Tony here. Time for the end-of-the-week Sunday Wrap-Up. It’s here that I look back at the week in animation and say what I thought worked, what I thought failed, and what I thought was the best-of-the-best of week. (I do apologize for not having practically any posts at all this week, but I’ve been busy partaking in a South Park marathon and haven’t really had the time.) Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Not this show’s very best episode, as it had its fair share of faults, but lots of jokes were especially inspired and the whole thing was typically goofy and hilarious. Darwin and Gumball seemed a tad too mean-spirited, but that could easily be justified by factoring in their naivete. 9.2/10 (Best of the night)
  • MAD — This episode felt really short, and unfortunately the few sketches that were shown almost all fell short. The opening “Force Code” sketch completely lost me, as I have not seen Source Code and nothing was done in the parody to make it accessible to those who had not. The ending “Flammable” sketch, a surprising musical skit parodying Katy Perry’s “Fireworks”, and the “GleeCR” faux commercial were the only redeeming graces, as everything else was more miss-than-hit. 7.7/10
  • The Problem Solverz — The show’s in-all-likelihood series finale was just as bad as every episode before it. This finale was surprisingly meta and addressed the hatred beamed at it by using it as a plot device. This was a shock and something I can actually totally admire. But the show ended with all of its problems in tact–horrible animation, ugly designs and colors, dull storytelling, hallow surrealism, annoying characters–and I never laughed once this entire episode. I’m glad this show is over. 4.9/10.

On CN Tuesday, we had new episodes of:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — I…did not see this episode. I never watched this show before I started this blog, so I can never remember when it’s on. Still, um, I heard it was a pretty good episode. No score available.
  • The Looney Tunes Show — Offers the first portrayals of this show’s versions of Taz, Granny, Tweety, and Sylvester. Taz was alright, as was the others, though I find it sort of weird that Granny is reverted to a completely stereotypical deaf old women as opposed to a kindly little old lady. The jokes mostly worked, the best of which obviously fell to Daffy. Not the show at the top of its game, but still a pretty damn entertaining episode as the show’s writing starts to finally finds a solid foundation. 9.3/10.

On Comedy Central Thursdays, we had two new episodes of:

  • Futurama — Good news everyone! Futurama is back after a several-month-long break, with TWO new episodes. The first, “Neutopia”, was probably the weakest. The plot sort of felt like a series of events that never got detailed enough as opposed to a complete story, and the gender battle scenario felt a bit retreated. Despite this, there was a great cluster of jokes that are typical of a Futurama episode, and from that standpoint, it was able to deliver. Then the second, “Benderama”, was the better of the two, as the story was better delivered, with just the same amount of laughs to be found. Plus, there’s always good to be found in an episode that focuses on Bender. First one: 9.0/10. Second one: 9.4/10.

On Disney Channel Friday, we had a new episode of:

  • Phineas and Ferb — Both of these episodes were just so…meh.  The first, ” Bad Hair Day”, did something I like–that being, mixing things up. It was a change of pace that didn’t follow the typical format and had a pretty good sense of fun. But it was just unfunny. Typically the show offers a big bundle of laughs, but here, even Doofenshmirtz’s plot didn’t bring anything notably funny to the table, and I only surmounted a few chuckles through the whole thing. The ending musical number even wasn’t really as funny as it should have been. The second, “Meatloaf Surprise”, just felt off and weird. Once again, I barely laughed at all, as none of the jokes worked. Davy Jones of The Monkees made a cameo, but even this was wasted on a pretty bland song with no true joke to it. Also Jamie Oliver was there for some reason. Overall, these were surprisingly bland and pretty bad episodes. I guess every show needs its rotten batch. First one: 6.2/10. Second one: 5.9/10.

On The Hub Saturday, we had a new episode of:

  • Dan Vs. — A great, fun episode with a lot of good jokes packed in. Dan’s vendetta towards the magician allowed for some really good skeptic scenes with him and plenty of magic-based gags. Elise got some surprising development here, as we see she has had a fear of magicians since she was eight-years-old; it was a nice change of pace and for once Elise managed to remain as funny as everyone else. All the jokes worked, and Dan’s character seems to just get better and better with each episode. 9.5/10.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. Dan Vs. — “The Magician”
  2. Futurama — “Benderama”
  3. The Looney Tunes Show — “Devil Dog”
  4. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The Laziest”
  5. Futurama — “Neutopia”

That’s it for me. A pretty hit-of-miss week for shows, with lots of great installments but also a lot of disappointment. Also, I’ll try and have more articles this week to make up for the lack of them last time. See you next week.

