declare not even Sonic will have an easy time getting in. One guess as to what happens next. Robotnik seems to be wavering between smart villain and good villain, as he actually puts the gem in the machine, but then he stands and gloats with the button in his hand. JUST PUSH IT, Robotnik! Instead, another gun drone appears behind Sonic and (futilely) tries to shoot him, while Robotnik continues to egg Sonic on. Hey Robotnik, I think I see why Sonic is always in your way – because you seem incapable of not talking. By the time he DOES finally push the switch (though not without declaring it first), it’s a bit late, since Sonic’s already tricked the drone into filling it with holes. Well there’s your problem. Instead, it emits a white light. Everyone besides Knuckles has a look of surprised awe on their face. Chaos Control, he declares calmly. Way to assert your standout position in the group, dude. Chaos Control goes on to encompass…everything, I think. Sonic wakes up in darkness. I suspect a subway line when noise and light approach. Nope. It’s the street. Oh, not just that, it’s a busy street. And now he’s blocking it, and gathering a rather large crowd of spectators while he’s at it. Sonic, meet the real world. Real world, meet Sonic. Commercial break! Again, an anti-meth PSA. Remember kids, Meth is bad! The crowd, oddly enough, seems more angry about the road being blocked than the sight of a giant blue hedgehog. Then again, the police that are there seem to think it’s something else. Either way, they’re taking this in pretty calmly. Sonic’s just irritated by the noise. The cops think he’s some other kind of animal and try to catch him, but of course, Sonic being fast as he is, fail epically. Clearly, not wanting to seem any more inept, declare it an emergency, and try to close off the roads. More chasing ensues, giving them a chance to show off just how fast Sonic is, complete with a slow-mo jump over an entire police barricade. Wow, they must really be having a slow day to pay so much attention to a single wild animal. Sure enough, their boss (you can tell he’s the boss because he’s wearing red instead of the blue everyone else wears) comments it’s been some time since they saw some action. Apparently, this police department has a squad of race cars. Yeaaaaaah… Meanwhile, Sonic, having eluded the police department with nothing better to do, contemplates what happened and where he is. They show up soon enough, however, and continue to confirm my guess on how mysteriously peaceful the city is and act surprisingly calm about the presence of a large, blue hedgehog that can run at amazing speeds. Apparently, their race team is the reason it’s so peaceful. Given the way they introduce themselves to Sonic and just let him run off, I’m not buying it. More casing ensues, and Sonic has a little fun, including a moment to speak to the audience and tell them never to stand on a moving car. You know, it’s a good thing these three lane streets are so empty right now. The leader joins up with his group again, boosting the speed even further, resulting in Sonic going supersonic (I blame Mr. Red Cop Captain for Tempting Fate). Running off the edge of a road, he flies off into the air, past a large number of windmills and gives them a large boost, which somehow causes the town to grown brighter. I’m no expert, but I don’t think wind power works that way… Everything might be OK, except Sonic just has to land in a pool. Too bad he’s got his Super Drowning Skills still in effect. He lasts surprisingly long, however, giving some kid named Chris an opportunity to save him. And so ends Episode 1. I can’t say I’m all that intrigued thus far, but it didn’t come off as bad as it could have. Till next time, then!
edited 22nd Jul '10 1:07:45 PM by SpaceJawa
I remember being so excited to see an actual adaptation of the video games, but as soon as Sonic got transported to the real world, my disappointment started to escalate. Chris was essentially a Big "NO!" moment. Still, I'll be interested in sticking around to see how this turns out. By the way, there's an abridged series of this made by Sonic Paradox which rekindled my interest in Sonic X. I wonder what you think of it.
edited 22nd Jul '10 8:31:32 PM by Cliche
UTINNI!I think I'll hold off on trying that until I've either gotten all the way through the series or gotten so tired of it I can't go any further, whichever comes first. Who knows, maybe I'll even do a liveblog of that when this is over.
