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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 Crystalized Part Two Trailer Analysis. Best Takes #spoileralert

16 Aug

Crystalized Part Two Opening ShotAlthough The LEGO company has not officially posted the Crystalized part two trailer on their YouTube page, it can be found. Many hardcore fans have given their breakdown, and what I offer (late in the game) are the best confirmations and takeaways based on what else has been released at the time as a toy, in print, and looking back.

After reading the next issue of Garmadon the comic book, there’s still no reveal in why this former despot returns. But I suspect the release of the last issue in October will say more to connect what’s become of him to why he’s back in the animated series.

I’m pleased to see in the opening shot, P.I.X.E.L. has at least one tiny little version(s) of herself as she, Wu and Nya watch their base burn down. It was attacked by The Crystal King and as it burns down, so does this team’s hope. It’s possible it’ll be rebuilt with the help of all of P.I.X.E.L.’s tiny helpers. They no doubt helped her build all the vehicles and other gadgets the team used in the past.

Two other interesting details which I caught include seeing Wu rush into battle with a hammer, of all things! I presume we’ll see which element he was the master of. It’d be sweet if we learn he’s the steel ninja (sorry Zane). Also, there’s the opportunity of Nya getting back her water powers. I find this potential to take back jarring, since it invalidates the entirety of her sacrifice from the previous season. All I desire is a final hour moment where the last of her power is awakened to save the day, and she passes.

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Gulliver Returns to Lilliput to Save the Day (Again) or Is It for the Ukraine?

10 Aug

Gulliver Returns

Just why an animated sequel to Jonathan Swift’s classic work, Gulliver’s Travels, exists really must be questioned. Just because actor turned Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky said, “I have an idea,” doesn’t mean it should be realised.

I recall Ronald Reagan once said, “We have every right to dream heroic dreams.” And while that drives Gulliver Returns, something must have gone wrong during production. It should not only be a story about what Martin Luther King Jr. once said concerning civil rights, but also reflect upon what’s changed since the titanic hero left to become a world adventurer. Continue reading

Cowabunga Dudes! TMNT Mutant Mayhem is Coming in One Year’s Time!

4 Aug
TMNT Mutant Mayhem

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Although the details are scant, Seth Rogan and Paramount Pictures wants fans to know that in precisely a year’s time, TMNT Mutant Mayhem will hit theatres! This animated film will hit theatres August 4, 2023. And over at Otakunoculture.com, we love our turtles! Well, minus the Michael Bay films, that is.

This producer said in the past that it’ll focus on these turtles in the half shell will be embrace everything that a presumedly modern teen will face. This work was first announced to be in development in 2020, and it’s good that we’re finally hearing there’s movement in this project. Nickelodeon plans to follow-up with additional projects too, and this other studio says it will focus on the villains. With the film, we can expect it to bring on some fond favourites and perhaps create some new ones. Baxter Stockman has always been that fly on the wall which our own Ed Sum hopes can be more than the comedic relief from the classic series I grew up with.

In addition to this logo announcment, the TMNT Mutant Mayhem mural is spotted in New York City on the corner of Canal St. and Lafayette.

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Not a lot more information is known so far, but we will report further details as it becomes available. To keep up, please also check Twitter with the hashtag #TMNTMovie

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