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Tony here. Time for your weekly Recap of Cartoon Network’s Monday Night Line-up on the date 06/20/2011. This week the line-up consists of new episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball, MAD, and The Problem Solverz. (Both Adventure Time and Regular Show were repeats this week, so that’s why this recap will feel a tad empty). Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

First on The Amazing World of Gumball: in “The Laziest”, the boys’ mom goes out, resulting in Richard deciding to be lazier than usual. Gumball and Darwin decide to compete with their dad over who is laziest. Good episode, though it was rather strange seeing Gumball and Darwin being rather mean-spirited. I can see, though, that this was perhaps just their naivete and impressionability leading to their cruel actions towards Lazy Larry. Nonetheless, this episode was funny and the scenes with Lazy Larry–while rather mean-spirited–were pretty entertaining; though since Gumball and Darwin just disregard it, it made it seem rather pointless. But I know, that’s the joke. Not this show’s very best episode, as it had its fair share of faults, but lots of jokes were especially inspired and the whole thing was typically goofy and hilarious. I give this episode a 9.2/10.

Then on MAD: in “Force Code/Flammable”, we had parodies of Star Wars, Source Code, and Katy Perry. This episode was, eh, alright. The opening sketch simply lost me–mostly because I have not seen Source Code so I just totally did not get any of the jokes. Which is also the fault of the writers, because a proper satire should be accessible to those who are not even familiar with the subject matter as well. This episode felt really short as well, and the few sketches that were shown were simply passable. “Flammable” was interesting because it was a song parody, which this show has never done before, and which I totally loved. Katy Perry’s “Firework” is so terrible it needs a parody, and the puppets melting from Perry’s boob sparks was hilarious. The GleeVR was my personal favorite, because 1) any riff on Glee is good in my book, 2) they referenced the Strutting Leo meme which was surprising and also amazing, and 3) they worked in a small spoof of Supernatural. This episode was funny, but felt short and a lot of it was more miss than hit. I give it a 7.9/10.

Finally, on The Problem Solverz: in “Zoo Cops”, the Problem Solverz are feeling that their popularity is decreasing because they have had no good cases and are derided for such. Things change when an insane tagger named Dork Face plots an evil dimensional based scheme against the town. This was the season finale, and very well likely the series finale, so…yeah. Let me just open by saying that after all this has been said and done, this show was fucking horrible. Its animation is too ugly and bright despite being stylistic and purposeful; the voice actors are loud and annoying despite several of them being talented people (John  DiMaggio, Grey DeLisle, Chris Parnell, George Tekai, and Mark Hamil have all lent their voices and have been wasted); the show’s surrealism is hallow and pretentious and out-of-date, like something from Newgrounds made in 5 minutes by some baked college kid; the story and plot is dull and lifeless and is used solely as a support beam for the characters to be loud and random. Now as for this episode itself? Astonishingly meta. It seems this show is aware that is is absolutely despised by 98% of everybody who has ever watched it, and it has seemingly embraced it and used it as subject matter for its episode. I commend it for that, honestly, but besides that, nothing stood out. The tagger character was alright, and surprisingly the sequence inside the “flat dimension” was well done, but I didn’t laugh once and every joke was too predictable and retreaded. Overall, despite its self-aware nature, the season (and quite obviously series) finale was about as bad as every episode before it. I give it a 4.9/10.

Overall I give this week’s CN Monday a 7.8/10. Be sure to check the line-up next week, starting at 7:30p.m. on Cartoon Network. And be sure to read more of Toons with Tony with new posts daily.

