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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Payback” (Episode 21)

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The good news is that this isn’t the finale of Generator Rex. We’ve got five more episodes to go this season. The even better news is that Generator Rex has been picked up for a second season. Oddly, however, tonight’s story feels like the end of a chapter.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Absolute Power” (Episodes 19 and 20)

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This season of Ben 10 has been an odd experiment. Rather than a season-long story or a bunch of standalones, we’ve had three somewhat uneven arcs that feed into each other. In the first, Aggregor is introduced as a new arch nemesis working largely behind the scenes. In the second, Aggregor is in open conflict with Team Ben. He’s defeated, but Kevin goes off the deep end in the process. The third arc - which concludes tonight - is all about Kevin’s fall. The show has gotten dark, at least by Ben 10 standards. So how will it end?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Field Trip” (Episode 8)

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I’m taking a break from my staycation* to review this show. I’ll pick up the reviews of Warehouse 13 and Eureka as well, but those’ll be delayed, probably until Thursday.

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According to legend, some years ago there was a Tower Prep student named “Phillips,” who tried to escape. He nearly made it to the wall, but was captured and presumably eaten by a monster called “Redfang.” It’s a ghost story students tell each other around the fireplace, but it’s unclear if anyone takes it seriously.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Badlands” (Episode 20)

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It’s always interesting to me when shows with no connection end up referencing the same things at the same time. Coincidence can be pretty coincidental sometimes, and tonight we get two unexpected riffs on The Road Warrior. The first I already covered in my review of GI Joe ( http://www.republibot.com/content/episode-review-gi-joe-renegades-%E2%80... ) and for the second, more over one, read on

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “The Fortress of Deception” (Episode 11)

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What are we, England? We can’t do a full-length season anymore? It’s bad enough that cartoon seasons are so ridiculously short to begin with, but we only get eleven episodes of this show? Sheesh.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “The Enemy of my Enemy” (Episode 18)

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Gah. It’s just too much. Five shows to review tonight? I’m overstressed. Republiboy went to bed, so I guess it’s just four, really. The Transformers finale will have to wait until tomorrow. Anyway, Ben 10 continues its unexpected slide into darkness tonight with a nice fake out: You think it’s going to be funny, but, no, it’s a heartbreaker.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Election” (Episode 7)

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One of the more overtly allegorical episodes of “The Prisoner” is called “Free For All.” In it, the titular Prisoner is cajoled into running for office. At first he intends to do it just to destroy the system and set everyone free, but as the race progresses he gets more and more into the whole thing, and when he wins, he honestly thinks maxims like ‘Obey me and be free’ make sense. He tries to run the place his way, and is immediately slapped down by those in charge. Why?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Book Report“” (Episode 6)

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The show finally decides to bring the funny. It mostly works, even

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Michael Shanks, who’s had an unfortunate eye-lift, tells the kids to read “The Odyssey” since there’s a major test on it coming. Of course, they blow off until the last minute, two weeks pass in a pretty funny montage of procrastination, and they realize in shock they’ve only got twenty four hours to read and learn the book prior to the test. If they fail the test, they’ll fail the class, and if they fail the class they have to keep re-taking it until they graduate.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Venture Brothers: “Operation: Prom” (Season 4, Episode 16)

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WARNING: THIS IS AN EXTRA-FILTHY REVIEW OF AN EXTRA-FILTHY EPISODE OF A SERIES THAT WAS ALREADY EXTRA-FILTHY TO BEGIN WITH. READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL!

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REPUBLIBOT AWARD: Best Night of Programming

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After much consideration (which consisted of a conference call between two out of three Republibots), we decided to award our coveted (and recently invented) Best Individual Night of Programming Award to Cartoon Network for the incredible quality of the individual episodes of original programming that they showed on November 19th, 2010.

Seriously, last night's shows were really, really good.  If you missed them,  you should make a real effort to watch them.

To Cartoon Network Programming Execs- please contact us at two@republibot.com to get your congratulatory interview!

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