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Just a few months ago no one knew what Fidget Spinners were and now they are pretty much everywhere and have become a problem that schools had to ban them. But what is the real history of fidget spinners and are the latest fad. The media has been reporting various things, however as we have come to see a lot of it is FAKE news. So I’ll take this time to clear some misconceptions.
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This week we celebrate the start of Summer by reviewing 3 music videos that is something you would play right after school got out in the 90s and boy do they reek of the 90’s but not only that, I think all three songs have kind of an empowering theme of go and do what you want since it’s your life. Also by pure coincidence all three songs today had two different music videos for the same song. You can also check out the previous two editions of Music Match Videos.
Shampoo – Trouble
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With a new Superman movie coming out in the summer of 2006, Warner Bros. really needed a new Superman cartoon to go along with it for all the new kids that are now in full Superman mode to watch after the movie, I guess that They either didn’t feel too confident in Superman connecting with the kids or they just wanted to try something new so they decided to go with a Legion of Superheroes cartoon featuring Superman. Well originally the show would have had Superboy but when legal battle came into the picture he became “Young Superman” instead. Of course the movie underperformed and failed to make Superman relevant again and the show didn’t succeed in getting much attention.
My knowledge with the Legion of Superheroes was pretty much zero and only comprised of their appearance in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited though I did I like them there. When the show was announced I was pretty excited since it looked like it’d be similar to Teen Titans, sadly from the episodes I saw when it finally aired I was really turned off by it since it was nothing like that or like their DCAU counterparts. In case you don’t know the Legion are a bunch of superheroes from the future that call on Superboy for whatever reason to the future. Let’s take a look back..
Watching through the show I feel I and others didn’t give it much of a chance, like I mentioned the first season is written for a younger audience, so it doesn’t have the more interesting dynamics that other DC cartoons do and its not wacky fun like Teen Titans either so its a bit stale because of it. Though to its credit it has an interesting universe and some pretty cool stuff from time to time. The second season got a radical make over, all the characters are older as there was a time skip many years before Young Justice ever attempted it and the tone is a darker one and its accompanied by better writing. It still has many of the same problems the first season does even with the change though. Apparently the third season would have also featured an even older cast, I wouldn’t have minded a third season which didn’t happen likely because 4Kids took over KidsWB at the time and it wasn’t a popular show either. The fact that there are so many characters and most have generic personalities, you never really care for any of them. JLU handled many characters well but in this show they really missed the boat. So now unto the characters which I’ll lump two or three together so I can have more to write about them.
Lightning Lad/ Saturn Girl/ Cosmic Boy – Lightning Lad is featured in most episodes so he’s supposed to be important. He has a generic “I don’t listen” personality and I just never really cared about him much but I never hated him, his arm is cut off in the second season so that’s kinda neat and we did see in the episodes with his brother who had an interesting arc that actually finished. Saturn Girl is the Jean Grey of the group, she is really bland so I never cared for her much. In the second season she only appears for a few episodes near the end and it made me realize that I liked having Saturn Girl around even if she didn’t do much, she doesn’t do much either in her few Season 2 appearances but I liked her being there and she was written a bit better. Cosmic Boy only appears a few times, he’s the leader and a bit of a jerk but not in a bad way and yet he rarely has anything to do. All three of them get a nice origin episode of when they formed the Legion in Season 2.
Young Superman / Superman/ Superman X (Kell-L) – Young Superman is basically Superboy and we see him become Superboy err Young Superman for the first time, while he wasn’t written very well, they really could have made him so much more un-likeable so I think they did an alright job with him. In Season 2 he is an older Superman with actual superhero experience…or at least that’s how Braniac 5 describes him as, we really don’t see much of him and the few times we see him he is basically not too different from late season 1 Young Superman. Superman X, the Superman of the 41st Century! Cloned from Superman’s DNA altered to be even more Super since he can now fire freaking lasers from his arms as well as create a protective shield and is immune to Kryptonite. Created by a Ying-Yang looking Lavalamp of two faces called K3NT to stop Imperiex in an age where superheroes no longer exist. You actually feel bad for K3NT as they are erased from history; Now you wouldn’t think of that from what is a freaky Cyborg evil looking thingy thing but you do. Superman X starts as this angsty Superman that they don’t trust and he wants to work alone and is a nice contrast to the real Superman which should provide some cool stories and is easily the coolest character this show created….however after his first two episodes he is pretty much neutered completely. We see him most of the season which is good and we do see him become more trusting of others as the show goes on however he rarely interacts with the real Superman and is mostly written as the regular Superman of the show with some added angst every once in a while which is a shame. And while at the end he changed his thinking I feel he didn’t get a great send off in the end, too bad.