Tony here. Time for the end-of-the-week Sunday Wrap-Up. It’s here that I look back at the week in animation and say what I thought worked, what I thought failed, and what I thought was the best-of-the-best of week. (I unveiled a new rating system a few days after I did the reviews for a few of these shows, so I’ll be adapting them accordingly from their letter grades.)  Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Yet another hilarious outing for the show. Focused a lot on the dynamic of the family and gave equal screentime to storylines involving each of them trying to become more functional. Gumball and Darwin’s plot worked the best, though Richard’s plot had some amazingly hysterical sight gags. 9.8/10 (Best of the night)
  • Regular Show — Felt like a season one episode almost. The jokes worked and I loved the staging of Mordecai and Rigby getting too smart for everyone else. (Though I admit the grid was a bit too much like the one from “Don”). It was pretty clever how they set up what could have been a completely different episode plot–Rigby re-attending high school–and simply brushed it off. 9.3/10
  • MAD — Most of the sketches surprisingly weren’t parodies of anything specific, sans the titular two. Of those two, the first one was good and funny, while the second failed to do anything with me–mostly because of a few minor research errors related to The Office and some generally missaimed jokes.  Also both of the titles were really a stretch. My favorite was “Seattle: Los Angeles”, which was absurd, hilarious, and amazing, and one of my favorite MAD sketches, but the whole thing was more-or-less just solid. 7.9/10.
  • The Problem Solverz — I have no idea what it is–perhaps it was my love of Japanese culture which this episode owes a lot to, or maybe I’ve simply adjusted to this show’s horrid colors and madness–but I actually found this episode totally decent. The surrealism actually sort of felt well-done at points, a lot of it being with Professor Sugar Fish, a wacky Japanese cereal mascot (again, my Japan bias) and nothing really upset me; not even the loud voices or colors. This season’s almost over, and they’ve finally made an episode I didn’t hate. 6.0/10

Then on CN Tuesday:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — Sadly I missed the opening, but I did hear that there was a brief cameo of Scrappy and Flim-Flam as statues, which is amazing. Rest of the episode was alright but nothing totally notable beside that opening. Still pretty cool to see more development with the overarching series mystery–this time involving Angel Dynamite. 7.0/10
  • The Looney Tunes Show — This episode felt a lot like a classic short. We opened with Bugs and Daffy tunnel-traveling, which offered a huge nostalgic blast. Then the main plot had Bugs and Daffy competing over an attractive Hollywood scarlet (Bugs being the obvious and continuous victor throughout), and accordingly Daffy was sort of refitted from his typical dumbass routine on this show to a much more Chuck Jones-esque Daffy. That’s what made this episode work; not to mention it was pretty damn funny. 9.4/10 (Best of the night)

On Disney Channel’s Saturday Toonin’ block, we had a new episode of:

  • Phineas and Ferb — Both episodes were fantastic. I liked the first–“Candace Disconnected”–better though. Joel McHale guest starred as a deadpan prototype Norm head and served as the episode’s strongest comedic anchor. Plus all three plots managed to entertain, which is always good in my book. The second–“Magic Carpet Ride”–was also good, but the main plot (while rather beautiful) felt sort of weak. Candace’s plot showed us some interesting new locations, while Doof’s showed us a new side of Roger. First: 9.5/10; Second: 9.2/10.

And on The Hub Saturday, we had a new episode of:

  • Dan Vs. — One of my favorite episodes, definitely. Every joke worked perfectly, and the escalation of the entire thing was much more slow-burn and allowed the jokes to be more subtle. Hortense was a funny new character and her voice (provided by Tress MacNeille) was hilarious on its own. Lots of continuity nods, with a reappearance from my favorite recurring character, Crunchy, the hippietastic hippie. Plus I actually felt sorry for Dan. Just a perfect episode. 10/10.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. Dan Vs. — “Burgerphile”
  2. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The Painting”
  3. Phineas and Ferb — “Candace Disconnected/Magic Carpet Ride”
  4. The Looney Tunes Show — “Casa de Calma”
  5. Regular Show — “More Smarter”

That’s it for me. We’re nearing the end of the season for a lot of shows, so expect some emptiness in Sunday Wrap-Ups in the upcoming weeks. See you next week.

Tony here. Time to review the latest episode of Dan Vs. The new episode, “Burgerphile”, aired Saturday, June 18, 2011, on The Hub. There was no new episode last week, which sucks, but what sucks more is that there’s only two more episodes of the season left (if current schedules are accurate). Spoilers below. Let’s get started.

In “Burgerphile”, Dan gets terrible service at the drive-thru for Burgerphile. Enraged, he declares revenge on the fast food joint, and stages a protest inside the restaurant. Right off the bat—I loved this episode. A lot. It’s definitely somewhere in my top 3 episodes of this show from its whole run thus far (“The Animal Shelter” remains in the top spot). To elaborate…

This episode was outrageous. Every single joked just worked perfectly. Some of my favorites: practically all the jokes with Dan and Hortense, whose nasally voice was provided by Tress MacNeille and is so funny that every word she says makes me chuckle; Dan’s surprisingly peaceful protest of chaining himself to the store’s counter and refusing the leave; the manager’s fear of returning to Maryland (viewers from that state must be so pissed); and the cops seeing Chris and Elise together and saying that Elise must be Chris’s nurse.

