Rocket Power (1999–2004)
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I think what I liked this one the most out of the 90's shows was because it was somewhat on its own. Other shows always showed the kids at school with two parents and good grades. This one was slightly more realistic in that sense. Sure, they played the sports ridiculously well so i'm not saying that was realistic, but Twister had a mean brother, Reggie and Otto didn't have a mother, and Sam was made fun of for his intelligence. I felt it was almost more gritty (or as much as it could be) for a kid's show.
Even the main characters weren't likable a lot of the time. Mainly Otto with his cocky personality but all of them had something disagreeable. Sam's wimpyness, Reggie's smart Aleck attitude, and Twister's inability to say anything remotely smart were all factors in showing how no one is perfect.
Then of course, as a child, you find the sports they do to be amazing. I was always jealous of their talent and wished I could be as good as they were on skateboards or surfboards. In a way, they were kid's idols. And I still love them to this day.
The characters: Otto: The jock. Big ego, with supreme confidence in all his abilities. Most of the time, he is the cause of the problems the kids have to face.
Reggie: The "voice of reason". Most of the time, she's the one who organizes a strategy to deal with Otto's screw-ups. Otto's sister.
Twister: The idiot. Not much of a help in a crisis, but he delivers most of the shows one-liners. Best friend of Otto.
Sam: The nerd. Low self-confidence, always trying to be as good as his friends. Basically, the polar opposite of Otto.
Raymundo: The dad we all wish we could be. Loving, but with a firm hand.
Tito: Sort of the "mother" figure of the show. He's always giving the kids advice with his (in)famous "Ancient Hawaiian Sayings".
The plot: Yeah, so some of the episodes were corny. Big deal, it's a kids show. It reminds me of the times I used to spend with my friends. (Except we sucked at sports and didn't have a dad who ran a fast-food joint.) Yeah, most of the episodes revolved around sports, but they were good plots. About bettering yourself and making friends and "practice makes perfect" and the good old morals a kid's show should have. One of the episodes I will always remember is the hurricane one. Pretty intense for a kids show.
In short, it was probably one of the last decent shows Nick made before becoming a Disney clone. They had a couple good ones like Avatar, but it was all downhill from there in my opinion.
And honestly, if you're into some of their sports, you'll notice some of the humor in this show.
The show does make an attempt to give moral lessons through every episode, and does present very different situations. There is some really good voice acting, and although the script has fairly stereotypical lines (I've yet to meet anyone who says "Dude" and "Bro" as much as the characters in this show), its really decent writing.
This show really encompasses everything of my youth. I remember going on about it all the time, and making my friends watch it. I used to know every single word to "Race Across New Zealand", and could repeat the whole movie at any given point.
To sum this all up, I have no idea why I loved Rocket Power so much. But I did, and I still do. The other month I found a Rocket Power videotape at a yard sale and almost cried. Good 'ol memories...
Perfect example arrived in March of 2007 when I purchased the Peter Pan Platinum Edition DVD, and all of a sudden, I liked that a whole lot better. I developed the same obsession with Peter Pan and still do seven years later.
I can tell you that this show is still a childhood favorite and still my favorite as an adult. Twister and Reggie are still my favorite characters and always will be for years to come, but once Peter Pan came into my life, I just liked that better. And still do.
Rocket Power- still 10/10 for being my favorite TV Show!
I think to like this show, you might have needed to be the kind of kid who's in the show. This is one of the shows that I grew up with, and even before it came on, my friends and I did all the same things that the kids did in Rocket Power. If we weren't playing street hockey, we'd be riding our skateboards, surfing, etc. This show was easy for kids like us to relate to. I think if you didn't grow up in that kind of environment, the show may just end up being annoying and uninteresting.
What I liked best about Rocket Power(and other Klasky-Csupo cartoons like The Wild Thornberrys) is the subtle amount of character development. Now surely it doesn't stand up to the kind of development in adult shows, but even at that age I was impressed considering the number of kids shows where everything resets the following episode. As an example, Sam(The "Squid") started out being the new kid/geek/loser who was pretty terrible at any of the sports that Otto, Reggie, and Twister would partake in. Sam does retain his identity for the rest of the show, but I recall that by the end of the show, he managed to fit in better with his friends and even became better than Otto at some things.
