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Carmen Sandiego S1 finale

That was... intense. Granted, we live in an era where no type of show has an excuse to have bad writing (which isn't the same as saying that they are all well-written), but I did not expect that intensity. Props to Gina Rodriguez and the animation team.
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Carmen Sandiego S1E1-2

I'm quite enjoying the series. It's *fast* — each episode is about 30', but a lot seems to happen in each — and the animation, without being ground-breaking in any sense, is sharp and enjoyable. Make it look cool seems to have been the operating principle, which is a good thing as it's also Carmen's, who's sharp, self-assured, and seems unable to resist a parting line. (She's also very knowledgeable about geography, of course.)

And going by Gina Rodriguez' voice acting, if the Carmen Sandiego live action movie still comes thru, I think it has an awful lot of potential.
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Doctor Who S11E04

Trigger warning, obvious from both the trailer and the very title of the episode: Spiders. BIG spiders. YMWV, but I listened to rather than watched a significant percentage of the episode.

Another trigger warning: An obvious non!Trump character.

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Personal log: currently refraining from spamming my journal with more tidbits from ST:TAS

A couple of things that came back to me as I watched them again, maybe thirty after I first did: the gutpunch that was the "Spock saves wee!Spock" episode, and the awesomeness that was Spock II (canonically, there's a *giant* Spock working with the also giant clone of a former Eugenic Wars scientist to try and revive an advanced civilization of intelligent plants; there's nothing less than perfect in that scenario).

Among the things I did not remember, this immortal exchange between Cyrano Jones and James Kirk: "The what?" "The wheat!" And back then I wasn't quite aware of the slimy piece of crap that is Harry Mudd (or rather, that he was slimy in ways that are more "creepy and dangerous" than "humorous"), but I confess tI laughed when, while doing the running footnoting of Mudd's explanation of how he left the robot planet (Mudd: "I, uh, borrowed a vehicle." Spock, deadpan as usual: "Stole a spaceship."), well, Mudd: "And left to find haven on Ilyra VI. A charming planet, an innocent and friendly populace." Kirk: "To whom you sold the Starfleet Space Academy."

Then he frowned and sighed "Harry..."

I know I said the animation style in this series is time-and-budget-appropriately horrendous, but at the same time they somehow manage to make Kirk's variously appalled expressions almost photorealistic at some deep symbolic level.
cass, can you not

Speaking of tv

It's easy to make fun of Star Trek: The Animated Series, as the dialogue is generally bad and the animation is atrocious perhaps even by its contemporary standards, but before 10 minutes had passed of its first episode, they were visiting a dead star at the edge of the galaxy and found orbiting it an alien starship 300 million years old of a more beautiful design than most in the shows (not to mention the movies), possessed by a magnetic lifeform that after trying to take control of the Enterprise, ended up possessing the dead star and begging the Enterprise not to leave it.
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Doctor Who S11E03

It went pretty much as you'd have expected from the promos and/or setting; I liked the roles, actions, and re-actions of the companions (the Sheffield Gang?), and the way in which, when all was said and done, the Doctor and they weren't the protagonists, just the helpers. ETA: After rewatching the episode, I think that last part was *really* well done. Rosa Parks doesn't have the camera's focus, but she has the action's focus, if that makes sense. Her action, her story, her agency. It's not a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead situation, but they avoided one of the worst ways in which the episode could have gone, the retcon (and worst of all, the Doctor-did-it retcon). I might be prejudiced because of my issues with late Moffat, but I think this is shaping up as a great season.
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Titals S1E2

Quoth the Dove: Jesus. Dick Grayson: The Former Robin Who Needs a Robin, Stat.

(I think Bruce, most versions of Bruce, would be concerned about, and absolutely unable to do anything but worsen, Dick's emotional status these days. Batman, on the other hand, would be criticizing and pointing out holes in Dick's training in that way of his that means he's very much pleased with your performance, and therefore should grimly focus on getting better.)

(Sudden thought: if this is Dick in this universe, I think Jay might have to be the Robin who fights like that and is not at all conflicted about it. On the other hand, when depicted with this sort of realism, it might be the case that's impossible to do the unarmed night vigilante thing without this level of brutality. Batman has to be downright terrifying — "I heard screams and felt something moving on my back and when I woke up I'm going to need daily physio and take care of my remaining half-kidney for the rest of my life" is probably an unremarkable tale in certain crowds.)
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Doctor Who S11E02

A non-spoilery comment: I do love the high seat-of-the-pants-smarts/self-referential-speeches ratio of Thirteen. I'm a sucker for characters who get by on generic smarts and experience as their main powers (more than a few Pratchett characters, MacGyver when I was a kid, most capital-D Detective characters, etc), and the Doctor is, when written in that way and using her tech mostly to speed up the plot (no spending weeks to break into a computer system, say) rather than as a solve-all, one of the greatest ones.

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Titans S1E1

Count me pleasantly surprised. It's "dark and gritty", yes, but it's more True Detective than Injustice, to put it somehow. And this is a very good older Dick Grayson, albeit one with his anger closer to the surface than comics!Dick had at the same time. Plus, the one scene where he fights is quite good in a brutal sort of way, and brutal in way that tells you something about where he is, emotionally (less graceful flight and punning, more broken ribs and smoldering rage). I suspect part of the arc for the season is precisely how (eventually) caring for the Titans helps him heal.