UTINNI!Ok, so I just realized why there’s so many more episodes on YouTube than are listed on The Other Wiki. It’s because all the episodes are available in both the original Japanese as subs and in English as dubs. So, for the rest of this liveblog, I shall be watching the episodes in English. Episode 2: Sonic to the Rescue Commercial this time features Starcraft II: Human Edition. The opening is some woman complaining about not being able to finish some picture. But she’s done a lot of shopping (because all women love shopping) to make up for it. Sounds like the mom of the kid (Chris) is some kind of movie starlet. That explains the big house. He tries to explain the situation with Sonic to his mom, describing Sonic as a cat. Sonic just lies back on the roof. I can’t tell if he’s annoyed by being called a cat or not. Sonic makes sure Chris knows he’s a hedgehog, but Chris explanation of the excuse doesn’t seem to go over well (since mom apparently thinks Chris wouldn’t bother saving a ‘real’ hedgehog from drowning) Chris brings up Sonics talking, which is apparently lampshaded/handwaved by Sonic saying even he doesn’t know. Chris’ dads calls, can’t tell what he does. Sonic still isn’t pleased that Chris won’t tell anyone the truth about him. He also isn’t pleased with the catfood Chris tries to feed him, since that’s what the Internet said hedgehogs like. So Sonic decides to go get his own food. Chris doesn’t want Sonic to leave, for reasons that apparently include him potentially getting hurt. I suppose I can buy that, given that Chris DID save Sonics life (I think. The unusually long time Sonic held his breath makes me suspect this Sonic may have Super Not-Drowning Skills but just can’t swim.). However, I’m also guessing he hasn’t yet heard about Sonics little humiliation of the local PD from the previous night. Now for the American intro. While it’s still got that rocker beat, I’ll be honest and say I think I like the Japanese version better. At the very least, it’s not as annoying. News report shows up, which shows that people aren’t overlooking the appearance of our hero as much as I thought. An older man (Grandpa, perhaps? Crazy uncle? He’s wearing a lab coat, but come on, a privately funded scientist? I don’t think so.) enters and COMPLETELY overlooks Sonic while describing the situation, at which point Chris futilely tries to hid Sonic with a pillow. Sonic no want. Yep, looks like Grandpa. Who pulls out a screwdriver and tries to find out how Sonic was put together. Sonic no want either. Fortunately for him, the news reveals that Cream ‘n Cheese have been spotted on a billboard. Sonic to the rescue! Or not. Kind of hard to rescue someone if you don’t know where they are. Grandpa calls in a favor and finds out they’ve been moved to the Resident Area 51 Expy, Area 99. After a scene that leaves me of two minds on Crazy Grandpa (on the one hand, he’s got this rather amusing insanity to him which I can’t help but like, and on the other, there’s something about him that subtly gets on my nerves) both Crazy Gramps and Chris go along to help rescue C’n’C (Yeah, that’s some great grandparenting there, dude. I’m sure his folks will LOVE to hear how you brought him along to help break into a not-so-top-secret Army Base). He provides Sonic with an Infrared Motion Detector that brings to mind a particular Meme (Sonic, how many infrared detectors does the scouter say there are?!), then does a bit more of his Crazy Gramps thing which I can’t help but laugh at (I think he may come to grow on me yet). Inside Area 99, we get a view of C’n’C as they repeat their role from last episode. I suspect a pattern developing. Sonic gets in through the Air Vent, and proceeds to add the Military to his list of groups he’s making look like jokes. Commercial time, again with an Anti-Meth PSA. Back to the show, with Sonic continuing to run around the many security cameras. (Sonic, how many cameras does the scouter say there are?!) Back in the lab, the scientists continue to scan C’n’C. I gotta say, for an Area 51 Expy, this place is pretty tame in the testing new lifeforms department. But you know, it is a kids show, so it’s really for the best that they’re not cutting the Cheese. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Determined Sonic is determined as he looks for a way to get his pals out, which results in him cutting the lights. But of course, C’n’C have to go and give away his location in their happiness at being rescued. On second thought, maybe Sonic didn’t cut the lights. It’s kind of hard to tell, since the several circuit-laden paper airplanes (Sonic, how many paper circuits does the scouter say there are?!) bring Doc Robo to mind. The team investigating, BTW, appears to be lead by an Italian. The exit seems to go more smoothly with no cameras to worry about, and makes it clear that no, Sonic didn’t cut the power, he just took advantage of the situation. Now I know Doc Robo just has to be plotting and scheming just off-camera. Oh, also, the power comes back at the worst possible time, allowing all the previously dead cameras to spot the escaping wildlife. Cream takes a moment to lampshade her tempting fate as the cameras reveal laser beams. The escape continues, with Sonic using the beams against one another, and getting some help from more of the circuit airplanes. Then everything starts falling apart as the lasers go crazy, lockdown begins, and the place starts to fall apart. They run to the top of some dome structure (Sonic, how many feet deep does the scouter say the hole is?!), and Sonic finally removes the IMD to listen to something outside. An airplane apparently (Tails, BTW. No doubt Little Miss Obvious is with him), which is soon shown to be the Tornado. Yep. It’s Tails. Oh, and Amy ISN’T with him! (Yay!). Apparently, he was also behind the circuit airplanes. Which begs the question, how did Tails know about all this Area 99 stuff? But despite being pretty awesome in his own little way (though I’ll say this, his voice is a tad irritating), Tails gives Sonic most the credit. Come on, Tails, don’t sell yourself short. You deserve at least 50/50. Back at Chris’, everyone introduces themselves. For some reason, I find myself thinking that his voice sounds a lot like that of Ash. Also, he criticizes Sonic for doing something that could have gotten them all thrown in jail. Yeah, I think you’re pointing the blame the wrong way, kid. 1) Sonic wanted to go by himself in the first place and 2) Crazy Gramps is far more responsible for YOU potentially being throw in jail that Sonic is. I can tell that Tails and Crazy Gramps are going to get along fine given their little tech talk they’re having. They conclude that the rest of their friends are also probably present, as well as Doc Robo. Cue the evil laughter…Buah ha ha! And cut to black. So two episodes in, and I’ll say there’s some charm to it, though there are also some irritating things as well. But not anything that I can see driving me away from it. At least not yet.