Triplicate Girl (Duo Damsel)/ Bouncing Boy / Chameleon Boy – Bouncing Boy is a character that appears in a lot of episodes, he is a fat boy who can bounce apparently from drinking a soda that had some special chemical which made his body bouncy… I don’t know I read that on wikipedia since its never explained in the show. According to Wikipedia he isn’t really that important of a character which is odd counting he appeared in Superman TAS and Justice League Unlimited and is prominently featured in this show and he also lacks a great personality or interesting power. He becomes the leader of the Legion near the end of the first season and by the second he isn’t anymore, no explanation given though none was necessary as we could all figure out he wasn’t cut out for the job. They also kind of set up a romance between him and Triplicate Girl near the end of Season 1, which is kinda there in the first two episodes of Season 2 only for it to be forgotten, Poor guy! He should be more annoying based on all of the above but I don’t think I got to the point of hating him for some odd reason, luckily he is featured less in the second season. Triplicate Girl has basically zero personality and you just see her separate into three and fight occasionally. In the second season one of her umm “yous” is erased from history and she becomes Duo Damsel since she can only split into two now, she is sad but its never mentioned or talked about until we see a quick shot in the final episode of her other “her” coming back to her. Can’t say much about her since she never really did much besides the short little romance that was only a small part of three episodes. Chameleon Boy is just there and never introduced starting with the second season and for some reason it works, I feel like I’ve known him, he is more laid back and can transform into any type of animal/creature he wants. He kinda sounds like Beast Boy of Teen Titans and he kinda is but not really since he isn’t so over the top. He is pretty likeable.
Timber Wolf / Phantom Girl / Ferro Lad – Timber Wolf is a weird character, he hets an entire episode to introduce him, something none of the others really got and is never really featured in a big role again in season 1 oddly enough. In Season 2 he once again gets an episode to himself only to be ignored again, on a much lesser extent this time but he still is. Phantom Girl is a weird one and always reminded me of Raven of Teen Titans. This mall goth looking girl who has what appears to be cartoon Ravens powers. She looks cool but once she opens her mouth she sounds like a small normal girl which is quite weird, she appears to have a crush on Superman but like a lot on this show, it is ignored later on. Her personality could have worked if she had been given more time which she didn’t. It didn’t help that I expected her to have a more Raven-ish personality even if it had covered ground Teen Titans already had. Ferro Lad is only featured in like 3 episodes, and oddly enough in those few 3 you care more about him than most of the other Legionaires. He doesn’t have a lot of screen time but he at least had a personality during those and he is only made more legendary in this show since one of the most interesting characters sacrifices himself shortly after being introduced.
Braniac 5 – Braniac 5 is easily the best written character in the whole show. I don’t pretend to understand just what he is, apparently the fifth version of Braniac which makes sense until they showcase an entire planet of Braniac robots. He appears to have hair which is odd for a robot and in the second season he aged like the other heroes even though he is a robot..maybe he built a new body for himself? He is a hero to make up for the legacy Braniac 1.0 brought to the world though he doesn’t tell Superman that at first until forced. He is a control freak and because of his 12th level intellect seems to regard himself superior to the others which I’d totally agree. He also seems to have a huge mancrush for Superman. He is obsessed with him and I do mean he seems to like him like him as there are plenty of scenes that seem to be intentional, if Tumbler had existed back then this would’ve been a hit. In the first season he seems to hold some secrets from superman and even others like holding kryptonite and intentionally not wanting to tell him about his past whether its to protect the timeline or something more. In the second season it seems Braniac 1.0 still has some control over him and when he needed some old files the old Braniac is able to take more and more control over him. He eventually becomes the old Braniac and becomes an awesome villain only to eventually overcome Braniac 1.0. Season 2 ends with a remain of Braniac 1.0 still alive floating in space and somehow Brainiac 5 became a real boy like Pinocchio which even if not explained is kinda cool, he also leaves the Legion to set up the story arc of Season 3 which never happened.
