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06/17/2020 17:03:39 •••

First thoughts of First Episode (from a Phineas and Ferb fan)

Phineas and Ferb was about the last cartoon show I watched on Disney with a huge amount of enjoyment, as in, "look forward to every episode for a huge amount of laughter" enjoyment. Hearing that that show was ending was like saying goodbye to a companion who'd been with me since my mid-teenage years. It broke my heart a little bit.

I continued to watch Phineas and Ferb on Netflix, with the eventual intention of finishing the series (I fell of the bandwagon of watching TV after getting rid of cable, Netflix is a great substitute.) I eventually read on this very site that the creators were working on a new show entitled "Milo Murphy's Law". After enjoying Phineas and Ferb to a degree that beat nearly every other show that aired in the same era, I decided I'd probably give the show a try.

Then I read on the Wikipedia article that the show had released the first episode on Itunes for free (or rather, the first 22 minute time slot with 2 episode in it). I decided to have a look.

In a nutshell, while I didn't enjoy it as much as Phineas and Ferb, I still enjoyed it a great deal.

The premise of the show is that the main character, named Milo Murphy (voiced by Weird Al Yankovic) is a walking disaster area. To go along with this, he is prepared for anything, from llamas to giant sewage pipes, nothing shocks this kid beyond a raised eyebrow. He's refreshing, funny, and similar to Phineas in a good way.

Two other characters share the spotlight. The "new kid" named Zack Underwood. His role is well needed as he is the audience surrogate, the one who is not used to disaster striking whenever Milo so much as blinks. The other one's name is Melissa Chase, who serves as the girl who's a good friend of Milo, but is quite aware and accepting of what being around him entails. Both of these characters have served well thus far at reacting in funny ways to the weirdness that goes on, Zack by his panic and Melissa by her nonchalance. Also, there's a side character named Diogee who's a dog that continuously turns up to follow/help Milo. Also Vincent Martella voices a classmate who's the complete opposite of Phineas Flynn. That is a joke unto itself!

One aspect that the show has carried over from Phineas and Ferb that I am very happy about is a sense of cheerful optimism. In the first episode, Milo and Zack are chased away from the busstop by an out of control sewage pipe. While their adventure is going on, Melissa starts a betting pool on the bus, not about whether or not Milo and Zack will survive, but whether they'll get to school on time (she's betting for them in case you were wondering.)

In the end, I'm very much looking forward to see where this show goes. I also hope that someday in the future there could be a crossover between this, and Phineas and Ferb.

Go watch Milo Murphy's Law. If you liked Phineas and Ferb, I think you'll enjoy this one.


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