edited 23rd Jul '10 1:38:36 AM by SpaceJawa
UTINNI!Episode 3: Missile Wrist Rampage (AKA: Dr. Eggman’s Ambition) Opening Commercial: Starcraft II Our episode opens on an island with ominous music, and soon reveals we are at Robotnik’s evil lair. He gloats that conquering this new world will be a sinch, and decides to start by destroying a city (Chris’ city, no doubt). But what robot to use? Let’s randomize it. Missile Wrist it is. Meanwhile, Knuckles and Amy are walking in the sewers, where Knuckles is blaming Sonic for their predicament and Amy defends him. Ok, that’s odd, I find myself liking Amy more than Knuckles right now. Though I’ll admit that Knuckles has a point – Sonic DOES seem the type just to really only care about fighting for fun. We are now at the beach, where Missile Wrist emerges from the water and starts breaking stuff with his…grapple missiles. Doc Robos right behind him, and can’t help but make a couple of groan worthy beach puns. Meanwhile, at Chris’s house, Tails is washing the Tornado, while C’n’C waste screen time eating donuts. Chris, meanwhile, worries about where Sonic has gone off to, for no other reason than to worry about where Sonic has gone off to. You are not doing yourself any favors, kid. Back in the city, MW marches onwards, though he’s causing far less destruction than I expected. Doc Robo speaks for me when he mentions how boring the police’s response is. Woah! Flamethrower! Wait a minute, isn’t this town suppose to be crime free or something? Something smells seriously off about this town. Then the PD makes even bigger fools of themselves by surrendering in hopes of not getting beat up. Doc Robo uses the opportunity to be evil by having MW crush them anyways. At least he has the evil down, pat. Elsewhere in the city, Tails, Chris, and Crazy Gramps are out looking for Sonic, who himself is out in the Mountains enjoying himself. Knuckles and Amy continue walking through the city. They continue to play switcharoo by switching my perceptions of who I should be liking and who I shouldn’t be, when they hear rumbling above. It’s Missile Wrist, continuing his “rampage”. I’m not impressed, Doc. More cops appear, and Doc Robo uses the opportunity to announce his evil intentions. His laugh needs work. His sinister is just fine, though. And I think I’m done with announcing the commercials, too. Unless I get a really good one. Tails prepares to take off, but waits for…Chris? Ok, why is Chris coming along? Wasn’t he the one previously stating his worry about Sonic being careful? At least C’n’C have the good sense to stay at home. The Mayor shows up, announcing he’s not going to be ‘blackmailed’ (I don’t think that’s how blackmail works), but then stating he’s technically not allowed to surrender when Doc Robo gives another demonstration of MW’s power, so Doc Robo orders the city destroyed (good job, Doc!). Then Tails shows up, giving MW a new target. He tries shooting the thing with machine guns, but they don’t penetrate, and apparently he’s all out of missiles. His plane also apparently has an alt mode. Amy and Knuckles are standing out in the street watching below. Good thing there’s a robot destroying the city for everyone to pay attention to, or else their secret might be out. Not that Knuckles seems to care. He’s got more important things, so Amy runs in to help. Which quickly changes big K’s mind (Awwww, he does care!) And here comes Sonic! He catches a view of the fight on the TV. Ok, NOW here comes Sonic. Meanwhile, Knuckles and Amy arrive on the roof. Knuckle thinks about strategy, while Amy just goes in with her hammer (hidden in Hammerspace, no doubt) and tries smacking the thing. You know, despite the fact that the attack does nothing, I think I may learn to like her yet. Or maybe not, since she immediately allows herself to be grabbed and threatened. Way to blow it, Amy. Knuckles isn’t doing himself any favors either. Good thing we still have Sonic to count on. Also, MW makes the stupid mistake of throwing away Amy, giving away Doc Robo’s bargaining chip. Sonic then makes quick work of Missile Wrist, making me wonder if he’s ever actually USED the machine before. Exit Robo, stage upwards. As Amy gets a little too close for Sonics comfort, new cop/army guys show up, just in time to miss Doc Robo, but in plenty of time to point guns at the team that, you know, just helped save their city. Fortunately, Tails is still providing air support, giving them an exit till Knuckles bails over the city, because “he does things his way.” So thus far, the show hasn’t done a great deal to win my confidence, though there are redeeming qualities. Doc Robo Eggman’s got the evil down, even if he’s not coming across as the sharpest evil tool in the shed, Tails isn’t half bad, Crazy Gramps hasn’t done any worse, and Sonic is still dependable. Knuckles has kind of fallen out of favor since he first popped up, though I hold out hope that he might come around, likewise Amy showed just enough likeability this time around to give me hope she might grow out of my initial impression of her. I’m not holding my breath on the same happening for C’n’C or Chris.
