Lab Rats (2012–2016)
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The show is flipping hilarious for a Disney show. The funniest characters to me are Leo(Williams), Dr.Davenport(Sparka) and Eddy(forgot who plays him.). It tells jokes that for once not only little Disney kids can laugh at. Funny moments that are actually clever, not dry and overused.
The overall plot is jokes and a seemingly normal sitcom show. The story is based on 13/14 year old Leo Dooley who with his Mom, moves into his new super-rich new Dad's house. He discovers 3 bionic super-human teenagers with bionic superpowers and abilities in his basement. Leo learns to get used to life with his cool bionic friends, his billionaire step-dad and they go on crazy adventures in school, home and when the team goes on missions to save the world.
Leo and the Trio get into plenty of silly adventures and try not to get in trouble or reveal their bionic secrets. Adam has super strength, Bree has super speed and Chase has super smarts, the 3 S' of Superpowers! They can also do other things.
Leo is young and has no abilities. He's mischievous, clumsy and reckless and useless if not the cause of the problems the gang has many times at first. Nonetheless, Leo is the star of the show and although there are very very few scenarios in which he provides anything useful in combat, he's the one that holds the story in place and matures over the story until he becomes part of the group and eventually the guardian of Adam, Bree and Chase when his step-dad Dr.Davenport is absent. He teaches the "Lab Rats" to have normal lives as regular teenagers and have fun, but tries to keep the out of trouble at times. They save one another's lives at different points in the show.
The plot in most of season 1 is funny and entertaining, but season 2 is when it gets much more serious. They make enemies and meet foes who seem nice but aren't who they appear to be. The Lab Rats discover more about their past and about their abilities in hope to master them. They struggle between normal life and saving the world.
So overall this show has a great plot, decent comedy and plenty of superpowers and action! It's a show that signals much-needed change in Disney shows. It's not perfect, but there are bound to be a few bad jokes here and there, they can't all be winners. Unfortunately, the show is in some ways, low-budget which is demonstrated mostly in scenes with special effects. Overall, it comes down to judging this show with all things considered. And all things considered, it is a Disney XD show. Any issues that might be considered major defects in the score are issues every single last one Disney Sitcom has, being why I grant this show a 10/10!
The characters, for the most part are well written. Finally: the stereotypical "strong, tall guy" isn't the bully. And while Adam is fairly unintelligent, he has his moments (ex. in Leo vs Evil he comes up a simple solution when everyone else was trying to over-complicate things). The stereotypical "small, nerdy kid" actually has self esteem, and is able to fight. And Bree, the only girl of the main cast, IS NOT A LOVE INTEREST! Sure, she has crushes, but what girl doesn't, and they are such a small part of the show. Even Tasha, part of the supporting cast, is more of a mother figure than a love interest for Donald. Plus she has a career and is able to manage probably the four most destructive kids in the planet. And Janelle, the love interest whose smart, doesn't put up with crap, and isn't even all that romantic, is a breath of fresh air. You go, girls! I will admit that there are some still very poorly written characters. Trent, for example, is your typical football jock bully. Principal Perry is that typical mean authority figure that everyone hates yet has to put up with (although I do like her in the episode Chip Switch). And Mr. Davenport himself is way too self absorbed (although I still like how he is a legitimate authority figure for the kids).
The plot of Lab Rats, which really starts to pick up in Season 2, is great. And I love how some of the first supporting characters you see in season one are seen all the way up into season four (ex Janelle and Principle Perry). (That is one thing that really bothers me about Disney's Kickin' It: Eddie is a main character for the first two seasons, but then he disappears without explanation and everyone else acts like he never even existed.) This show has its fair share of problems, but, all in all, is a pretty great show. If I were showing this to my kids, I would explain why some things shouldn't be tried in real life, and make sure they understand that its portrayal of school is not accurate at all, and then let them enjoy!
This show lacks any sort of logic on any level, it's so glaring It's impossible to avoid.