Sadly, I can't really say the same about Otto, who needed the development almost as much as Sam did. This was attempted in a few episodes after we learn the moral of the story, but things usually reset for Otto in the next episode. Taking that into consideration, I kinda wish Otto was left out of the series entirely. That would have removed 90% of the annoyances most people cite.
I don't get why people say Rocket Power is a "stereotype". If you want a stereotypical kids show, look towards shows like Recess where they took the most typical group of kids with the most typical archetypes and put them into the most generic setting for kids to be in(a school yard). Rocket Power, on the other hand, takes a specific group of kids who have their own individuality as well as a female character who exhibits very few "feminine" character stereotypes, and bases stories around that. Much more interesting to me, personally.
Now since I'm an adult, I doubt I would sit through Rocket Power or other Nicktoons again, but if I have kids someday and RP came on TV, I'd let them watch it.
The better Nicktoons are behind us. Sadly, the bad ones like "Rocket Power" and "The Wild Thornberrys" are here to stay in infinite reruns.
Reggie, his sister, has a penis, definitely. She hangs out with the boys and is not attracted to any of them. She likes "Squid" (Another character) and pities him because Otto decides to be a scum bag and make fun of him, but she almost never does anything about it. She also has some stupid magazine called "The Zine". And no one reads it. It's like, WTH?!?! She puts the stupidest stuff in there, like, "California sweet spots" and other pansexual shenanigans.
Squid and Twister would take way too long to go into detail with. So Squid: Nerd who is pretty annoying. Twister: A pushover retard ****head.
The show also had minimal morality. It was like, "If you're smart you fail at life," and "If you suck up to your parents you can get away with anything." As opposed to Twister's brother, who didn't get away with anything.
The show is entertaining, but you don't want it to be, and you feel guilty when you like it. So, don't get guilty. Screw this crap. If you see it on, burn your TV (Unless it has TiVo).
Overall: It sucks. 2/10. And Otto has a very small or nonexistent man part.
The show is basically about a bunch of kids who skate, surf or rollerblade. Why you ask? Cause the guys who made this show couldn't really think for these kids to do. They need to go and get a freakin' job. Now there's something these kids can do. "Rocket Power" also tries to inject a bit of social commentary by showing us some of the problems these kids have and how they deal with them. These attempts at trying to reach out to the viewer are just lame and idiotic. I really wish this cartoon, along with all the rest of the shows that that the people at Nickelodeon are producing would just get flushed down a toilet or something, just as long as they go away and never come back.
This show is just the same moronic crap that Nickelodeon has been making since it's decent into idiocy. Shows like CatDog(just plain stupid), Spongebob Squarepants(complete sh**), and The Wild Thornberry's(total crap).
This cartoon sucks and I hate it.
The animation is variable, liked the colours and backgrounds, hated the character designs which were weird. The music is okay at best, but some of it is annoying. The writing is pretty much wretched, it is unfunny and the "cool" catchphrases really grate after a couple of episodes. And the story lines are so repetitive, it feels like they do the same thing over and over, where's the variety? And I disliked the characters in general, they at worst annoyed me and felt like stereotypes, particularly Otto and Regina. The voice acting has its moments, but the actors don't have much to work with both in writing and character.
All in all, annoying and repetitive. Not Nick's worst, but it is one of them, for me anyway. 2/10 Bethany Cox
The show attempts to be trendy and uses phrases such as "beefed" and "sick". To some, those are words of immortal proportions. To me, those words make me 'sick' to my stomach. Nickelodeon used to have a good reputation. They had shows that had some form of intelligence [Clarissa] or a show that made you laugh out loud [e.g. Salute Your Shorts, Rocko]. It seems today they are just cashing in on what is trendy and not the formula they once had that made great shows emerge...in other words, shows that weren't Rocket Power.
The plot is just as one dimensional as the characters are. Here's the plot four friends named Otto, his sister Reggie, Sam, and Twister all do extreme sports while solving a big problem along the way. That's about it.
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And (With the exception of Tito and Twister.) I can't stand any of the characters. Otto is a selfish moron who just wants to win all the time.