edited 23rd Jul '10 10:53:24 AM by SpaceJawa
UTINNI!Episode 4: Chaos Emerald Chaos (AKA: Get the Chaos Emerald!) We’re at Chris’, where Tails is trying to explain the situation of how they got where they are to Chris and what the Chaos Emeralds are. They hope that the Emeralds might be on the new world, or else they’re not sure how they’ll ever get home. Crazy Gramps is noticeably bored by the conversation and starts napping. We’re at a construction sight, were I have no doubt one of the super rocks is about to be revealed (yep). Up in a plane, a man who is no doubt the president is briefed on Doc Robo and Sonic. He’s informed by an agent that men have been deployed to watch both groups, which is backed up with images of said men deploying. At Chris’ school, his class is told that their normal teacher is taking a leave of absence, and they are introduced to their new teacher
(points) "Crab Nebula."Maybe he left his backpack behind. I wonder if Tails just stocked up or what; they don't seem to be anywhere near a lake with a glowing-rock-powered ring generator.
UTINNI!Episode 5: Cracking Knuckles (AKA: Clash!! Sonic vs Knuckles) So five episodes in, and already we get the traditional Sonic vs. Knuckles showdown. I just hope they’ve made it interesting. It was a dark and stormy night…no wait, just dark. And Knuckles is on the street. Catches a newspaper with a photo of Sonic fighting Doc Robo (So really, the whole Sonic on Earth thing feels like a secret in name only at this point) and remember happier times of guarding the Master Emerald. By standing around looking tough. You know, as much as I can respect Knuckles dedication to his duty, I can’t help but wonder how boring just standing around keeping your eye on a giant gem all day must be. But on the other hand, considering WHAT giant gem it is… Out of the shadows steps Doc Robo, and he does a pretty good job of giving Knuckles what is of course a bull story about Sonic intentionally sending everyone to Earth and how if Knuckles helps him collect all 7 Emeralds, they might have a chance of going back. Doc Robo: Ain’t too proud to beg if it gets him what he wants. I’ll be honest, if I didn’t know as a viewer that he was an evil slimeball, and he hadn’t first attacked the city for the sake of trying to conquer it, I might actually be willing to buy his story. So when Knuckles then buys into Robo’s story, I’d say it comes off entirely naturally, especially considering he’s already expressed his distaste for Sonics apparently reckless style. Well played, Doc Robo. Well played. ):-) At Chris’ house, Crazy Gramps, Tails, and Chris are looking at their CE, and Crazy Gramps hopes that he’ll be able to analyze it and find out more about it. Then some nasty sounding German woman (Ella) comes up to clean, and with no place to hide, Tails pretends to be a stuffed animal. Nicely done. All three of them then clear out and go outside, where ‘reckless’ Sonic is trying to sleep. The three run into what I’m guessing is another one of the hired help, who insists (much to Crazy Gramps disapproval) that the old guy get some rest. Something about this second employee rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it’s just because Crazy Gramps I’ve met already and I’m siding with him. Tails, meanwhile, continues to make for a nice stuffed animal. Amy runs into Chris and Tails, telling them another CE has been discovered. They decide to go after it, and Amy gets upset when Sonic says he’s not going. [Maybe she should have told him there’s an Emerald to be found. When discussing how to get there, they point out that none of them can drive (at least, not without it looking weird), while I’m thinking “Hello, the Tornado? You can ‘’fly’’ there, remember?” I think for a moment that Tails remembers, just a little late, when he says he knows how to go. Nope. They take the train. With Amy and Tails pretending to be stuffed animals. However, the way Chris seems particularly embarrassed by the whole thing leaves me with a rather giddy feeling, so I suppose it’s worth it. If only just. One grabby kids starts grabbing Amy by the ear, annoyingly asking if she can have one, which causes Amy to kick the kid across the train. It’s cruel, but still funny, so count that as another point in Amys favor. I guess that even if taking the train seems pretty stupid, at least they made the scene worth it. Back at Chris’, some black thing flies to where Sonic is. I have no idea WHAT it’s suppose to be, but given the ‘Egg’ written on its bag, I’m guessing it’s one of Doc Robo’s cronies. It pulls a TV out of its bag, and plays a message from Knuckles in which he challenges Sonic to a showdown. Sonic is unimpressed. I like the signoff, too, which is courtesy of Doc Robo (so yeah, message thing works for Eggman). He’s not responsible for the content, but he is responsible for the self-destruct system. Again, well played, Doc. That gets Sonics attention. Oh, it is ON. Meanwhile, back at the mountain, the three are having a picnic and while it seems they should be searching for the emerald, at least they bring up the apparentness of there possibly not being one. But then the water starts bubbling (it's an Emerald!), revealing one of Doc Robos giant robots (Dang it!), which quickly captures Tails, Chris, and Amy with backhoe arms. Seems Robo’s learned to generate fake emerald signatures. Wow. Again, well done, Doc. You are on a ROLL tonight. While Tails and Chris discuss it, Amy goes straight to the part of trying to break out via Hammertime. It doesn’t work (Somehow, I doubt it ever will), but I have to at least give her credit for trying to do something. Knuckles, meanwhile, waits nearby for Sonic to show up, which happens only seconds after he wonders where the blue hedgehog is. Naturally, the first things to come out of his mouth only strengthen Doc Robos argument about Sonic causing their predicament and wanting to stick around. Nice going, Sonic. Great mouth you’ve got there. The fight begins, and with Sonic being able to move at superhuman speeds, Knuckles doesn’t even touch him. He gets points for effort, though. He may not be able to hurt Sonic, but what he’s able to pull off (more rock breaking, cutting through more trees than a hungry beaver, etc) go a ways to restoring my