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09/30/2016 20:40:33 •••

(Episodes 1 and 2 review) Has an interesting premise, but how long will it last?

Despite not being a fan of 2010s cartoons and their art styles and sense of humor (and the lack of good story-driven ones like Avatar: The Last Airbender), for whatever reason, I gave this one a try. Disney put up the first two episodes on YouTube.

The first episode made me laugh many times. It did a fantastic job with the simple premise of "bad luck follows Milo everywhere he goes, making his life dangerous and affecting anyone who's with him". The plot was basically nothing more than Milo meets a new kid, and the two need to head to school while dealing with everything from wolves to bees to falling into the sewers to all the other stuff trying to kill them. Milo takes it all in stride, and the sheer absurdity of the bad luck and the things that happen cracked me up. Milo has worse luck than Wile E. Coyote! In fact, that's kind of the vibe I got from the first episode. Just slapstick and humor as the characters survive literal Murphy's Law, the idea that "what can go wrong, will go wrong." (Fan fact: The astronaut Edward Murphy actually said, "If there's a right way to do things and a wrong way to do them, this guy will do things the wrong way.")

While the episode was very enjoyable, it had me wondering how the hell this base premise could possibly sustain an entire cartoon series. The second episode answered that question.

The second episode had Milo and his two friends (why is it always íThree Amigos!?) going to a museum with the rest of the class, via train. Of course their train derails and they end up in an underground cave where they meet a civilization that had been living there for about a month. After a series of mishaps, they manage to get back to school and free the people trapped underground.

In other words, that episode felt like just a standard "kids go on wacky random adventure" sort of thing. No different than what you'd find in something like Hey Arnold!. It had a lot of the things that annoy me in kid cartoons also, like the usual Little Professor Dialog that real kids/middle school students would never say, and a lot of the same style of humor that just rubs me the wrong way, which I can't quite describe. It felt generic. Instead of the parade of Wile E. Coyote antics, I just get a standard silly adventure with random bad luck.

Is that what the show is going to become? I hope not. While I do think the main premise has limited potential used in its purest form, I don't like the idea of it simply being an excuse to set up our heroes on a bunch of random adventures, when lots of other kid cartoons simply put their heroes on random adventures without having to use "oh yeah, the main character's jinxed" as an excuse. But from what I've seen so far, the future of this cartoon doesn't look too promising.


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