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What the First Year of The Critic’s Canvas Looked Like

I started this blog on January 10th of last year, completely on a whim. I was in 10th grade, sitting in a computer class bored out of my mind, and my thoughts really kick in when I’m bored. I thought about how I had always really enjoyed writing, and how I loved reading biased criticism over stuff. So, I thought, why not try doing it myself? I was extremely excited about it. When I started, I tried to post something every single day, and it was so much fun. Seeing my site get views and new followers was addicting. Around March, I had hand surgery, and obviously that made keeping the site running pretty difficult, but I continued to write soon after. Obviously things have changed and evolved since the beginning, but I’m actually very proud of my first year. Thank you to everyone who has ever read anything I’ve posted on here, and a special thanks to everyone who has followed so far. It’s a very good motivation when people actually read the stuff I write. WordPress concocted a nifty little summary of 2014 for The Critic’s Canvas, showcasing the number of views received, most popular posts, etc. Check it out:

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Adventure Time Review: Season 6 Episode 16 (Joshua and Margaret Investigations)

Yet another episode where the titular characters only make small appearances, however, this time it’s done in a way that could possibly strengthen a particular character. That’s right, we get to see more of Jake’s parents!

The Plot

It’s Jake’s birthday, and Finn and BMO are dying to know what his birth story is. So, we follow Joshua and Margaret (who is pregnant with Jake at the time) as they investigate miscellaneous crimes for money, and eventually give birth to everyone’s favorite magic dog! However, let’s just say that things don’t exactly play out the way you might expect.

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Spoilers from here onwards…

Okay, so can I rant for a second?

I have found this season very disappointing so far. Why? Well, to put it simply, there just hasn’t been enough Finn and Jake. Adventure Time just so happens to have an extensive cast of characters, and they’ve really been focusing on these other characters this season. Now, usually this would be a good thing, but I just feel like they’ve been pushing the real “main” characters to the side a bit too much. I just miss seeing F & J go on adventures, or even just doing nothing together. Now don’t get me wrong, there have been some pretty good Finn and Jake episodes this season; for example, I really liked Furniture and Meat, and Ocarina was pretty good too, but that just isn’t enough. The season started off perfectly, and I had such high expectations for this season, and they just haven’t been met yet. I’m cool with focus shifting to the side characters every now and then, but there needs to be balance.

Okay, rant over. So the episode:

I liked it! Although we don’t see much of our main characters, we do get a bit of interesting story on what Jake is and where he came from. Joshua and Margaret are cool characters that we haven’t seen much of at all, and it was fun seeing them sniff out mysteries and stuff. However, the part that sticks out to me the most is the ending. Like, what the heck.

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Basically, this creepy monster that can morph and transform into different things and shapes bites Joshua on the head. This leads to a very Alien-esque scene of Joshua giving birth to Jake, and then immediately following that, Margaret gives birth to Jermaine, Jake’s brother. Pretty crazy. The worst part is, they decided to not tell Jake, so he doesn’t even know! I’m hoping this all leads to more backstory on Jake, but who knows, it could just be a throwaway gag, although Adventure Time rarely ever does that.

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So what did you think of the episode? Did you hate it? Love it? Let me know!

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Adventure Time Review: Season 6 Episode 15 (Nemesis)

Protective parents be trippin’ yo.

The Plot

A passionate man, who goes by the name “Peacemaster”, is rife with angst towards the Candy Kingdom. This fury is driven by the belief that there is dark magic and secrets afoot. He knows that PB spies on her citizens, and he knows that someone in her castle is an evil-doer. Will he succeed in unveiling the true face of the kingdom of candy? Or will Peppermint Butler take it upon himself to silence the issue?

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Spoilers from here onwards…

Okay, so I’m quite torn about who to side with here:

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• There’s Bubblegum and her candy citizens who follow her to no end. PB will do anything for the greater good, whether that be leaving someone to die so that others will survive, or kidnapping someone and running dangerous experiments on said someone to receive information that could prevent possible catastrophes in the future. People often say that Bubblegum is kind of “morally grey”; she does seemingly evil things for good, kind of. But no matter what, you rarely ever hear anyone call her out on it. Finn and Jake have shown concern before, but I assure you that Finn (I don’t know about Jake) would never turn his back on PB unless things got really donked up. And yes, she has a wacked out, kinda evil sociopath as a butler. Cute as he may be, he could be extremely dangerous were he to attack the Candy Kingdom.