opinion of him. Also, he catches Sonic as the blue guy spins toward him. That’s even better. Meanwhile, Robo and his prisoners are watching the fight. Robo, of course, is cheering on Knuckles, but he’s doing a good job of still playing the “Sonic’s the bad guy, not me!” role. Good catch on his part. And then it’s Tails turn to be useful, at he starts taking apart the robot from the inside with the help of a screwdriver. I don’t even want to know where he’s been hiding that thing… But before he does anything more, Amy starts smashing stuff again, which causes smoke that gets Sonics attention. Sonic finishes the robot off, sending it to the ground. Or not, Seems it can use its arms as replacement legs, and has a number of laser beams. Knuckles to the rescue! Kind of. Mostly, he just wants Robo to let him fight Sonic his way. Yeah, because that was going SO well for you. At which point, Doc Robo kind of looses his act, shouts at Knuckles, and sends the robot into the air, across the lake, and reveals his true colors to Knuckles. And, with claiming Sonic can’t get to his friends because he’d have to go over water, only for the blue guy to, of course, run around, I suspect that a low-level breakdown is taking place. Sigh. And you were doing SO WELL, Eggman! Way to blow it. :- Amy kinds of looses it a little too, going all “yay, you saved me!” on Sonic. Sonic does not appear to appreciate this. Doc Robo unleashes the robots third attack mode, for lack of a better word, which goes all spam cannons and stuff, which causes everyone to run for cover, giving Knuckles his chance at redemption for being a jerk this episode, complete with sending Doc Robo off into the distance. Day saved, Knuckles walks off again to be a loner till the next time he’s needed. I suppose it’s a step in the right direction from the episodes I’ve seen thus far, so it leaves me with more hope for the future. And Chris didn’t even annoy me this time around.
(points) "Crab Nebula."I don't know... how many times has he heard that song-and-dance before? It seems to me more like anytime anyone ever tells him something or someone is a threat, he completely buys it with no skepticism, even if he's been the bad guy as long as he's known him. I think he's been programmed that way or something.
...Amy goes straight to the part of trying to break out via Hammertime. It doesn’t work (Somehow, I doubt it ever will)...Oh, just you wait... Amy's CMOA (at least of the first 13 episodes) in 4...
edited 27th Jul '10 11:37:50 AM by Nyperold
UTINNI!I know what you're saying, except I'm under the impression that while adapted from the games, it's not the same continuity. So I'm willing to give Knuckles the benefit of the doubt that the "So and so is Evil" card hasn't been as played out (if even played before at all) yet for him. It makes more sense for me if you think about how each universe's version has to figure it out on their own.
edited 27th Jul '10 12:32:35 PM by SpaceJawa
UTINNI!Episode 6: Techno Teacher (AKA: Fierce Battle! School Wars) We open on Chris’ house, where Sonic looks out into the horizon from atop the garage then runs off, only to run right back. Amy’s right there as the door opens, asking where he’s been, to which he replied he was just “out”. Suppose I can’t argue with that. Amy thinks about how mysterious Sonic is in one of those ‘oh, he’s so dreamy’ tones. Probably meant to help get across the idea that she has a crush on him, in case it wasn’t clear already. Breakfast time, and Chris is eating at a big table (though not one of those long, gigantic ones) all alone. Butler man comes into tell him his parents will be stopping buy. “Wow, and it’s not even my birthday!” That makes me laugh, but it’s kind of dark and disturbing when you think about it. It’s almost enough to make me fell sorry for him. He runs off, no doubt to prepare Sonic & co. so the whole “Mostly-Absent-Parents are paying a visit” thing doesn’t catch them by surprise. Crazy Gramps, Sonic, Tails and Amy are eating breakfast up in the attic. Crazy Gramps is having wine with his meal, while the three critters are eating what appear to be hotdogs or hamburgers. Oh, and NOW Crazy Gramps is worried about him missing school. Chris slips down the stairs on his way out. We also get an actual name for Crazy Gramps from Tails: Chuck. Then they make an observation about just how sad Chris’ childhood is as we’re reminded what his parents do. Meanwhile, Doc Robo is having an unusual case of Evil Genius’ Block as he tries to think of a way to conquer the world. The idea he soon comes up with is to brainwash the kids. Kind of a long-term plan for a half-hour episode, but who am I to judge if it works? Or maybe not, since he hopes that rather than wait for the kids to grow up and appoint him leader, he wants them to convince their parents to change their minds. Seems he expects that this world has parents more easily bending to their kids whims than even in Real Life. Stock Footage Robot Selection Time. Which conveniently pulls out a robot seemingly designed for such a task. What, Doc Robo couldn’t have picked that robot himself? I suppose at the least, the robot can’t do any worse as a teacher than the “teacher” Chris has now in Mr. Not-So-Secret Agent Man, who has not only given the kids a number of ridiculously hard math problems for what their age has to be, but is also sleeping on the job. Does he even ‘’care’’ about pretending to be a teacher? In bursts the teaching bot, and quickly throws out Mr. Creepy Spy Man. Stewart goes to protest to the principal, but to no avail, since unsurprisingly, a teaching robot is better at the job than secret agent who doesn’t even seem to care. When this is over, they really ought to build a version of the thing that ‘’isn’t’’ designed for the purpose of brainwashing kids. Stewart continues to overreact, but his (“Chalkboard Charlie”) superiors (“Homeroom”) don’t take him seriously, and when the overeating cop he gets ahold of shows up, the kids are gone! Dun-dun-DUUUUUUUUUUN! They’re gone…playing baseball! Stewart only makes it worse by stealing the cops burger. Bad move, dude. If it weren’t for the fact that I know the thing is designed for brainwashing, I’d be calling him a lunatic right now. Ah, what the hey. I’ll do it anyway.
