Archive for January, 2016

Season 4, Ep. 17: “Double Standard”

There’s a plot aspect of this episode that’s really weird. Ben really wants to date this girl, Amy, but he can’t until he turns 13. That hasn’t stopped him before. I know the role could’ve always been there and Ben just ignored it, but he’s really concern about it now. It’s nice though that the entire episode isn’t about this, as we’ve seen this type of plot line on the show multiple times. He asks Mike who just suggests Ben to use the loopholes in their rule. Then Julie walks out and Ben asks her. She’s really there just so we can Mike and her flirt hinting at their relationship only them and the audience currently knows about. Ben just decides to not tell Maggie and Jason. read more

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The College Years Episode 18: “Marry Me”

The College Years Episode 18: “Marry Me”

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In the cold opening, Zack Morris and Kelly hump while the gang and Mike watch what I assume is a romantic comedy a few feet away. I guess they’re exhibitionists, or else lazy writers have to remind us that Zack Morris and Kelly are a couple again since it’s going to be crucial to this episode.

There’s the expected cliche jokes about Slater thinking emotion is for losers while Leslie, Alex, Screech, and even Mike get all emotional shit over the film. Slater decides they should go get a pizza but Zack Morris and Kelly stay behind so they can fuck in peace. read more

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The New Class Season 5, Episode 1: “Desperately Seeking Work”

The New Class Season 5, Episode 1: “Desperately Seeking Work”

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Our season opens with a sight unrealistic even for Reno 911: Screech as a mall security guard. Yes, some idiot decided it would be a good idea to give Screech authority over shit because that always works out well. Also, it would seem that Yukon Yogurt went out of business as there’s a new store in its place and Mr. Belding basically wanders around the mall most of the episode with the excuse he’s buying presents for Little Zack’s birthday, but I’m beginning to think he doesn’t want to go home anymore. At least Mr. Belding admits that he doesn’t have much time between work and having a family. I just wish he’d realized that two seasons ago when he started taking random jobs. read more

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Season 4, Ep. 16: “Fortunate Son”

Mike is late for dinner due to his part time job of working at a car wash. He gets home complaining about his job saying he’d take another one in a heartbeat. Here we go with the foreshadowing. He does enjoy payday, but that doesn’t really matter now because he owes Carol $20 and Jason the last two months worth of rent.

Ben and Mike are hanging out playing an arcade game at this convenience store. Ben sees that Mike would rather have a different job than the car wash. You really could’ve started the episode here. Ben asks one of the employees to see if they’re hiring. The employee is Indian and has trouble understanding Ben. This is another way that the plot is set up subtly. Mike meets with the manager and he gets hired. He’s taking the night shift, so he’s starting right away. read more

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The College Years Episode 17: “Love and Death”

The College Years Episode 17: “Love and Death”

vlcsnap-2015-12-15-18h36m38s119In our cold opening, Kelly blows off Zack Morris to go out with the girls Saturday and Screech is disappointed he doesn’t have a vagina so he can’t go, but he hopes maybe Zack Morris might go out with him instead. Zack Morris’s characterization here is more akin to his early original series self than what I’d hoped he’d evolved into. He’s possessive: Kelly should clear her schedule for him and he shouldn’t have to ask her out; it should be assumed her duty is to him and fuck everything else. Also, the plot thread that’s littered throughout this episode is, “Does she love me or not?” Love in The College Years has not progressed far beyond the original series. read more

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