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The Entire Ninjago Crystalized Season Should’ve Been A Movie

28 Nov

Ninjago CrystalizedComing to Netflix Canada on December 1st
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Season 16 of Ninjago should simply be called Ninjago Crystalized The Movie. I refrained from continuing to post weekly looks back a few episodes after the mid-season cliffhanger when I realised that. Now that the run is finished on Teletoon, I can finally reflect upon all that’s been revealed, said and done. With no surprise, now that one contract is over, other services can stream it.

These days, the team led by Lloyd isn’t always hailed as heroes. Nearly everybody loves them, except for the new Mayor and certain bounty hunters like Hounddog McBrag. That made up the first half of the series. By the time the team figures out who’s the mastermind, chaos erupts, we learn a few emotional things about certain characters, namely P.I.X.E.L., and see the return of characters from previous seasons. With no surprise, when the populace sees the Overlord is back, everyone is running! Even that leader of the city is considering abandoning his post.

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Quick Thoughts on Ninjago Crystalized Part Two and Teletoon….

15 Oct

NinjagoSpoiler Alert

The staggered world-wide release of Ninjago Crystalized Part Two is very confusing. In some countries, it’s been released to Netflix all in one go on Oct 10th, and in others–due to where Wildbrain operates its own specialty network–started sooner. It began October 1st on Teletoon Canada, and thankfully I missed little with “A Sinister Shadow,” where the story is mostly a recap, with 10% new content. The narrative shifts to Harumi’s point of view. She was dead, but a force known as The Crystal King offers her a chance at a second life instead of living in the emptiness known as the Departed Realm.

It’s not altogether surprising that this former love interest of Lloyd has been manipulating things. She’s required to build an army rather than recruit, and therein lies an interesting tie-in to the comic, Garmadon. What’s suggested is that the other bad guys aren’t needed. Both narratives deal with what ifs after the gangs have lost their leaders. Those who got away aren’t doing well.

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Ninjago Crystallized at Mid-Season, That Surprise Cliffhanger, and Broadcast News

27 Jul

NinjagoThe latest episodes of Ninjago Crystallized are really about “The Fifth Villain” joining the Crystal Council and perhaps breaking them up before things get worse. After the team’s prison breakout and evasion of Hounddog McBrag, they’re not ready to take a breather just yet. The team is back together to figure out who this person is after some silly Fugi-Dove moments. This episode moves very quickly, and the best takeaway is in giving this comic villain a chance at redemption.

Perhaps he’ll turn his back on crime and become a hero for justice! It’s hard to fathom what goes on in his mind, but I’m loving this character even more.

The Mechanic is proving to be quite the troublemaker. He’s a lot more versatile than previously thought because we see just how skilled he is with fashioning tech. Like Doc Ock from Spider-Man, his spare limbs have a mind of their own, and the Ninjago team are ill prepared to deal with him.

Although they could catch him and tie him up, to say he “levelled up” goes beyond showing how he escapes! He indeed is the next to be recruited, and he’s no doubt thrilled to join “The Council of the Crystal King.”

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On Ninjago’s Heartwarming Episode, “The Benefit of Grief” and Being on the Lam

19 Jul

NinjagoSpoiler Alert

After the Ninjago team’s prison breakout in the latest broadcast (my last running commentary can be read here), the gang is not only on the lam but also have to figure out who else will become a member of this Legion of Doom. But before they can do that, they’ll have to find someplace to hide out in. They can’t go home, and the only people who can help are P.I.X.A.L., Sensei Wu and Nya. In what makes these episodes perfect lays in three facts.

First, the running gag concerning how, P.I.X.A.L. can build the team new mecha (or costumes) in no time flat gets asked again and I surmise she made copies of herself. That’s the only logical explanation to answer this mystery.

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Taking the Heat in Ninjago Crystallized’s Latest

11 Jul

Ninjago CrystallizedTeletoon Canada
Saturday 9:00AM (PST)
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The next pair of episodes in Ninjago Crystallized shows the team given due process in court and serving time. But as the trailers have shown, they’ll be out in no time. In “Ninjago City vs the Ninja,” we watch the boys given due process before getting tossed away. Despite Dareth’s best attempts to convince Judge William Toughbutt otherwise, with a nice recap of everything they’ve done for the good of the populace, this representative of the law thinks otherwise.

In this episode, we examine the cost of rebuilding a city. From town to a young city, and later a metropolis, the technical advances between iterations have been noticeable throughout the 15-season run. Someone needs to be writing the paychecks, and we don’t know of any Bruce Wayne personality. There’s only two characters I can think of who are rich enough. One is Cyrus Borg and the other is Milton Dyer.

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