edited 29th Jul '10 11:51:30 AM by SpaceJawa
The robot slots annoyed me. Yes, loads of children's cartoons follow a Monster of the Week format, but that makes it way too obvious.
(points) "Crab Nebula."Yeah; what happens when the rings all turn up different robots? It seems an extremely likely scenario, and yet it always selects only one. I suppose it might be programmed against that possibility, but then the point is, what, style? Maybe that's it: he's going for a Veggas feel!
edited 29th Jul '10 9:20:22 PM by Nyperold
UTINNI!Oh, ow... My initial guess might be that he'd send out three robots instead of just one, except you'd think if that were the case he'd want to increase the chances of them not lining up. Though while he's at it, you'd think that if he was really serious about conquering the world, he'd just send every single one of them out at once. But yeah, slot machine. I've had that name but just been unable to remember it. Thanks for that.
UTINNI!Episode 7: Party Hardly (AKA: Giant Free For All! Chris’ House Party) Chris tells C&C to stay inside while he goes off wherever, which kind of sort of provides a half explanation for where they were last episode (not that I cared much). They decide to go outside anyway, which gets the attention of Amy and Tails. Sonic is just chillin’. They take notice that Cream is collecting flowers, which they suspect is a sign she’s just homesick. Sonic takes notice of poster on the wall which seems to show a lake surrounded by the things, which I suspect means he’s going to take C&C on a trip to the lake. At home, C-Mom (who hey, what do you know, has stuck around!) is enjoying getting a chance to cook, and seems to be doing a tad much of it. She also doesn’t seem to be very good at it. I’m not sure if she’s very aware of this, however, since on the one hand she wants to arrange a big dinner party for that night, but on the other hand she wants Ella to do the cooking. Chris seems to enjoy the idea, and asks if they can invite C-Mom’s brother Sam, his favorite uncle (I wonder if the allusion was intentionally or not.) C&C, who are peeking in on the conversation, like the idea to. This is not a good omen. At school, Chris also tells his Black Best Friend and his token female friend about the party, while
edited 30th Jul '10 1:35:02 AM by SpaceJawa
(points) "Crab Nebula."Hmm, I wonder if the flowers (Mr. Stewart's, not Cream's) are because she's a starlet, rather than because he's courting her. But yeah. Man. I totally didn't think how she'd need to prepare for the film shoot. And how such a big star should be able to get whatever family time she wants.
UTINNI!"Hmm, I wonder if the flowers (Mr. Stewart's, not Cream's) are because she's a starlet, rather than because he's courting her." True, which did come to mind (and in retrospect, makes more sense), but the other one came first, and fit in better with the creepy persona he'd already established. Even still, there was just something that seemed off to me about a guy who was supposedly just dropping by for a visit to meet his parents bringing that many roses and such. Could just be me. "But yeah. Man. I totally didn't think how she'd need to prepare for the film shoot. And how such a big star should be able to get whatever family time she wants." Perhaps I was Dan Browned? Or is there a different phrase that fits that better?
