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26 October 2009 @ 03:38 am
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Fandom news: I've managed to watch the first three currently aired episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place of its third season. I know right, a Disney Channel show, but seriously, it's my newest obsession in the midst of my top favorite shows right now. Anyway, since the movie I was anxious to see how they would bring the show back (and how exactly it would work in continuity, even though I don't think they are taking it that seriously like my other fandoms, because it's a Disney show for goodness sakes) and here are my opinions of the current episodes aired.

3.01 "Franken Girl"

As a whole, the premiere was a slight disappointment and left an underwhelming feeling. I just kept thinking throughout that something was off, an important element was lacking which flowed in previous episodes. There was also that bit of OOCness of Justin. I don't know if it was how the script was written or how it was filmed, but it was a bit off to be completely honest. For example, while Justin has used magic unsupervised before, he rarely does it for his own personal gain at least to the extent that he was doing. However, in getting even with his sister, I can definitely see that happening because after all the stunts she's pulled on him. It would seem fair. But the create a franken-girl monster as a security system? Isn't that kinda much just to get his sister from invading his room? I don't know, I think they were trying to create a scenario where Justin would build his own Frankenstein-like monster but somehow it didn't come off as good, at least to me.

But nevertheless, I kinda expected if Justin were to use magic they would have Alex use magic as well. But this was the first episode I think ever that Alex never used magic once. Which is...odd, and another OOC thing that I noticed right away. I wouldn't mind the magic-usage thing if only they had Alex retaliating against her brother, as she would do, but they didn't. And I don't know if it's just me, but sometimes when they have Justin getting back at Alex, he seems more like a jerk. I don't know why. :/

But in any case, mainly when looking at this episode for what is was, I still enjoyed parts of it. Mainly the blatant brother/sister interactions, meaning the Justin/Alex incestuous undertones which are totally there. I mean, come on. Justin wouldn't go nearly as much trouble as he did rigging such a complicated experiment if he hadn't had Alex on his mind the entire time, he was clearly enjoying tormenting her for his own amusement, and making her try out for cheerleading? Video-taping her in her cheerleader outfit? What is he going to do with that, I wonder...

So despite the whole characterization thing, I liked it. Also, Harper being a cheerleader? Whodathunk it, eh? At least she's doing something normal in her extracurricular activities, putting herself out there. And Selena looked amazing in that cheerleader outfit, not gonna lie.

And what is up with David Henrie's hair this season? I mean, if they're going for a new look that's great, because Selena is rocking the short-cut. But I prefer his hair flipped up instead of the downward emo-look.

3.02 "Halloween"

This was also the kind of meh episode like the premiere, which is unfortunate because Halloween episodes should be at least entertaining, especially with WOWP where there can be so many different scenarios. They should have done something like with their "Wizards vs. Vampires vs. Zombies" episode they did, now that would have been sweet (I really enjoyed that multi-episode saga, they should have more of those). But nevertheless, it was okay. The haunted house theme at the substation was kinda interesting, and it would be Justin-like to make theirs more about moral lessons than about scary stuff. But somehow I don't think the family is that dense when it comes to Halloween and using magic, or at least pretending to do something scary. You'd think they would have more sense, being a wizard family and all that. But I digress.

I adored Alex's shirt that said "costume" on it. That being her contribution to the holiday, heh. Somehow I would have thought she would have dressed up to be something ghoulish for the haunted house, but Alex tends to not conform to the norms of society and such traditions so, yeah, totally in character right there. Also, LOL @ her wanting a ghost with saws for hands. I concur with her notion, now that is some scary awesome shit for a ghost.

I loved Mantooth, though. He was awesomesauce, and lol it would be so Justin to be scared of something like that.

The ending seemed kinda hokey just a little bit, but being a Disney show there's that lesson about being a family and working together even if they don't get it right in the end. But I feel that theme has been tired that I expected something a bit more. But oh well, I can take what I can get.

Should have been more Alex/Justin in this episode, though. I'm just saying.

3.03 "Monster Hunter"

Now this is getting back to the WOWP that I've known and loved. I think they had to find a place for a pick-me-up. Hey, even Disney shows suffer from the small downtime of blah episodes. Anyway, this seemed more of the flow and feel of how the episodes should be. I mean, I liked the previous two above but this was more Wizards from the first two seasons, like they've finally stepped up where the show had been before, you know?

