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The Blue And The Gold - Episode Discussion

Once again, second_batgirl has weekend travel, so I get both posts this week.

-Oh, Kevin. You're trying, but you aren't going to convince anyone Antonio is more boring than you.
-Antonio. You just go reunited with Jayden. Why creep on Kevin now?
-Dayu/Deker? I can get behind this.
-SAM THE PANDA. Not only do Bulk and Spike get tied into the plot more than usual, CONTINUITY. :D
-Bulk an Spike have a "Spoils of War" shelf. That Sam was on. Awww.
-"Did you hear that, Antonio?" HEEEEE
- Octoroo, your US face tentacles could use some work. Pretty sure that mouth is there in Japan, but it's not so... visible.
-We're finally getting extended shamisen music out of Dayu! Even if it's not the tune from Shinkenger I've been waiting for, there was a variation on the MMPR theme in there once, so it's cool.
-Dayu/Deker. Seriously.
-"I've got a bad feeling about this." Well, now we know Ji didn't keep Jayden from movies or something uber-sheltery.
-HEEE, Kevin knows how boring he is.
-"Start with the coolest toy!" Octoroo, you are so devious.
-God, Antonio's Mega Mode is pretty.
-"...Not!" The writers really do have a 90's nostalgia directive, don't they.

I love this ridiculous, ridiculous show.


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May. 14th, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
The only thing I was concerned about in this episode was Dayu/Deker. As much as I love Jayden, I kind of don't care about anything this season as much as that becoming canon. >>
May. 14th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Dayu/Deker. Seriously

I think its funny that they picked this up where Shinkenger left nothing going with it XD. It's kinda interesting how the monsters/baddies have relationships now before the rangers do XD

Although I do think I called this as something that should be elaborated on XD.
May. 14th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
WHY THE MOUTH SQUIDFACE WHHHHY ;_; I'm going to have nightmares.

And I must wonder how the hell the Rangers even knew which toy belonged to who.

And wtf Deker/Dayu. All these villains, and despite the fact that the show is TRYING to make them interesting, I could careless. ALL I'M DOING IS LOOKING AT THE SCENERY STILL :|
May. 14th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)

It's official, Antonio is awesome! Even Kevin sounds less boring around him! But it just proves that a lot of the cringe-worthy scenes are due to bad directing AND bad acting (to me at least). Once Kevin stopped being serious but not too serious~ he was more believable. The Bulk/Spike scenes were all fun too, I actually enjoyed them this time around.

One thing I really, really hated from the episode was the watching the clock turn 8:01 scene. Mike was flipping his phone nervously while Emily picked her nail. Her expression was so bored too. It's like they're not even trying with her character. Poor Mia had the worst ending line too. God show, give her a break.

Re: Dayu/Dekker, pass. I wouldn't have been so against it if her first line hadn't been "Oh! Dekker!"

May. 14th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't have been so against it if her first line hadn't been "Oh! Dekker!"

That line definitely stood out for me, too. There are so many intonations on "Oh, [name]" and they each shift the meaning. I think she was aiming for a reading at the sympathy/disappointment end of the spectrum, but she kind of landed in the bedroom. It was definitely off, but I still generally like the direction it's going, as long as there's no Dayu defining herself by her relation to Deker.
May. 14th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)

It felt like the line was left hanging, I almost expected "my lover!" in there. And the "you remember anything else?" made it even more glaring.

If they are changing the dynamics of this couple, like you said, I hope her character is not defined by her relationship to and with Deker. I see a lot of potential in it, as long as it's not strangled by the romantic aspect of any partnership they may develop.
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May. 16th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
I have to wonder if they even realized what they were saying...? idk if I would have gotten it, had I not read about it on here first. It just seems so inappropriate that I don't want to believe they did it on purpose... =/
May. 16th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
I do think it's very possible that the writer either was aware that "trail of tears" is a known phrase, but not that it's meant to refer to a very specific and horrifically tragic part of history, or was totally unaware of it as an existing phrase and was pleased by the alliteration (tears are, after all, the Nighlock's main goal), and the use of the phrase was out of innocent (if notable, because Trail of Tears) ignorance.

I can even believe that the only American to touch the line might have been the writer (voice actors are all Kiwi, would not be surprised if all the ADR and editing staff were, too), and you can forgive New Zealanders for not having anything more than a broad "Euro settlers treated Native Americans horribly" knowledge of things that doesn't include specifics like the Trail of Tears.

That said, it's still a really unfortunate line.
May. 16th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Good point re: the mainly Kiwi cast/crew and a general ignorance of history. But, as you said, it's still an "oh shit, did they really just go there?" moment, and you would think that they'd have someone going over the script to make sure that stuff like this didn't happen. =/
Nov. 17th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
Antonio, you do not need Kevin's approval. Forget Kevin. You're already on the team.
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