The laughs were plentiful and the story worked. There was lots of continuity nods, too. Burgerphile has been mentioned previously in the show, the human persona of the werewolf appeared again, and we had another appearance from Crunchy, the hippie, who is my favorite recurring character. The animation is slowly increasing in quality too—the show’s budget is clearly cheap, but it always delivers on well drawn character designs and set pieces, and here we had lots of well-animated fight scenes and character movement. I loved the escalation of the whole thing—most of the episodes of this show employ this, but this one gave it all a sort of slow-burn effect. This makes the jokes much more ironically rooted and subtle, and in fact actually allowed for us to legitimately sympathize with Dan’s plight for once. Every episode seems to show more and more growth for the writing staff, and this episode seems to display the show at its peak. And with its record so far. I would not be surprised if it stayed here. I give it a perfect 10/10.

Be sure to catch Dan Vs. every Saturday on The Hub at 8pm EST, and of course always check in on Toons with Tony for new reviews, recaps, news, and more.

Tony here. Time to review the latest episode of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb. The new episodes, “Candace Disconnected” and “Magic Carpet Ride”, aired Saturday morning, June 18, 2011, at 9am EST on Disney Channel. This was apart of a new (and horribly named) Disney Channel has created for this show and Fish Hooks entitled “Toonin'”. (I’d review both, but since this was too early I didn’t watch this live so only watched this show online; maybe next time). Also, it’s here where I’ll be trying out a new grading system, so leave feedback in the comment section if you like this better than the usual A-B-C-D-F grades I usually give. Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

First up is “Candace Disconnected”. In this episode, Linda tells Candace that if she loses another cell phone she refuses to buy her a new one. Naturally, Candace proceeds to accidentally break it, but Phineas and Ferb jump in to create a new one for her. Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz invents a device to pick up his daughter Vanessa for him. This episode was phenomenal, definitely the best of the season so far and one of the show’s best installments in general. The main plot featured a funny recurring gag where the boys’ main scheme (described as being their biggest and tallest) is only shown off screen. Lots of lampshades were hung and subversions, well, were subverted throughout. I especially loved the twist on Doof’s jingle (“Doofenshmirtz’s [*deep voice*] basement”). One of the best parts of the episode was Norm’s prototype head, voiced brilliantly by guest star Joel McHale, whose stark deadpan and malicious verbal beating of Doofenshmirtz was hysterical. The gag about Monogram being severely technologically impaired was funny, as really any Monogram-and-Carl joke is. Definitely the crowning moment of the episode was the completely random and non sequitur moment where Doofenshmirtz and Perry dance to an exercise video for a minute straight. Yes it served no purpose, and yes it wasted time, but that’s what made it so hilarious.  I give this episode a 9.5/10.

After that was “Magic Carpet Ride”. In this episode, the boys are inspired by Lawrence’s favorite childhood program The Pinhead Pierre (previously seen in the “Out of Toon” episode from season one) to make a flying carpet. Meanwhile, Candace decides to use fortune cookies to lead her to busting her brothers; and Doofenshmirtz once again tries to sabotage a ceremony for his brother Roger, this time as retribution for Roger ruining his magnum opus back in art school. Another great episode–though not quite as funny as “Candace Disconnected”, it still delivered. The boys’ flying carpet plot was actually rather brief, devoted mostly to a montage set to “Aerial Area Rug”, which was co-written by Book of Mormon co-helm Robert Lopez; the song was a great parody of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin (of which this a-plot is a loose homage to), while the montage itself was well animated and actually rather beautiful. Candace’s subplot was actually really good, despite the usual Candace-looks-for-new-way-to-bust-brothers schtick which Stacy herself even rolls her eyes at. The new locations like the Chinese restaurant and the fish market showed more of the town and allowed for diverse set pieces. Doofenshmirtz’s plot had a good back story, this time showing more of Doofenshmirtz at college (he apparently went to an art school, which explains his poetry days in “Unfair Science Fair”). And might I note how simply brilliant the bits where Doofenshmirtz’s Stain-inator fires globs of staining substances at people, all of which were amazingly well timed and–as Doofenshmirtz noted himself–showed that his machine had a “sense for irony”. The episode didn’t feel quite as funny as the previous episode (mostly because of the lack of laughs in the a-plot) but was still well done. I give it a 9.2/10.