Those are all the main Legionaires, theres a lot more who have one or two lines or just fight in the background so not much to say about them now unto the Villains I found interesting, only missing Lightning Lad’s Brother Mekt since I kinda covered him already and The Controller who is the season 1 finale main bad guy with the sun-eater but thats about it for him.
Fatal Five- The Fatal Five who also appeared in Superman TAS and JLU are the reason the Legion has to call Superman from the past and they don’t seem much of a threat and are taken care of after a fight. They appear again only to embarrass themselves and any threat they may have appeared to be. They help the heroes in the first season finale, the only time they are made to look cool only to quickly try to double cross the legion in which they fail terribly at and lose any dignity they had left. They don’t appear in Season 2 as a team but we see some of them separately and appear more of a threat, specifically Validus but yeah not very impressive villains for the most part.
Drax – Released from the Phantom Zone by accident by Superman, we never find out who he is except that he was born inside there and has all of Superman’s power but is immune to Kryptonite. He had a pretty cool episode and yet sadly we never find out more about his past which is only teased at since he sadly never appears again, what a shame.
Alexis Luthor – Alexis is a spoiled rich girl who is good with technology and wants things her way, her episode deals with getting angry that Superman won’t pay attention to her so she does petty things to get her way until it ends with her trying to get rid of the Legion so she can be with him. The episode ends with her hair being blown off by superman after trying to save her from the robot she used to attack the Legion and we see her planning her revenge from her jail cell. Yeah she’s basically a girl kid version of Lex Luthor but that made her awesome in my eyes and sadly we never see her again save for a quick non-speaking cameo in a later episode. Why they never used her again boggles my mind, she was cool and like Drax she was set up so we’d see more of her and we didn’t yet others like Zyx/Grimbor did get a second episode.
Grimbor/Zyx – Zyx is the Mxy of this show, except he isn’t from the fifth dimmension but just a planet about magic which is lame. Unlike the Batmite in Brave and the Bold and Larry in Teen Titans his episodes really aren’t that crazy fun and are just annoying, we have to endure him for two episodes sadly and neither is much interesting. Grimbor appears twice, I think they meant him to be a cool character since we don’t know much about this masked guy except that he can take the on the Legion farely well. So yeah he’s supposed to be a badass character but it didn’t work for some reason.
Imperiex – The main baddie for Season 2, he is set up as this ultimate badass, in my mind he seemed to rival Darkseid in terms of power and he basically had the 41st Century almost conquered. However like Superman X after the second episode he is also neutered and after that he doesn’t seem that big of a threat and more of a generic cartoon villain and they even give him an origin that makes him look even more of a wimp. At least he should get one epic fight in the finale right? Well he is killed by Braniac 1.0. This would have been disappointed except for the fact that he was killed in a pretty awesome way and made Braniac look like a real threat so I didnt mind it. But we didn’t get an epic fight in the finale against Imperiex but he had already been handled so badly I didn’t mind it.
So yeah the blandness of the characters and a few lame plots don’t help the show but there’s plenty of action as well as cool concepts that in my opinion are worth a look. Like I mentioned, no this isn’t DC Animated at its finest and the show has plenty of flaws but if you are curious about it there is enough to keep you interested. So is it any good? Well its definitely not great but its not bad either. I’d say if you’re interested in the Legion characters or just curious about the show you should check it out, just treat it as its own thing and don’t compare it to other much better DC Animated offerings.
As a kid I once caught what is now known as SaTAM, and I fell in love with that version of the character, sadly growing up the only cartoon I could ever catch consistently was AOSTH and I hated it while Underground I never really knew existed We’ve looked at the Super Mario cartoon Trilogy so it’s not time to take a look back at Sonic’s very own Cartoon Trilogy which consisted of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic Underground.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
I still watched this show even if I disliked it just to get my Sonic fix but I always wondered why I even bothered as a kid. Many years later when Sega went third party and I was ecstatic since I had always been a Nintendo fanboy and always wanted to play Sonic. I needed more Sonic fix and I noticed that AOSTH was airing on Toon Disney; I did not care if it sucked it was still Sonic and it was needed in my dangerously furry crossroads past. I would tape it every day and watch it after school and I noticed that I didn’t hate the show as much anymore, I watched most of the episodes during that time and I actually quite enjoyed it even more so than SATAM. Time has passed and I decided to look back at AOSTH again and see how well it holds up.