I think the reason for that is because there's continuity of the overall arc of the series, being the wizard competition. Justin having completed his wizard training and going onto more advanced studies than his siblings (which from this season he's seventeen-going-to-be-turning-eighteen, so it makes sense in the timeline of the show that he would be more advanced, and not just because he's Justin Russo, the boy who studies hard and knows all his spells). It also gives the advantage of us, the audience, to see that they are really being serious with this competition. Another thing I loved about this episode is that Alex is also taking the competition seriously, and while it's not mentioned in the show, which I doubt it will be, but in WOWP: The Movie Alex and Justin had competed against each other and Alex certainly understands the importance of the competition and what it entails. Surely, in spite of her laidback nature she would definitely want to take on the challenge of actually being prepared for what is to come.

So seeing Alex studying, and really studying and memorizing and using Justin's learning methods as her own methods of learning tools, really gives her character more growth. Having Harper to help her with this was nice to see, because the old Alex would have found a way to cheat, or help Max sabotage Justin's advancement in the competition in some way. But she didn't. That is what I love seeing, and I love that in the end she's making it a challenge. She wants to fight for it, wants to earn it like her brother, wants to prove herself in this. If anything, that is something the show is doing right with progression their characters (and hey, anything to have more Justin/Alex time with their ultra chemistry, the happier I am okay?)

I find it strange, though, that Harper knows more about Justin's habits than Alex does. She's his sister, after all. Despite having those sibling moments of ignoring one another you'd think that Alex would know the patterns of Justin's behavior. Having Harper know more of Justin's study habits and even what he does in his own room is...rather creepy. Of course, Harper did watch him sleep for over an hour and has been obsessive over him for quite some time. So with the stalking comes knowing every detail of one's obsession so, heh.

Is it just me, or are they focusing on Justin's room a lot this season? I find it funny because we never got to see inside of Justin's room before now. Huh.

Justin's independent study is to become a monster hunter. Somewhere in my head, Sam and Dean are laughing their asses off because they hunt monsters all the time. I'm betting if there were to ever be a SPN/WOWP crossover (OHMYGOSH THAT WOULD BE THE MOST CRACKALICIOUS THING EVER!) the Winchesters would just be so perplexed at this. XD XD XD

LOL @ Harper's "I'll see you in PE!" line, again with continuity of her character. XD


It also seems that Teresa and Jerry aren't really in these beginning episodes all that much, either. And Max being, well, Max.

Overall, this episode was definitely much better than the other two, and if I'm reading the descriptions right for the next few episodes to come there will be more of this storyline of Justin training in the monster hunter field, adding more with the universe and the wizard competition than just having filler episodes like the first two were. Which even though this is more of a kids/tween show that doesn't necessarily have to have a plot in order to be entertaining, WOWP kind of really has that which separates it from other DC shows. Which is why I love it so much. Heh.

I'm going to pick up BSG: The Plan on Tuesday, hopefully it'll be available to purchase at BestBuy because that's where I got Caprica and Razor when they came out. I know it's already been leaked and people have reviewed it and all that, but I am resisting the urge to do that because the DVD is thisclose to being released. I WILL BE STRONG!
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amathela on October 26th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
I really loved Monster Hunter a lot. Max! ♥ Justin and Alex flirting shamelessly! Mr Stuffleby! Fake-a-horsius! It was definitely an improvement over the first couple of episodes, but I expected that; WOWP has never been the best at premieres and finales, but I figured they'd warm up.
Renée: Justin/Alex. Hugs.rogueslayer452 on October 26th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
There was a lot a flirtation between them in that episode! Although I was expecting a hug between them after Alex saved Justin, but whatever. He looked so proud of her and she smiled at him, and it was all good. I liked that they were flirting/challenging each other about the competition. Hee! Love. Yeah, I figured they would have to have some rough patches in the beginning before getting to the good stuff. :)
ashley: {spn} • ;faithkitsu84 on October 26th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm going to pick up BSG: The Plan on Tuesday, hopefully it'll be available to purchase at BestBuy because that's where I got Caprica and Razor when they came out. I know it's already been leaked and people have reviewed it and all that, but I am resisting the urge to do that because the DVD is thisclose to being released. I WILL BE STRONG!

