If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Cartoon Network, a name that most look to in disappointment now a days, first the cancellation of Toonami then the betrayal of the name of the network by having completely live action shows. But after tonight I can actually say CN isn't all that bad anymore, but they do do some stupid crap at times(Level up!, which would be a animated movie, CG or Tradational then live action), also they have pulled some weird crap in terms of scheduling(Young Justice's "mid season" break) and cancellation(Sym-Bionic Titan) but let's focus on the good.
After typing this up I figured out the Cross over takes up a good chunk so It will go last
Star Wars the Clone Wars:
Anyone who's seen me talk about this series know I toot it's horn despite it's flaws (Those being Woodblock hair, Ahsoka being who she is in when it'd create a big hole in the stories as to her not being mentioned.we already know how this ends, so we know no one who we see in Episode 3 can't die here, and anyone who hasn't met before Episode 3 can't meet.) However this episode is one of the things I'll always hold in regard that this series as a whole should have been the prequels, it gives good character development, it tells you more about the universe as a whole and has a star wars first, a good long fist fight where Obi-wan Kenobi get's his ass kicked pretty well.
It starts off with basically a whole planet getting overrun by the separatist, and the republic having to do a block by block bomb run. for the first time Ahsoka learns of her master, Anakin's past as a slave. This is special to the story as it's revealed that the people helping the separatist this time are known for their enslavement of others, the revelation made Anakin so angry he snatched the communicator ,Obi wan used when he got a communication from the slavers into his hand and crushed it with the force. Anakin was obviously on edge the whole episode and came down to the final confrontation of the episode where Anakin nearly turn on his light saber while holding it to the villain of the weeks neck. The whole thing shows that the darkness you see in Episode 3 and as Darth Vader in the original stuff isn't just from one incident with his mom, over the series he's killed or is about to kill people without a second thought or without questioning himself afterward. Ahsoka's handles business as she growing as a capable fighter, strategist and user of the force, she's becoming what we really really wished Anakin was in the prequels.
The highlight of the episode had to be the fist fight, it was brutal it was fast paced and if not for the fact we know Obi lives it looks like an actual life threatening fight. During one point obi was slammed so hard into the glass/ground below him it cracks and not just a small hairline fracture but enough to look like he might fall through if he was slammed again. the scene even had a good laugh as the villain of the week almost casually choked Obi wan with his forearm while a droid attempt to give him a report through a holo-transmitter, just to be cut off by Obi Wan slipping out and bashing the guys face into the transmitter breaking the transmitter.
ThunderCats Season 1 Finale:
I didn't know it was the first season finale until I checked the info box on my cable:
If you ever felt like you've been dicked out of something, you know what Tygra's feeling during this ep and you will love this episode in the end. The Episode's last 5 minutes was almost mind blowing as it changes basically a few things involving the basic way we thought things work in the thundercats in alot of terms. It's a very powerful episode as it gets the core of Tygra's dislike for his brother, but also how he still in the end loves him and would do anything to protect him, at the same time we get some of the power armor back that was hinted at a while ago in the book of Omen's flash back to 1000's of years ago episode. We find out alot more about the Grune & Panthro relationship (it gives an explaination to why grune has one big tooth & spoiler:it's bad ass) and also has a sound resolution with a great fight proceeding it. For a season Finale it was great.
Looking back on this season, this has to be one of the greatest TV reboots ever, it not only kept alot of what we liked about the characters but also expanded on the ones we never cared about (Tygra and Grune especially) and cut what was weird or ridiculous(a boy in a full grown man's body who's now suppose to be a King?). took a mess of a series and made a good competent storyline about a boy who's becoming a man. Cheetra's relationship with Lion-O and Tygra being now officially some what romantic was great and better then some of the pussyfooting(pun not intended) of the original series especially since you had to remember Lion-O was a little boy in a mans body, making Lion-O/Cheetra basically being child molestation. The twins were great as they obviously have a lot of their own baggage and aren't just those goofy kids. Panthro's basically starting off as the hard ass who basically questioning Lion-O's leader ship is a good thing because of the backstory they set up ,as well as the fact it'd be kinda weird if no one questioned him. Snarf, I actually have to say I miss him being Vocal at some parts, but then again I'd hate him to again, this snarf was experessive, fun and I know if I was a kid again I'd probably laugh at a few things he did. all in all this has been a great series with a great voice cast that captures the personalities so well. Who would have ever thought Eric Matthews would not only star as the only non Bruce Wayne Batman with an animated series, But also voice Lion-O lord of the thundercats in a reboot that is actually great.
Ben 10/ Generator Rex Crossover:
For those who don't watch Generator Rex:
It's about a teen, Rex, who can make weapons and other machines from his body using replicating nano-machines after an accident causes everyone in the world to gain nano-machines. Rex, also has the ability to cure some Evos. Evo's being creatues with mutations caused by the nano machines that sometimes making them lose their sense of humanity. He was working with a well known Goverment operation to stop evos but now is working with a smaller underground version of the same operation.
For those who don't know Ben 10:
At 10 years old Ben Tennyson found a watch like device, by messing with it, and pushing down on the center he could originally become 10 different alien life forms. Since then 6 years have passed he's gotten access to nearly 100 different aliens and in some futures(this universe has mutliple alternate ones) has had 10,000 aliens. He's joined by his cousin Gwen who's got powers thats something that's of a middle between The force and the Scarlet Witch's hex magic. Also, Kevin E. Levin(pun intended), a half alien who can abosrb the physical properities of people(but this causes' his people to go insane) and objects(if he touches metal he becomes metal) as well as limited shape shifting of his body into weapons(He can make a mace out of his hand),
On to the actual product:
This all takes place in Rex's universe with only a few mentions of Ben's universe and supporting characters, which is a negative as it'd be cool to see some of the supporting characters interact or something. Also it's shown to be an alternate earth with a different business in place of Ben's normal hang out. However, if The Tennyson family even exist in any form or anything like that is never shown, nor is it explored where the time lines differ(where Gwen and Dr. Holiday, the brains behind Rex's Operation, would have looked). Another few problems stem from beside the villain temporally changing into (pretty badass) evil versions of Ben's aliens and Ben using an alien to boost Rex's powerset, you could have traded him out for Blue Beetle(Reyes) or aqualad(Garth of Kaldur) or hell even Samurai Jack and it wouldn't have made a difference in the special in terms of actual story
But it was a good cross over with plenty of fun moments of them quiping off each other(Ben's more of a Jerkass quipper, while Rex is a Spiderman, scared so he cracks jokes, quipper) as well as a funny take on the original Ben 10 theme with Rex making it a song about his life instead. If you watch both of the shows(which they come on the same network in the same block of shows now a days compared to when they first started) and have watched ben 10 for since the beginning you'll probably enjoy this but have some of the problems I had. If you never watched these shows don't watch these it's more of the same but with both Ben and Rex at the same time. if you hate Rex, you'll hate this more then a normal episode as Ben is basically not given much to do story wise. If you love Rex it will stick out more that Ben was given little importance.
Side note:For anyone who wants to point out the how "Well they said the being was imprisoned in the null void", with Blue bettle and Aqualad you have the Phantom zone through Superman's DC stuff, and with Samurai Jack, he dimension hops every few episodes.