(Hy)Lights #53 – It’s ANOTHER Pile of Mini-Reviews

Yeah, it’s another one of these posts.

So in the past couple of months, I have been checking out some different shows (well, ones outside of what I’m usually present for) and I thought about making (Hy)Lights reviews of them in one way or another but….it was either time that got in the way, or other projects that I’m working on as of now.

I have about 6 shows to talk about but I’m keeping it nice and concise. One show from Cartoon Network, One from VRV, 2 shows from Netflix and surprise, surprise…..2 shows from Hulu!
Yeah, me talking about Hulu original series aka basically Disney+ but it includes more of the mature stuff.

And speaking of something a bit mature……our first show comes from an old friend who got into their…..primal side.

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Primal follows a caveman (named “Spear” in the show’s production notes and voiced by Aaron LaPlante), a formidable hunter at the dawn of evolution, and a female Tyrannosaurus (called “Fang” in the show’s production notes) on the brink of extinction, brought together by tragedy into an unlikely partnership as they fight to survive the violent creatures that also live in the prehistoric world.

THOUGHTS: So knowing that this show was going to be on Adult Swim (as in not Toonami as people would suspected it would be) and that it was going to have no dialogue, it was going to be more of a visual storytelling experience and DAMN, this should’ve been called “NATURE, YOU FUCKED UP!!!” Hell, the show starts off with Spear (the main caveman) witnessing his wife and kids get devoured by dinosaurs and it’s bloody. Not gratuitous but still effective. Same with the Tyrannosaurus named Fang, who also suffered a loss and the two of them bonded over their tragic circumstances and just trying to survive in this world.

While it’s only 5 episodes aired and the rest coming in 2020, this show does execute its visual storytelling with some brutal, violent moments that carries a lot of emotional depth without uttering a single word, although you do get mostly grunts and sounds from Aaron LaPlante (who voices Spear) and yeah, Tom Kenny is in here, too, voicing the animals. I’m surprised at that, too. But yes, it does get violent but it doesn’t glorify or revel in it. It’s truly exciting to watch. I recommend it.


 First, I want to say that yes, I did watch Castlevania….. Season 1 but I’ll get to the other seasons soon but I do want to talk little about this show.

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Set in the fictional town of San Simon in 1970s Mexico and revolves around three orphans trained in Chinese martial arts. When their mentor is killed, they join forces with an American DEA agent and a Mexican policewoman to avenge his murder.

THOUGHTS: A Netflix Animated Series produced by the same animation studio as Castlevania and also Viz Media getting in this as well and it is what most have said about it…. a blend/mashup of Grindhouse movies, mexploitation, Blaxploitation, ’70s movies….basically everything Robert Rodriguez has been doing all his filmography. The story is definitely some crazy shit going on with demons, supernatural shit, and I’m going to say it…. I’m glad one of the lead(s) wasn’t that one kid we saw earlier and focused more of the adult characters along with the policewoman and Brister aka Undercover Luke Dynamite…..look, he might as well be that. He’s voiced by Mike Colter aka Luke Cage and yes, it got some known names doing voices like Danny Trejo being the main bad guy.

This show is a lot of fun to watch as it got all the stuff that people you enjoy those type of films/media,etc. all into these episodes and while I’m not spoiling the ending of this, again like they did with Cannon Busters, they are leaving it open-ended if they get picked up for a Season 2…..and this needed it. If you have Netflix, give this a shot.


And now for something that I completely checked out because of one YouTube crack video I saw of the series…..

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power follows Adora, an orphan raised by the Horde. This evil army is led by Hordak, who rules the planet Etheria with an iron fist. One day, after getting lost in the woods, Adora finds a magic sword that transforms her into the Princess of Power, She-Ra. After realizing the suffering that the Horde has inflicted on Etheria and its inhabitants, Adora joins the Resistance in the fight against the Horde through rebuilding the Princess Alliance, a group of other magical girls that once all opposed Hordak. Adora’s newfound allegiance to the Resistance pits her against her former best friend Catra, whose sense of abandonment, malicious ambitions, and the disappearance of her former friend enables her to rise in the ranks of the Horde to become the new heroine’s mortal enemy.

THOUGHTS: Let’s see….I don’t know nor cared much about the original ’80s series from Filmation and yeah, I’m going in this based it on its own merits and…..yeah, I like it. This seems like something that Nickelodeon would’ve picked up…. then again, the president of DreamWorks Animation TV was a former executive from Nickelodeon so go figure. Anyway, I liked the serialized adventure of this girl learning that the world isn’t as what The Horde told her it was. The character dynamics are fascinating, especially with the whole Adora/Catra thing and I like the majority of these characters, even characters from the Horde…..especially Scorpia. Yeah, I feel for her, especially in Season 4. Also, a fan of Entrapta and I do like Perfuma a lot (that and I recognize the VA for her played Honey Lemon in Big Hero 6.) Oh, and yes, you do hear Aly Michalka aka Stevonnie as Catra.

