TV Show Review: Rick and Morty, Season 4

Details: Official site is https://www.rickandmorty.com/

Score: 7.3/10

Rick and Morty recently finished its latest season and it’s about as good as it’s always been. Which is to say this season was great.

For those unaware of this show, Rick and Morty is a animated comedy that is meant for adult audiences. It stars Rick (the smartest man in the universe) and Morty (his grandson) and the adventures they get in. It is a very referential show that constantly draws from pop culture for its jokes. Specifically, it heavily relies on references to science fiction.

Overall, if you enjoy adult, potentially offensive humor and have a broad knowledge of science fiction oriented pop culture, this show is for you. This fourth season continues the success of the prior seasons and is as entertaining as everything that came before.

If I could have only one complaint, it’s that many of the jokes get too meta, too fourth wall breaking, and too self reverential. In many of the episodes, there is a sense that the show is often praising or admiring its own brilliance… which isn’t funny or fun to watch. I hope the show stays humble and spends less time in the future analyzing itself. There’s a balance between low brow toilet humor and needlessly complex jokes meant as commentary on story structure. Somewhere in the middle is where I’d like the show to be.

Movie Review: Steven Universe: The Movie

Details: More information can be found at https://www.stevenuniversethemovie.com/ and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10515852/

Score: 7.5/10

The Steven Universe movie aired on Cartoon Network a while back and it was a musical. This is unsurprising given the show runner’s penchant for music and it was welcome given how much enjoyable music was laced throughout the show.

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Movie Review: Batman: Hush

Details: More information can be found at https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2018/07/20/batman-hush-is-getting-an-animated-movie and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8752440/

Score: 7/10

Batman: Hush was surprisingly good considering how crappy the past few DC Comics animated movies have been in my opinion. Most amazingly is how the movie offers something new-ish for people already familiar with the comic book.

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TV Show Review: Young Justice: Outsiders

Details: Watched about nineteen episodes this season. More information can be found at https://www.dcuniverse.com/videos/young-justice/58/season-3?page=2

Score: 5.7/10

Young Justice: Outsiders has some of the worst writing I’ve ever heard. The dialogue is just painful. Which is depressing because this is the only animated DC Comics show airing right now. As someone who grew up with Batman: The Animated Series, Superman, Batman Beyond and Justice League, this is just sad.

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Movie Review: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Details: More information can be found at https://www.dccomics.com/videos/batman-vs-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-official-trailer and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9775360/

Score: 6/10

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles smashes together two popular children’s franchises. The result is a forgettable movie that you should feel free to skip.

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