And those dumb words they use like Beef are annoying.
Tito is the only cool character on the show and Twister can be funny sometimes.
I would give Rocket Power a 0/10 but I do find it to be just a little bit better then the horrible Wild Thornberries and their was a few good episodes. And the fact that they do extreme sports just bores me. Now I don't mind if they do extreme sports once in a while in Rocket Power. But why must they do extreme sports in practically every single episode?!
This show sucks.
Otto Rocket: A nine-year-old daredevil-type boy, obsessed with sports and extremely competitive. I'm not too fond of him, because forgive me, but he seems kind of arrogant. But he's right to brag; he's proven himself more than once as the best dude at sports for miles around.
Reggie Rocket: Otto's 11-year-old sister. She's kinda bossy, but the good in her definitely outweighs the bad. She publishes her own 'zine, and is quite the voice of reason within the Rocket Power gang. Reggie proudly stands for girl power.
Maurice "Twister" Rodriguez: Otto's best friend; a master with a camera... although he can't manage to pass a math or spelling test. He has a sensitive side; he loooves animals, and he even tried to adopt a seal once. But he's also really gullible. His older brother, Lars, makes a pastime out of teasing Twister and playing pranks on him and his friends.
Sam "The Squid" Dullard: The new guy in town, nine years old and in sixth grade. Literally a genius, Team Rocket's rather shy hockey goalie moved in just recently from Hutchinson, Kansas, and is a lot more cautious than the others, keeping them a bit more grounded. He helps Reggie with her 'zine, and in return, Reggie stands up for him when he unfairly becomes the target of Otto and Twister's sense of humor. Sam and I have a lot in common, and he's my favorite character, with Reggie in a close second-place.
I hope they make a movie about Rocket Power soon! There haven't been any Nick-Flicks or anything so far.
I used to watch this show for about a week until I woke up with the feeling, "I actually liked this?" I began to laugh at myself.
"Let's go skiing!" says Ray-mundo, Otto's dad. So they go skiing and Otto sees the restricted section. "Hey Twister, let's sneak in!" Otto says. "I dunno," Twister says. "Cmon, don't be a baby!" Otto says. So they sneak in and Reggie sees them but doesn't tattle. Otto and Twister get lost. "Wheres Otto and Twister?" Raymundo asks. "In the restricted section," Reggie says. So they find them and they get punished but learn a valuable lesson.
I'm sure you're nearly bursting with excitement. I recommend this show for people who's IQ is as low as Twisters and can't understand what they're watching.
1/2 out of 10. And that's a 'half', not a 'one' or 'two'.
It's about four kids who live in California who like extreme sports. There's almost no plot and the characters suck. I mean there's Otto who is a show off and sucks at school. Twister is a drooling idiot who also sucks at school and is Otto's "best bro". There's nothing really wrong with Reggie and Sam is a smart kid who sucks at extreme sports.
How the people talk is even more annoying. They say things like "no problemo", "lameO", "Raymundo, or "this stinks on ice". Well you know what?, this show stinks on ice. No one talks like this anymore.
My rating: */***** (1 out of 5)
My top five list for worst cartoons on Nickelodeon:
1: The Wild Thornberrys 2: Pelswick 3: Rocket Power 4: As Told by Ginger 5: Rugrats
But as much as i don't like it, it always brings a smile to my face. Why? Because the characters and plots are so loving and memorable. It always teaches good lessons like, Don't Skip School, or Respect Everybody. The characters are fun, and actually are some of my favorites in cartoon history. (well, except for Grunkle Stan and Ice Bear. Those are my favorites.) Tito in particular always brings a smile to my face.
So, to close up, its a cool cartoon, but i think others are better.
All the characters do is play sports. The plots are boring, they repeat the same formula over and over; play sports, screw up, problem, solve it, and play more sports. Not even the most retarded of sports junkies would enjoy this show. There isn't even any half decent attempt at humor.
The only remotely decent episode was the one when they make the amateur movie, and even that episode would put a child with ADHD into a coma.
It's shows like this that really make a channel suck. They might have cancelled it, but it's too late to take back this... THING!