The show is cheesy but fun, it is slapstick comedy not too dissimilar from Looney Tunes. They do make Dr. Robotnik into an absolute idiot and all of his plots are foolish. It also ins’s very clear if he is a real threat or not or if he’s conquered the planet Mobius or not since a few episodes leave it a bit ambiguious. The show overall is actually of fun to watch if you know what you are expecting from it but beware as there are a lot of episodes and it can be hard to marathon through it but watching two or more episodes per day. It is also hard to believe Sonic had “attitude” over Mario, this is as tame as a character can get. This show gets hated on a lot but it does what it is trying to do well, it might not be a serious take on the character but it works.
Another thing this show has going for it is that the game borrows a lot from the game, it has music cues, the overall look of some locations and references to the games like a Sonic Spinball inspired episode, we have a version of Metal Sonic, some of the robots he faces. The show which is normally really episodic actually counts with a Chaos Emerald mini-series and it has plenty of recurring characters. Scratch and Grounder are silly but they aren’t bad and you grow fond of them as I ended up liking them a lot. Coconuts is pretty awesome as well with his depressive yet maniac mind that he has. Tails was my favorite character as a kid but here he is indeed pretty useless and annoying, though he does get some development and you see that he likes inventing things which would prove to be true later in the games.
So yeah oddly enough this take on Sonic and their characters is not that far from the source material, you have to realize that this was made when the Sonic games had virtually no story and even then it manages to stay true to them as much as it can. The show gets far too much hate and if you like slapstick comedy and Sonic you cant do wrong checking it out, it is far from being amazing but its a decent show.
Sonic the Hedgehog is the cartoon that is remembered fondly by most; It used to air very early on Saturday mornings and I almost never got to catch it, much to my demise, I used to instead always catch AOSTH airing at most other times while I wanted to watch the grittier version. I absolutely loved the theme song and I do think that it had a lot to do with me thinking Sonic was awesome and wanting a Genesis. I never felt I really got to watch it enough. I eventually got the DVD and I was a bit disappointed by it thinking it’d be so much better when it really wasn’t but here’s to another chance.
Compared to AOSTH, the cartoon that aired at the same time as this did it definitely has a much darker mood, however this is still a SATAM show like it is nicknamed by fans and I’d hardly call it a dark show..just darker compared to the other cartoons. The first season is especially like this, it’s a standard cartoon where you have a group of freedom fighters fighting against this tyrant so they can overthrow him. The show has a colorful cast of characters, which makes them all unique even if they don’t really get all that much development. The plots in season 1 are very standard SATAM plots and a bit boring for the most part since there is no slapstick like AOSTH to break up the genricness, this makes some episodes drag.
The second season has a slight change, not only in character designs but the plots become a bit darker and more entertaining. The second season also brings somewhat of an ongoing plot, it isn’t much just references of something to come but at least it’s something and this was not very common back in those times. The show has a finale, it leaves a cliffhanger and the defeat of Eggman..rrr Dr. Robotnik. It is a bit anti-climatic but this was because it was supposed to continue.
This show was Sonic to a lot of people and it’s interesting to see how different the actual Sonic universe became, remember this show came out when there was hardly any story to Sonic or even characters as mentioned above. The show created quite a few interesting characters and that’s why it has the legacy it has. Overall the show is worth a watch if you like or ever liked Sonic back in the day and see how different and interesting this take is but it is hardly the classic some fans may make it out to be. Robotnik does indeed feel evil in this show, sadly he doesn’t have much of a personality which makes him one dimensional in contrast to AOSTH Robotnik.
This is the Sonic show that is almost never get’s talked about and it’s mostly forgotten. And when it’s not, it is seena s this horrible show, but is it really? It seemed cool at the time but I never had the chance to watch it, I’m guessing it was sort of a transitional period for Sonic fans since they were getting older and the younger generation never got to watch it so it never got a fair chance from either fans of Sonic.
