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Samurai Jack Preview: One vs Many

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Do you enjoy human on robot violence?  How about motorcycles?  Fresh full minute of the upcoming premiere of Samurai Jack, Season 5, starting March 11th.

LPS Reviews: “The Tortoise and the Heir” and “Picture Perfect”

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It’s the start of the fourth and final season of Littlest Pet Shop, and we get two episodes this week for the price of one. Both establish potential arcs through for the season to come, though we have to muddle through some issues to get to them.

“The Tortoise and the Heir”

Blythe is attempting to do a video blog what she wants to do with her life. Yes, she had dreams of being a fashion designer in the pilot episodes, but it is natural for kids to change their minds. However, she’s interrupted by Vinnie and Penny regarding TV time. Blythe vents to Youngmee just in time for Vinnie to hear Blythe say she doesn’t want to speak to the pets anymore misunderstanding that she was just kidding to Youngmee. The plot point is dragged on by Blythe listening to her music when Russell tries to speak to her and a Jetsons imagin spot.

That spot is courtesy of a 150-year old tortoise named Speedy. He does have a tendency to wander off and is a bit like Mr. Magoo even though he looks like Carl from Up. Plus, Speedy keeps calling Blythe, “Betty.” Lost on ideas for her vlog, Roger comes in and Blythe tells him about the 150-year old tortoise—something that Blythe’s mom used to have. As a matter of fact, one of Speedy’s former owners was Blythe’s mom, Betty. Betty could talk to pets just like Blythe can now. Thus, Speedy might know more about her Mom.

So Blythe sets out to find Speedy—quickly cleaning up the misunderstanding in the process—and they find him at a construction site he mistakes as a health club. Speedy is spared from harm by an old toy with a parachute given to him by Betty. Speedy also carried Betty’s old diary that he gives to Blythe. That’s quite a game-changer in that it may lead to part of the mystery why Blythe could speak to animals herself (if not solely the bump she took in the pilot episode). It also suggests that Blythe’s Mom passed while Blythe was very young.

It is surprising that the show is going this route given that MLP kind of skirts around things regarding Applejack’s parents, but let’s just see where this goes. It’s only a pity that this episode was built on a dodgy foundation and a bit of contrivance before we got to this point which is a heartwarming moment. One wonders if we’ll get to see more of Speedy this season, but we are going to know more about Blythe’s mom this season.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Info on Blythe’s Mom
  • +  Potential season-long arc
  • +  Focus on Blythe
  • –  Speedy a bit too Mr. Magoo
  • –  Contrivance at times
  • –  Misunderstanding at start seems extraneous

GRADE:  B-


“Pitch Purrfect”

It’s back to a pair of plots with this episode. Zoe is auditioning for a spot in a group named Pitch Purrfect for the Alley Cappella championships. That’s the A-plot. The B-plot is that Mrs. Twombly’s doorknob collection is missing and Blythe, Russell, Minka, and Pepper set out to investigate. At least the latter three are because Blythe is too distracted by her mom’s diary.

Zoe goes to the audition where Pitch Purrfect is fronted by Delilah from “The Expo Factor.” Zoe nails the audition, but because she is a dog, she is passed over for another cat. Penny, Vinnie, and Sunil were supposed to be part of the B-plot, but they are too busy looking at one of Zoe’s first gigs as the Hearty Time Dog Food dog. Zoe comes up with the idea of forming a group of her own called “There’s Note Stopping Us Meow” even though there are no cats in the group.

They get to the contest where not only did Delilah not allow Zoe into the group, but her group then sings the song Zoe sang earlier. MLP fans frowned when they made Spitfire and Fleet Foot devious in “Rainbow Falls,” LPS fans should feel the same here. Anyway, the video from earlier becomes a Chekov’s gun with an updated version and Zoe’s group wins the contest.

Meanwhile, the investigation is going nowhere, and not just because Blythe is still reading her Mom’s diary. However, it leads to another potential arc when Mrs. T returns and tells Blythe that she sold the collection in order to buy up some abandoned lots to start building Littlest Pet Street which is going to be a whole block of stores for pets. That has great potential for an arc, though it could have been guessed that Mrs. T had something to do with the disappearance with the doorknobs.

Again, we have a potential arc for the season, but we have to muddle through some issues again such as the portrayal of Delilah in this episode. She was great in “The Expo Factor,” but comes off as opportunist and deceitful here and some fans will frown upon that. The b-plot sort of drags a bit because it’s going nowhere and we need Mrs. T to bring that to an end. At least, this episode and the one before it accomplished the goal of keeping fans curious of what’s coming up next.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Another potential arc for the season
  • +  Music
  • +  Chekov’s gun with Zoe’s old commercial
  • –  Delilah
  • –  B-plot goes nowhere and drags

GRADE:  C+

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