For the first time, I am also ranking the shows I’ve watched this year considering that I’ve seen so many it feels right to do so. So, here goes nothing. Enjoy!
10. The Wheel of Time
This show really wasn’t very good at all. I came in halfway through after my sister had binge-watched the first four episodes and found it entertaining enough to intrigue me to check it out. Unfortunately, the second half of the show was the worst half and it was quite agitating if I’m being honest. But I did enjoy watching it with my sister. We laughed through most of it and yes, I was mostly watching it for the plot.
But on a more serious note, I don’t recommend this series, that’s for sure.
9. The Bad Batch
I wanted to love this show and at times it gave me plenty of things to enjoy but this series just felt lazily written more often than not. With convenient obstacles allowing predictable new stages of this show to take place, I was more exasperated than happy while watching this cartoon.
I’ve got to admit, that finale was pretty good. Yes, it was slow with a lot of dialogue but for the first time in weeks I felt invested in the storyline, in the moments shared between the characters, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I got a tiny bit emotional at the end.
This episode invoked that old-timey Star Wars feeling in me that I haven’t felt in a long time; that essence of familial drama in the midst of a terribly tense situation while the music adds another layer of weight to the subject material. I loved that the series concluded the way that it did with no major cameos in sight and an enticing cliffhanger that has me actually kind of excited to see the second season next year.
Did that finale suddenly change my conflicted opinion on the overall series? No, it did not. But it was better than I expected it to be and that’s a relief.
The Bad Batch. It’s been quite a ride hasn’t it? In fact, this series began four months ago on Star Wars Day with the best premiere for a Star Wars series I had ever seen. Then everything went downhill from there.
I wanted to love this series. I really did. But with every exhilarating ascent came an equally crushing descent the very next week to just crush my soul. This show had so much potential; Crosshair going on interesting assassination missions with the first Death Trooper squad, Wrecker turning evil, a never-ending barrage of awesome bounty hunters to hunt for Omega, I mean the possibilities of a truly great and unique series was there for the taking. But these were just fleeting storylines in the massive hodgepodge of a story that never understood what it really was.
Is this a familial space adventure with a few hiccups on the way or is this a riveting dark drama revealing to us the early machinations of the Empire? A bit of both, I suppose.
Because this series never found a solid footing I have found this series to be mostly uninteresting and honestly quite irritating for the past few weeks. Now, the finale drops tomorrow and I couldn’t be happier. The weekly anguish will be over.
Next year we’re getting a (hopefully shorter) second season but for now, I am going to enjoy this break from the clones and their all-over-the-place storyline. But, because I don’t want this post to be entirely negative, I will acknowledge that this series has undoubtedly some of the best animation for an animated series that I have ever seen. I’m talking absolutely sublime. Imagine if we got a Clone Wars-esque series set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker with animation like this? It would be incredible!
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.
Hello dear readers, yes, I am back. It feels like I haven’t written in forever because for the past week I have been under the weather but I am feeling so much better and ready to get back into the flow of things.
So, since I’ve missed some stuff this week, here’s the catchup session.
Character Posters for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
After thirteen episodes and a storyline that seems to yank me every which way each week, The Bad Batch has finally completely lost my interest or investment. Don’t worry. I’ll finish the season because I’m a loyal Star Wars fan but my feelings for this series has been annihilated.
The problem with this animated series (that no one wanted in the first place, might I add) is that it hasn’t managed to carve its identity in thirteen weeks! For its first four weeks, it felt like The Mandalorian; a bunch of tough guys have to take care of likable kid. Then it strayed into side quest-ville with a few moments of drama along the way (Wrecker’s inhibitor chip fiasco) and an unnecessary cameo appearance by Rex.
Then there’s a side story with Crosshair and what was a rather fascinating storyline; the decommissioning of the clone troopers and the Empire’s slow but deliberate annihilation of the Kaminoans’ livelihood. That got highlighted for maybe a couple of episodes and hasn’t been revisited since.
Honestly, I’m not going to even delve into the other storylines this series has been dabbling with in the past few weeks because it’s just too much to keep track of and it’s annoying.
I don’t know why I keep getting invested in this show only for it to royally disappoint me the following week with another episode that just douses the flame completely.
Last week’s episode, featuring a child version of Hera Syndulla and introducing her mother for the first time, was riveting…and then this week happened.
I tried to get invested but for the latter half of the episode I’m sorry to say, I was waiting for something bad to happen. I thought Howzer was surely going to die…that didn’t happen. The Bad Batch once again got through another mission with nary a scratch. And the episode just devolved into the easy way out…AGAIN!
We’ve only got four episodes left, there will surely be a second season because there’s no way this story is about to end. Honestly, I hope there is only one season of this show because it’s been getting on my nerves for months now. But hopefully next week’s episode is a tad bit better.
Oh, and I’m going to need Crosshair to perish in the coming episodes because now he’s just becoming annoying.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.