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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Perplexihedron” (Season 1, Episode 15)

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We pick up exactly where we left off last week, with Team Ben at the mystic portal that Charmcaster just closed. They debate what to do next, and end up in an argument with Azimuth. He tells them where the final piece of the key of infinity is located, and they head off to “The Perplexihedron.” It’s a planet-sized cube made up of smaller cubes.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Whisper” (Episode 3)

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This is the third solid episode in a row. Last weeks was a slight step down from the quality of the premier, but not in terms of subject, just some fumbly direction and a little bit of clunky dialog. This week - with one unfortunate bit of exposition (“Thanks to those underground tunnels!”) - we’re back up to a level very near that of the start, and we’ve got two compelling mysteries that dissolve into one.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “Showdown at Sherman High” (Episode 7)

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The Titan is fighting a big blob, and Octus destroys it with a high frequency radio wave. As they leave the scene, a droplet of goo gets on the princess’ clothes, and gets taken to school. It yells really loudly and the rest of the goo converges on the school to kill Team Lance. Running about and higgledy-piggeldy ensue.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Where the Magic Happens” (Season 1, Episode 14)

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Last week I complained about how I just wasn’t feeling Ben 10 anymore, and I didn’t wanna’ review the show anymore, and my fingers hurt and my heart is beating fast and I keep hearing calliope music and I’m tasting metal. I declared that I was probably gonna’ drop it from my Friday night review schedule. Said review went on to get 1002 reads. Alas, burned out though I may be, there’s no way I can pass up those kinds of numbers, so here we are again, kids. Once more with feeling. Well, no, feeling is asking too much. Just once more. Once more…

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Monitored” (Episode 2)

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Episode two had a few growing pains, some of the direction was soft, some of the dialog was overly expository, and it suffered from what I like to call “The NCIS Syndrome” in which the first person we don’t know who has a speaking part is invariably the bad guy. However, despite all that, this is a quite solid and enjoyable episode that manages to incorporate a lot of new stuff and build on the foundation laid last week.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Venture Brothers: “Silent Partners” (Season 4, Episode 15)

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Wow. You know, when this series started fifty-four episodes and seventeen years ago, the midnight time slot was kinda’ fun. I was up late anyway, drinking Zima, listening to No Doubt, discussing the latest episodes of Babylon 5 with my swanky Dot Com investing friends. Oh, no, wait, that was last week. Whatever: The point is that whatever I hallucinated I was doing last week, this show kind of airs too late for me nowadays, so let’s consider this an experiment: can I actually do a review that’s up to my normal standards of rambling weirdness when I’m this tired. And hungry.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Deep” (Season 1, Episode 13)

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Gah. This is killing me. This is my third review in an hour, and even with my shiny new style of writing reviews that *aren’t* sixteen pages long, it’s just too much. I’m dying here. Thank God for R2 and Sam, and the others who cover Friday night stuff on the other channels, or I’d never catch up. Just the same, I need, need, need, need, someone to step up and take over some of these reviews. I just can’t keep it up.

Anyway…

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “Shaman of Fear” (Season 1, Episode 6)

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The princess and Corporal Lance* are having very bad dreams, and partial memories that might be dreams, or maybe things they’ve somehow forgotten. They can’t be sure, and Octus seems to have a whole lot of files he can’t access all of a sudden. Lance keeps reliving the death of his father and himself being attacked by demonic red beasties. The princess has far more nonstandard nightmares that are far more surrealistic and/or Bergmanesque in places, and probably shouldn’t be watched by kids. These ultimately turn out to be the work of an alien that can affect their minds.

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