YOU MUST BE STRONG, BB. I've been fighting the urge to download it over the past few days, myself, but alas I have resisted. I've also avoided any and all spoilers. I'M SO PROUD OF MYSELF. \o/
Renée: Six/Gaius. Passion.rogueslayer452 on October 26th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
\O/ You should be proud, bb! The only thing I'm spoiled for is from the clips on the DVD site, other than that I'm anxious to see it.

When I heard it was leaked I was halfway between OMGYAY and OMGWHUT because, on one hand I could see it before it was released and soothe my aching BSG heart that's been dying to have more new BSG stuff. However, I want to prolong it because besides Caprica, this will probably be the last BSG-related item to come out (unless EJO is telling the truth and there will be more telemovies in the future). So I figured, eh, why not wait until it's officially released?
nesdy on October 26th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I have downloaded The Plan (mainly because I will have to wait for a lot of time for the Spanish release - if it ever gets to Spain, that is u.u). I'll probably watch it this weekend ^^

Renée: Cylons. Happy endings are love.rogueslayer452 on October 26th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I just can't wait to finally watch it. CYLONS OMG YAY! :D Then after this all I have to do is wait for Caprica to premiere in January.
nesdy on October 27th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Caprica looks really good!! I loved the pilot. Can't wait to see more of the show!!
Encyclopædia Clevernamethefreshchuff on October 27th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
I agree that the first two episodes were only so-so, more like "let's do something with Frankenstien! Let's do something with ghosts!" than really adding much to the plot of the show. But I totally ADORED that they actually brought the wizard competition back to the forefront, and Monster Hunter was a totally cute episode. I guess they aren't really incorporating/referencing the movie too much into canon (whenever I want to get all analytical with Wizards I have to keep chanting "It's a Disney show, it's a Disney show!) (BUT EVEN SO, it's a Disney show far more awesome than most of Disney's nonsense.) but I like seeing them bringing in the competition and independent study and focusing on the universe.

I also just thought Monster Hunter was way funnier than the first two. I loved Harper's "SEE YOU IN PE" and Jerry's "Im just glad someone made a weight joke that wasn't about me!" And Max always tends to steal episodes for me. He's just so delightfully ODD.

And on a purely shallow note, I'm so glad someone else misses Justin's gravity defying hair of last season.
Renée: Justin/Alex. Hugs.rogueslayer452 on October 27th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
whenever I want to get all analytical with Wizards I have to keep chanting "It's a Disney show, it's a Disney show!

Hehe, same here. Because it is just a Disney show but, like you said, it's not like the other shows where we don't care whether there are screwups or continuity errors (I did watch The Suite Life for a while before it started getting tiring because really, there was no point or plot to it. I was only watching for the London and Maddie interactions anyway, but with Maddie gone and the writers making London more airheaded than how they originally started her out made me lose interest, so yeah). That is why Wizards wins out over all the others, because they actually follow a PLOT to their story.

ANYWAY, so yeah. I'm so happy with the progression of the wizard competition, and with Alex actually taking that and the studying seriously. I do kinda wish there would be some references to the movie, because I do think of it as canon with the show and I have wondered how they would go about that since they filmed the movie anyway. Then again I think of myself as spoiled because of all my other fandoms where continuity is key. But again, just a DC show.

And on a purely shallow note, I'm so glad someone else misses Justin's gravity defying hair of last season.

I realized that as soon as I saw the premiere, he looked different, and it was mildly distracting. I'm like, who flattened your hair Justin and when can we shock it back up to its original state?
Jennifer: pic#94199850jenniferkaos on October 27th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Waverly Place? Isn't that the kid show with Demi Lavato or something in it? Haha!
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 27th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
No. Wizards of Waverly Place stars Selena Gomez (who is absolutely adorable and I love her to bits), which she and Demi are BFFS in real life but Demi stars in her own show (Sonny with a Chance). But Wizards is actually a funny and entertaining and a tolerable show unlike other Disney Channel shows.
Jennifer: spn_sexysamjenniferkaos on October 28th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Demi Lavato...Selena Gomez...same thing. Haha! I get those girls mixed up. :DD

Maybe I should give this show a try. You are the second person I have heard say it's a good show.
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Renée: Firefly. Big Damn Heroes.rogueslayer452 on October 28th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Did and done. :)