Small Snippet of March 2018

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the_joel_mchale_show_tv_series-622119572-largeThe Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

Joel McHale, best known for his role in Community, heads back to his roots and hosts a weekly commentary show. The McHale Show offers humourous commentary on the news, social media, reality television, and as a new feature Netflix shows. Similar to his old show, The Soup, McHale delivers jokes, sketches, and even feuds with other shows.

The Soup was a show I watched every week and I was so sad when it came to an end, so the return of Joel McHale to a similar show is great news! I am loving the return of the show and Netflix seems to have given the writers and McHale more freedom.  If you have a chance, you should check out an episode of the show. It’s always good to watch the episodes as soon as you can, they tend to be more relevant that way.

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Currently Consuming: The Good Place

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Welcome to the Good Place, where everything is amazing!

About: Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is a bad person who, when she died, accidentally ended up in the good place. The Good Place follows the story of Eleanor as she tries to hide from Michael (Ted Danson), the architect of the good place, and do whatever she has to to stay out of the bad place.

With the help of Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), Eleanor tries to learn ethics and become a better person, all the while coming to terms with the terrible person she was when she was still alive. The show is a dark comedy that explores the human psyche and what it means to be a good/bad person.

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Small Snippet of February 2018

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Aside from my Small Snippet of 2017, this is my first Small Snippet post that features a month in a little over a year and a half. Lots of things have happened in between and I have experienced a variety of different and interesting entertainments. However, starting off the year, my 2018 February has been a fun one.

Adultolescence-Gabbie-Hanna-free-ebookAdultolescence by Gabbie Hannah.

I will start off by saying that I have no idea who the author of this book is, only that they have a YouTube channel. So with absolutely no background information, I can say that I absolutely adore the poems in this book. They’re funny, modern, and sometimes insightful.

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Small Snippet of 2017

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It’s been a long time since I wrote one of these and in that time a lot of things have caught my attention. I thought I’d go easy on myself and stick to the three item format. So the below items have either been important throughout the year or are just vague enough for me to include.

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Home Adventures with Tip and Oh

I have an, at times, very embarrassing obsession with cartoons. While I may enjoy watching the shows, I’m not always forthcoming with admitting it to people. However with Home Adventures with Tip and Oh, I will shout my love from the rooftops!

 

Based on the Dreamworks movie, Home, the show expands the story, characters, and universe of the movie. Do not judge the cartoon by the movie, where Home was somewhat vapid and uninspiring, Home Adventures with Tip and Oh is a humourous and sweet show.

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Currently Consuming: BoJack Horseman

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So depressingly enthralling I can’t look away. Must. Binge. Watch.

About: A Netflix original, BoJack Horseman is an animated show about the life of anthropomorphic horse BoJack as he struggles to live his life after the success of his 1980s television sitcom. Voiced by Will Arnett, Bojack is a cynical, narcissistic, sarcastic, self-obsessed, wreck of a horse whose life always seems to be on the verge of falling apart. The story of the show is one that revolves around the writing, release, and aftermath of a ghost written BoJack biography.

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Total Drama: All Stars

The newest instalment of Cartoon Network and Fresh TV/Teletoons’ Total Drama series sees contestants return, one year later, to Camp Wawanakwa. Chris, recently released from gaol on toxic waste dumping charges, returns as host to a group of fourteen contestants. These new hopefuls are a mix of the past four series, with seven from the original cast and seven from Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.

Rather than previous seasons where contestants were separated randomly, Total Drama: All Stars separates the campers into heroes and villains groups. The ‘good’ and ‘bad’ characters return in this thirteen episode season to fight for a $1,000,000 cash prize. The returning campers in the new season are Cameron, Jo, Lightning, Mike, Sam, Scott, and Zoey from Total Drama: Revenge of the Island and from the first three seasons, Alejandro, Courtney, Duncan, Gwen, Heather, Lindsay, and Sierra. As a particular favourite of mine, the return and resolution for Alejandro and Heather is a welcome one.

While sporting a new strategy for the team separation, the show attempts to hark back to the first season of the show. Mixing old and new concepts, each episode focuses on either a previous challenge or on a brand new one. As always though, the season starts off with a cliff drive, or in most cases, fall. This mix up of old and new gives the show a fresh energy, with each subsequent episode flowing easily into the other.

Plot is still very important to this animated, Survivor-esque show, so the creation, collapse and chaos of many relationships feature heavily. However, a larger storyline concerning a certain character subtly plays out over the whole series before culminating in a spectacular finale. The non-stop hilarity, which is a major feature of the show series, is sure to delight viewers whether they be new or old followers. Through the many twists and turns that only a Total Drama title can pull off, All Stars proves to be a very solid and enjoyable show.

Arrested Development (Season Four)

arrested-development-season-4-netflix-01The new season of the cult comedy Arrested Development is one that breaks from the traditional story telling methods. Rather than following the previous episode structure of blended storytelling, the new season instead follows only one character and their story line at a time. Similar to the way in which the series was released by Netflix, namely all at once rather than episodically, audiences are afforded a much larger chain of events.

While certainly some viewers may initially be off-put by this shift, once the overarching concept of the series is realised the show can be understood and enjoyed. This concept is one, in my view, positions the show as more of an ensemble film. The way in which the story slowly comes together as audiences are fed more information is one that positions it so.

All the past ingredients are there, however it takes a few episodes to get back into the swing of things. When this happens though it is an almost return to form for the series. The Tobias, Gob and Maeby episodes shine through the most though, with the continuation of their story lines proving to be the most insightful and entertaining.

Arrested Development Season Four is one that was made to be watched as a complete series. If all 15 episodes can’t be watched in the one sitting, then a number of episodes in a sitting is advised. All that I can say about this season is don’t give up. The new format may throw people off but the continued story and the return of these characters make it all worth while.