edited 1st Aug '10 4:42:47 PM by SpaceJawa
UTINNI!Episode 8: Satellite Swindle (AKA: Emergency Launch! X Tornado) Right from the start, we get Doc Robo putting his cards in the Roboslots, unleashing some kind of jet robot. There’s a lot of drama and dramatic music surrounding this one, so I’m guessing it’s important. Since it flies up into space, I’m also guessing it has something to do with the swindling of said satellite from the title of the episode. Meanwhile, at Area 99, there’s business happening as they track what Robos robo is up to, though they know very little yet. Side note: There’s something about what I’m assuming is a map of the world that reminds me of that from Avatar. Back at Robo’s HQ, he causes his robot to start doing…something. It seems to be collecting a large number of satellites (I wouldn’t put it past him collecting all of them), which he intends to turn into new robot parts. “Who knew recycling could be so much fun?” “And Cost Effective?” Meanwhile, at Chris’, Sonic relaxes on the roof (as always), while Tails, Chris, and C&C are inside watching TV. It’s some weird show with a tall, hairy purple critter that talks with a southern accent. I’m suspecting that this will cue Sonics crew in on Robos plan when the show cuts out, since they’re probably running on Satellite TV. Ella and Amy come in from the kitchen with newly baked Apple pies, and when Tails tries to eat one that Amy says is for Sonic, he gets thrown into the TV and apparently breaks it (which I would buy, if it weren’t for the lack of any apparent damage and my suspicions that Doc Robo is the real culprit.) Chris picks up the remote and says maybe “this” will fix it, then does what I’m assuming is an attempt to change the channel. Yes, Chris, because changing the channel will fix a broken TV. Nice deduction there, kid. You’re a real handy man, you are. Naturally, because the
edited 1st Aug '10 7:45:14 PM by SpaceJawa
Praise the Sun!There is something else about the Icing Problem. It doesn't just Freeze the ship, it also freezes Sonic who was standing on top of the ship, and apparently can breath in space. Also, for some reason, he says "Everything is A-Okay!" before freezing solid, rather than saying something along the lines of: "SWEET ZOMBIE JESUS GET THE FUCKING PLANE BACK TO EARTH YOU FUCKING IDIOT!! ARE YOU BLIND ENOUGH TO NOTICE THAT I AM FREEZING SOLID BECAUSE YOU WERE TOO FUCKING RETARDED TO THINK THAT A PLANE, AND BY EXTENSION ME COULD BE CAPABLE OF SPACE TRAVEL!!!"
(points) "Crab Nebula."Well, y'know. Sonic Can Breathe In Space. And yeah, the E-100 series was the series from Sonic Adventure, 102 being Gamma. (We never did see Alpha, come to think. Maybe it didn't pan out for that model.)
dy/dxI kinda thought Zero was Alpha.
Conversation is a contact sport.
UTINNI!Episode 9: The Last Resort (AKA: Amy on the Beach) So not even a dozen episodes in and already they’re trying a Beach Episode? Ok, but I look forward to seeing how they pull it off while Sonic and his pals are still pretending they have a secret to protect. Amy does a voiceover explaining what this resort place is, and wishing they could go there instead of to some emerald coast. Chris, however, wishes he could go to the emerald coast instead of having to go to the grand opening in place of his mom. Even comments he could give Sonic a swimming lesson. Makes sense to me. Sonic, however, just wants to hang out at Chris. Considering his aversion to water, I don’t blame him. Amy isn’t pleased about it, though I have to wonder – since they’re traveling via the Tornado X, how would they all be getting there if Sonic did choose to go along? One of them riding on the wings or something? The place that Amy, Tails, and C&C are visiting is located surprisingly close to the resort. Makes me wonder if any of them are considering how easy it might be for anyone interested in traveling out into the water a ways to spot them. Side note: I may not care much about C&C, but I have to admit, Cheese + inner tube = cute :3 While Chris does his best to hide his disappointment about being stuck at the resort, Amy daydreams about what things might be like if Sonic had come along. And, you know, actually showed any interest in returning her affections. Because I’ve yet to see any evidence that the Amy/Sonic relationship is anything more than a one-way street. Her daydream is interrupted by a coconut falling on her head, to which she responds by throwing it out into the ocean with a surprising amount of force, eventually skipping off of some kind of large sea critter that just submerges into the ocean. I’m guessing that thing is going to come back to haunt them later. Down the beach, she spots a number of couples sitting out on the rocks. You’d think this would be a good sign for her to run the other way, but instead, she keeps moving in the same direction and catches sight of a girl giving her boyfriend a shell bracelet she says she made for him. Amy see, Amy do. As she’s in the middle of denying making one to Cream, explosions are heard off in the distance, and smoke is seen coming from the resort. I’d guess it’s the sea creature Amy hit with her coconut, except there’s laser blasts involved. That leaves one suspect: Doc Robo. Ok, guess I was both right AND wrong. Seems that yes, it is the sea creature, but it also appears that it’s working for Doc Robo. So…Sea Monster Robot. He’s also packing a large army of worker bots, which get to work demolishing the resort itself, and bring it down in record time. Chris, Emma, and Mr. Takashi (Dang it, why can’t I remember his name?), rather than run away with the rest of the crowd, stand around and wait for Robo’s drones to surround him while he wonders out loud to contact Sonic. Well, you sure can’t do it standing around there, kid. Fortunately, Doc Robo is right there to make things entertaining again, declaring them the first guests to “Eggman’s Scream Park, where your first vacation is guaranteed to be your last!” Oh, that’s good. That’s dark and creepy. Why can’t