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Saturday, 21 October 2017

What We're Watching 21/10/17

What We're Watching

Hey, guys, guess who didn't sleep at all the night before yesterday and so was slowly dying yesterday and did not have the energy to actually write a post.

Yes, it was I. This is probably a sign that I should write more of these posts in advance. Let's move on quickly and do a What We're Watching.

Star Trek: Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery continues to be a very enjoyable space opera, even if it still doesn't feel much like Star Trek. It has managed to give itself a bit more of a Star Trek bent, though -- Star Trek always had occasional episodes about Federation ships that had gone rogue and betrayed the Federation's code of ethics, and Discovery feels like a show about one of those ships.

It gets points, also, for an actually surprisingly creepy moment at the end of the last episode. I'm still not sure why that scene with the mirror unnerved me so much.

The one problem with Discovery right now is that it feels like it doesn't have much longevity in it -- it really does feel like a show that can only last two or three series at the absolute most, and is doomed to have a tragic end.

RWBY Vol. 5.

So, after a wait that felt surprisingly long, RWBY is back on our computer screens, with longer episodes (the first and second episode both weigh in at around twenty minutes), slicker and more professional looking animation, and the continuation of the split-four-ways story: Team RNJR and Qrow at Haven trying to get their hands on the Spring Maiden, Yang looking for Raven, Weiss on her way to Haven, and Blake and Sun trying to take down the White Fang in Menagerie.

It seems likely that Weiss will meet up with Team RNJR first, followed by them encountering Yang when they go after the Spring Maiden (who's currently working with Raven), and then Blake and maybe Sun joining them last -- although honestly, I'm not rating Sun's chances of survival very high right now.

The first episode was a lot of fun, and the second one dropped today, and so far it's looking like this might be the series that takes RWBY from semi-professional quality to out-and-out professional quality.

Bleach (S) Abridged S4.

So, Bleach (S) Abridged is back, with the start of the Hueco Mundo arc (and I assume they're not going to do the Forest of Menos, but you never know, maybe they'll get an episode or two out of it) and an episode that was a lot of fun, although far and away not their best or funniest episode.

A few jokes fell entirely flat (like the ongoing How I Met Your Mother parody, although maybe that's just my continuing bitterness at HIMYM's ending rearing its head), a few jokes really worked (everything with the two Hollows was excellent, as were the bored Aizen sequences), but honestly I'm just happy for new content, because Project Mouthwash's Abridged series are still far and away my favourite.

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