Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4
I’m going to end this review today! I’ve discussed
everything else I felt like discussing: the origins of the show, the updated
characters, the first few episodes, the continuity, the fourth wall breaks… All
in all, I’ve been pretty positive. And yes, this is a very good show. I do
think that I should point out a few more gripes I’ve got with the show in
general before giving my final thoughts – and perhaps a bit of insight on
|In Season 2, Sonic, Tails and Knuckles go on a road trip.|
Really. And they reference the "Gotta go fast" meme.
Let’s see… I already discussed the terrible villagers, I discussed Sticks as a conspiracy theorist (which, admittedly, can be pretty annoying to some, though I find her bearable – not to mention that I’ve seen worse examples of the trope being used). The TV show being so self-aware and making piques at itself and the Sonic fandom in general can be both a good and a bad thing – while some fourth wall-breaking humor is a good thing, too much of it can feel really forced or redundant after a while. Like anything, it’s great as long as it isn’t overdone. On to the new points to be made before my verdict.
First, you’ll notice that the CGI in this show is very, very good! It looks polished and pretty, it looks colorful. It’s a very nice show to look at, especially in large shots of the village or its surroundings. You can tell that the artists who made the CGI modeling of the worlds, objects and characters really did some excellent work. The animators… that’s a slightly different story. The animation of all these elements is still pretty good for the most part, although CGI animation experts may notice the characters’ movements to be a bit stiff. That really is a minor problem for people who don’t mind that so much. After all, it changes nothing to the stories told. But for those who specifically appreciate to watch and study the animation of these characters, it’s noticeable and a bit difficult to ignore. Maybe that’s the case because of the rush in completing episodes, I can’t tell. Still a minor issue, and it has apparently gotten better in Season 2, but it’s going to be a problem to some while watching Season 1’s episodes.
|That,s from the Season 2 episode, "I Can Sea Sonic's Fear|
From Here", the first underwater episode. Maybe the only
one, but we'll see with time...
|From the Amy-centric Season 2 episode "Give Bees A|
Chance", where she befriends one of Eggman's Beebots.
That episode was actually written by Amy's voice
actress, Cindy Robinson!
|"Would there be a reason to involve Eggman in this|
"Yes! Put him in!"
|Come on Perci, you're almost never around. And yet you|
were kinda important in the games, no?
Please show up more often.
|Aren't they adorable?|
|Soar the Eagle, another recurring minor character.|
Yet he's almost the only bird on the entire show.
I’ll be honest, I would love if the TV show tried to have more ties with the plot surrounding the Ancients from the Sonic Boom games; I’m sure there would be a number of great adventure episodes to make out of that, all while keeping the show’s lighter tone. Maybe we’d have a chance to feature Lyric as well. The snake villain was derided by the fandom – how dangerous could a snake really be? And yet, his serious attitude would be a great addition to the show, by playing off of the sillier portions of that world, acting as a sort of straight man surrounded by silliness, much like Orbot around Cubot. Hell, bring in more Shadow! Even if he stays serious, I’m sure there are plots that could be made around him again! Why should his appearance be a one-time thing? Show him wearing the Hawaiian shirt already!
I guess that covers it all. I haven’t watched all of Season 2 yet, and I personally think I should report on it only once all of its episodes have aired, but I’ll keep watching. In the meantime, I’ve at least discussed various aspects that have been ameliorated – many of the flaws of Season 1 were addressed and there was an attempt at correcting them. On top of that, the series started using multi-part episodes, starting with Robots from the Sky (which is split in four parts, from episodes 78 to 81). On top of all that, two new writers joined the team: Ian Flynn, who originally wrote for the various Sonic Archie comic book series (whether it’s Sonic X, the main Sonic series, or the Sonic Boom comic that lasted 10 issues), and Evan Stanley, who also contributed to many of these comic series through penciling, coloring, inking and writing. I’ll be pretty happy to watch through that season when all of its episodes are out! Honestly, I’m eager to see what they’ve got in store for us. Seems like the entire team behind that show wants to deliver a quality product and will do their best to please the fans.
For the sake of mentioning them, what are some of the plots of Season 2 episodes, aside from “The Biggest Fan”?
|That's a lot of tails... a lot of Tails.|
-Sonic is brought into the sea to conquer his fear of water;
-Tails splits himself into multiple copies, with disastrous results;
-Eggman’s robots go on strike;
-Orbot becomes an evil genius, and a genuine threat;
-Knuckles gets a… desk job? I think?;
-We learn more about the village, the one which, despite lacking a name, is the setting for most episodes;
-Eggman’s brother comes by for a visit;
-And the 4-part "Robots From The Sky" series.
-And the 4-part "Robots From The Sky" series.
Honestly, I can’t wait to check them out. These already look rather promising, and I’ll be happy to watch them!
|"Ah, I cannot get anything done, this blue screen and these|
white formulas are blocking part of my sight!"
I’m not even sure what else to add, really; this is just a good TV series, go and check it out.
|Wave 2 of the onslaught of bad Sonic OCs in 3... 2...|
That’s something else to look forward to in the Sonic series. The Sonic Boom games were disappointments, so we’re all hoping for a return to form for the franchise. Unlike some Sonic fans out there, I actually have hope for the franchise, despite the many missteps and failed attempts at reinventing the series. Secret Rings, Black Knight, Unleashed, many Sonic games tried something new and didn’t quite succeed. We had Sonic Colors, a genuinely great game, and we had hope again. The franchise isn’t dead, unlike what the worst fans would like you to think.
|Maybe this time they'll do the time-travel plot right!|
Well, that was a tangent. Okay, well… See you in the next review. What is it that I have to review… Oh yes! A Nintendo DS game. Urgh… I’ve got only two left, and one of them really doesn’t interest me… better get that one done right away. Next week, Spectral Force Genesis.