Mini reviews of Television seasons old and new. No fuss. No spoilers. Occasional bunnies.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Shinkenger VS Kamen Rider Decade:
Kenzan Samurai Sentai & Gedou Rider, Mairu! (2009)


In a crossover, ground-floor exposition has to be present even if the events therein take place significantly far into one, both, or all of the participants' timelines. Characterization should still be present and consistent with each individual as they currently exist, however, and Kobayashi does a magnificent job of this, here, via actions, when there is not time for explicit dialogue. This is in contrast to the Gavan episodes in Go-Busters, where Kuroki's actions are entirely too convenient, and consequently, out of character.

Tsukasa (Decade) is an ass. But, Kobayashi manages to make it seem like he actually has something going on below the surface. I feel that she deliberately put the emphasis on Natsumi and Eijiro, as opposed to some of the Shinkengers, because that was where she perceived the deficit to be. I wholeheartedly agree and wonder what Decade would have been like if she had been able to write all of it, as opposed to simply four episodes. Accordingly, Den-O suits appear in the first part of this endeavor. She was clearly proud of her past work, as well she should be. Those other two episodes? They were the ones set in the world of Den-O, so Toei at least showed a modicum of good judgement in regards to Decade.

Verily, Decade has to exist in my world, even if I am opposed to how Toei's anniversary efforts tend to disregard the canons of their original works. Without Decade, I would not have:
If you're watching Decade, you have to watch these, as they are episodes of Decade. If you're watching Shinkenger, DO NOT skip these. The order of viewing is:

Act 20 --> Decade 24 --> Act 21 --> Decade 25

4 Only Because Onodera is Not REMOTELY Odagiri Joe out of 5

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7 (1993-94)

Longtime fans of TNG will get the most from what the seventh and last season has to offer. There's a lot of looking back, while also moving forward. A number of significant events from previous years are referenced or recalled, right back even to the Farpoint mission, the very first episode of Season 1 (1987-88).

Family plays an important role; mothers and sons mostly, but also fathers, brothers and the extended family you create for yourself from the people who become closer than just friends, the people who earn respect a thousand times over just by being who they are at heart, free from any kind of ingratiating agenda.

And while strange new worlds are indeed explored, new life and new civilisations thoroughly sought out, there's also a dangerous limitation to be considered, one that has consequences for more than just the crew of the Federation's flagship. It's something that doesn't get forgotten by the next episode, which does sometimes happen in episodic shows, and I'll be looking out for it as I progress through TNG's successor, the Deep Space Nine series, which takes place in the same time period.

Lieutenant commander Data's desire to be more human continues to underpin the psychology of the character, and it's something that's used as a basis for some of the best episodes in what I consider to be a very strong season.

Of course, the VERY best episode is the two-part finale, All Good Things... It's a powerful and bittersweet farewell that's both a testament to how affecting the show was to millions of people the world over and a kind of thank you to those same people. Afterwards our time with the ship's crew comes to an end, but we know deep down that our own journey of discovery never really does.

The Enterprise D and its crew will hold a special place in my heart forever; it's a feeling that all the gold-pressed latinum in the universe couldn't buy back

26 episodes, approx 44 minutes each.

5 unknown possibilities of existence out of 5