So the plot is simple; Mr. Davenport (tech hipster) re-marries presumably, a woman. The Woman's son (Leo) discovers Mr. Davenports underground facility where he is keeping teenagers with "bionic abilities".
The story from then on is a simple copy paste formula; lame jokes, lame adventure, copy and pasted episode after episode after episode.
That's just about it.
Now, Disney decided it would be a wonderful idea having an all white cast and then decided to throw in 2 African American actors for diversity, which presents no problem really. If we are going to talk about racial diversity I would like to see some Asian actors but whatever. They go on lame episodic adventures with no message, moral, or meaning.
The underlying plot that's supposed to be relatable to the actual audience, mainly pre teens and children, is the struggle of ""bionic"" humans trying to be normal in high school which is VERY cliché for even Disney live action.
Leo convinces Mr. Davenport to let them go to high school and try to be normal teens. The series tries to balance this with saving the world which is supposed to make it feel conflicted and emotional interesting, which it does a terrible job at. It gives up on the 3rd episode and just turns into a lame "super kids save world" cliché TV action comedy.
It has a season climax where every once in a while where "oh I stole the teens from my brother to stop him from using them for evil" or "oh Leo loses a limb" or "oh the brother is really good and was just a pawn in a bigger plan made by this literal Deus ex Machina rip off who is trying to take over the world with more bionic teens." And that's literally all that ever happens in the show.
As far as acting goes, it's pretty mediocre. Leo is the misfit who eventually learns to fit in (despite not having any appreciable skills) Mr. Davenport is the techy hipster who is an immature man child (everyone in silicon valley) Sasha the wife is the over protective, and the other three, Adam Bree and Chase are typical copy paste fat dumb idiot(Adam), feminist empowered woman(Bree), and sarcastic genius(Chase).
Now, in all of my reviews I point out the logical errors a piece of media may have.
1) Where did Adam Bree and Chase come from? This topic is lightly touched on but it is discovered that Mr. Davenport stole them from his brother. But that still begs the question? WHERE THE HECK DID THEY COME FROM? It is said they were genetically engineered and then had bionic implants shoved into their person but that says little about their origin. Would Mr. Davenports brother have children, violate their human sanctity by genetically engineering them and shoving implants into them, just to cause havoc around the world? This crucial question about their biological origin is not explained in It's entirety. It could actually add emotional depth to the little this show has but probably to controversial for Disney who apparently thinks it's morally acceptable to use your children as science experiments, what is Disney Trying to promote here? 2)This show doesn't explain how bionic abilities work. It says they have implants in their neck which gives them abilities which is garbage science. An implant doesn't give Sonic the Hedgehog speed, or hulk strength. No one used any logic here. There are no ways a single implant could do any of that. They are closer to cyborgs than whatever they are now. They want us to just accept their silicon valley technobabble as science and hope it makes sense.
3)Why does this show try so hard to make being "bionic" such a struggle in high school? It's obviously a pathetic attempt to connect to the prime demographic right? This would be a struggle if any thing was actually at stake. The only way their operation could get exposed is if one of them uses their powers out of anger or something lame like that. Even if they do get exposed what are the chances they would actually get in trouble. This show tries so hard to make you think something's at stake here when nothing is. It's already a stupid nonsensical scenario. What would the consequence be for genetically modifying human beings to do the bidding of a wealthy tech CEO. There are no federal or state laws that come to mind. Fake tension completely.
This show tries to capitalize on Americas tech possessed dying culture to make a quick buck without putting the effort in.
The show is copy and pasted, with an occasional climax to get viewers interested and make sure they haven't figured out they have been are being starved of good media.
It tries It's hardest to appeal to millennials especially with the lame jokes, cheap story telling, and shiny tech things they have been brain washed into buying by companies line Disney, Apple and so on.
Honestly a waste of air time, totally empty recycled trash without a purpose.