This show came out in 1999 when the Dreamcast was coming out and it almost seems that it isn’t from that era at all. The actual show seems to take most of it’s characteristics from two previous DIC shows since Sonic and the universe share many of the story elements only present in those cartoons. Of course they decided to go a slightly different route with this one not really being a continuation of either but a brand new story. In this universe Sonic is the son of the Queen of Mobius and he has two siblings.
This universe involves a lot more magic and fate into the universe than either of the two previous DIC shows. His brother Manic and sister Maria actually have some pretty cool character designs that can now see life in Sonic Forces, their actual story isn’t that great though. They are freedom fighters called the Sonic Underground and they fight with Music..yes that’s right and I never quite understood what powers it gave them. Basically they were able to use musical instruments to fight and make songs which seemed irrelevant to the actual episode. Not to mention said songs featured different voice actors and were for the most part terrible. I have no idea who thought those things would be considered hip with the kids, this was the late 90s after all.
Dr. Robotnik in this universe is not as evil as the SATAM version but he isn’t the fool he is in AOSTH, he seems just a generic bad guy and that’s too bad since that makes him easily the worst animated interpretation of Eggman. He has two henchmen Sleet and Dingo who work for him and while they aren’t Scratch and Grounder level of stupid, they never get the job done. The plots mostly involve the Sonic Underground trying to find their mother and stopping random Dr. Robotnik plots. This also includes a few appearances by Knuckles who isn’t treated too terribly with all things considered.
We also have a short chaos emerald saga here which helps you get a bit more interested. Overall the music gimmick is terrible and this feels like a show that should’ve came out around the time of the other Sonic cartoons. However much of the hate it gets is unwarranted, many episode plots aren’t that much different from a standard SATAM episode, so it feels a bit unfair to call out this show and praising SATAM. While it may be the better of the two shows, they aren’t as different as some would make it out to be. Nevertheless if you feel like reliving some classic 90’s sonic this definitely feels like it before the make over he got later on.
Sonia is an aristocrat and Manic is a former thief however their personalities aren’t really dealt with that much during the show, they could¿ve easily have created more fun conflicts between them. Sadly the show ends without a finale or anything up wrapped up, but at least the final episode does have a nice line “game over” which counting Sonic is based on a game, it fits even if nothing is ever resolved. Yes, this was the end of classic Sonic.
Sonic’s Christmas Blast
Originally meant to be called Sonics Xtreme Christmas to promote the Saturn game that never came out was a X-Mas special. There really is no other reason since this was made after SatAM and AOST had already finished their runs. It has different animation and character designs but it looks better even if more cartoony. The actual plot is something typical of AOSTH but we do see some influences from SATAM like Princess Sally even if she is pink and Swatbots that look like generic AOSTH robots instead of the ones from SATAM, and yes you even see Robotropolis, but besides that it is definitely more along the lines of AOSTG and not SATAM. The episode is not a great one nor is it a decent Christmas episode with just a generic kidnap and I become Santa Claus plot. However it was indeed nice to see the characters again years after their shows got cancelled. Not to mention it brings speculation at least to a person like me to bridge the gap between both shows into one continuity.
Starting June MiscRave will be raving it up with Jurassic June! Now what is Jurassic June? It’s a celebration that started as a joke by the Jurassic Park fandom but is now a time to enjoy all things Dinosaur related. So expect many dinosaur related posts the whole month; Not every article will be Dinosaur related but I’ll try to have most of them fit the theme of the month, you’ll also see some gaming articles as it’s also E3 time and the usual Miscellaneous articles that are expected. I’ve been holding off on some Dinosaur articles just so they could be posted in June
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Newgrounds constantly uploaded flash videos of different kinds and in 2007 we got a video called Rawest Forest, it’s been ten years and it’s still as great as it was back then. If you never played Super Mario RPG, it was an amazing game released at the end of the SNES’ life but it had a big impact on those who played it. It basically made RPGs be my favorite genre for many years. The music was also excellent and in particular you had one as you made your way through Geno’s Maze which is the background music of this video “Rawest Forest”.