Robo be like this more often? Mr. T-Something (It’s hard to just call him ‘Mr. T’ since he really doesn’t fit the Mr. T type) steps forward and promises to protect Chris. Oh, oh! Is he about to break out the Kung Fu?! Nope, he nearly does it, and brings out a few ridiculous opening stances, but then gets stopped before he can actually do anything. And they seem to put a kibosh on him actually doing any of it in the future. Seems that Chekov's Gun has been subverted. Back as Chris’, Sonic enters to remember that, oh yeah, everyone went to the beach, where’s there’s all kinds of water that he doesn’t like. Fortunately for everyone else, Crazy Gramps is there to turn his attention to a news report of what Doc Robo is up to. Oh, and while they were paying attention to that, Bakuun pulls a Batman behind his back to present him with a bomb. He claims it’s an invitation, but it looks like a bomb, and this guy and his stuff have a habit of exploding, so I’m calling it like I see it. Ok, guess it was just a plain old bomb. Well, not a plain old bomb, since it explodes harmlessly. But yeah… Back at the Thorndike beach house, Tails fires up the Tornado X to go help Chris, and Amy takes the back seat to go help in case Sonic doesn’t show up. C&C, wisely, decide to stay behind And that’s why they make so much better supporting characters than Chris – they know when it’s a good idea to let the real heroes do their thing and stay out of the way. Meanwhile, at Eggmans Scream Park, work continues at record pace, and Robo is on a level of sinister I wish he’d reach more often (“I want these rides to be the most dangerous in the universe!”) Cue Sonic, who starts breaking stuff. Robo declares that this is a trap, since he knows Sonic can’t swim, and sicks Ocotoron on him. Sonic doesn’t seem too discouraged, and runs right at Robo’s monster bot. Sonic, however, has misjudged the situation, and the more…squishy nature of the things arms allows it to grab him when Sonic attacks, and then he dunks Sonic in water to try to drown him. Foolishly, he then brings Sonic back up for air to taunt him and so forth, giving Sonic a chance to keep from getting pulled under again long enough for Tails and Amy to show up. Amy jumps out of the plane and pulls out the hammer. Amy used HAMMERTIME! IT’S SUPER EFFECTIVE! For once, the hammer did what Sonic couldn’t. Amy does not seem pleased about her would be boyfriend getting threatened with possible death. Unfortunately, rather than build upon this and really give her a chance to shine, Sonic takes back over and has Tails deliver a ring to him. Once gain, I ask why Sonic doesn’t just keep one of those things on him at all times. Seems he could solve a lot of problems that way. Point and case – Ocotoron is subject to a Curb-Stomp Battle where only moments ago he very well could have actually beaten Sonic with minimal difficulty. I’m nearly at the point where the ring power comes off as nothing more than a means of creating extra drama and stuff. I really hope they change that up at some point. While Sonic doesn’t go so far as to return Amy’s affections, he is nice enough to thank her for her help, which signals to Amy to give him her shell bracelet. She repeats the words she heard the example woman say, which Sonic seems on the verge of believing and accepting. Aaawwwww…As much as I’m surprised by it, I can’t help but feel touched by it. It’s not a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, but considering what the shows done so far, it’s a pretty good effort. Except something shakes the ground and cuts the moment short. Doc Robo’s construction workers which weren’t wrecked initially form up. NICE. They manage to make good use of the other robots which Sonic couldn’t possibly have had time to destroy. Well played. Also, they crush Amy’s bracelet. Oh, she is NOT going to like that. Round Two: FIGHT! While Doc Robo and Sonic taunt one another, Amy is still focused on the broken bracelet. There’s a Berserk Button coming, isn’t there? Yep. It takes a few moments of crying, but soon enough, her eyes fire up. Dude, she is NOT happy… Before Sonic and the robots fight can begin, Amy again activates her Hammer Power, which forces everyone to take notice, and she starts breaking the thing up piece by piece. She even gets in a couple swings as Robo himself. As neat as the moment is, though, there’s something about the way the animation is running that makes it feel underplayed. I don’t know, I think I need to call this as a Missed Moment of Awesome. Again, though, not a bad effort on their part. Amy’s attack on Robo, however, leaves her out in the water, and Sonic, either not knowing she can swim or worried she might have been hurt, forgets his own inability to swim and goes in after her. Despite a scene that’s seemingly meant to leave in doubt whether they’ll make it, I’m not surprised when the next scene has her back at the villa. She’s also disappointed that Sonic went home and that her bracelet was destroyed. To the contrary, though, it seems that Sonic got his hands on it anyway, and fixed it up so he could wear it. Awwww… ^_^ Well, it wasn’t as good an episode as it could have been, but it was a big step up from the last one. Pretty much what I needed after how little I was left caring following the whole Jet Tornado vs. Space Robot thing. Doc Robo was particularly sinister and evil in a good way, Chris more or less stayed out of the way, Amy got a chance to shine, and for the most part there wasn’t a overpopulation of glaring problems that I was unable to ignore when everything was said and done. I wish I could say it leaves me with hope for the rest of the series, but the varying quality of episodes thus far is keeping me from getting my hopes up. Still, one of the better episodes thus far.
edited 3rd Aug '10 5:24:40 PM by SpaceJawa
And thus we have the episode that spawned countless AMV's of Sonic and Amy's One True Love. Yes, I've watched some of them. I'm ashamed.
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