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Series Discussion / Re: Season 17
« on: November 18, 2013, 04:08:48 am »
Okay, here are some other thoughts on episodes I wasn't able to catch up on until today.


-Decent episode, good way to show why society needs at least some laws to function for very long. 
-I was surprised that Brain would go for the idea of a lawless society without foreseeing its many potential problems when the constitution was written. 
-Buster with smelly socks on his ears was fun.  Of course, I found it ironic that Francine had the nerve to criticize him for smelly socks, as sock odor seems to be a problem that she suffers from herself.  In fact, it's been brought up in more than one episode.
-Most of all, I really got a kick out of Ms. Read's gentle nod to the Boomerang Generation:  "You can stay here long as you like...or at least until you're 30."

Adventures in Budylon:

-D.W. usually has hilariously biting lines, but her attempts at this just fell flat and seemed like humorless, matter-of-fact observations here.
-Ladonna's spontaneous, zombie-like obsession with "Extreme Kite Flyers" was pretty cute, though.
-I don't make much of it, but something seemed a little...awkward...about Arthur and Ladonna sleeping together overnight in a tent.  Almost exclusively, sleepovers are either all-boys or all-girls at that age.   :-\   With very young kids (Bud and D.W.) it's not that odd, it's just more strange for Arthur and Ladonna, given that they're just a few years away from puberty.  It strikes me as funny the more I think about the title clearly being a play on Babylon - a Biblical metaphor for hedonism - and the episode ending with everyone "sleeping together."   8)

All Thumbs:

-I agree, Arthur's response was just way too harsh.  Really, it wasn't that big a deal.  It seems like Arthur and Buster have been having a lot of disputes in recent episodes.  While things are usually mostly resolved, the disparity between Arthur's more sensible nature and Buster's weirdness/immaturity has only grown over time.  One wonders if they'll manage to stay friends as they grow older and eventually into adulthood.  I think it's doubtful.  Good thing they'll be eight years old forever.
-Buster's ears doing a 180 degree rotation to listen to what's being said behind him...serious lol.   :D
-Even funnier was poor George's tortured speech on lemurs.  I could absolutely relate to this.  As a kid, I hated getting up and doing speeches in front of class.
-MARIA SPOKE!!!   :o :o :o  Well, sort of.  We heard her let out a "gasp" when she learns of Buster's thumb sucking in Arthur's thoughts.  It's not much, but this is a big step for her.  As much as I want her to become a central character, I sort of like the air of mystery she carries as a silent wallflower.  It makes her rare moments in the spotlight all the more valuable.

Series Discussion / Re: Season 17
« on: November 16, 2013, 04:42:55 pm »
Oh, and for November,if you like Ladonna, I have some episodes from the second half of Season 17 to recommend when they come out:

Thanks Jekyll!  I'll be sure to keep an eye out for those episodes!   :)

The rest of the episodes are on Youtube, but they're in Hebrew.

Looks like Francine's finally managed to hijack the series...  :D

Series Discussion / Re: Season 17
« on: November 15, 2013, 09:30:56 am »
Overall, I think things have still been going strong with the past few episodes. 

I initially didn't notice the earmuff/aardvark ear thing at first, but I've been chuckling about it ever since it was pointed out here.   :D   Whether or not it was intentionally subtle humor or just plain oversight, I've not a clue.

On that note, favorite moment: Brain pointing out to Muffy that there are no monkeys in North America, followed by Muffy recounting an "amazing" story about how her father was bitten by a monkey.  Let's never mind the fact that Muffy and her father are both monkeys...

I actually think having Chip around detracts from Muffy's character.  She functions better as a single child, as it amplifies her "all about me" aura.  Seeing her fawn over an older brother just seems out of character for her.  Although, I'd imagine taming her character in that manner might make her more likeable to a lot of viewers.  Nonetheless, I've grown to rather appreciate her horrible little self over the years.

I also really appreciated the Gallagher homage.   ;D

Arthur on the Web / Re: PFB: The Lost Episode
« on: November 14, 2013, 12:49:25 pm »
The funniest thing is that the episode in question scarcely promoted anything in favor of (or against) gay marriage.  It presents a lesbian couple for a few minutes, culminating in Buster being surprised that their kids have "a lotta moms." I suppose some people were upset that Buster didn't launch into a tirade and subsequently set fire to their home. 

The show merely presents something from a distinct sub-culture within the United States, not unlike it presents various cultural situations in other countries that are arguably more controversial than gay marriage.   For instance, children conforming to Muslim Sharia Law, 5-10 poverty-stricken trailer park kids jam-packed into a single crammed bedroom, or stray dogs and other beasts roaming the streets of India.   

By the same logic, I suppose PBS must also promote and endorse abject poverty and allowing wild animals to roam free in the streets among children.   :D

This is just another case of an extreme minority causing a ruckus and ruining things.  In reality, most conservatives could care less about something like this.   

Arthur on the Web / Re: PFB: The Lost Episode
« on: November 13, 2013, 02:10:56 pm »
Nice!   ;D

Perfect for those who thought "A Lotta Moms" was too realistic...

Series Discussion / Re: Season 17
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:43:23 pm »
Very true...

...although, it raises the question of whether or not those scenes were merely part of another one of Ladonna's stories in which she was simply watching as a passive, first-person observer.