I also do recognize that the show does have a lot of LGBT representation and yeah, it is very present in the series, like you have to be blind and deaf not to recognize it from Scorpia’s affection to Catra, two princesses in there are a couple…..yeah, I see it and it’s all good from there.

Also, shout-out to this YouTuber Trioxide and their YT crack videos.


We journey to Hulu and we go through a couple of shows there but first, something that is definitely in my wheelhouse…….

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It follows the Wu-Tang Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, and rise amid the dangers and excesses that came with the epidemic. Seeking his own way out, Diggs turns to rap in order to carve a path to fame going against his older brother Divine, who favored the drug trade as the means to giving their family a better life. The story depicts how it all came together for the clan as Diggs unites a dozen young black men who are torn between music and crime. The group battles against the forces that hold them down and these include their own occasional impulse to give up the fight.

THOUGHTS: There has been talk about something of a biopic about the Wu-Tang Clan ever since the success of Straight Outta Compton but I guess they decided to go to the miniseries format with this show and for what was shown, it was nothing new but I still had a good time watching this. I enjoyed the performances from Ashton Sanders (Moonlight – he was Teen Chiron in there) as Bobby aka The RZA and of course, Shameik Moore as Sha aka Raekwon, giving another try of music-themed shows back in time. It is the basic come-up story of surviving drug wars, home life, the police, getting your demos out there but also I learn (or re-learn) the whole thing with RZA (or Young Raheem) being signed to Tommy Boy and oh boy….. the things I learn about this ordeal.

Also, there were other performances that I like….TJ Atoms, who portrayed a young Ason (aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard) and I was cool with Dave East being Shotgun (aka Method Man) but you don’t see much of Joey Badass as Rebel (aka Inspectah Deck). Erika Alexander did well as the mom, Linda. While this is a miniseries and I like it overall, I did wish there was more.


And now for something else that is completely out of my zone. Like, for real….

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The series follows “a young woman who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.”

THOUGHTS: Yeah, never thought I cover a show like this. A show where this girl gets dumped and reconnects with her friends and sisterhood and all– SEE WHAT I MEAN!? Yeah, I’m not qualified to go on about this show’s vision of feminism and all that but I will say some moments did kinda irk me, especially with the former boyfriend and her boss and those assistants plus some dramatic moments that’s like “Really”? I’ll say this…..this show got its moments, especially in its visual sequences. I like our main characters, our trio or quartet as it goes on and while they start off as some basic types (free spirit, nervous wreck, workaholic boss bitch, etc.), they do develop….a little. And yes, you noticed that the lead is Kat Dennings and we get it, some main things we see with her aren’t the best (You remember 2 Broke Girls? The Thor movies that wasn’t Ragnarok?) but I didn’t mind her here. However…….the performance I like the most is Brenda Song. She’s very funny there and it’s interesting to see her in something where…. well, out of what I normally see her in.

In short, the show does fall short of some things but it’s still a decent watch.

 


And now, on to VRV land….

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In the world of Sweet Jazz City a lucky few are born with powers attached to their very souls known as “Epithets”. An Epithet stems from a single word that can grant its user any kind of power. Words like “Fire”, “Coupon”… or “Soup”. A magical artifact known as the “Arsene Amulet” is rumored to be able to steal an epithet from a person, and they say it’s hidden somewhere in the Sweet Jazz Museum… Thieves burst down the doors in the middle of the night! Inscribed warriors do battle in the dark of the abandoned exhibits! Dinosaur bones come toppling to the floor! And a little girl named Molly is trapped in the middle of it all. Will her epithet, “Dumb” be enough to save her? Or will her epithet be… erased?

 

THOUGHTS: Out of curiosity, I checked out this show on a whim. Plus, I needed to use VRV aside from HiDive/Boomerang stuff and what I saw (it’s on Ep. 3 at this time), it’s very unique. I’ll say that some might turn it away due to the animation as it’s Flash Animation as there isn’t much movement from the characters or even mouth flaps…. at least in the show. Opening, it has that but I’m never someone that turns down a show because of animation styles I’m not used to. There is a lot of funny moments with the characters from how lovable but stupid they can be or how adorable but aware that you’re in a shit situation they are. Molly is the pure cinnamon roll of this show or should I say chocolate cupcake?

As in, her hair is like the frosting on a cupcake and the stars are like sprinkles? What, am I the only one who sees it?

Plus, she’s voiced by Dani Chambers and I’ve been digging a lot of her work as of recent, especially on anime like Astra Lost in Space, After School Dice Club, Ancient Magus Bride among others. There’s also Kyle Igneczi as Giovanni, one of the thieves trying to rob the museum….and failing at it with hilarious results and he’s a major humorous highlight. Well, him and Anthony Sardinha aka Antfish playing Indus, who really love screaming his epithet.

But, yes, this is worth checking out if you’re into non-traditional/flash animation.

 

 

 

And yeah, that is about it!!!!

 

I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and yeah, that was a lot……maybe I should do this more often.

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