Continuing Monday's theme of my visceral dislike of "funny" come-backs when people complain about the miserable cold. Kind of fitting since today I'm suffering from a miserable cold...
This season wasn’t spectacular, but it did have its moments. Rating each episode again on a scale of five stars which was superior, four for excellent, three and a half for very good, three for good, two and a half for very fair or two for fair. We ended up with six superior episodes (one less than its predecessor): “Hunt For Ziro” (best episode of the season), “Monster”, “Witches of the Mist”, “The Citadel”, “Citadel Rescue” and “Wookie Hunt”, yet still only one fair episode: “The Academy”. No good mysteries this time around, but loved the addition of Savage Opress, and especially the hint of Darth Maul returning. Each star garnered the episode a point, so with the top score being 110, Season III fell short of surpassing Season II…by a half a point, ending up with a total of 83, but still passed up Season I by a good margin. Next week, Season IV.
By all means, each season should rank higher than its predecessor, and these 22 episodes didn’t disappoint. Again each episode was rated on a scale of five stars which was superior, four for excellent, three and a half for very good, three for good, two and a half for very fair or two for fair. Season II started off with a bang and ended up with a total of seven superior episodes: “Holocron Heist”, “Cargo of Doom”, “Children of the Force”, “Legacy of Terror” (possibly the best CW episode of all in my estimation), “Cat and Mouse” (Admiral Trench rocks), “Bounty Hunters” (Bossk is back, yea!), and “Lethal Trackdown” and yet again, only one fair episode: “The Mandalorian Plot”. They had another great mystery in “Senate Murders” and the season started w/ 3 five star episodes and ended with one, no other season managed that. Each star garnered the episode a point, so with the highest score the season could have received being 110, Season II totaled out at a score of 83.5, definitely surpassing Season I . Next week, Season III.
Toy Fair: The scraps
Today I'm gonna wrap up my Toy Fair coverage with the few photos I have left that didn't really fit in anywhere else. I'll begin with my companion for the trip - CC.com staff photographer (where are those photos??) Joe K!
Next, one of the nicest things I saw at TF was these Iron Man toys from Yes Anime. The sculpts are spectacular. The deco is beautiful. And the 3rd and 4th figures are almost 2' tall. Really amazing stuff. On par with Hot Toys. I love that the Mark 42 (or whatever) comes with a Pepper face. (BTW, two small-scale figures are roughly 8" tall, if you were curious)
- Small-scale clean Iron Man
- Small-scale battle-damaged Iron Man
- Large-scale Mark 42(ish)
- Large-scale Mark something else
I went to the Mattel event. I sent the MOTU photos off to Beedo, who did a nice write-up. There were some other Batman figures I took photos of, but I didn't feel like posting them. But one of the more interesting items they introduced was the return of the 1980's Super Powers line. Sort of. Same card art. New figures. And a $30-a-pop price point! Too rich for my blood, but the nostalgia might draw in some customers.
And finally, here are some Star Wars affirmation statues. Have a great day!
Archer on FX is my favorite comedy on television. It is flat out brilliant. It's been great to see it become both a critical and ratings success. No show is more deserving. It's so good, they decided to make toys and collectibles.
I'm not 100% sold on the action figures. The style reminds me too much of those primitive-looking comic book characters that ship out in metal tins. Almost clay-mation. Seems like they could be more true to the show. But the other stuff - gold! I'd totally buy a "Welcome to Whore Island" beach towel... if I wasn't a married father of two.
Yeah, these were kinda cool:
Very cool that they're compatible with the Simpsons line of a few years back.