And then…

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• There’s Peacemaster, a guy who wants, well, peace; a world rid of evil, dark arts, and anything that could possibly influence his three kids in a bad way. Yup, he’s a family guy. Too bad these kids could care less about their father’s concern, and would honestly love to take part in some good ol’ dark arts. It’s kinda sad, really. I mean, sure, you could say that Peacemaster is kind of being a buttwad by shielding his kids so much, but to me it just means he cares. In fact, Pep But turning his kids into monsters really pissed me off.

So who do I side with?

Well, in this case, I’m gonna go with Peacemaster. It is true that PB oversteps boundaries on a far too regular basis, and honestly, I just can’t help but feel sorry for the guy.

So what did I think of the episode? I think it’s great! I was kinda becoming displeased with the lack of solid Adventure Time episodes as of late, and it felt good to see one that I actually wanted to talk about.

So what did you think of the episode? Did you shake a righteous fist of anger? Or perhaps sat back and enjoyed the episode with a bit of camomile tea? Let me know!

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Adventure Time Review: Season 6 Episode 14 (Princess Day)

There are quite a few princesses in the land of Ooo, so wouldn’t it make sense that there is a special day where all the princesses get together and discuss princess-y things?

The Plot

Princess Day is being held in Breakfast Kingdom this year, so fittingly, Breakfast Princess is leading the charge. However, Lumpy Space Princess could do with out all that lame political princess stuff. Marceline the Vampire Queen feels the same way, and decides to team with LSP to cause ultimate mayhem upon the kingdom of butter, bacon, sausage, and juice.

Is This A Good Place To Start?

The more I think about it, the more I realize that this show never really had a beginning. There’s rarely ever a moment of introduction for any of the characters, and you kinda just go with the flow while you catch little tidbits of information about each character. Because of this, I think I’m gonna stop saying that an episode is inaccessible because it doesn’t introduce the many different faces that appear in each episode. So yes, this episode provides many different characters, but this shouldn’t stop you from checking out the episode. If there is one thing I could say to newcomers, it’s that this episode doesn’t really showcase the best of Adventure Time, nor does it feature these characters at their most intriguing. Nonetheless, the episode has laughs, a smart theme, and a big reference to a certain movie that I’ve never seen, but people who have will most likely get a kick out of it.

My True Verdict (With Spoilers)

There are two kinds of people in this world: People who love LSP, and people who hate LSP. I for one rather enjoy the character, however, there’s no denying that she might pop up a little too often. On the other hand, there isn’t a single Adventure Time fan I know of that doesn’t like Marceline. So what happens when you pair the two together?

Both being rebellious women, they enact malicious acts of vandalism and goofy antics, like sucking the syrup out of a guard and running over Breakfast Princess with a breakfast automobile. But none of this makes them bad people, right? At least that’s how Marcy sees it. However, they both agree that stealing that CD was crossing the line.

When I first saw the title of the episode, Princess Day, I had all these cool theories about what might happen, and the fact that it was just another LSP episode, just with Marcy thrown in, was kind of disappointing. The episode is still really fun and cheeky (like really, the animators of this episode really liked drawing big cheeks on the characters). I kinda wanted a little bit more from it though.

What did you think of the episode? Did you HATE IT exclamation point exclamation point? Or perhaps you really liked it? Let me know!

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Adventure Time Review: Season 6 Episode 13 (Thanks For The Crabapples, Giuseppe!)

All hail the Cult of Giuseppe!

The Plot

Abracadaniel, Ice King, and a bunch of other magic users depart on a mystical road trip to find the almighty Butt Rock and start a new secret cult so they won’t feel left out when other wizards gather together for their secretive, jerky rituals. Oh yeah, and Finn and Jake aren’t invited.

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Would I Enjoy This?

Perhaps you’re new to Adventure Time or maybe you had stopped at some point. Either way, this episode isn’t really the best way to introduce you to the show or regain interest. I recommend starting at the beginning of the Season, or even the entire series, if you’re looking to get into the show.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

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Really, there isn’t really much I want to say about this episode. Yes, Giuseppe’s strangely tragic poem is intriguing. Yes, the fact that Finn and Jake weren’t invited is hilarious. However, I just didn’t find the episode all that entertaining. In fact, the whole thing seems kinda pointless.

We see the bratty mermaids again. We see Little Dude again. And then there’s…Giuseppe. I still don’t even understand what the heck this guy’s deal is. He can write one hell of a poem though.