In fact, we are now left to wonder whether or not the RV, the Read house, Arthur himself, Elwood City, and the entire Arthur universe isn't just part of an elaborate fantasy world that exists inside of Ladonna's imagination.  Something that she, a sad and lonely girl, has been imagining as a passive observer for the past 16 years.  This would explain why she is taller and older-looking than her peers, and perhaps why she is the only central character who is from a real-world location. 

Now, as she reaches adulthood, the barrier between fantasy and reality has begun to dissolve as she finds herself interacting directly with this dream world.  Indeed, her very introduction into the series was marked by a harsh lesson that she should stop lying and fantasizing.  This was a cryptic messenger symbolizing her realization that the disparate worlds of fantasy and reality cannot continue to coexist for long. 

Soon, one of two things must happen: (1) the fantasy world will collapse abruptly and the show will be cancelled; or (2) she will lose all touch with the real world and live the remainder of her schizophrenic life as an anthropomorphic bunny in a safe, happy, animated fantasy world.

This will be the premise of her new spinoff series.  Filmed in black and white celluloid.  Directed by David Lynch.

Characters / Re: Favorite Arthur Character
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:23:27 am »
It's good to see that Arthur finally got a vote, as he's supposedly the main character.   :D

I think his plain nature serves as a good baseline for the other, more popular characters to define themselves against.

Series Discussion / Re: Season 17
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:21:30 pm »
Assuming they're not both just figments of Ladonna's baroque imagination...her other brother is Gussie, and her sister is Madison.   Both of them appear to be in their teens.

Madison shows up in "Based on a True Story" in one of Ladonna's tales about an alligator sneaking into their house, and then later to take Bud somewhere or another.
Gussie is only briefly mentioned in the same episode.  He supposedly worked at an alligator sanctuary.

Series Discussion / Re: Season 17
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:21:38 pm »
I loved the latest episode.  Ladonna was great in Party Animal, and is quickly becoming my favorite character.  I hope they spin her off into her own series.  Plus, it's hard to go wrong with a festive Autumn setting.   

Favorite moment: "I promised Binky I'd bake the Tibbles at 3:00..." :D
Creepiest moment: Bud sitting by Ladonna's bed and watching her while she's sleeping.  Seriously...what the heck? :P

1. Gee whiz, Ladonna's bedroom is HUGE... is her family rich or something? And why does she have two beds in her bedroom? I thought she might share her room with Bud, but apparently he has his own room.

I've also noticed the size of her house and how odd it was that she had two beds in her bedroom.  At first, I assumed she maybe shared it with her sister, but it doesn't have the appearance of being a shared room.  If her father's a Captain in the Army, it might be feasible.  With, say, 15 years in service, a wife and four kids, he'd make about $104,000 a year.  He'd probably also get a substantial break on other things like mortgages and car loans through the GI Bill.   

I know this might be off topic, but I've noticed that almost all of the characters in Elwood City seem to be pretty well off -- except for Francine, of course.  It's a bit irksome seeing everyone living like that while the "less fortunate kid" on the block is the one whose lifestyle is really much closer to that of the average American family.     

One more thing I do have to bring up... maybe it's just me, but I kept getting a shiptease vibe between Arthur and Ladonna throughout the whole show... anyone else?

I agree regarding the "shiptease" observation near the end.  It almost seemed romantic how they walked off together into what could have just as well been a sunset.

Series Discussion / Re: Show Off/Dog's Best Friend
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:06:03 pm »
Despite looking forward to Season 17, I didn't bother with today's episodes either.  I have no interest in pet episodes whatsoever.

General Discussion / Re: Hello people, I'm a new member
« on: November 11, 2013, 09:15:07 am »
From a fellow newcomer, welcome!   :)

Characters / Re: Buster is a thief
« on: November 07, 2013, 06:58:27 am »
Admittedly, they probably did intend for him to buy it.  Nonetheless, it's fun to take advantage of the scene's ambiguity and imagine him stealing it, especially after seeing him at work in Nerves of Steal.   8)

Crackhead Fern, on the other hand, is pretty hard to explain away... 

Characters / Re: Buster is a thief
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:21:43 pm »
Ah, good old Buster...  ::)

While the police badge was clearly a mistake that he realized as he was walking out of the station, I like to think that the Big Boss Bar incident was Buster taking what he wants without paying because BUSTER. JUST. DOESN'T. CARE. 

On the other hand, if he just sort of "took" the candy bar without even realizing that he was stealing it...that makes his concept of morality all the more hilarious.   :D

*As a side note, did anyone else notice how George eats the Big Boss Bar complete with the wrapper on when he buys it from Binky in the schoolyard?  So much subtle comedy in that episode...

Postcards from Buster / Re: PFB: Success or Fail?
« on: November 05, 2013, 03:29:25 am »
I found PFB to be a pleasant little watch.  It may not have quite had the Arthurian Magic of the original show, which I think was at least partially due to lack of an eclectic nuclear cast, but it was great fun watching Buster interact with the real world.  It was clearly aimed at being more about cultural education than teaching lessons about life and friendship (like Arthur), so I eventually took it for what it was and enjoyed it on that level.   

Episodes / Re: Magnezonomon's Season 17 (P)review
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:00:44 am »
Much thanks for the preview!  Really looking forward to Adventures in Budylon.  More Ladonna.   :)

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