Unless Disney changes the schedule for this show for what would be like the 15th time, you can catch new episodes of Phineas and Ferb every Saturday at 8am EST as part of the Toonin’ block. And be sure to continue reading Toons with Tony for animation updates and opinions.

Tony here. Time for your weekly Recap of Cartoon Network’s Monday Night Line-up on the date 06/13/2011. This week the line-up consists of new episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, MAD, and The Problem Solverz. Note that this blog defines “Recap” as a short summary of the episode and a brief review/opinion of it, as opposed to the “Bit-By-Bit” recapping style of sites like TelevisionWithoutPity.com. Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

First up on The Amazing World of Gumball: In “The Painting”, the school’s principal sees a drawing Anais did, which demonstrates the insanely chaotic and dysfunctional nature of her family. The principal decides to try and sort all of them out–telling Richard to get a job, Nicole to become a stay-at-home mom, and Gumball and Darwin to take a course on taming their rambunctiousness. Another hilarious episode; each storyline was given equal screen-time and all managed to be amazing. I’ve heard a lot of complaints about how unoriginal Richard’s dumb dad personality is, but I don’t care–he’s personally my favorite character on the show, because (as is demonstrated in this episode) practically everything he does is hysterical and well-timed. Gumball and Darwin’s plot featured a new character, Mr. Smalls, a new age teacher whose methods were side-splitting, and Nicole’s simple scenes had her being extremely bored being able to do nothing but clean. The jokes worked, these characters are funny–Gumball is just fucking amazing. I give it an A+.

Then on Regular Show: In “More Smarter”, Rigby is mocked for not having a high school diploma. He tries but fails attending an actual high school, and finds an online test impossible, so he orders a brain enhancing juice which makes him “more smarter”. This episode was on the ball the whole time. Rigby being stupid–while some of the jokes were a tad on the nose–was played out nice and his dumb lines were funny. The irregular ending was as big and weird as I like it, with the boys taking so much of the brain juice that they think at a higher level then everybody and view the world as more-or-less the grid from Tron. Two favorite moments: Benson coming into the kitchen and asking the guys a real life stereotypical math word problem to Rigby’s utter bemusement, and the cleverly quick way the show brushed off Rigby’s attempt at re-attending high school which could have been an episode all its own. I give it an A.

Next on MAD: In “Ribbitless/The Clawfice”, the show took on Limitless, The Office, The Muppets, and X-Men, and packed a solid punch. In fact, most of the sketches (excluding the titular two) did not actually directly parody anything, and it allowed for more diversity in the comedy. That being said, the parodies themselves were a bit of a stretch (I actually had no clue what they’d be parodying until I saw the episode despite seeing the titles beforehand) but once that subsided they both offered their laughs. “Ribbitless” was hilarious, with lots of funny gags with the Muppets–there was even some surprise continuity with a callback to a bit in “Clifforfield”– though “The Clawfice” didn’t do much for me despite my love of both The Office and X-Men. I just felt like the satire itself just wasn’t good enough; like they hadn’t really done much research on the show, so the whole thing just fell apart for me. The best sketch was “Seattle: Los Angeles”, which was just absurd, ridiculous, hilarious, and amazing. One my favorite MAD sketches so far, though the episode overall was just solid. I give it a B+.

Finally, on The Problem Solverz: In “Breakfast Wars”, a child runs out of cereal, and The Problem Solverz mission to solve the problem leads to them going on a wild chase as they get embroiled in the schemes of the evil cereal mascot Professor Sugar Fish. I’m not entirely sure how I came to get the feelings I did about this episode–maybe I’m just totally adjusted to the horrific colors and annoying voices and in-your-face attitude of this show and just don’t care anymore; maybe it was the fact that this whole episode acted as an homage to insane Japanese culture with Prof. Sugar Fish’s cereal commercials and I absolutely adore everything about Japan; maybe it was that the surrealism was actually done sort of right for once. But for whatever reason, this episode of The Problem Solverz was borderline decent, and I….did not hate it. And once again, I’m not sure why, but for whatever reason, I laughed more at the absurdity, and I was not utterly repulsed. Again, it might be because I’m adjusted, or because I’m bias for Japanese culture, but I still could not find much to hate about this episode. Oh sure, the colors were brighter and fiercer then ever and the plot was more chaotic, random, and dumber, which are the elements this show increases on weekly. I hate all of the characters (except for Tux Dog, but even he was in the episode and had a pretty funny scene) and I hate the animation. But as this season comes to a close (season finale’s next week) I’ve finally found at least one episode of this horrible show that can actually be called “decent”. I give it a C-.

