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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “The Big Story” (Season 2, Episode 4)

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This is the first episode to air since Dwayne McDuffie’s tragic death http://www.republibot.com/content/obituary-dwayne-mcduffie
There wasn’t any mention of it insofar as I could tell. I didn’t see the standard “In loving memory of…” tag on the closing credits, though the credits are barely shown anymore, so it’s hard to tell. Still it made me sad.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “Disenfranchised” (Episode 15)

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I am amazed at how densely-written the story was tonight. I mean, a *LOT* of stuff happens, both plot and character development-driven, stuff was continually happening, there were a lot of quiet scenes, and an entire song. I figured the episode was almost done, then looked at the clock and we were barely halfway in. And yet none of it felt rushed. It felt like they dehydrated an hour-long story and packed it into this morsel of emotional ADD deliciousness, and it never felt forced.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Lost Weekend” (Season 2, Episode 3)

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….and the creepy is back, baby! Yeah! Or, you know, ‘no,’ depending on how you feel about that sort of thing, as the case may be, I guess. Anyway: after like half a season of non-disturbing looking monsters, the deformed disturbing ones are back in droves. Not an episode for the younger kiddies. If they’re impressionable, they’ll have nightmares.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Vicktor: The Spoils” (Season 2, Episode 3)

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It’s always nice when episodes have a moral, and what I really took from tonight’s episode was that if Imperial Russia had used Frankenstein’s Monster, and possibly zombies, there’d still be a Czar on the throne today. Also: there really aren’t enough Ruritanian romances anymore. And when was the last time someone worked the Duchy of Strackenz into a story?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “I Am Octus” (Episode 14)

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The team is looking at a Jackson Pollack painting, which Illana sees as a warm happy sunrise, and which Lance sees as battle-related carnage. Octus sees it as a painting. When they press him on symbolism, he asks why the red can’t just represent red. They tell him to look deeper, and he discovers that there was an earlier painting the artist covered over. Annoyed, they conclude that he can’t see the emotion in the piece because he’s a robot. This annoys Octus.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Waste Land” (Season 2, Episode 2)

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This is my fourth review tonight. My hands are killing me. Let’s keep this short:

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An evo sinks a nuclear powered ship. Six and Rex are sent in to recover the fuel rods so they don’t do any damage. They end up going to “Trash Island,” which, we’re told, is about 537,162 square miles, and was created when nanites were swept together by ocean currents, or perhaps nanites caused ocean currents to sweep garbage together. It doesn’t make much sense.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Eye of the Beholder” (Season 2, Episode 2)

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Gah. Remember when I used to have live action shows like Terminator 2.5 and Stargate: Universe and Caprica and Dollhouse and Galactica to review on Firday nights? I really miss that. Friday night has become my Saturday Morning, and even though most of these shows are pretty good, I still miss my Friday night.

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