I thought the joke about jerky, secret societies in the wizard community was pretty funny, and the fact that they use Giuseppe as inspiration for their own magical society is pretty funny.

But if I’m really honest here, I didn’t like this episode very much. Perhaps you all think differently, and if so, tell me why, because I’d love to see different opinions on this.

So what did you think of the episode? Did you revel in the glory of the majestic Giuseppe? Or perhaps you’d rather lounge on the Giant Butt Rock? Let me know!

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Legend Of Korra Review: Book 3 Episode 6-7 (Old Wounds; Original Airbenders)

Do you seek answers regarding Lin and Su’s past? Or perhaps you feel a nagging curiosity towards what’s going on with Tenzin and the new airbenders? If so, these episodes will likely satisfy. Here we go, one episode at a time:

Old Wounds

The Plot

Lin seems to be under a dangerous amount of stress and is recommended to an acupuncturist to help sort things out. Meanwhile, Su decides to teach Korra metalbending, and Bolin wants in on the action. Will Lin and Su get over their complicated past and become one again? Will Bolin be one of those earthbenders out of a hundred that can metalbend?
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My Verdict (Spoiler Free)

This is a very good episode. Once again, this season shows its amazing mix of drama, action, and comedy, all sprinkled with that Avatar charm. This one is a must see.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

I was really anticipating learning more about Lin and Su’s past after the last episode, and fortunately, I didn’t have to wait very long to get answers. I thought it was really clever to use acupuncture to show us flashbacks, and honestly, the second I heard the word, this was all I could think of:

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Fans of the original series will get that, but anyway, moving on!

Although I felt that Lin and Su’s past could’ve been a bit more tragic, I could still see how the events that did happen would leave emotional, and physical, scars. Seeing the two of them duke it out in the end was pretty badass too.

Also, Bolin and Opal are turning out to be quite the couple, if you can call them that. Seeing them support each other was very sweet, and well, Opal is still really freaking hot. Is it the eyes, the voice, the hair, the personality? Perhaps all of those things? I dunno, but let’s just say that I’m quite envious of Bolin, that magnificent bastard.

It also seems that the Red Lotus (our prisoner friends) are getting closer to their objective, and apparently they were even planning on assassinating President Raiko at some point too! Drop the mic! Then again, that guy does suck air bison balls.

Overall, this episode was a great continuation, and possible conclusion, to the Lin and Su story arch. Of course, I wouldn’t mind seeing this story go even further, but, seeing as how we’re already about halfway through the season, it seems unlikely. Oh well. It gets two thumbs and a few big toes up from me.

Original Airbenders

The Plot

The focus strays from Korra and the gang to focus on Tenzin and his new airbender acolytes. Tenzin thinks that he’s not doing all that great with the new members and decides that drastic measures might need to be taken. Meanwhile, Jinora and Kai continue to be adorable and bask in tweenager angst. Will Tenzin succeed in creating the perfect group of airbenders? Will Jinora ever get her tattoos?

My Verdict (Spoiler Free)

While episodes like this could simply be wrote off as filler, straying away from the main plot to focus on side characters is rarely a bad thing in a show like Avatar. It’s still got the action, charm, humor, and character that you would expect. Here’s to more airbender antics in the future.

My Final Verdict (With Spoilers)

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There isn’t too much to say about this episode, other than that it was your practical Avatar filler episode. Tenzin is still funny, Bumi is still entertaining, and Jinora and Kai are still really freaking adorable.

They still managed to fit in a few action sequences, with the airbender obstacle course and the Bison Rustlers (By the way, that guy better have been kidding about the Earth Queen eating her dad’s pet bear!).

Honestly, I really don’t have much to say about this episode. In no way am I saying it was bad, in fact, I still really liked it, but it’s nothing to prattle on about.

So what did you think of the episodes? Did you love them? Hate them? Let me know!

Okay, so wow, lots of stuff has gone down this week. First of all, I sincerely apologize for being so slow on the review. My only legit excuse is that I’ve been relatively busy, but other than that, it was really just me taking my time. Second of all, tonight’s Legend of Korra episode is the last one that will air on television from what I know. Note, this does not mean the show is canceled. Instead, Nickelodeon has decided that they want Korra to be a strictly digital program, being uploaded weekly on their website, the official Nick app, Amazon, iTunes, and Hulu, among others. This isn’t the end of the world, but I will miss watching Korra in full HD on my big tv. Ah well. Oh, and don’t worry, I’ll still be reviewing new episodes.

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