Overall I give this week’s CN Monday a B+. Be sure to check the line-up next week, starting at 7:30p.m. on Cartoon Network. And be sure to read more of Toons with Tony with new posts daily.

Tony here. Time for the end-of-the-week Sunday Wrap-Up. It’s here that I look back at the week in animation and say what I thought worked, what I thought failed, and what I thought was the best-of-the-best of week. (Note that there was no new Dan Vs. episode this week, so this might feel a bit lopsided, but that’s out of my control unfortunately. Fucking The Hub…) Minor spoilers below. Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Similar to “The Dress”, this episode managed to nail the perfect level of weirdness, inappropriateness, and genuine portrayals of children. Not to mention it was hysterical. Definitely up there with the best episodes of the show so far, and the ending was so messed up it had me in hysterics. CN is now recycling episodes, so there’s only gonna be one segment a week in stead of two, which sucks. Best episode of the night. I give it an A+.
  • Regular Show — Not a particularly bad episode, but not an excellent one either. Sort of in the middle, with perfectly fine and funny jokes and a typically great “irregular” twist ending. It didn’t do much for me, however, so I wouldn’t really call it anything special for this show, but it was funny and entertaining nonetheless. I give it an A-.
  • MAD — Underwhelming. The opening sketch was funny, but it seemed to be stretching to make jokes worked, though the “Yu-Gi-Bear” gag was amusing. The ending sketch (yet ANOTHER Twilight parody) failed for two reasons: 1) it was overall unfunny and 2) MAD has been doing Twilight sketches practically every episode and they’re just straight up running out of fucking material. Some things worked but this show needs to pick it up. I give it a B.
  • The Problem Solverz — This show is becoming depressing. You can see as it tries and tries to improve its flaws, but it just fails so miserably. It creates a followable plot but in doing so it relies on cliches and stereotypes. The fangirl bit has been done so many times before and this show does nothing knew with it. Nothing worked, sans a single funny line, and I just want this show to not be renewed for a second season simply because it honestly needs to be taken out of its misery. I give it an F-.

Then on CN Tuesday we had new episodes of:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — Fine episode but with a predictable reveal. Nonetheless, it was a fun ride with plenty of funny gags. Vincent Van Ghoul was an entertaining revival of his character, this time being voiced by Maurice LaMarche doing a pitch-perfect Vincent Price impression. The recurring gag with Daphne being super hungry was pretty funny as well. I give it a B+.
  • The Looney Tunes Show — Looks like this show has finally gotten into its groove. It knows what works, it knows what doesn’t, and it knows just who to give all the best lines to–its increasingly amazing incarnation of Daffy. The Batman gag was just one of many hysterical gags this installment had to offer. The storyline (your typical “high school reunion standards” plot) worked because it was written around the characters and not vice versa. The Merrie Melodies short was the best MM so far (though its title–“Cock of the Walk”–is…unfortunate), while the Wile E. Coyote gag was…meh. Still the Best of the Night. I give it an A.

On Comedy Central Wednesdays, we had a new episode of:

  • South Park — An episode that felt honestly important; surprisingly dark, thought-provoking, and self-reflective. Comprised mostly of (actually funny) shit jokes used to represent the poor state of modern popular music and mock cynical hipsters who despise everything, the episode also acted as a commentary on Trey and Matt’s status on the show. The ending–which must be seen as it is is truly effective–could have all been a throw-off thing to get a message across or maybe just a jokingly-serious gag, but this felt important, and was one of South Park‘s finest half hours. I give it an A+.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. South Park — “You’re Getting Old”
  2. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The Pressure”
  3. The Looney Tunes Show — “Reunion”
  4. Regular Show — “A Bunch of Baby Ducks”
  5. Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — “Nightfright”

That’s it for me. Once again, yeah, this felt empty with no Dan Vs. this week, but hopefully everything will be back on par next week. See you next time.